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Eco Practices

The staff at Aquaterra Adventures strives to provide quality services and products in harmony with the natural environment. We have been working within the industry to provide more environmentally friendly practices to not only maintain our industry as environmentally sound, but to instill the passion for sustainability in our guests.

In 2003, we were awarded the Maine Sustainable Tourism Award as a member of the Maine Association of Sea Kayaking Guides and Instructors (MASKGI). In 2005, David Legere, the owner of Aquaterra Adventures, was invited to be a guest speaker at the 1st Annual Ecotourism Conference sponsored by the Ecotourism Society and National Geographic Magazine. At this conference, David explained how competing businesses can work together to provide better service to their guests while maintaining sustainable business practices.

Aquaterra Adventures has taken the extra steps necessary to meet the high demands of our customers, while increasing our sustainability in the industry. Aquaterra Adventures was the first kayak company in the state to eliminate the need for shuttling guests to the waterfront. Although the rent is more expensive on the waterfront, Aquaterra Adventures has eliminated the additional cost of the labor that is required for a shuttle driver. Most importantly, we eliminated the emissions of a 15-passenger van operating throughout the day. The first best practice that is listed in “A Resource Guide to Sustainable Tourism: Down East Maine and Southwest New Brunswick” for outfitters and guides is to purchase hybrid vehicles. We have gone beyond that by cutting the yearly mileage of our transport van to less than 500 miles a year.

In 2004, we changed all of our regular fluorescent lights to energy efficient fluorescent lighting. We also changed the disinfectant that we use on the aqua shoes to an herbal cleaner that actually seems to work better and smell better than the previous disinfectants we have used. To protect the islands that we paddle around, we have discontinued landing on them except on our longest trips to decrease the impact that these jewels of the Maine coast endure.

We always try to share our passion for stewardship with our guests. In 2006, we started an annual shoreline clean-up in the bay. To achieve this, we cancelled our regularly scheduled sea kayak adventures and invited visitors from around the globe to join our shoreline clean-up by offering them the necessary equipment and guide staff, to ensure their safety, at no charge. The only catch to this free paddle around the Porcupine Islands and Frenchman Bay was that they had to gather trash. We had over 20 participants the first year, ranging from age 8 to 83 and as far away as California.

Aquaterra Adventures
Located on the Waterfront in Bar Harbor
207-288-0007  |  One West Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609  |   1-877-386-4124