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Sea Kayak the Stonington Archipelago

Stonington, United States

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Experience hosted by Michael

7 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Stonington archipelago has many route options, so after a safety briefing, we'll have a look at the chart together, and keeping in mind the weather and tidal currents, come-up with a plan for the day. Usually we'll paddle some version of the 'Archipelago Arc' a route strategy that enables us to paddle an 8 to 12-mile loop among the islands, while staying within 2-3 miles from our launch. We'll paddle about an hour at a time and take breaks on islands along the way, looking for a good lunch spot. Some islands have idyllic pocket beaches, while others have great granite slabs, erratic boulders and hiking trails with stunning views. If the group is in the mood for a swim, we can stop at a freshwater quarry pond for a refreshing (warmer than the ocean) dip. If desired, we can pause to learn or refine paddling skills.

COVID -19: Starting June 26, visitors who have not quarantined or who are not from NH or VT must complete a Certificate of Compliance form, indicating negative COVID-19 test results. Google State of Maine COVID restrictions for more.
Other things to note
This trip is suitable for novices or more experienced paddlers. We provide any needed instruction. Tandem or single kayaks are available. We paddle rain or shine. In wind or fog we'll seek the most sheltered routes, but if winds or sea conditions are more than we want, we'll cancel the trip.
The Stonington archipelago has many route options, so after a safety briefing, we'll have a look at the chart together, and keeping in mind the weather and tidal currents, come-up with a plan for the day. Usually we'll paddle some version of the 'Archipelago Arc' a route strategy that enables us to paddle an 8 to 12-mile loop among the islands, while staying within 2-3 miles from our launch. We'll paddle about an hour at a time and take breaks on…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Sea kayaks (singles or tandems) and all related gear, provided either by us...
From $130
/ person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 2 Reviews
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We've been guiding and teaching sea kayaking since 2010, mostly from Stonington. We're both registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides & ACA-Certified Instructors trained in Wilderness First Aid. Rebecca is an artist, specializing in painting and printmaking, drawing great inspiration from the places she paddles. Michael is the author of 'AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England,' as well as numerous paddling articles. We enjoy helping visitors learn new skills while discovering the hidden nuances of the Stonington archipelago.
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Where you'll be

We'll start in Webb Cove at a campground that has a public launch. Webb Cove is home to a fleet of lobster boats as well as a loading area for an island granite quarry, but we'll soon head-out to the Stonington archipelago, a Mecca for sea kayakers with some 60-80 islands, many of which are public and part of the Maine Island Trail. We'll craft a route based on the group's interests and the weather; each island is individual as is every trip.

2 reviews

Michelle
September 2019
Very skilled and knowledgeable guide. We had an amazing day with Mike. On the fly he tailors the day to conditions, your skill level, and your fitness level. We covered so much area and saw so much. What a great experience. Highly recommended!!
Very skilled and knowledgeable guide. We had an amazing day with Mike. On the fly he tailors the day to conditions, your skill level, and your fitness level. We covered so much are…
Paula
August 2019
It was a fantastic experience. I liked being able to help determine our route through the many islands. We had great weather and the ocean and islands were so beautiful. Michael was the perfect guide.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 14 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    Water shoes or sandals that can get wet

    A rain jacket or wind shell