Q: How long are the tours?
A: Our shortest tours last two and a half hours; all those run in Frenchman Bay. Our four-hour tours run on both the west side on the island and in Frenchman Bay, depending on which departure you choose. We also offer full-day tours, with a variety of paddling venues.
Q: What goes into making a good sea kayak guide?
A: No matter how spectacular the scenery, your trip is only as good as your guide, and that's where Coastal excels. We are the only outfitter on Mount Desert Island that runs its own guide training program; that means we never have to take guides with inadequate expertise, paddling skills or knowledge. The bottom line? You'll have fun with our guides, because they have fun.
Q: Is sea kayaking safe for people with no experience? How difficult is it?
A: Sea kayaking is absolutely a safe sport, and we've been running trips since 1982, longer than any other outfitter on the Maine coast. Our tandem kayaks are super-stable, so won't get a "tippy" feeling once you're floating. Your guide will provide a paddling lesson before your trip begins, and while you won't become an expert in one outing, you'll be surprised how easy and comfortable it is to paddle a sea kayak.