Ocean kayaking in breathtaking Knubble Bay, Maine
Southern Maine is an adventurer's dream. Countless islands dot the coast, each home to secluded coves and seemingly untouched woodlands, only accessible via ocean kayak.
Spend three days with us as we embark on an adventure through the wetlands of Knubble Bay, experiencing nature from a unique new perspective. Our camp for the weekend is a private, remote cabin, nestled in the woods along the water; and our playground is the miles of coast just beyond its front door.
Once we arrive in Maine, we'll spend our first afternoon reviewing the basics of ocean kayaking. On day two, we'll eat breakfast as we take in the amazing colors of the sunrise before spending a full day exploring the bay, visiting the nearby islands, and enjoying leisurely hikes along the rocky coasts. At night, we'll warm up and dry off by our wood stove, enjoying hearty meals and taking in the peaceful silence of the Maine woods.
Our final day will include a stop in nearby Portland, where we can enjoy some world-famous lobster rolls or simply explore downtown before returning back to New York.
Previous ocean kayaking experience is preferred, but not required for this adventure.
Photo credit: Chris Hill
FRIDAY, JULY 27
Depart NYC at 6:45 AM. Drive to Maine. Afternoon instruction and kayak.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
Full day kayak on Knubble Bay, short hike on Beal Island (*depends on ocean conditions)
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Stop in nearby Portland. Return to New York City by 8:00 PM
Roundtrip transportation from New York City
Professional instruction and guiding
Kayak, Paddle, and PFD Rental
All meals at camp (dinner Friday through Breakfast Sunday)
Two nights lodging at private cabin
DRIVE TO MAINE, AFTERNOON KAYAK LESSON
We'll depart New York Ctiy on Friday morning at 8:00 AM. We'll stop for a brief lunch on the road and take a few breaks, arriving at our cabin at approximately 2:00 PM. After we drop our gear, we'll prepare for a brief afternoon paddle during which we'll review some important safety tips and kayaking basics. Today is a great day to test out the gear you'll be bringing on Saturday and try out some layering tactics. After a hearty meal and some games, we'll settle in to bed.
FULL DAY KAYAK AND EXPLORATION
Today we'll wake up early in hopes of catching the sunrise over the bay as we sip our morning coffee. Following a delicious breakfast, we'll gear up and load up our boats. Our exploration of the bay will include navigating through secluded coves and exploring some of the nearby islands on foot. After a full day's adventure, we'll head back to camp ready for a home cooked meal and stories by the wood stove.
STOP IN PORTLAND, RETURN HOME
We'll wake up feeling refreshed as we take in another Maine sunrise. After packing up our gear, we'll hit the road. Our path home takes us through the lovely city of Portland, famous for its food and shopping. We'll take a brief stop to snack on Lobster Roll and explore downtown before continuing on our way. We'll arrive back in New York City by 8:00 PM, feeling renewed and rejuvinated from our time on the water.
We'll be staying at Knubble Bay Camp, a brand new post-and-beam cabin nestled on the coast. The cabin will be occupied exclusively by our group. Our cabin does not have running water or electricity, however interior lights are powered by solar energy and a nearby handpump provides potable, fresh water. The cabin is not heated, though a wood stove provides warmth for drying gear and comfort for tired paddlers. Meals will be cooked by your Discover Outdoors guides, accounting for all dietary restrictions. At night, we'll retire to our bunk rooms; mattresses are provided but guests are asked to bring their own sleeping bags.
TO WEAR (KAYAKING)
- Moisture wicking or quick-drying shorts or pants
- Paddling jacket, splash shirt, or dry top (sleeves recommended for sun protection)
- For women: synthetic sports bra or bathing suit top, bathing suit bottoms
- For men: bathing suit can be worn as bottoms
- Layers are recommended to account for changing conditions
- Synthetic, quick drying material only; no cotton
- Depending on water conditions, wetsuits may be provided
- Water shoes or old sneakers that can get wet (no flip flops)
- Dry bag (required)
- Sleeping bag
- Hat with ample sun coverage
- Bug spray
- Warm clothes for evenings at the cabin
- Slippers or comfortable camp shoes
- Headlamp or flashlight
- 3 1-liter water bottles
- Additional snacks
- Money for meals on the road Friday and Sunday
- Hat with bug net (optional)