Maine Coast Kayaking WeekendOcean kayaking in breathtaking Knubble Bay, Maine

3 Days
3 Days
$695 non-peak member
About the trip

Explore the rocky Maine coast

Countless islands dot the Maine coast, each a home to secluded coves, pristine woodlands, and ecologically rich wetlands accessible only by ocean kayak. A weekend campsite with its remote cabin nestled in the woods along the water provides access to the miles of coast and the breathtaking Knubble Bay just beyond the front door.

You will learn the basics of ocean kayaking and adventure in confidence with expert guides to manage the complexities of tides and to discover the lore of the abundant wildlife that thrives in this dramatic setting.

Your Guide
Nathan Duclos
Senior Guide

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3 Days



Drive to Maine, Afternoon Kayak Lesson

You'll meet your team at The North Face Broadway (West 73rd and Broadway) at 7:15 AM for a 7:30 AM departure. Along the way, we’ll stop for lunch on the road before our afternoon arrival at Knubble Bay Camp. As soon as our gear is stowed, we’ll hit the water for instruction on safe and enjoyable travel by sea kayak.

Kayak Knubble Bay and hike on Beal Island

After your guides prepare a hearty breakfast and set you up with pack lunches, we’ll hit the water for a full day adventure around Knubble Bay in waters teeming with life. Birdwatching is excellent and curious harbor seals are almost certain to investigate our group. Depending on water conditions, we’ll aim for Beal Island where we can beach and explore the island on foot among its secluded network of hiking trails. Back at camp, you can kick back after a hard day’s work and wait for your guides to serve dinner.

Portland visit, departure

After another night in the peaceful silence of the Maine woods, we’ll breakfast at camp and depart for Portland where we’ll stop to enjoy some world-famous lobster rolls or simply explore downtown before returning back to New York by 8:00pm

Here’s what you need


Essential Gear
  • Dry bag
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with ample sun coverage
  • Bug spray
  • Warm clothes for evenings at the cabin
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Three 1-liter water bottles
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Money for meals on the road
Recommended Gear
  • Slippers or comfortable camp shoes
  • Paddling gloves
  • Extra snacks
  • Hat with bug net (optional)
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Book
  • Camera


Essential Clothing
  • 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)

Trip Package

  • Professional guides and instructors
  • Transportation from/to NYC and throughout expedition
  • Two nights at Knubble Bay Camp
  • Meals for duration of trip, as noted in itinerary
  • Kayak, paddle, and PFD
Not included
  • Lodging in NYC
  • Meals on travel days
  • Incidentals
  • Sleeping bags
  • Gratuity for your guides


Please plan to arrive in NYC in the day prior to our departure. Flights out of NYC should depart no earlier than 10:30 pm. If you are flying and would like to drive to meet us at camp, flights to Portland, Maine are the most convenient.


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 hand pump provides potable, fresh water. The cabin is not heated, although 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.


Daytime temperatures in the Maine summer are typically in the 70s. Evenings may get down to the mid 50s by the water.


Previous ocean kayaking experience is preferred, but not required for this adventure. It does, however, require a moderate level of physical fitness for hiking and paddling. Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if these forms and intensity of exercise are new. Personalized training recommendations are available for registrants.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This trip is ideal for kayakers who want to take it up a notch and explore rich coastal waterways teeming with marine life. While still flat water, this itinerary will include instruction on managing your craft in a variety of conditions. A full day of paddling is accessible but moderate fitness is recommended. Those new to kayaking are welcome to inquire.

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