Our multi-day trips offer a chance to island-hop along the Maine Island Trail, a water trail running parallel to the Maine coast that features some of the best sea kayaking in the world. All trips are led by licensed Maine guides with lots of knowledge about the history and ecology of the region. Most of our trips venture into the islands of Casco Bay, adjacent to Portland, but we also offer trips further North in Muscongus Bay. Our guides prepare healthy, delicious meals on our trips using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. If none of the trips below fit what you are looking for, let us know. We're always willing to create customized trips.
Looking for a more affordable alternative to our guided multi-day trips? If you are an experienced camper consider setting up a Guided Rental.
Jewell Island Overnight
2018 Trips: June 9-10, June 23-24, July 8-9, July 20-21, August 5-6, August 18-19, September 1-2, September 8-9, and by request
Jewell Island is less than a full-day paddle from Portland Harbor, but the island lies on the boundary between the ocean and Casco Bay and feels remarkably remote and wild. With its gorgeous rugged coastline, its extensive network of trails and its ample camping spots, the island is one of the best kayak camping destinations on the Maine Island Trail in southern Maine.
This two-day trip is great for anyone with some kayaking and camping experience. The paddle to Jewell Island is roughly 8 to 10 miles, which is typically a comfortable amount of paddling in one day for a generally fit person who is comfortable spending a few hours at a time in a kayak. The group will island-hop along the way, providing at least two chances to stop for breaks. Most routes to Jewell involve significant crossings over waters exposed to the open ocean. The exposed nature of the route make the paddling experience unique for every trip. If the sea conditions are too challenging due to strong winds or dense fog the guide may make the decision to take the group to a more protected island, such as Little Chebeague Island, Cow Island or Crow Island. (Our cancellation policy allows for a full refund if the trip is canceled altogether due to weather conditions).
We provide three meals for this trip: dinner, breakfast and lunch for day two. We also provide plentiful snacks. However, you should bring along your own lunch for the first day of the trip. We provide all the kayaking gear, dry bags and an expert guide. The group meets at 9:30 AM on the first day and aims to return by 3:45 PM the second day. $220 per person.
Click here for a detailed trip itinerary and packing list for the Jewell Island Overnight trip.
Richmond Island OVernight
2018 Trips: We are still working on scheduling this trip. Let us know if you'd like to request certain dates!
As a sea kayaking destination, Richmond Island strikes a rare balance between rugged beauty, remote solitude and relatively easy access. The island is only about a mile from Portland Paddle's shop at Crescent Beach State Park, so it's usually a fairly quick paddle to reach the campsites along its shores. However, that mile is fully exposed to the open ocean and is scattered with breakers, ledges and unobstructed swells originating from the distant reaches of the Gulf of Maine. And even though the island is close to the mainland it feels like another world, with miles of wild coastline, expansive meadows, meandering trails and barely-touched beaches.
This trip allows people of all skill levels -- beginners included -- to get a taste of expedition sea kayaking on the coast of Maine without needing to paddle for many miles. Your guide will start off your trip with paddling instruction that prepares you for the journey to the island. They'll choose a route that's comfortable for everyone in the group while also offering plenty of adventure. Once you arrive at the island and set up camp your guide will offer a tour of the island that includes some stories from its rich history, including its use by the Abenaki people, English settlement in the 1620s and the first recorded worker strike (by fishermen) in American history.
The trip starts at noon at Portland Paddle's shop at Crescent Beach State Park in Cape Elizabeth. The group will return by 1:00 PM the next day. Two delicious meals are provided: Dinner on the first day and breakfast on the second day. Plentiful snacks are also provided. $190 per person
Casco Bay Traverse
2018 Trips: June 16-18, July 3-5, July 13-15, August 17-19, August 20-23, August 31- September 2 and by request
This three-day guided expedition begins in Portland and ends all the way on the other side of Casco Bay in Phippsburg. Along the way, we'll camp on the islands of the Maine Island Trail and experience the diverse environments found in the bay -- from the exposed ocean-like conditions along the outer islands to the calm and peaceful estuaries of the inner waters.
Our route will depend on the conditions and the group, but you can plan to do a significant amount of paddling as we traverse the bay. Sea kayaking experience is required. Portland Paddle will provide all meals and paddling gear. The group will be picked up at the end of the trip and driven back to Portland. Upon booking you will receive a packet with a more detailed itinerary and packing list. $395 per person.
Click here to view a detailed trip itinerary and packing list for our 3-day kayak trips.
Muscongus Bay Three-Day Expedition
2018 Trips: July 15-16, July 26-28, August 14-16 or by request
This trip begins with a roughly one-hour drive north to Muscongus Bay, one of our favorite destinations for multi-day trips on the Maine coast. It offers a prime environment for viewing wildlife, and its countless small islands provide plenty of options for exploring the Maine Island Trail. Muscongus Bay doesn't attract many large boats due to its lack of big harbors and many shallow ledges, but it's absolutely perfect for sea kayaking. This trip will depart near Round Pond on the south side of the bay and island-hop north, with possible camping spots including Thief Island, Black Island, Hog Island and Crow Island. You'll see seals and other wildlife; Muscongus Bay is especially well-known as a great place to view birds of all sorts.
Delicious and healthy meals are included. We'll also provide all the kayaking gear, along with dry bags for packing your items. Your guide will be customize the route to match the interests and experience level of the group, and they will be happy to offer paddling instruction throughout the trip. The group meets at 9:00 AM on the first day and will return by 4:00 PM two days later. Upon booking you will receive a packet with a more detailed itinerary and packing list. $420 per person.
Click here to view a detailed trip itinerary and packing list for our 3-day kayak trips.
SELF-GUIDED TRIPS & Guided Rentals
We support experienced paddlers as they plan expeditions on the Maine Island Trail. Our Guided Rentals offer the chance to bring a guide on your trip at a more affordable cost than our fully-outfitted trips.
If none of our guided trips fit what you're looking for (or don't work with your schedule or budget), consider planning your own trip into the islands of the Maine Island Trail or arranging a guided rental.
SELF-GUIDED TRIPS: This is the option for experienced sea kayakers who are comfortable with skills such as navigating in fog, rescuing capisized kayaks in rough seas and crossing busy shipping channels. If you (or someone in your group) fits that description then we can help you arrange a self-guided trip. We will provide all the gear you need and help you plan your route. We can also arrange van transportation or boat transportation so that you can take a one-way route that maximizes the territory you cover. If you have some solid sea kayaking experience but are lacking skills in a certain area we can arrange a session with one of our instructors to ensure you have the skills and knowledge needed to safely navigate the islands. The baseline cost of a self-guided trip will reflect the cost of renting kayaks (paddles, PFDs, dry bags come included). Potential add-ons include shuttle service ($40-$100), wetsuit rental ($5 per day), tent rental ($10 per day), private lesson ($75-$150), nautical chart purchase ($20).
If this option interests you please send us an email or call us. If possible, let us know the dates you are available for your trip and provide a brief summary of your past sea kayaking experience.
GUIDED RENTALS: This is the best option if you'd like the expertise of a guide but you'd prefer going without the added cost and support of our fully-outfitted trips. You'll provide your own meals and camping gear and we'll provide a guide and paddling gear. Learn more on our Guided Rentals webpage.