Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an Ecological Sea Kayak Tour?
A: This is conducted on the remote “Western Side” of Acadia in Blue Hill Bay or Western Bay. Less boat traffic, no cruise ships, no motels. A 20 minute van shuttle from our base in Bar Harbor increases the chance of sighting wildlife, provides less exposure to open ocean, allows for many one-way (wind at your back) tours and gives you an off-the-beaten-path experience many folks prefer.
Q: * Choosing your Sea Kayak Outfitter? Ask a few questions…..
A: Ask how many years experience does the outfitter have leading tours in this area.
A: Ask about the outfitter’s safety record.
A: Ask how much guide experience does the outfitter have on its active staff.
A: Ask what kind of kayaks & related equipment do they have.
A: Ask about the time length of Sea Kayak Tours.
A: Ask about the maximum group size.
Q: Are Sea Kayaks stable?
A: Yes! The kayaks we use are the tandem (two person) Boreal Esperanto’s. Their design and the fact that they have a rudder make them very stable. In 21 years of operations only a few have tipped.
Q: Will I see wildlife on my Sea Kayak tour with NPKT?
A: The chances are good. Paddling close to shore and islands increases the chances. NPKT has a very good record on finding wildlife. Bald eagles, osprey, cormorant, harbor seals, loons, gulls, terns, and harbor porpoise are the primary sightings. Please bring a camera on your tour. For more information – see our What will I see? page.
Q: How big/tall do I have to be to go on a tour?
A: Youth need to be 56″ tall (4′ 8″ or 143cm). Each child under the age of 16 is required to paddle with an adult from your party. If there is a question on whether or not a person is OK to go on a tour, please stop by our shop (39 Cottage St. downtown Bar Harbor) in person.
Q: Can I make a reservation for a tour online?
A: Yes just click (here). Remember, your reservation is not confirmed until we talk by phone. We will take credit card information and answer any outstanding questions at that point.
Due to our short season and limited amount of kayak tours, participants canceling with less than 24 hours notice will be financially responsible for their trip if we are unable to re-book the trip.
Q: How far ahead do I need to make a reservation?
A: Generally, 1-2 weeks prior to your vacation to Acadia call us at
1-800-347-0940 and request the best day and time for your kayak tour. 1 to 2 days in most cases is OK also.
Q: How cold is the water and what is the normal air temperature?
A: Water temps range from high 40’s to high 50’s through the season (June-Sept.). Yes it is brisk. Air temps are 70’s & 80’s (Daytime Highs) and 50’s & 60’s (Night). Fresh clean air & water….
Q: What should I wear on a Sea Kayak tour?
A: Most people are comfortable in shorts and a T Shirt. However, it is a good idea to bring along a windbreaker/rainjacket. Additional items: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, binocs., water/juice, snack, wet water footwear.
* Your outdoor experience in any recreational activity, where ever you vacation, should be of value to you. Ask a few questions – you deserve a memorable time. Have Fun!!