Kayaking has become one of my family’s favorite activities. Therefore, when I found out we could go on a 2-hour sea kayaking tour around Camden Harbor we were all thrilled. Our day was lovely, bright blue skies with a few clouds. Even though it was a bit windy the weather couldn’t have been nicer.
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Introductions and Instructions for Kayaking
First, we checked in at the umbrella kiosk on the dock at Bay View Landing behind Peter Ott’s Restaurant in Camden Harbor, Maine. Then we met our tour guide, Thea. After that we made our way down to the pier where our kayaks and gear were waiting for us. Thankfully, Thea is a great teacher and explained everything we needed to know for our adventure. For instance, we learned how to hold the paddle correctly, how to use our core muscles to help us paddle, how to ‘pop’ out of the kayak should we need to as well as how safely to get in and out of our kayaks.
I was grateful for any and all instructions because it had been a long time since I was in a kayak. Luckily, Thea made it easy with her hands-on learning. She showed us how to paddle correctly and after that, everyone got in our kayaks to try for ourselves. With a few more pointers from Thea, we were all comfortable with our new knowledge and ready to start our adventure around the harbor. Oh, and what a beautiful harbor it is. There is natural beauty as well as man-made beauty out there.
Setting off on our kayaking adventure
It was time to head out into the harbor. I was so excited as was everyone else. We stayed in a single line going out and coming back to allow room for the other boats to use the channel. It also was easier for them to see us since we were the smallest boats out there. After we made it out past the docks everyone started to spread out and really try out our new skills. It was a lot of fun trying to keep time with Ainsley’s paddling rhythm. She was much faster than me which was challenging for me at first. Ainsley and I worked on our timing while we paddled past the Camden’s Laite Memorial Beach which is a lovely town beach.
Perfecting our kayaking technique
Thea asked if anyone was interested in trying to use the rudder on our kayaks and everyone was game. I found it much easier to turn the kayak with the help of the rudder however, not everyone liked it as much as I did. We kept our rudder down but others had their rudder flipped up if they didn’t like it. Most importantly, we were all enjoying our time on the water exploring the harbor and the shoreline.
As we turned toward Curtis Island and the Lighthouse, we started to feel the wind more. The wind was coming from the north which was unusual for the harbor. This is when I was very glad to have our rudder. Mostly because Ainsley asked me a few times to turn to where she wanted to go and the rudder made it much easier for us to get there. It was fun passing each kayak and talking to the different people on our adventure.
If you like sea kayaking you might also enjoy whale watching. Our adventure off the coast of Cape Ann, Ma was amazing. We couldn’t believe how many whales we saw. Check out our adventure here.
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Curtis Island Lighthouse
Our tour included our family, Thea and another father and son each with their own kayak. In other words, a small tour which was very nice for all of us. We all paddled out to see the lighthouse closer up, which from the water is an amazing vantage point. We had to work harder than before to get to the lighthouse since the wind was now blowing towards us. Since Ainsley and I are still new to paddling we really needed to keep our timing right. Grateful to Thea for teaching us to work together which made all the difference in our efforts.
Seeing the lighthouse from the ocean was breathtaking. However, I was really happy when the others in the group voted to go onto the island and see the lighthouse up close. This is a special treat not every tour gets. I am very happy we got to see this island and lighthouse. We went up into the light and out on the balcony of the lighthouse. The views are amazing. Since the day was so clear we could see all the way to Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park.
Relaxing on Curtis Island
Curtis Island is a small quiet island without any roads. For this reason, only small groups of people come by boat to visit the lighthouse, picnic and relax. The views of Camden and the surrounding coastline are spectacular. Besides the lighthouse, we also explored the shoreline and woods. Evelyn even got a little swing ride which was an unexpected treat for her. Everyone on the tour enjoyed our short visit to Curtis Island equally as did they the kayaking.
Heading back to Camden Harbor
Our trip back into Camden Harbor was relaxing with everyone enjoying each other’s company and the views. We all learned a lot about sea kayaking. The funny skirts we are wearing in the pictures are to cover our seats so we didn’t get wet. I’m glad we had them just a few times while we were out admiring the lighthouse. I think I speak for everyone when I say we all were sad to have the adventure end. We had a great time and can’t wait for our next trip with Maine Sport Outfitters.
THANKS, MAINE SPORT OUTFITTERS!
Our family had a great time on this sea kayaking adventure with Maine Sport Outfitters. It was definitely a highlight of our trip to Maine this year and a memory we will keep forever. I’m glad we chose this tour. It gave us a lot of new experiences with our girls. You know the trip is good when the kids are already telling you they are ready for the next kayaking adventure before you even leave the dock. Thanks again, Maine Sport Outfitters, for hosting us. We’ll be back again the next time we are in Maine.
For more information on this tour and all the trips and tours that Maine Sport Outfitters offers visit their website here: https://mainesport.com/guidedtrips/
Have you ever gone on a kayaking tour? How about a sea kayaking tour? Where was it to? The next time you’re in Maine I suggest you look up Maine Sport Outfitters and take a tour with them. I’m sure you will have the time of your lives, we did.