Just an hour’s drive from Anchorage, the MV Ptarmigan let you get within 300 feet of the towering ice wall called Portage Glacier. You can also book a narrated motorcoach tour to take you to Portage Glacier.
A fleet of fast, modern boats takes you to specifically selected tidewater glaciers as you watch for puffins, cormorants, sea otters, Dall’s porpoises, sea lions, and more. This veteran tour operator offers a lot of variety with its day trips into Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Some tours are designed to please birders or shutterbugs, while some are perfect for families with little kids. You’ll hear the captain’s narration on all of them, sharing his deep knowledge of the Seward area’s history and terrain.
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.
Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords are great places to see wildlife and glaciers. And Major Marine’s vessels, which have cozy heated cabins and an outdoor viewing area, can take you out to see both. The half- and full-day excursions offer an all-you-can-eat salmon and prime rib buffet to enjoy while you take in the scenery.
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.
Early May - September
Explore Alaska’s Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park fully with a three-day/two-night custom adventure perfect for families or couples. Alaska Fjord Charters guides you to the best mix of kayaking, glacier viewing, whale watching, and fishing, all in one leisurely tour.
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.