Explore beautiful Tutka Bay on a half-day or full-day kayaking adventure. Just 7 miles across Kachemak Bay from Homer you’ll find protected waters perfect for all experience levels. Your guide leads the way, gliding past dense woods, rugged shoreline and hidden coves. Kayaking is a quiet way to explore the wilderness, giving you more opportunities to see eagles soaring, salmon jumping and otters bobbing. Along the shore, watch for mountain goats or even black bear. Add fishing to your experience and you might even return to Homer’s dock with dinner in hand!
Beautiful Tutka Bay
Tutka Bay, within Kachemak Bay State Park, is a 7-mile long fjord perfect for exploring on your half-day or full-day adventure. Located on the south side of Kachemak Bay, the landscape is dominated by high peaks, stands of old growth Sitka spruce, and a rugged coast. Even though it’s a short boat ride from Homer, you’ll feel like you’re in a remote part of the state. The few people you might see are locals who can give you a flavor of what it’s like to live off the road system.
Guided Kayak Tours
Jen and Jaret, who founded Just Add Water Adventures, are passionate about showing off this little corner of the world to visitors. Their property, tucked away in Tutka Bay, is home base for all their kayaking tours. Getting there is part of the adventure! A guide from Just Add Water Adventures will meet you at the Homer boat dock and invite you on board the Tutka Bay Express. During your 25-30 minute trip you’ll get a safety briefing and basic kayaking instruction. You can also learn about Kachemak Bay’s amazing ecosystem, and be on the lookout for sea life, birds, and whales.
Once off the boat, you’ll get in your kayak, have a demonstration and skills overview. You’ll get decked out with a quality kayak, spray shirt, and spray skirt, and then paddle away. What will you see? Each tour is customized, so it depends on your group. Go look at a fish hatchery, admire cascading waterfalls, kayak into hidden coves, or take a quick hike. The views are amazing from every perspective!
Since Tutka Bay is so protected, the water is fairly calm, without much wind or waves. That’s why it’s a good choice for beginners and families with children as young as 5. Kids are paired with parents in a tandem kayaks.
Exploring the water together is fun, but the size is kept manageable. The maximum size group is 12, with an expert guide for every six paddlers.
If your schedule is tight, go for the half-day option, which departs twice daily and gives you 3 full hours of paddling plus the scenic water taxi ride to and from Tutka Bay. Time does fly by quickly, so if you can manage a full day, it’s worth it. You’ll make a full loop of the bay, enjoying 7 hours of kayaking with a stop at a scenic beach to enjoy your self-packed lunch.
Kayak + Fishing Tours
Fishing is such a part of the Alaska scene, and it’s super fun to reel in a 30-40 lb salmon while you’re right on top of the water! The kayak fishing tours are also available in half-day or full-day options. You’ll sit on top of your wide, sturdy kayak, which is more stable than fishing from a canoe. All rod, reel and necessary gear is provided, although you will need to purchase your fishing license and King salmon stamp in advance. Troll forsalmon and rockfish, which are abundant in this rich ecosystem teeming with marine life. Hook a big one and you may go for a thrilling little ride, but don’t
worry: you won’t get pulled out of the kayak. You’ll have a guide right there to give you instructions and help you reel in your catch if needed. Kayak fishing tours are limited to four people 13 and older, so your guide can give you lots of personalized attention.
More about Just Add Water Adventures
Just Add Water is a locally owned business that is a dream come true for proprietors Jaret and Jen. After years of visiting Alaska and looking for a business opportunity, they decided to create a their own business from scratch. Just Add Water is 100% inspired by their passion for the outdoors and sharing Alaska with visitors. Having worked as professional fishing, hunting and kayak guides, they know the power of an incredible Alaskan experience. The best compliment a guest can give is coming back year after year, just like they used to do! In addition to customer satisfaction, safety is a high priority for Just Add Water. There is an AED on board Tutka Bay Express, and Jen and Jaret are both certified kayak instructors through the American Canoe Association.