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M15163 has provided terrific travel value programs with the very highest of standards for nearly 25 years. We are owned by naturalist/ guide/ chef/ author/ kayak instructor trainer Michael Gray. Our international sea kayak programs are considered skills courses and work with the highest standard American Canoe Association, and British Canoe Union certified instructors.

Our programs pick from the very best of what each area has to offer, using the finest equipment available and the very best instruction. Add to that an international reputation for gourmet backcountry cooking, sensitivity to environment and a focus on the participant, stir well and, voila... you have the very best trips available in the areas we feature. We have a 70% return rate for a reason!
Questions and Answers
Our international sea kayak programs are considered skills courses and work with the highest standard American Canoe Association, and British Canoe Union certified instructors.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

Began in 1982 and beginning our 30th year.

2. What is your company's mission?

"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!"

3. What does your company specialize in?

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!

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Michael Gray founded M15163 in 1984 a couple of years after getting a degree in Environmental Interpretation at MSU. With nearly 20 years in the business, Michael is one of the most experienced instructors and guides in the Great Lakes region, if not the country as a whole! He's led trips all over the world including Alaska, New Zealand and Central America. Of particular note is Michael's reputation as a phenomenal backcountry cook. Our guests often say they don't eat as well at home or even in restaurants! Michael's cooking presentations/demonstrations are among the most popular sessions at the countries leading kayak symposiums, and his articles appear in major kayak publications, websites, and, by popular demand, his upcoming cookbook! Having taught outdoor skills and environmental workshops all of his adult life, Michael interprets wild places with warmth and respect.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Our weeklong kayaking vacations in the Bay Islands of Honduras. Popular because the standard of service always exceeds clients' expectations, the area is amazing and the people warm and friendly.

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

Referrals to their friends.

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M15163

Beaver Island Archipelago: Beachouse 10% off.
This is a relaxed pace trip that offers some great exploring to nearby Garden and High Islands, some opportunities to learn surf paddling skills from the comfort of a private beach house.

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USD 695 / Per person
Tour Package
Ecotourism
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 4 days
Season: June - September
Michigan

Introduction to Kayak Camping Weekends 10% off.
This how-to program will help you combine basic camping skills with basic kayaking skills to open up a whole new world of adventure.

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USD 295 / Per person
Tour Package
Camping
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 3 days
Season: January - December
Michigan

Isle Royale Kayak Tour 10% off.
We are going to strap our kayaks to the roof of a ferry, motor over fifty miles out to the largest island in the largest lake in the world and give you the Superior trip of a lifetime.

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USD 1395 / Per person
Tour Package
Camping
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 9 days
Season: August - September
Michigan

Learn-to-Kayak B&B Weekend 10% off.
Betsie River retreat for a comfortable weekend of good food, gentle kayaking instruction on Saturday and a Lake Michigan Day trip on Sunday repleat with a gourmet picnic on a secluded beach.

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USD 300 / Per person
Tour Package
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Outdoor Skills School
Duration: 3 days
Season: May - September
Michigan

Les Cheneaux Islands Kayak Camping Trip 10% off.
We recommend a four day kayak trip to really get a good feel for coastal kayaking and this historic island group with its classic cottages and beautifully restored wooden boats.

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USD 550 / Per person
Tour Package
Camping
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 4 days
Season: January - December
Michigan

Sleeping Bear Sampler 10% off.
Enjoy a long weekend spent at my home on 40 acres of hardwoods along the beautiful Betsie River for a retreat that will give you the Greatest Kayaking Hits of Sleeping Bear.

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USD 450 / Per person
Tour Package
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 4 days
Season: January - December
Michigan

Reef and Rainforest: Sea Kayaking/Cloudforest Hiking 10% off.
Take this great 8-day trip around Honduras. Come and experience sea kayaking and hiking in the rainforest.

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USD 2500 / Per person
Tour Package
Rainforest
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Duration: 8 days
Season: February - March
Honduras

Fly Fishing for Trout & Salmon on the Fly 10% off.
Great Lakes Flyfishing Trips.

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USD 395 / Per person
Tour Package
Fishing
Duration: 3 days
Season: May - May
Michigan

Prince of Wales Island Alaska Kayak Tour 10% off.
Complete Intermediate to advanced skill level kayak tour of NW coast of Prince of Wales Island.

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USD 2800 / Per person
Tour Package
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Fishing
Duration: 9 days
Season: August - August
Alaska

Roatan Private Paddlesport Retreat: Kayak/SUP/Snorkel/Yoga 10% off.
Amazing private lodge retreat! Beautiful paddling, turquoise waters, snorkeling, diving and morning sunrise yoga out over the water…not a bad way to fill your days.

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USD 2400 / Per person
Tour Package
Canoeing/Kayaking/Rafting
Wildlife Viewing
Duration: 8 days
Season: February - March
Honduras
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