Tidal Transit Kayak, Tours and Rentals in Boothbay Harbor


Kayak Tours & Rentals in Boothbay Harbor Maine Since 1988

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The Landing - Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

"Great experience and a special way to see the area!"
"We came to Tidal Transit on our last day and the experience was a perfect cap to our trip. The entire staff is incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and treats you like long time friends. Their equipment is in great shape, their trips are well thought out, and they keep good staff to visitor ratio. The area is great for kayaking! Take a camera."

In partnership with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Tidal Transit is now operating at the Landing! Located on banks of the Back River and sheltered by a series of secluded islands and rocky ledges, this area is home to a rich ecosystem abounding in seabirds, harbor seals, and a multitude of other coastal wildlife. The Landing makes a great departure point fora quick photo excursion into the calm waters of the Back River, or for a larger expedition into the surrounding tidal waters. Join us for a guided tour, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore on your own.

Be sure and come visit us at our other location in downtown Boothbay Harbor!

Our location at the landing will close on August 20. We look forward to seeing you again in July of 2018.

Island Explorer Tour:

Island Explorer Tour at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The waters bordering the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens contain a rich marine ecosystem with seals, osprey and other wildlife thriving in the salty rivers. Each morning we head into the Sheepscot river to explore this amazing ecosystem and surrounding islands. Single and tandem kayaks are available. Please arrive at The Landing by 9:30 AM. Garden Map

  • Time: 9:30am
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: $60 per person

Kayak and SUP Rentals:

We also offer Kayak rentals from The Landing for those that want to be on their own schedule. We give you a choice of single or tandem kayaks or SUP (Stand Up Padleboard). Our rental fleet is made up of Necky and Boreal Design kayaks in a range of sizes to accommodate all paddlers. They also have rudders for added stability and ease of maneuvering.

  • 1 Hour Rental: Explore miles of the Gardens' shoreline from the water
  • 2 Hour Rental: Paddle around Hodgdon Island and have a chance to land at Boothbay Regional Land Trust's Porter Preserve for a short hike.
  • 1/2 Day Rental: Paddle to Maine Island Trail Association's Ram Island in the mouth of the Sheepscot River for a picnic and view the seal ledges.
Necky Kayaks
1 - Hour $30.00 $40.00 $30.00
2 - Hour $40.00 $55.00 $40.00
Half Day $50.00 $65.00 $50.00

To make a reservation, please call (207) 633-7140 or visit Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens online. For tours and rentals we provide all equipment, including life jackets, dry bags, nautical charts and instructions.

What to bring:

Shoes you don't mind getting wet (sandals/sneakers), sunglasses, sunscreen, plenty of drinking water, and camera.