Double Kayak Rentals
- Add $10 for each additional hour
Single Kayak Rentals
- Add $10 for each additional hour
Hours of Operation
Hours: 9am – 5pm (daily)
Season: Open until September 10
Telephone: 800-685-4624 (locally 709-458-2722)
Kayak rentals are only available on a first come, first serve basis. Even when it’s busy most people never wait more than 30 minutes before a kayak is available.
Your sea kayak rental includes PFD, paddle, spray skirt, map and required safety equipment. Dry bags are available for a small fee.
All renters must sign a waiver taking full responsibility for themselves and the gear they rent. Any person under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian sign for them. Any person under 16 years old must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Dress for the weather and as if you are going hiking. If you plan to go longer take extra clothing as weather conditions can change. Keep in mind that the PFD and spray skirt will provide extra warmth. Getting wet is a part of sea kayaking. We will launch you right from the beach so you won’t get your feet wet. If you intend to go to ashore while on your outing, wear footwear that can get wet and provides support on rocky shorelines and pebble beaches. Other items to take: sunscreen, sunglasses with strap, hat, water, dry bag, cell phone (some areas of Bonne Bay will not have cell coverage), camera, snack.
Our location is at “The Tickle”, a narrow channel connecting Bonne Bay’s East Arm to the Main Arm. Paddling in the East Arm would be similar to paddling on a large lake (still susceptible to strong winds) whereas paddling in the Main Arm has the added elements of ocean swell and increased tidal effects.
Our goal is for renters to have a safe and enjoyable sea kayaking experience. Double sea kayaks are far more stable than single kayaks and much easier to make headway in wind if both paddlers are capable of paddling. Please note, double kayaks are difficult to paddle in wind if one paddler is just along for the ride (ie. a young child)!
Single kayaks can overturn much more easily than double kayaks and require strength and good technique to paddle in winds. To rent a single kayak you must demonstrate knowledge of self and assisted rescues and have previous paddling experience in a cockpit style kayak.
Our staff will provide a short orientation to the equipment, inform renters of the weather forecast and answer any questions regarding routes. If you are concerned with being able to paddle in windy conditions, then the best option is to join a guided tour. Tours are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides and they choose the best routes for the weather of the day. Additionally they are equipped with safety gear to assist you if you are having difficulty.
Kayak rentals are only available for rent from our waterfront location in Norris Point for use on Bonne Bay.
We do. Please tell us when you call that you might need a larger kayak and we can discuss your needs to find the right fit. Often we suggest that you come by and try sitting in a kayak to see if it is comfortable for you and if the foot pedals can be adjusted for your leg length.
Solo paddlers must explain a solo capsize and recovery and provide details on sea kayaking experience and training in order to rent a single kayak and paddle unaccompanied. If you cannot do so, we cannot rent a kayak to you and suggest that you join a tour.