Mid April to September
Homer is the halibut capital of Alaska, and this longtime charter company offers a blue-chip way to get to the fish. They have high-quality boats, experienced captains, and enthusiastic crews—as well as an inside line on finding halibut, rock fish and silver salmon. But they also offer a variety of other ways to enjoy the waters off Kachemak Bay, from wildlife cruising to paddling a kayak or hiking in Kachemak Bay State Park.
Mako’s Water Taxi is an affordable way of getting from Homer to the many interesting destinations across the bay, from hiking and camping hot spots to the charming village of Seldovia. The service basically runs year-round during daylight hours; you just schedule the drop-off and pick-up times. To make a day of your adventure, book one of Mako’s packages that coincides with the taxi service.
A family-run operation since 2005, Ashore offers a few basic tours—wildlife and bird viewing—but also takes travelers to the camping sites, cabins and activities all around Kachemak State Park. The 24-foot Blackfish seats up to six. The water-taxi captain is the company's owner, Dave Lyon, who gives an authentic insider's tour: Lyon has more than 20 years' professional experience on local waters. Feeling adventurous? Rent a stand-up paddle board.