Khaled spent his childhood exploring Middle Eastern deserts. Jen spent hers exploring central Maine's rolling farmlands. Despite their polar-opposite upbringings, their thirsts for adventure eventually brought the pair together. So when Khaled up and left for Alaska, it didn't take Jen long to follow him.
There, the two pioneered the idea of the shoreline cruise, catering specifically to disembarking cruise-line passengers. Through their joint endeavor, The Scenic Route Maine Tours, they bring the tours back to Jen's homeland. Their van tours explore nearby Kennebunkport, known for its lobster rolls, along with LL Bean's flagship store and local lighthouses. And around the holidays, they bring Saint Nick to children's homes.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Brands Used: White Water Rafting Maine - Kennebec, Penobscot, Dead Rivers
Pro Tip: Advance Reservations (2-6 weeks) required, vouchers only accepted with advance reservations and subject to availability.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Kennebec River Rafting
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
I began whitewater kayaking and rafting in 1980, and never turned back.
What special training do you or your staff have?
All river guides are Registered Maine Whitewater Guides. This requires extensive training and a state of Maine examination.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Extensive on-river and off-river training and company policies. 38 years experience.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
In addition to fun and exciting whitewater trips, Maine Whitewater offers kayaking, ATV tours, wildlife tours, snowmobile tours and packages including deluxe cabins, tent camping, RV camping, and meals at our Maine Resorts.
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After stepping onto one of Maine Water Tours' covered pontoons, groups of up to 14 embark upon river safaris down the Kennebec River. Sailors depart from The Kennebec Tavern and set out on the placid waters to enjoy breathtaking views and glimpses of local wildlife, from majestic bald eagles to awkward harbor seals. During the adults-only cocktail cruise, passengers are encouraged to bring along drinks, snacks, mixers, and any other party ephemera to enjoy during their two hours out on the water.