Nautical By Nature, LLC is a small guide service providing custom private sea kayak tours exploring the coast of Maine. My wife and I keep our operation small with no store front, so we have no need to sell our tours to the max capacity allowed by the state. Providing only private charters makes it easier to meet, if not exceed expectations.
Our goal is to share the very best parts of the coast, which are a little off the beaten path. We would love to take you out of the hustle and bustle of some of the busier parts of the coast to some of our favorite spots which are equally, if not more visually striking, and with more opportunities to see wildlife.
Most of our preferred Tour locations are only about an hour from Bar Harbor, if that is where you are staying. We truly feel that the drive will be well worth the time: and can be an enjoyable undertaking on its own. To quote one of our clients from the 2020 season, "this is the Maine I was expecting" We are excited for you venture out with Nautical by Nature, you will visit beaches and harbors that will show you why the sign that welcomed you to Maine said, "The way life should be."
At Nautical By Nature, we have a strong commitment to protecting and preserving the wild places in Maine and all over the world. We adhere to 'Leave No Trace' principles. We are also very grateful for the work being done by local conservation organizations and support their mission to conserve and protect wild lands. Many of the areas we visit would be inaccessible without their good work. In addition to leaving the ocean and beaches cleaner than we find them, we also donate a portion of our profits each year to help fund the efforts of The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), and the Island Heritage Trust (IHT) More information about these great organizations can be found on our resources page.
Sea Kayak Tours
Stave Island Adventure
Enjoy panoramic views and abundant wildlife as you explore North and East Frenchman Bay on your journey visiting the Maine Coast Heritage Trail (MCHT) Stave Island Preserve.
Jericho Bay Adventure
From Brooklin Maine, traverse the top of Jericho Bay to these rugged and beautiful MITA islands. Beautiful scenery, adventure and plenty of wildlife await you.
"Peter was easy going and very professional. He took our first-time kayaking group of 6, including a 10 and 12 year old, on very enjoyable trip. His instruction was thorough and his knowledge of the local area, wildlife, and lore was exceptional and entertaining. Peter allowed us to set the pace of the trip, making for relaxing excursion. Highly recommend!"
"Peter took my husband and I on a 4 hour tour off Sorrento Beach. We worked our way thru the islands out to the bay and back with a stop to stretch. He was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about sea life in this region. The trip was enjoyable with Peter pointing out all the details of the area. He made sure we had a good outing."
Why hire a guide?
There is a reason large ships hire local pilots to navigate our Maine harbors – there is simply no substitute for knowledge and experience. The coast of Maine is known throughout the world for both its beauty and its unpredictability. Our cold coastal waters, which bring huge tidal shifts, interesting weather patterns and sometimes legendary fog, require a depth of knowledge a registered Sea Kayak Guide will provide on your excursion. At Nautical By Nature, a seasoned Guide will anticipate and avoid potential dangers, charting a course that will allow you to safely experience the magnificence of our bold coastline.
With 20+ years of paddling experience, we’ve got a little insider information. A Guide can increase your chances of seeing a variety of ocean life – from sea birds to seals, we know where we’re likely to find wildlife. We strive to offer this access all the while minimizing our impact on the place these creatures call home.
And finally, with over 3,000 miles of coastline, Maine has a lot of nooks and crannies. One of the biggest draws of an ocean adventure via sea kayak is the inimitable perspective it brings. You get up close and personal with the distinctive geology of Maine’s rocky coast. A Guide knows how to access some of the best kept secrets of our coast. This know-how will provide you with a true Maine adventure – one that will only leave you wanting more!
Registered Maine Guide
AHA Basic Life Support (CPR)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Prehospital Trauma Life Support
Geriatric Emergency Medical Services
*without the resources of an ambulance I am only able to provide care at the level of basic first aid and CPR.