On The Water
Sea Kayaking in Bar Harbor
Whether you are an expert kayaker or this is your first time out in the water, the sea kayaking in Bar Harbor is an activity everyone should experience. Several area companies offer expert sea kayaking instruction and tours around Acadia National Park and the surrounding islands.
- Aquaterra Adventures is Maine's Premier Sea Kayak outfitter. Their waterfront location and quality staff provide a high level of service and offer a variety of sea kayaking tours with the best licensed Maine guides an naturalists available in the industry. Aquaterra's guides travel the globe to keep abreast of the best techniques and methods for teaching what they are passionate about: sea kayaking!
- National Park Sea Kayak is dedicated to providing its guests with quality Ecological Sea Kayak Tours on the Western side of Acadia. National Park Sea Kayak is owned and operated by an Acadia/Mount Desert Island native. Paddle with experienced professional Maine sea kayak guides. Discover why the remote "West Side" is the preferred paddling area to view wildlife, explore the undeveloped coast of Maine, and experience that off the beaten path feeling that many who come to Bar Harbor are seeking out.
- Located just a few minutes walk from the hotel, Coastal Kayaking Tours offers a variety of guided sea kayaking tours that depart daily from June through mid-October. Watch for seals, eagles and porpoise while enjoying breathtaking vistas of Acadia National Park and historical Bar Harbor as you kayak along the rocky, tree-lined coast of Mount Desert Island. Sea kayaking tours are also available to the smaller Porcupine Islands, which are primarily owned by the park, offer a glimpse into the abundant wildlife and stunning natural beauty this region has to offer. Half-day, full-day, and sunset kayaking tours are available. Reservations are highly recommended, call 207.288.9605 for more information.
Bar Harbor, Maine's Famous Lighthouses
Maine is known far and wide for its famous lighthouses, and Bar Harbor is no exception. The Bass Harbor Head Light is a fully operational lighthouse guards the southern entrance of Blue Hill Bay and Bass Harbor and is listed on the National Historic Register. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard mans the station, and visitors are allowed to tour the lighthouse grounds at Bass Harbor Head, but not the lighthouse itself.
Visitors traveling to Bar Harbor can also explore the five additional lighthouses located on Mount Desert Island. The Mount Desert Rock Light and Great Duck Island Light are owned by a local college and allow students to study the area's whale population and nesting seabirds. Additional local lighthouses include Bear Island Light (located at the entrance to Northeast Harbor), Egg Rock Light (which is closed to the public and best viewed by boat), and Isle au Haut Light (accessible by ferry from Stonington).
All of these historic lighthouses can be viewed and photographed on local boat tours that reveal their incredible histories. Guests of the Harborside are strongly encouraged to experience these unique treasures during their stay at our Bar Harbor hotel.
Reserve a room today or contact us at 800.328.5033 to speak to a Reservations Agent about your stay at the Harborside Hotel, Spa & Marina, where unforgettable Bar Harbor vacations are our specialty.