On the Water

For several months in the summer, puffins —nicknamed the clowns of the sea — entertain whale watchers.

The acrobatic show put on by the dolphins was just one of the memorable sights on Bar Harbor Whale Watch’s 3.5-hour cruise.

Stand-up paddleboarding allows you to go to uncharted places without the crowds.

Exploring Ellsworth’s Branch Lake area, visitors can go for a leisurely stroll in Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Branch Lake Public Forest and then enjoy a refreshing […]

Salt air fused with a woody scent wafting from the cedar planking of the Alice E. as Captain Karl Brunner motored the Friendship sloop away from the dock.

The McCurdy Smokehouse is now a museum dedicated to the history of the industry in Lubec. Throughout the 19th and into the mid-20th century, the smoked herring business boomed.

If at all possible, any visit to the coast of Maine ought to include at least one ride on a boat. For centuries, life here […]

From early July to Labor Day, the Aaron Thomas from Coastal Cruises offers three-hour coastal cruises in Eastern Bay, which is dotted with islands known as the Great Wass Island archipelago.

Cadillac Mountain Sports holds free kayak demos on Thursday nights through the summer. The Ellsworth store sells both kayaks and paddleboards.

The Mount Desert Oceanarium, which highlights coastal marine life and habitat, is like a combined science class and petting zoo.

Sea kayaking, sailing, canoeing, power boat cruising, whale watching; there already are so many different ways to see Mount Desert Island from the water. So […]

Soulful flute music and sultry vocals from the ensemble Shades of Blue blended with the sound of running water in the golden evening light one […]

This was no ordinary kayak tour of the Maine seacoast; this was a four-day course designed to train future kayaking guides and instructors in the technical skills of ocean navigation, team leadership and — in this case — kayak towing.

Walk into Marlinespike Chandlery, a small Stonington shop on a one-lane road overlooking Penobscot Bay, and you’re bound to have lots of questions.

The owners of The Activity Shop are on a mission to get visitors in the right-sized boat for the right body of water for their Maine vacation.