Costa Rica
Jan
26
Feb 5

Costa Rica

The lush greens of the tropical rainforest, miles of sparkling white sandy beaches, reflecting the intense equatorial rays of the sun, simmering volcanoes and misty crater lakes�.

Belize
Mar
16
Mar 25

Belize

Belize Sea Kayaking Adventure

While everyone else is talking about pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and the Caribbean sun, we want to take you on a complete and total escape experiencing not only the obvious but the sublime. Paddle with us to the lush tropical rain forests and jungles of Belize. Drop down into second gear as you encounter the colors of the Caribbean, the fabric of people, places, and Creole culture that make this small country so unique. Live the life of a beach-comber, take a week away from the hectic bustle and relax with us beach-side in your own private Cabana. Paddle the Cayes of Belize, indulge in the food of the islands, step back into the primordial world of the rain forest where you'll see flora, fauna, and become part of this tropical delight. You may even have the opportunity to stumble across a Mayan ruin. Join us on this journey of discovery that will lead us down paths we can only imagine.

We'll embark on this adventure with a stay at the Tropical Education Center at the Belize Zoo, home to 170 different animals, most of which are native to Belize and have been rescued or rehabilitated. Wake the next morning and we're off to the underworld of Belize with a tour of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, with Mayan remains and historical significance to the Belizean culture.  Soon we depart the underworld and head to the glorius Tobacco Caye and Glover's Reff for four magical days of kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing.  Delving deeper into the Belizean way of life, we then head to the lush tropical jungle staying at an eco-resort surrounded by the thick jungle canopy supporting diverse flora and fauna.  Here you'll have the oportunity to choose a tour of your choice or simply relax.  To round out our trip, we fly to Caye Caulker, an island paradise with a feel of stepping back in time.  Its laid-back atmosphere provides the perfect enviroment to finish off our trip.  There will be time to snorkel, rent a paddle-board or sit-on top kayak and wander the dirt "main st" meeting the locals selling their hand-made goods, sipping a tropical drink seaside, or kicking back in a hammock under a swaying palm tree.Moving on from Placencia we'll fly to Caye Caulker, an island Paradise.

So escape with H2Outfitters to the warmth of this paradise, its people, its climate, and its hospitality. Without a doubt, this will be an Adventure for a Lifetime and one you will savor for months afterward.

$3295 per person
based on double occupancy; singles add $300.

Price includes 9 nights lodging, kayaks, paddles, PFDs, transportation in country as noted on itinerary, melas as noted on itinerary, park fees, entrance fees to land-base tours as noted on itinerary.

Portugal
Apr
28
May 7

Portugal

Join us on our Portugal Exploratory and get a behind the scenes perspective on how we put a trip together.  Become part of the process by coming along and save Big time!  This will be an a-la-carte trip which will be priced well below the regular booking price once the trip is on the docket. 

Those of you who choose to ride along will get special pricing; $3200 for the 8 day exploratory adventure. H2Outfitters will provide all lodging, transportation in country and kayak-related cost.  You will be responsible for your meals and the costs of any activity you may choose to do.  As a member of the exploratory team you will have input on accommodations, eateries, points of interest as well as feedback on the places we visit so that we can make the right choices for the final itinerary. It will be a fun and flexible trip with lots of interaction with the locals too.  Space is limited so don’t delay if this catches your fancy!

Our itinerary will have us arriving in Lisbon on Saturday, April 29. We will find ourselves in the oldest and most venerable part of town, the historic Chiado district. Here in the midst of the city’s flavor, ambience, and history we begin our exploration. 

Over the course of our stay we’ll have the opportunity to explore the city by e-bike, via streetcar trams, and on foot. Most importantly the pulse of this vibrant city will leave each of us with a sense of its culture, people, and traditions. Perhaps we’ll have the chance to listen to the mellow rhythms of Fado, the soul of Portuguese musica suitable accompaniment to the local cuisine.

Faced with the choice of heading north or south from Lisboa, our journey will lead us on the latter route to the southernmost point of Portugal in the Algarve region, our destination… the magical town of Sagres. Here we’ll discover secluded beaches and coastal towns,  and see first hand the dramatic cliffs that frame the southern coastline. Opportunities for hiking and biking will present themselves no doubt, so be ready to burn some calories!  The main attraction here is the raw beauty of the place, an setting beyond compare.

Departing the quiet isolation of the south we’ll enjoy the sojourn north, our final destination the Douro River Valley. Here along the river’s steep banks we’ll find the terraced vineyards that supply the world with Portugal’s namesake libation Port wine. Look forward to paddling, hiking, and driving from the mountainous border with Spain to the coastal city of Porto. On the way we will stay at various Quintas, (winery sponsored hotels), agriturismos, and family run inns as we head down river. This will be the highlight of our visit, a fitting conclusion to our travels

$3200 per person based on double occupancy; singles add $500.

What H2Outfitters provides:

  • 8 night’s accommodations
  • In country transportation
  • kayaking days

 

What You Need to provide:

  • Meals (primarily lunches and dinners)
  • Fees for any activities/sights you opt to do Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities for guides
  • Any transportation costs not included with itinerary
  • International airfare

 

How to Register:

To confirm your spot a $1000 deposit must be received on or before the absolute deadline of December 31, 2016. The balance for the trip is due February 15, 2017.  If you choose the other option, full payment will be required by year end, December 31st. The trip will be limited to 8 explorers and slots will be secured on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Cancellation Policy:

100% of the deposit will be refundable until 1/15/17, after that date 50% will be refundable until 2/15/17. 2017 deadline.

 

 

Sea Kayak Sardinia
May
19
May 29

Sea Kayak Sardinia

The Crown Jewel of the Tyrrhenian Sea

Join us on a journey to one of the Mediterranean's island treasures, Sardegna, also known as the island of Sardinia, located just west of the Italian coastline midway to Majorca and the Bealeric Islands. We'll focus our exploration on the northern region of the island and the picturesque Maddalena island archipelago, its granite rock outcroppings sculpted by the wind and waves into dramatic landscapes against the sea. This is a paddler's trip, offering the experienced paddler opportunities to paddle diverse conditions, yet providing ample protected waters for those newer to kayaking to enjoy the incredible beauty one can only experience from the cockpit of a kayak.  For sure,  the rewards will be great as we lose ourselves in the adventure, finding some real gems off the beaten path.  Expect to establish some long-lasting friendships with the people we meet as we share exceptional food and sustenance at the table.

Although part of Italy, Sardinia is in-and-of itself, a world apart.  The native dialect, Sardo, has been identified as the closest living language to the Latin spoken by the ancient Romans.  The island was once controlled by Rome's greatest enemy in the Mediterranean, Carthage, whose armies threatened Rome itself under the leadership of their famous general Hannibal Barca.  The Bronze Age Nuraghic civilization left their mark on the island as well; these ancient builders constructed countless stone towers scattered through the countryside, an archaeological mystery waiting to be solved by those of us with the Indiana Jones-gene!  Even the rock formations have an other worldly appearance, shaped by the Mistral, that harsh west wind that accelerates down the Rhone Valley, across Provence, and then out to sea sculpting the island's coast line into organic shapes. The result reminiscent of the smooth, flowing, carvings of sculptor Jean Arp if one uses some imagination.  This is a place not to be missed!!

The clear azure sea that offers us breathtaking ocean-bottom-views 60 or more feet below our kayaks will be the stage upon which we become the actors in this dynamic drama of ebb and flow.   Lots of paddling to be found, secret places to explore, hidden sea caves, secluded beaches and the opportunity for some lively surf will be part of the action too. For land lubbers there will be opportunities to hike or bike instead, and of course time can be taken to find a cliff-side perch and simply watch the ever-changing sea.

At the end of the day, we will all have experienced some fun,  some serious paddling, and an unequaled sampling of food and wine prepared in a traditional manner.  Could be just the ticket for a great getaway!

 


May 19* - 29*, 2017

* Travel days

$3750 per person based on double occupancy; singles add $500

The Price includes 9 night accommodations in Inns or hotels, meals as noted on itinerary, in-country transportation once you have arrived at our first night's Inn as outlined on the itinerary, ferry to Sardinia, kayaking gear and safety equipment, and highly qualified & trained guides

Click here for detailed itinerary

 

 

Jun
18
Jun 24

Exploring Maine’s Offshore Island of Vinalhaven

6 days, 6 nights - lodge-based accommodation

June 18 - 24, 2017


Located 12 miles off the midcoast of Maine, lies the large island complex of Northhaven and Vinalhaven, known for its striking natural beauty and home to the largest lobster boat fleet on the East Coast. Here you will experience a full range of paddling opportunities from calm protected waters, to meandering channels through island thoroughfares, to the open seas along the southern coast.  Pristine islands with white sandy beaches, deep penetrating coves providing shelter from the seas, and a meandering shoreline of spruce forest interrupted by simple to stately summer homes, provide the backdrop to our paddling experience.  The adventure, however, reaches far beyond the seas surrounding this island archipelago.  Take a walk down Vinalhaven’s main street, and a few side streets, and enjoy the wonderfully restoredhistoric homes with beautifully-maintained gardens, stroll along miles of maintained hiking trails taking in the smells, sights, and sounds of the forest, and meet the some of the colorful residents of the island at the local diner. This is a place not to be missed, a place that warrants at least a week to explore, and a place that will lure you back again and again.

Our home for the six days/six nights is a restored 1869 house situated on a quiet side street, just a mere 2-3 minutes walk from Vinalhaven’s main street and picturesque harbor. After a day on the water, enjoy sitting in a rocking chair on the enclosed deck reading one of the many books about the island history found in the living room, or pull out the scrabble board and challenge your fellow paddler to game of wits, or piece together a 1000 piece puzzle.


Cost:  $1495 per person based on double occupancy;  singles add $300
Price includes:  Roundtrip ferry service from Rockland, accommodations for six nights, meals as noted on itinerary, kayaks and related gear, and professional leadership by H2Outfitters’ staff and Registered Maine Guides.

 

Enjoy Downeast Maine
Jul
2
Jul 7

Enjoy Downeast Maine

Rugged, remote, and simply beautiful. Open stretches of sea, majestic headlands, rustic fishing villages, and undeveloped shoreline are just some of the reasons why we like this area. 

The Tuscan Islands and the Sensations of Chianti
Sep
21
Sep 30

The Tuscan Islands and the Sensations of Chianti

Just had to say thank you! Thanks for a wonderful, fabulous, incredible trip! You gave me so much more than I expected and it truly changed my life, seriously. I don’t think I can find the words to thank you enough!
— E. Shankman, CT

When the goddess of love Venus emerged from the swells of the Tyrrhenian Sea, seven gemstones were lost from her crown as the waves crashed all around her. These seven stones became the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago: Elba, Giglio, Capraia, Gorgona, Pianosa, Giannutri and Montecristo. So these are the gems of Tuscany encompassing 600,000 acres making it Europe's largest marine park. The most famous and largest of these islands is Elba, dominated by nature with its long sandy beaches, small inlets, vertical cliffs, and transparent deep blue sea. The Etruscans mined metals here, to the Romans, it was a destination resort, and to Napoleon it was his home away from home during his exile. We'll visit small medieval villages, sample local fare rich in genuine flavor, and explore the stunning coastline of white sand, hidden cobblestone beaches,and rugged rock outcroppings.

From here, we'll journey to the heart of Tuscany, a region first inhabited by the ancient Entruscans, who cherished the hills, the land, and the air as a place of sanctuary. For Chiantigianos it is the place to cultivate the grape, harvest the olive, and to savor the sights, sounds, and scent of the hills. For us peregrinators, wayfarers as the Roman tourists called themselves, it will be a delight for the senses and truly an adventure for a lifetime. 

Click here to read an account of the Elba adventure

Japan's Inland Sea
Nov
8
Nov 19

Japan's Inland Sea

Sea Kayaking Japan's Inland Sea

The island archipelago of Japan is a land of contrasting harmonies, and this ever present quality becomes a prevailing condition of our journey. The juxtaposition of nature and tradition against technology and development presents the backdrop for an adventure for a lifetime.  From the busy seaport of Osaka to the sacred island precinct of Miyajima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, our group of paddlers will come to understand firsthand the complexities of this island nation.  This is a voyage we have been taking since the late 90's and we have formed long lasting relationships with the local people, businesses, and the areas in which we paddle.  Our group will participate in a traditional tea ceremony, relax at the end of the day in thermal Onsen hot springs, and indulge in gustatory delicacies unique to each region we visit. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is at once humbling and spiritual, sending a clear message of our ability to destroy, while leaving a lasting impression for hope.  The ancient cities of Nara and Kyoto are on our agenda also, providing a clear view into Japan's past.  All this is connected, appropriately, by in-country travel on the country's Shinkansen high speed bullet trains!  And so, the principles of Wabi-Sabi apply as we venture from one realm to the next...


$5950 per person double occupancy
singles add $500

Price includes 10 nights accommodations in Japan, meals as noted on itinerary, all transportation once in Japan, kayaking equipment and guides, entry fees to other points of interest as noted on itinerary.



Italy - Amalfi Coast
Oct
7
Oct 16

Italy - Amalfi Coast

Imagine paddling through volcanic archways, a glimpse of a precipitous coastline coming into view, and then the full drama of la Costeria Amalfiano before you its landscape of color, texture, and relief are woven into a dramatic tapestry that permeates the soul.

Sep
17
Sep 26

Kayaking the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre

Exploring the Five Villages of Cinque Terre by Kayak

(9 days & 9 nights in Italy)

Join us for an unforgettable kayak adventure along the soaring coastline of Cinque Terre, an enclave of five villages perched precariously above the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the Italian Riviera, this region of Italy boasts not only incredible kayaking but an intricate network of hiking trails between the villages allowing visitors to experience the beauty from both sea level and a bird's eye view.  Accessible only by boat or train, the five villages remain untouched by the encroachment of development, which changes the character and charm of such special places.  This is a destination that offers an authenticity, a slower pace, yet, provides a diversity of activity that truly sets it apart.

Enjoy five days of paddling from village to village, our lodgings wonderful Inns and hotels with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.  A special addition to the trip is an exploration of Porto Venere which was a major trading center throughout Medieval times.  Its wide quayside offers a multitude of cafes and quaint shops and, with some careful wandering, you may discover the most delicious pesto to be found anywhere in Italy.  We'll leave that discovery to you!

What makes this trip especially interesting is that it offers so much more than just the paddling.  The spectacular vistas of the Ligurian Coast are complemented by the food, the wine, and the subtle play of light on the colors of the landscape. These are all qualities that contribute to the essential nature of what Italy has to share.   Participate in an authentic Slow Food cooking class, a full day of gustatory comeraderie with hands-on preparation, involved cooking, and the resultant feast by mid afternoon, a fitting culmination to the day's "work".

There is no better way to create a memorable journal of your experience than a photographic record of where you have been and those with whom you have shared your adventure.  Our uniquely structured photography workshop lends itself to just that... a process that develops a sense of effective composition rather than technical complication.  Our instructor and Tuscan guide, is a noted photographer in the region.  His approach is positive and reinforcing and provides you with the opportunity to grow and test your skills whether you are looking through the viewfinder of a high-end DSLR camera or framing your shot on the screen of a point-and-shoot.  Photo opportunities abound from ancient Roman baths and hidden Etruscan ruins, to the day to day activity and commerce in the local butcher shop, Macelleria, a place where our group will have a chance to feast on a sampling of meats, cheeses, and wines that will constitute our late day picnic lunch in the field!  This will be a "full" day excursion in more ways than one.

So come join us on our maiden voyage to Cinque Terre.   "Piano, piano, piano", as the Italians say, "slowly, slowly, slowly" enjoy life, perhaps as it should be.


*The first and last days listed are international travel days

Click here to view detailed itinerary

$4750 per person double occupancy; singles add $600.

Price includes accommodations for 9 nights in Italy, meals as noted on itinerary, kayaking equipment, qualified and highly trained guides, and transportation once in Italy as noted on itinerary.

Sea Kayak Inn to Inn
Jul
10
Jul 16

Sea Kayak Inn to Inn

The Best of Both Worlds...enjoy an exhilarating day kayaking on the water, soothe your muscles under the warmth of hot shower, sample the fruits of the sea, and relax in the comfort of a cozy Maine Inn!

Midcoast Expedition
Jun
26
Jul 2

Midcoast Expedition

Join us on this 6-day expedition paddling across Penobscot bay, Blue Bay, and into Frenchmen's Bay, a distance of approximately 65 miles.

Icelandic Journey
Jun
1
Jun 12

Icelandic Journey

Kayaking & Sailing Iceland's West Fjords

Iceland...an island in time, presenting a panorama of surreal landscapes, rich history and the struggle between man and the environment; it is a destination whose breathtaking beauty invites exploration.

Iceland is at once a primordial world and a technical conundrum. It has been a place that demonstrates the dichotomy of the wildness of nature, its taming and harnessing by humanity. These qualities have sparked the imaginations of explorers, adventurers, writers and artists from the four corners of the world...and in so many ways, it is indeed the earth's center.

Take the voyage with H2Outfitters' staff, and cross the seas to the island Republic of Iceland. We'll land in this small country's capitol, Reykjavik, the place of Norseman Leif Erikson and his Viking explorers made landfall centuries ago. His statue stands beneath the church towers of Hallgrimskirkja.  Leif's era was a time of epic Viking sagas, discoveries, and battles with the gods and demons that inhabited the geo-thermal nooks and crannies scattered across the surface of the island. These "super-natural forces" have since been tamed by the local population and now support the people and the land as alternative energy sources while at the same time providing recreational and therapeutic resources as an added bonus. From hiking, skiing, and boating to the relaxation of soaking away the stresses and strains in the plentiful hot springs, the land in and of itself is unequaled as an adventures' paradise.

We'll paddle into the country's deep fjords, visit small villages, and get to know the people on an intimate level of culture-to-culture. The locals are self-sufficient, welcoming to voyagers from the sea like ourselves, and always curious about the ancestry of the new friends they meet. Remember, these are people with surnameslike Sigurds-son or Olafs-dottir and they want to know who you belong to this in this world! This is their land where the mountains meet the sea, a land that is in a constant state of flux with seismic volcanic action and slow-moving glaciers. The metaphor of fire and ice holds so true in this dynamic environment and is the driving force behind the hospitality and generosity of its people.

We'll trek to, and stand on, the surface of a glacier underway, breath air whose crispness will quickly become an acquired taste, and savor the magical light in a land that is for half the year bathed only in shades of twilight. This is the atmosphere of adventure, and discovery, and there is no place like it on this Earth. And so, it might be said that Iceland is an all-encompassing wilderness that not only transcends the conflict between man and nature, but also offers visitors an opportunity to become participants in its daily give and take.

Please join us for an exciting journey to this magnificent land of fire and ice, another on our list of Adventures for a Lifetime.

2014 Iceland Itinerary

Sea Kayaking & Sailing Iceland's West Fjords

A journey by sea, land and horseback

June 7 - 17, 2014

 

The West Fjords of Iceland offers unequaled landscapes of dramatic cliffs, lush valleys, and few remote fishing villages.  Wildlife is abundant with almost 50 species of breeding birds, arctic fox, seals, whales and porpoise. Using a sailboat as our 'Mothership' you will have the flexibility to explore the plentiful fjords that penetrate deeply into this land-mass creating the fingerlike peninsulas of the West Fjords.  In addition to the kayaking, you'll also have the chance to explore on foot over glaciers and sloping lava fields.  Clean, comfortable, and warm accommodations are provided on board the sailboat as well as delicious Icelandic meals and fresh coffee.

 

At the end of the kayak/sailing trip, we will return to the capital city of Reykjavik, renowned for its European influence of fine restaurants, nightlife, and shopping.  You'll have time to explore this vibrant city full of history, architectural designs, and excellent cuisine.  One cannot leave Iceland before experiencing the agility and sturdiness of the Icelandic horse or a visit to the Blue Lagoon.  You'll have the option to partake in both activities or spend time exploring on your own on our final day in Iceland.

 

Day 1 - Departure from US

Day 2  - Domestic flight from Reykjavik to Isafjordur

Day 3 - Explore Isafjordur; leave on kayak trip

Day 4 - Paddle around the island of Vigur; a breeding site for thousands of seabirds

Day 5 - Kayak near spectacular cliffs in the Hornstradir Nature Reserve

Day 6 - Kayak or hike in Hornvik and then sail to the old abandoned village of Hesteyri

Day 7 - Paddle to the Drangajokull glacier & hot springs

Day 8 - Explore the fjord by kayak before returning to Isafjordur

Day 9 - Catch a morning flight to Reykjavik, explore Reykjavik

Day 10 - Optional/day horseback riding

Day 11 - Depart for US 

 

 

Detailed Itinerary

 

Day 1 -  Saturday, June 7

Depart from US to Iceland.  It is best to try for the overnight flight arriving in Iceland early morning.  

 

Day 2 - Sunday, June 8

Upon arrival in Iceland, transfer by bus to the domestic airport for a mid-late morning flight to Isafjordur.  After we have settled into the guesthouse, spend some time exploring this picturesque village nestled in the shadow of the surrounding foothills.  Enjoy an Icelandic cup of coffee, stroll through the tiny streets or stretch your legs wandering the hills and be sure to bring your camera.  Our first Icelandic dinner will be enjoyed at the local restaurant as we share excitement for the upcoming sailing/kayaking adventure. (D)

 

Day 3 - Monday, June 9

Final preparations for gear and equipment will be covered today with the plan to depart at about 4PM to sail to our first night's anchorage, approximately one hour away.  Once anchored you'll have the option of going for a short paddle or a short hike along the beach.  The long days provide many hours to enjoy this incredible outdoor playground and wonderful lighting for the aspiring or avid photographer. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4 - Tuesday, June 10

We're off to the island of Vigur, a breeding ground for thousands of seabirds including Eiders, Puffins, Arctic terns and Black Guillemots.  You'll have a chance to walk on the island, paddle around it, and experience the unique coexistence of man and nature firsthand.  Later in the day, we'll sail 2-4 hours to our next destination, the bay of Aoalvik. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5 - Wednesday, June 11

Get ready for some spectacular scenery today as we paddle along white sandy beaches, and 

beneath 600'-1500' cliffs around the Hornvik peninsula, part of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The panoramic views of the fjords you will have from the hike will be well worth it and perhaps you'll spot an Arctic fox frolicking in the flowering fields. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6 - Thursday, June 12

View the beauty of this area today with a hike in the preserve to the top of the cliffs or explore more by kayak before we depart by sailboat to our anchorage just offshore of the abandoned village of Hesteyri.  A quick side-trip on the sailboat we'll take us across the Arctic Circle before reaching our destination. (B, L, D)

 

Day 7 - Friday, June 13

A paddle across the bay will bring us to the Drangajokull glacier that flows into this fjord stirring the water enough to muddy the waters. Hike up the glacier and perhaps even take the kayaks up the river and try an easy run down.  (B, L, D)

 

Day 8 - Saturday, June 14

This is the final day of the kayak trip with the option of a short or long paddle.  Later in the day we will end up back in Isafjordur, check into the guesthouse and head off to dinner, indulging in another wonderful Icelandic meal and sharing tales of the week. (B, L, D)

 

Day 9 - Sunday, June 15

After breakfast and packing our belongings, we'll catch a morning flight to Reykjavik, check into our hotel, and venture off to explore this vibrant city rich in history, culture, and architecture - maybe we'll even stop by for a soak in one of the many thermal pools scattered throughout the city. (B)

 

Day 10 - Monday, June 16

It's off to "tolt" on the sturdy-footed, agile, and gentle Icelandic horses through lava fields, farmland, and rolling hills.  These iconic creatures are beloved by the Icelandic people and an important link in the transportation chain of this small country.  If you'd prefer not to ride, you'll have time to explore more of the city before we all meet up for our final dinner. (B)

 

Day 11 - Tuesday, June 17

Departure day. (B)

 

 

 

Trip Price

$5250 per person double occupancy; single supplement $300. 

If you are single and willing to share a room, please let us know.

 

What's Included

•  Domestic Flight from Reyjkavik to West Fjords and back

•  Meals as noted on itinerary

•  Four-nights accommodations in guesthouses/hotels

•  5 days kayaking/sailing including kayaks, paddles, PFDs, and spray skirts

•  Accommodations on the sailboat and all meals while on the kayak/sailing trip

 

 

What's Not Provided 

• International airfare 

• Meals not specified on the itinerary 

• Excess baggage charges or insurance of any kind 

• Alcoholic beverages 

• Items of a personal nature (snacks, laundry, etc.) 

• Fees for any optional activities such as horseback riding or other sightseeing options 

• Airport departure taxes; additional hotel nights that may be incurred due to airport schedule changes or other factors

• Gratuities for guides 

NOTE: We try to be as accurate as we can with our itineraries but certain factors out of our control can cause the itinerary to change.  We appreciate your flexibility and trust in us to provide you with a safe, enjoyable, and memorable experience.

Japan's Inland Sea
Apr
19
Apr 30

Japan's Inland Sea

Sea Kayaking Japan's Inland Sea

The island archipelago of Japan is a land of contrasting harmonies, and this ever present quality becomes a prevailing condition of our journey. The juxtaposition of nature and tradition against technology and development presents the backdrop for an adventure for a lifetime.  From the busy seaport of Osaka to the sacred island precinct of Miyajima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, our group of paddlers will come to understand firsthand the complexities of this island nation.  This is a voyage we have been taking since the late 90's and we have formed long lasting relationships with the local people, businesses, and the areas in which we paddle.  Our group will participate in a traditional tea ceremony, relax at the end of the day in thermal Onsen hot springs, and indulge in gustatory delicacies unique to each region we visit. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is at once humbling and spiritual, sending a clear message of our ability to destroy, while leaving a lasting impression for hope.  The ancient cities of Nara and Kyoto are on our agenda also, providing a clear view into Japan's past.  All this is connected, appropriately, by in-country travel on the country's Shinkansen high speed bullet trains!  And so, the principles of Wabi-Sabi apply as we venture from one realm to the next...

$5950 per person double occupancy;
singles add $500

Price includes 10 nights accommodations in Japan, meals as noted on itinerary, all transportation once in Japan, kayaking equipment and guides, entry fees to other points of interest as noted on itinerary.

Maine Hut To Hut Kayak Trip
Oct
22
Oct 25

Maine Hut To Hut Kayak Trip

Join us as we explore the beautiful and wild western mountains region of Maine on this 4 day/3 night kayak adventure, utilizing the Maine Huts & Trails system, Maine's newest, year-round outdoor adventure destination.  During our four days we will stay at the beautiful Flagstaff Lake Hut, named "best Lakeside lodging" by the editors of Yankee Magazine, and also at the Grand Falls hut located on the banks of the Dead River.  We'll have a chance to experience the beauty of Maine's lakes and rivers as we make our way from Flagstaff Hut to Grand Falls Hut, hiking the last 2 miles through Maine's scenic woods to the hut.  This is a great trip for all levels of paddlers and an opportunity to enjoy some fresh water paddling.  Experienced kayakers, take advantage of the clear warm [img 3319] water of the lake to practice rescues, rolling, bracing or any other in-water skills that are less inviting to practice in the cold Maine ocean water.

Trip itinerary / details:

The Saranac Lakes Chain
Sep
13
Sep 16

The Saranac Lakes Chain

This intricate network of undeveloped lakes, islands, and meandering rivers offers tranquil paddling opportunities surrounded by the brilliance of fall colors. Cool crisp nights coupled with warm fall days make for a perfect Adirondack autumn experience. Great camping, relaxed paddling and unspoiled views along the pristine shoreline make the Saranac Lakes a wonderful refuge from the day-to-day grind. If we're lucky we may hear the song of the loon before their southern journey begins.

$495 per person.

Price includes campground fees, kayak, sprayskirt, PFD, wetsuit, paddle and meals beginning with lunch on the first day through lunch on the final paddling day. We will meet at the put-in at 10AM on the 13th, paddle the 13th-16th, and be off the water by 3PM on the 16th.

Moosehead Camping Trip
Aug
23
Aug 26

Moosehead Camping Trip

One of our favorite lake adventures is exploring our state's largest lake, Moosehead Lake, in Greenville, Maine. This is a car-camping trip so bring your Westfalia camper if you have one! This is a great opportunity to see Maine's famous moose, deer and smaller game as we paddle Maine's largest lake exploring its tributaries and surrounding marshes. Take a break from paddling and indulge yourself with a scenic hike up Mt. Kineo to capture an unbelievable view of the Moosehead Lake region.

$495 per person.

Price includes campground fees, kayak, sprayskirt, PFD, wetsuit, paddle and meals beginning with breakfast on the first day through lunch on the final paddling day. We will meet at Lily Bay campground on the evening of the 23rd, paddle the 24-26th, and depart mid afternoon on the 26th.