Day Trips

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kayaks on a ledge by lighthouse

Peaks Island offers a dramatic venue to explore Casco Bay’s outer islands by kayak.

Peaks Island and the nearby archipelago of islands provide us with protected waterways, short but lively crossings, and the challenge of rocks and surf. We love to take paddlers out to the lighthouses, open ocean, and dramatic cliffs nearby. We've been operating for more than 30 years on Peaks Island because of the opportunities it offers to truly experience the Maine coast. About half of our guests every year are repeat customers. Find out why!

kayakers on a trip from Peaks Island

HALF-DAY TRIPS

Explore the islands of Casco Bay by kayak.

When you arrive on Peaks Island, we’ll walk over to our beach and review our plan for the day. We’ll introduce you to paddling effectively, get fitted for the boats, cover necessary instructional and safety issues, and get on the water by late morning.  We’ll explore protected waters and passages to island retreats, pocket beaches and maybe visit Fort Gorges, an 1860’s granite block Civil War era fort. The route may vary depending on weather and group interests.

Half-day trips are approximately 3 hours on the water and are suited for athletic beginners. $70 per person in single kayaks, $65 per person for double (tandem) kayaks. Half-Day trips meet at 9:45am. Take the 9:15 ferry from Portland. Guides will meet you, paddle in hand, when you arrive on the island.

silhouette of a kayak at sunset

SUNSET TRIPS

Finish off your day with a 2 hour tour gliding along and watching the sunset over Portland..

Casco Bay can be a busy and exciting place in the afternoon, but in the evening it often calms down.  The motor boats head back to port, the lobstermen are long gone, the wind tends to die down, and the wildlife takes over.  Paddling by kayak from Peaks Island, you’ll see the lovely colors of the sky reflected in the water.  It’s rare on the east coast to be able see the sunset over the water.  Being almost 3 miles east of the mainland has it's advantages: on Peaks Island we are treated to the "big show" almost every night!

Sunset trips are a bit over 2 hours on the water and are not destination oriented. $70 per person in single kayaks, $65 per person for double (tandem) kayaks. Sunset trips meet at 5pm. Take the 4:30 ferry from Portland. Guides will meet you, paddle in hand, when you arrive on the island.

kayakers paddling by rocky cliffs

 FULL DAY TRIPS

Spend the whole day on the water.

Full day trips allow us to get to some great places and really experience the wonders of the outer edges of Casco Bay. Paddling from our base on Peaks Island, we wander out to the famed lighthouses, through protected passages, along rocky cliffs, beneath Civil War era forts, past seal covered ledges to island retreats. We land on hidden pocket beaches, uninhabited ledges and islands. With over 200 islands, a rich geological and human history, and tremendous variety of paddling, Casco Bay is a great area for experimenting with your readiness and skill set before adventuring further.

Full Day Trips are anywhere from 5 to 7 hours on the water, depending on destination and guest interests. No experience is necessary, although we often have experienced kayakers on these trips. $115 per person, includes lunch. Full Day trips meet at 9:45am. Take the 9:15 ferry from Portland. Guides will meet you, paddle in hand, when you arrive on the island.

PRIVATE & CORPORATE TRIPS

Maine Island Kayak Co specializes in delivering highly customized adventures and trainings for private groups of friends, family, schools, camps, and businesses.

Our professional team provides high-end, all-inclusive adventures, a-la-carte trips, and effective team building exercises. Whether you are a business seeking recreation, a group of friends seeking adventure, or a college looking to expand its curriculum, let us know about your group and your goals; let's see if we can get you out on the sea.

Special educational programs have been created for Bates College, University of New England, University of Southern Maine, Boston University, Phillips Academy, SUNY, Earlham College, US Special Forces, and the Boston Aquarium.

MIKCo has designed corporate programs for organizations including: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, The President’s Club, Patagonia, Gillette, Poland Spring, Pella Windows, UNUM, IDEXX, Boston Beer, US Bancorp, Piper Jaffray, National Semiconductor, Pierce Atwood, MEMIC, The Galt Group, and Reebok.

Private recreational groups have included family get-togethers, wedding parties, and college reunions, and groups such as People Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Boy Scouts of America, Portland Visitors’ Center, Maine Tour Connection, and St Joseph’s College.

“Our company has done a number of team exercises. Our expectations were high. You and your staff exceeded those expectations, in a professional and very fun way that made those [who were] a little uneasy feeling comfortable and confident.”    Boston Beer Co

group of sea kayakers
kayakers on a corporate trip in Casco Bay

Paddling past Peaks Island

You'll paddle in our expedition grade sea kayaks.

Our single sea kayaks are 16-17 feet in length, with watertight bulkheads. We individually fit each guest to their kayak. Double kayaks are also available. To learn more about our boats, visit MIKCo's Retail Boat Store.


"Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher."    William Wordsworth