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Address: 1 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1224
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+1 978-768-3722
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

We are the longest running sea kayak outfitter on the North Shore of...

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, expertise, and enthusiam to groups of all ages and sizes. We also offer group/private kayak lessons, as well as kayak sales to get you started.

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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... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2016
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Porter Corners, NY
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2016

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

Thank Colleen C
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107 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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 put in. We stopped at a lovely spot on Crane's beach for a break and... More 

Thank restaurantdiva
Nashua, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
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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 point from a kayak. I would recommend this trip(Gilligans tour ) for all ages. We... More 

Thank Jandoucet
Hudson, Ohio
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98 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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, but cooler in Essex. Upon arrival, we confirmed our Military discount - thank you for... More 

1 Thank lisaMfromHudson
Weston, Massachusetts
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304 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
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 some. It really colored what otherwise was an amazing trip. I once before went out... More 

Thank Peter H
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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 try their moonlight kayaking tour in the near future.

1 Thank tolive
Essex, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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. The guides are all friendly and helpful to newbies to the sport. the marsh is... More 

Thank John S
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2015

I went with a group of six friends for their moonlight kayaking excursion. The team at ERBA took care of everything and made our experience so effortless and fun. The boats are top notch -- 14 ft sea kayaks, complete with rudders (easy maneuvering!) and spray skirts (if you ask). The guides were knowledgable and helpful -- we had three... More 

Thank crushgear
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

My husband and I went sea kayaking on their "Gilligan" tour and though it was a beautiful day, it seemed just a bit too long for us. It was a 5.5/6 mile trip. Our tour guide was awesome and very helpful. He told us some good history around the area which was cool. If you like kayaking, this is a... More 

Thank Liz P
Peabody, Massachusetts
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

my daughter and I went on the Gilligan tour with Paul as our guide. It was definitely a highlight of our summer!! 2 of us in our group were experienced and 2 were not. Paul did a GREAT job of making everyone's tour a unique experience. I can't wait to go again and wish I knew about this when my... More 

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