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Family Kayaking Trip

We had a very organized, attentive and fun guides to kayak with! Saw a gigantic horseshoe crab... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2016
A beautiful day on the marsh

ERBA , is a great way to get a taste of kayaking and get a close up view of the marsh, there kayaks... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2016
John S
Essex, Massachusetts
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4 days ago
“Rude business owners far outweigh beauty of area”
10 Aug 2017
“kayaking in the essex river”
We are the longest running sea kayak outfitter on the North Shore of Massachusetts, providing guided kayak trips of the beautiful wilderness within the Essex River Basin. Our guides provide superior customer service, sharing their knowledge...more
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Book another local adventure. The area is remarkable for sightseeing, exploring, swimming, shopping, etc. The owners have proven time and time again to be poor embassadors of the beautiful historic Cape Ann area. Complaints of mistreatment of deposits abound, abuse of towns public parking and...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

It was wonderful to paddle along the rivers ! Paul and Rosalind are great guides. They also planned a little rest for the kids to enjoy the Stream and jump from the beach to the water. The break was long enough to rest the arms...More

1  Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 22 June 2017

We had the same bad experience as others who had to cancel due to bad weather. Our original trip was planned for last July. When we called to cancel they said we could reschedule the lesson. But when we tried to re-book a lesson this...More

4  Thank DyerBoston_Mass
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We could not cancel due to the weather!!! Really? We were leaving the next day...this is unacceptable.

4  Thank Colleen C
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We took the morning Gilligan Tour on 8/28 and couldn't have been more pleased. We had perfect weather, and 3 fun guides, Jen, Cara and Logan. ERBA really does everything quite well. They fit you with equipment and transport you to the site where you...More

Thank restaurantdiva
Reviewed 30 July 2016

After rain all morning the sky's cleared to give us the most fantastic day for kayaking. Our guides (Jake and Corey) were fun and informative and the scenery was spectacular. I have lived in Massachusetts forever and couldn't remember such sights, definitely a different view...More

Thank Jandoucet
Reviewed 16 July 2016

I highly recommend this as a perfect activity for family with active teens. We were looking for activities that would enlighten and entertain a teen boy. ERBA provided the perfect day trip. We planned a Sat mid day 3-hour Gilligan. It was warm nearer BOS,...More

1  Thank lisaMfromHudson
Reviewed 4 July 2016

While I very much enjoyed the sunset fireworks cruise. The sunset was stunning. The guides were awesome. The tiny bugs that were bitting us were awful and non stop. I wish I brought along bug repellant or were told just before we left to buy...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 30 May 2016

We had a very organized, attentive and fun guides to kayak with! Saw a gigantic horseshoe crab, tons of Ingrids and a bunch of white birds diving for fish around us. Amazing experience for us with our 8 and 9 year old kids! Will definitely...More

1  Thank tolive
Reviewed 12 April 2016

ERBA , is a great way to get a taste of kayaking and get a close up view of the marsh, there kayaks are all the latest models and are not tippy, i think you would have to work at it to tip them over....More

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