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Schedule an Excursion

Plan Your One-of-a-Kind Maine Tide Pool Adventure

Tidepooling

Each tide pool adventure with Coast Encounters is completely unique because of the nature of the ever-changing environment along Maine’s rocky coast. Coastal Carol will meet your group wherever you may be staying along the coast, between Kittery and Bath. If you don’t know of a location you’d like to explore, we will help you figure out the perfect location.

 

Your Group

Your excursion will be tailored to your specific group. Intertidal explorations are a great way for families to bond and learn together. The ideal group size for an excursion is 4 – 10 people, though Carol will take anywhere from 2 – 15. Carol works with people of all ages and ability levels and particularly loves working with multi-generational groups. No need to leave grandma and grandpa at home. In the tide pool, everyone’s a kid!

Timing

Excursions leave two hours before low tide and are booked on a first come, first served basis. You can use the tide table on this page to help you plan your day. A typical intertidal excursion with Coast Encounters is 3 hours long, though hourly rates are available.

What to Wear

Remember, we are going tidepooling on the rocky Maine coastline! Plan on getting wet up to your knees. Shorts are suggested. YOU WILL BE WALKING OVER SLIPPERY ROCKS! Proper footwear IS REQUIRED. This means water shoes with sticky bottoms, scuba booties, or other closed toed and healed shoes with good traction. For safety reasons, bare feet, Crocs and flip-flops are not allowed.

Safety

Coast Encounters, LLC holds full liability insurance. Participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to the excursion. Coastal Carol has been navigating the tides for decades. She will explain everything you need to know about safety on the rocks and in the tide pools prior to your adventure. At least one responsible adult must accompany all children.

Handicapped Accessible Beach Explorations

Coast Encounters also offers handicapped accessible explorations of the beach. Carol strolls with participants along a sandy beach in a Landeez beach wheelchair while collecting and revealing cool facts about the live creatures and remnants of sea life that have washed ashore.

Pricing

INTERTIDAL EXCURSION PRICING – $50 for adults; $35 for children (ages 5* – 18)

SPECIALTY PROGRAM PRICING – Please contact Carol for pricing. Email or 207-831-4436

Gift certificates are available and make a very unique gift!

Pricing is for a three-hour excursion to the shore of your choice. Based in Wells, Maine, Coastal Carol will travel along the coast between Kittery and Bath. Additional fees for Carol’s travel will be applied to locations north of Portland. Hourly pricing for shorter excursions is also available at $20/hour for adults and $10/hour for children. Payment by cash, check or major credit card is accepted at the time of the excursion.

*Because of the risks involved in walking over the rocky intertidal region, it is recommended that children are at least 5 years of age to participate. Please feel free to address any of your concerns with Carol directly.

In order to plan your one-of-a-kind adventure, we need to know a few things, including:

  • What day you’d like to go on your Intertidal Excursion
  • Which location you’d like to explore (We can give you suggestions, if needed.)
  • How long you’d like to be exploring (Typical excursions last 3 hours)
  • Who will be in your group (Number and age of participants)

Tidepool Finds

Let’s go tidepooling! Email or call Coastal Carol at 207-831-4436 to plan your Maine intertidal adventure.