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.

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.

Q: How far in advance do I need to book my tour?
A: We recommend at least 1-2 weeks prior to the date you'd like to kayak.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: We require a 24 hour notice of cancellation or change in group number, otherwise you are responsible for the full cost of your reservation.

Q: What type of kayak are used on tours?
A: We use tandem sea kayaks.

Q: Will I see wildlife?
A: There are often wildlife sightings, although we can not guarantee you will.

Q: Is there an ideal time of day to be on the water?
A: No. There are no benefits to kayaking in the morning vs. the afternoon or vice versa. Choose a tour time that fits to your schedule.

Q: Why would a tour be cancelled?
A: We cancel tours if it is thundering and lightening or severe wind.

Q: Do you kayak in the rain?
A: We kayak rain or shine.

Q: Do you have on-site parking?
A: No. We recommend residential side streets for parking more than 2 hours. 

Q: What should I wear for my tour?
A: The weather varies often in Frenchman Bay so we recommend having layers. This will prepare you for whatever weather you encounter on the ocean. We provide spray skirts so your lower half will be covered. More info on how to prepare for your tour.