Tidal Transit Kayak, Tours and Rentals in Boothbay Harbor


Kayak Tours & Rentals in Boothbay Harbor Maine Since 1988

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Kayak Tours

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The Maine coastline offers a thriving marine ecosystem, plenty of wildlife to admire, secluded islands and a scenic getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Our guides are all skilled kayakers that are eager to share their knowledge of the history and ecology of the area. Join one of our Registered Maine Guides and enjoy an informal educational tour while you get your first taste of kayaking or while improving your paddle skills.

Harbor Tour:

Lighthouse Tour

Each morning we paddle from our shop in downtown Boothbay Harbor out past the moorings to the Burnt Island Lighthouse. Built in 1821, and situated at the entrance to the Harbor, it is the second-oldest surviving lighthouse in the state, and offers spectacular views in all directions. Stand on the bluff and look out to the sea, and turn around to see the fleet of lobster boats coming and going from the Harbor. Paths on the island give us a chance to stretch our legs before we paddle back along the shore of Southport Island.

  • Time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: $65

Wildlife Tour:

Wildlife Tour

Take an afternoon to meander through the islands of the coast as we make our way to Ram Island in the Sheepscot River. These protected and secluded waters offer an excellent alternative to the bustle of the Harbor where you can see coastal Maine at its best. We regularly see osprey, herons, eagles and one of the most active harbor seal colonies in the Gulf of Maine. Midway we make a stop on Ram Island to soak in the views of the Sheepscot and enjoy a refreshing snack. In order to accommodate more people while keeping a low customer to guide ratio, we offer this trip twice on busier days.

  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Price: $70

Sunset Tour:

Sunset Tour in Boothbay Harbor

As the wind dies down, this is perhaps the most beautiful time of day to be on the water. Leaving from our shop in the Harbor, we paddle out toward the islands and watch the osprey and porpoises as they come alive at dusk and the last of the windjammers head back to their berths. Turning to make our own way back, we see the colors of the sunset spread out over the pines of Southport Island.

  • Time: 5:30pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Price: $65


Custom Tours:

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Whether you want to share your island experience with one partner, a small group or a larger one, we will happily customize a tour for you. Let us take you out to the islands where you and your friends can enjoy a full lunch and an afternoon of quiet birdwatching, hiking island trails or paddling games. This is great for family reunions, wedding parties, school groups, corporate outings, or just a group of friends. Contact us by calling (207) 633-7140 or Contact Us and we would be happy to help set up a trip to remember for you and your group!



To make reservations, please call (207)633-7140 or Contact Us with your name, contact information and when you would like to join us. Prices are per person, and include all equipment.

What to bring on a tour:

Shoes you don't mind getting wet (sandals/sneakers), sunglasses, sunscreen, plenty of drinking water, and a waterproof camera. Many of these items can be purchased in our store.