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  • Uncommon Adventures Sea Kayaking in Michigan
  • Uncommon Adventures Sea Kayaking in Michigan
  • Uncommon Adventures Gourmet Backcountry Food
  • Quality Sea Kayaking Equipment on Guide Trips
  • Sea Kayaking Michigan, Great Lakes, Greenland, Honduras
  • Sea Kayaking Day Trips, Instruction Weekends, Backcountry Expeditions
  • Sea Kayak Lake Superior, Isle Royale, Great Lakes
Welcome to

Uncommon Adventures!

We specialize in guided coastal kayaking trips, sea kayak instruction, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), and corporate retreats. We do camping and lodge-based trips in Michigan / Great Lakes area, Alaska, Honduras, Iceland and more. We are known for professional certified instructors, outstanding food, and quality equipment that help create an enjoyable learning environment for all experience levels. Since 1984, our expert guides, passion for the outdoors, and high standards have made us a terrific find for individuals, small groups and corporations!


"We live in a highly developed nation, with very specialized jobs, packed schedules and to-do lists that rival the roll in the bathroom. It is the beginning of the 21st century and we have never been more divorced from the planet that gives us life.

I've developed these programs to address a screaming need for us all to get our hands dirty, our feet wet and breathe the musky aroma of earth back into our lungs.

Put down that cell phone, go off-line, get out of the race...

...come outside and play!"

Michael Gray, Director

Sea Kayaking Great Lakes
"The freshest and most imaginative five star meals, wonderful scenery and snorkeling, kayaking adventures beyond compare!"
-- Tillman
Roatan / Bay Islands Reef Kayaking
"Michael caters his programs to the family. Kayaking, picnics, blueberry picking.... He really thought about what would be good for us."
-- from Video Testimonial,
Sleeping Bear Sampler
"As always, all preparation was expertly accomplished in advance, and Michael actually fished for our dinners. It can't be better than this!"
-- Stephen L
Isle Royale National Park
"The paddling/snorkeling trip the Uncommon Adventures program was exactly what I was looking for. The east end of Roatan is empty of tourists, boasts healthy reefs, interesting fish, absolutely splendid paddling conditions and is an experience I would very highly recommend to other paddlers/snorkelers."
-- Anna, Roatan / Bay Islands Reef Kayaking
"Nancy’s instructional technique was easy to follow and clearly demonstrated a commanding knowledge and professionalism consistent with everything I have come to learn about your company. There is no better learning opportunity then to discover a sport with someone that truly enjoys teaching as well as participating in a sport. "
-- Chris, Kayak Camping Weekend
"The outstanding meals, expert hiking and kayaking guidance and adventures in fishing all made it a wonderful week."
-- Julie, Roatan / Bay Islands Reef Kayaking
"Good food, good company, great weekend… we’ll be in touch again!
-- Matt and Belinda, B&B Kayak Instructional Weekend
"This trip was the most extraordinary trip of my life.
-- Wendy
Reef Kayaking Week and Rainforest/Ruins Trip


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