Based on Peaks Island, Maine, a 20-minute scenic ferry ride from Portland, and in operation since 1986, Maine Island Kayak Company provides kayaking trips from half day to multi-day to suit any paddler’s skill level. Kayak Casco Bay to see some of the 200-plus islands that make up the bay. Kayak to Fort Gorges, an 1860’s granite block Civil War era fort. Visit many of the bay’s lighthouses and secluded beaches. Sunset tours are offered to take in the various colors of the setting sun on the tranquil water. Take an overnight trip to Eastern Penobscot Bay to see wildlife including seals, porpoises, and loons.
Kayak Casco Bay on Half-Day and Full Day Tours
Kayak Casco Bay to see lighthouses and cliffs of Peaks Island, Chebeague Island, Long Island, Cliff Island and the other scenic islands of Maine’s Casco Bay archipelago of 136 or more island, depending on who’s counting. Kayak Casco Bay protected waterways and open ocean. Experience paddling among rocks and surf. Half day trips are about three hours on the water. They are suitable for beginning kayakers who are in reasonably good condition. Sunset trips are about two hours long and do not have any specific destination. Full day trips are five to seven hours long with Casco Bay destinations that depend on the paddler’s interest and experience level.
Kayaking Multi-Day Tours from Maine to the Canadian Maritimes
From the outfitters base on Peak Island, explore the islands of Casco Bay’s 136-island archipelago. Paddle Penobscot Bay on the Downeast Maine coast. Other domestic and international trips include Alaska, Florida, Baja, British Columbia, and the Canadian Maritimes. Maine Island Kayak Company will outfit your self-supported tour or provide guides and full support for domestic and international kayaking trips
The Ocean School on Peaks Island
The outfitter’s Ocean School program educates paddlers of all levels about the Gulf of Maine and ocean kayaking in general. It’s collection of course outlines and written materials available on the website is a tremendous resource for a wide range of topics including paddling fundamentals, advanced paddling, navigation, rescue, charts and maps, weather, and other ocean kayaking-related topics.
Shopping for a Sea Kayak in the Heart of Maine’s Kayak Country
MIKCo recommends and sells Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Tiderace Kayaks in its retail store on Peaks Island. Experienced paddlers are available to explain and comment on features of both brands of kayaks. Demo models are available for test paddling.
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