We'll meet at Driftwood Kayak home base (17 Hardy's Hill Road, Deer Isle) at 8:30am.  After an orientation session we'll drive to our put-in at Stonington Harbor or Brooklin.  then do some on-the-water practice in sheltered water before heading out to explore the islands.  We'll find a sheltered spot for a lunch break and the afternoon continue paddling.  Depending on the tide, we might find a secluded beach for some sunbathing or stop at a freshwater swimming hole before getting back to the put-in at 4pm.  Total traveling distance will be approximately 8 miles, depending on conditions and on the paddling ability in the group.  

Trip suitability

No previous sea kayaking experience is necessary - the one-day trip is suitable for beginners through intermediate paddlers.  For beginners we'll start slow with some flat water practice and you'll find that your paddling technique and confidence will steadily improve throughout the day.  If you're a seasoned paddler we'll have less practice time and will cover more distance. These trips are suitable for active singles, couples and families with teenage children (over 14 years old) and there'll be a maximum of four paddlers in the group. 

What we provide

  • pre-trip Information Package which tells you what you'll need to bring, including recommended clothing.
  • shortie wetsuits are available for rent at a nominal cost.
  • transportation to and from the put-in.
  • sea kayaks, paddles, PFDs (life vests), spray skirts and dry bags.
  • safety equipment and communication equipment.
  • one full day with a professional Maine Guide who has a detailed knowledge and experience in the area you'll be paddling.


$175/person for groups of 2 or more.

$225/person if there is only one person in the group.


Please read and sign our confidential Medical Questionnaire and Liability Release Form prior to departure. You should do this online when you book your trip.  Just click here for an online Form.

If you have limited time, our one-day trip is perfect to find out what these islands are all about.  We'll be paddling for several hours in an archipelago of small islands, all uninhabited, all reachable only by small boat. And we'll see some classic Maine scenery up close:  islands of lichen-covered pine trees coming down to granite ledges, and sandy beaches, each surrounded with a rich inter-tidal zone of kelp, barnacles and mussels.  We'll see resident seabirds  such as osprey, guillemot and perhaps a bald eagle circling overhead.  Join us for an unforgettable day of adventure and discovery in this unique island environment.

Trips are offered every day except Monday from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day Weekend.   Check the Calendar before you reserve.

Where you'll go on a one-day trip. Paddling distance is approximately eight miles

Where you'll go on a one-day trip. Paddling distance is approximately eight miles