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Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the sea while learning to paddle in varying conditions. Spend your days exploring inner coves and islands of the Maine Coast while observing wildlife above and below the water. In the evening enjoy sunsets, the brilliance of the evening stars and the phosphorescence of the bay from your island campsite. Our Professional Maine Guides will customize a trip that meets your expectations.

All necessary kayak equipment and meals provided.
Participants provide camping gear or gear rentals are available.

Small groups/ 8 max (with exception of pre-organized larger groups)
Guided by Registered Maine Guides and ACA Instructors.
Trip Fee: $155/person/day (based on 4 person min)
Advanced Booking Policy

Customized Camping Adventures specifically for Your Group: Camps, Clubs, Families, Friends!
Beginner to advanced Paddlers: 4-10 paddlers
1 to 5 night Adventures
Kayaking on the coast of Maine is an awesome experience. Let us work out the details of the perfect trip for you and your group so that you can focus on the paddling! We will customize a trip to include just what you're looking for. After surveying the group we will plan a trip that meets the group's skill level, endurance and desires and work out the all the logistics and provide guidance during the trip, including;
Meals, gear, guidance!
Put ins/ takes outs
Camping locations
Interested in enhancing your skills during the trip? We can include customized instruction on a variety of topics including camping skills, navigation practice, rescue skills, tides currents etc.....to help the group become more independent paddlers

Exploration of The Bagaduce Estuary 
      Beginner to intermediate: 1 or 2 nights 

•  Options for variety of paddling choices
    Mellow to invigorating
•  Dynamic reversing currents
•  Home to colonies of seals 
•  Inner waterway islands and beaches to explore
•  Paddle to several restaurant destinations
•  Unique Bagaduce Reversing Falls 
•  Paddle into unique Snowe's Cove beyond the falls

Overnight adventure in Castine Area 
      beginner to advanced: 1 or 2 night

•  Island hopping excursions
•  Island exploration and hikes on 
    sanctuary  lands
•  Explore old cemeteries and ruins
•  Visit reversing falls
•  Explore remote beaches
•  Paddle through the Gardiner G.  Deering    
     (an abandoned ship wreck)
•  Night time phosphorescent paddle
•  Perseid Meteor Showers mid August!


campobello kayaking

Sea Kayaking with the Whales: Campobello Island
September 1-4, 2016 !
Intermediate Level Kayak Trip

Sea Kayak where whales migrate passing between two nations, Canada and the United States. We’ll spend two full days kayaking exploring the dynamic coastline of Campobello Island, stepping back in time among the surrounding islands where the art of weir fishing is still practiced and where 20 foot tides expose a unique intertidal zone and produce amazing currents. Whales follow the flow of food through the “feeding grounds” as the locals call it, just off the beautiful Campobello Lighthouse. Stay longer and take time to visit Roosevelt’s Estate and gardens by bicycle along the quiet roadways through the island. Check out video here

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Paddle to Warren Island (In Chain of Islesboro Islands)
     Intermediate to advanced: 3 days 2 nights

•  2 mile dynamic crossing of Penobscot Bay
•  Explore the rugged glacially carved coast as well 
    as the homes of rich and famous from kayak
•  View Camden hills to the west (gorgeous!)
•  Small Island excursions 
•  Camp on Warren Island across from the lighthouse
    (pre-arrangements necessary) 
    Truly Dynamic Adventure! 

Warren Island Trip:
This journey takes us into the open water across Penobscot Bay for a unique coastal experience.  There are amazing glacial formations, beautiful cliffs, bays and summer homes.  The camping at Warren Island state park is posh but secluded, with outhouses, firewood, fresh water and trails.  We sometimes stop along the way at a more remote island for camping too!  After a long day’s paddle on day one, day two allows for time to explore the island and paddle around Seven Hundred Acre Island and if weather and ambition allows, explore the islands to the south of Warren.  There is a marina and general store nearby on Seven Hundred Acre island that has showers if anyone is so inclined!
Distance per day:  Day one and three, 14+ nm,  day 2 variable

to register: Contact us at castinekayak@gmail.com or 207-866-3506

Mothership supported Birding & Sea Kayaking Adventure to Outer Penobscot Bay and beyond!

Fall Folliage Kayak Trip

Oct. 7-12

rates include: Lodging aboard Wanderbird, 3 meals each day, kayaks and essential gear, Trip Leader;Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide/Instructor/Naturalist

Experience the beauty of coastal Maine's fall colors with a kayaking journey to the outer islands of downeast Maine! We'll be in the midst of the fall migration of birds as they follow the coastline south!
We're going in style on this trip aboard Wanderbird, a beautifully customized vessel that will bring us and our kayaks to amazing paddling locations that can't be reached easily otherwise! Captains Rick and Karen will take care of all of our meals and amenities while we plan our adventures! Each morning after a hearty and delicious breakfast we will launch our kayaks to explore remote and beautiful areas of the coast and islands that are not usually accessible from shore-based launching sites. We'll explore the nooks and crannies of the islands, picnic on beaches and in the late afternoon we'll meet back aboard the Wanderbird for showers, refreshments, and a comfortable place to relax and unwind. You will be pampered with snacks and maybe some wine before sitting down to one of Captain Karen's fine meals. Some paddling experience but all levels are welcome. Improve your paddling skills as we explore a variety of sea conditions with Master Maine Sea Kayak Guide, Karen Francoeur, of Castine Kayak Adventures.

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All inclusive trip fee includes: Lodging aboard Wanderbird, with ship shower and private head, 3 meals each day, kayaks and essential gear, Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide/Instructor/Naturalist planning and guiding our onwater explorations!

Trip Fee: $1873 per person (gratuities not included)

To Join the Adventure:
1. Register here:

2. Check out the gear list for kayaking at: http://www.castinekayak.com/Mothership%20Gear%20list.pdf

3. Fill out Castine Kayak's Release form Here

Mothership What to bring....gear list

Scheduled Summer Overnight Excursions

Join an excursion that is already scheduled ........
or gather a group of 4 or more friends and we’ll customize one for you!
(what we do is custom design a trip that works for folks and then post the
days for others to join the adventure.)
Privates are available also (inquire for rates)
Want to just enjoy a short one night camping excursion.... Contact us!


Trip Description



Sept 12,13,14 Sea Kayak Skills Camp: 
(Refine paddling technique, coastal navigation, tides, current, rescues, towing, dealing with wind and waves, and of course island camping!
(3 days, 2 overnight camping Trip)

intermediate paddlers
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$465pp (meals included)
(Bring a group of 4 or more and choose your dates!)

Kayak Camping and B & B Trip:  Exploring Penobscot Bay
Join us on this self supported paddle among the islands of Penobscot Bay and camp out the first night, then after a exciting, energizing day of paddling, relax at a Maine Coastal Inn for an evening. Visit an area restaurant for dinner! Our final take out destination on day 3 is a classic Maine working harbor in Eggemoggin Reach!

(3 days, 2 overnight)

intermediate paddlers
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$540 pp (dbl occupancy B&B)

single suppliment $75

All meals included except dinner night 2 at restaurant

(Bring a group of 4 or more and choose your dates!)

Exploring Penobscot Bay:
Departing from Castine we'll journey to the outer islands of Penobscot Bay to camp in solitude. Paddle among the outer islands to see lighthouses, reversing falls seal colonies and sea birds. Magical, Bioluminescent paddle included!
4 days 3 nights

beg - intermediate paddlers,
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$620pp (meals included)
(additional tax and gratuities)
(Bring a group of 4 or more and choose your dates!)

Castine to Bar Harbor Paddling Adventure!
This EPIC paddling adventure will take us from Castine to round the head of Cape Rosier through the acclaimed Eggemoggin Reach past Stonington all the way to Bar Harbor, island hopping and camping along the way! Phenomenal !
4 Days 3 nights

intermediate paddlers welcome!
Book Now!
$620pp (meals included)
Contact us to schedule your trip!

Warren Island camping & Meteor Shower Paddling Adventure!
This ambitious trip will take us across Penobscot Bay to Islesboro and along it shores to Warren island. Explore beautiful beaches and land trusts along the way. Paddle with the backdrop of Camden Hills and the downeast schooner fleet. Beautiful camping with great trails, water and firewood!

intermediate paddlers welcome!
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$465pp (meals included)


(contact us to schedule other dates that work for you!)

Family Kayak Camping Trip: Kids 10+ welcome!
This is the kind of vacation memories are made of! Explore the marine life of the bay and enjoy leisurely kayaking and island living! Maine the way life should be! 1 night/ two day paddling trip! We'll hike on islands, swim, camp and maybe even go out at night to see bioluminescence!

Kids 10 yrs and up
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$310 per person


(contact us to schedule other dates!)

Circumnavigation of Isle Au Haut!
3 day 2 Night Camping Trip

This 3 day 2 night Camping trip will allow us to explore the phenomenal island of Isle Au Haut from its intimate community to its picturisque lighthouse and its rugged southern coastline!
Day One: Paddle from Stonington area through the archipeligo of islands to primitive campsite on Northern end of island! Day two: Circumnavigate Isle Au Haut/ camp in Evening Day three: Explore the myriad of islands on our return trip to put in!

intermediate paddlers
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$465 per person (meals and gear included)


(contact us to schedule other dates!)

Kayak Camping Trip:  Exploring Penobscot Bay
(w phosphorescent night paddle included) 
(3 days, 2 overnight)

beg - intermediate paddlers
Book Now!

$465 per person (meals and gear included)
Contact us to schedule your group and we'll design your adventure!

Hard Core Downeast Adventure!
Great Wass Archipeligo!
Paddle the remote Maine Coast from Jonesport / Beals Island. Rugged Rocks, fisherman shacks of old, lighthouses, eagles... unbelievable scenery!

This trip is for intermediate to experienced paddlers only ! Book Now!

$155 per person/per day

Sept 1, 2, 3, 4



Intermediate Level Kayak Trip

Kayak Whale Migration Trip
Paddle among the most amazing mammals of the sea as they feed following their food source as they migrate south. Minkes, Humpbacks, Finbacks, dolphins and porpoise! See the water "Fire"as the fisherman say about the bioluminescence on a night paddle. 2 Days paddling and biking along the shores and through the outer islands of Campobello Island.

intermediate paddlers
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3 days 2 nights

Warren Island State Park - this ambitious trip will take us across Penobscot Bay to Islesboro and along it shores to Warren island. Explore beautiful beaches and land trusts along the way. Paddle with the backdrop of Camden Hills and the downeast schooner fleet. Beautiful camping with great trails, water and firewood! Energetic paddlers welcome! $160 per person/per day

choose your dates

3- 4 day journey!

Exploration of the Dynamic Reversing waters of the Bagaduce: Paddle to the sea as we retrace Native American traditional water trails through the dynamic waters of the Bagaduce. See seal colonies, eagle and osprey nests and other amazing wildlife including the ancient horseshoe crab in its most northerly mating habitat! Intermediate - advanced paddlers $155 per person/per day
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Call to book your adventure........................We'll custom design one to fit your vision!
(207) 866-3506