Girdwood //Kayaking at Spencer Glacier • Tours depart from Girdwood & Anchorage
Enjoy a magical morning or evening kayaking the calm waters of Spencer Lake, in the awe-inspiring presence of a jagged terminus glacier. Your time on the water is sandwiched between two train rides that offer up some of Alaska’s most scenic rail miles. It’s a full day of unforgettable experiences in our country’s second largest national forest – the Chugach.
Ride the rails, sea kayak through an iceberg-strewn lake and explore a glacier, all in one trip! Locally-owned Ascending Path designed this awe-inspiring outing, packing several exciting elements into one satisfying day. Trusted by locals and Hollywood producers alike, Ascending Path will take you on an unforgettable Alaska adventure.
Valdez //Prince William Sound • Large Glaciers • day trips & overnight trips
Throughout the decades, Anadyr has carefully tailored its trips to offer an option for just about anyone. Never kayaked before? Try the Valdez Glacier Tour for a relaxing paddle on a lake with an easy hike to the glacier. You’ll explore icebergs and even kayak into a glacial cave. Got a six year old that can’t wait to get out there? At 3-4 hours, the Duck Flats tour offers a mix of wildlife (sea lions and otters are common) and Valdez history. And if you want the comfort of a bed along with remote rugged views, then a mothership tour or lodge-based experience with delicious meals is in order.
Juneau //Mendenhall Glacier • wetlands • Smuggler's Cove
Glacierview Sea Kayaking with Alaska Travel Adventures offers the opportunity to kayak through Auke Bay while enjoying views of Mendenhall Glacier. You’ll also have the opportunity to see wildlife like whales, sea lions, seals, and bald eagles. Kayaking offers a much more intimate and quiet experience than other boat tours; at the same time, it is perfect for travelers who want an adventure. And even if you’ve never paddled a kayak before, a guide will help you learn the ropes before you depart.
Homer //Kachemak Bay
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.
Explore a quiet coastline just a few miles from Homer, where you’ll kayak through the protected waters of Tutka Bay in search of amazing views, wildlife and adventure! Your guide leads the way on a half-day or full-day tour, gliding past dense woods, rugged shoreline and hidden coves. Add on fishing for the freshest in Alaskan salmon or rockfish!
Let the Harness family of Seaside Adventure Eco Tours take you on a sea kayaking adventure through the wonders of beautiful Little Tutka Bay. Seaside will turn the bay into an interactive classroom, covering everything from archaeology and geology to cultural and natural history on your full-day paddle. These long-time Alaskans share where secret treasures lie, what it's like to More...
St. Augustine's Kayak and Tours base their guided sea-kayaking trips in the protected waters of Peterson Bay, just 15 minutes from Homer by water taxi. Well-versed in paddling instruction and natural history, these guides love what they do and live the adventures that they run. The area itself offers diverse kayaking for both beginners and experienced paddlers, from open water to More...
Besides ranking as one of Alaska's prime sea kayaking destinations, the east side of Kachemak Bay is also one of its most accessible. You won't need to invest in a floatplane or boat charter to reach the wildlife, sheltered waters, or secluded areas across the bay.
Take a short water-taxi ride (25-30 minutes) from Homer with True North Kayak Adventures to their base on More...
Haines & Skagway //Easy lake paddles • Sea Kayaking in the Lynn Canal
May - September
Guided sea kayaking in Alaska’s Southeast opens up the magical world of water-based touring. Glide through a marine environment with gorgeous views in every direction, and many opportunities to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy schedules and multi-day immersions, all under the expert guidance of naturalists who help you understand the complex workings of a unique and amazing environment.
May - September
With bald eagles, bears, and gorgeous scenery, these tours out of Haines are soft adventure at their best: You don’t have to have any previous experience to enjoy these kayaking and rafting tours, but you’ll get the up-close experience of a veteran adventurer.
Seward //Resurrection Bay • glaciers • wildlife
Kayak Adventures Worldwide guides small groups on sea kayaking excursions in Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. Paddle along with the heartbeat of the water, enjoying marine wildlife and Alaska's impressive glaciers. Guides focus on safety, education, and eco-awareness for maximum enjoyment with minimal impact.
For a closer, quieter, and more peaceful version of the Alaskan glacier and wildlife cruise, travel by sea kayak. Paddle the shoreline of Resurrection Bay, where encounters with sea otters, seabirds, and spawning salmon are common. Choose from a variety of three-hour excursions or take a full-day trip.
Whittier //Prince William Sound • Largest concentration of tidewater glaciers
May - Sept
Lazy Otter offers offers double and single kayak rentals, and transportation to secluded areas of Prince William Sound. Not ready to kayak alone? Opt for a guided trip. The calm waters have a gorgeous backdrop of the Chugach Mountains’ serrated peaks. Keep an eye out for the creatures that walk the shores and swim in the sea: orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, puffins, seals, sea otters, eagles, goats, and bears.
Explore Prince William Sound in a unique sailing kayak for a super-safe, comfortable and hands-free journey that uses wind and pedal power over paddling. Half-day, all-day and multi-day adventures reveal glaciers, marine wildlife and a phenomenal perspective of a remote and wondrous natural world.
Silently glide past dripping icebergs or paddle beneath thousands of nesting birds during a sea kayak tour of Prince William Sound. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, Alaska Sea Kayakers provides the kayaks, gear, and guides necessary to go safely and comfortably. And the Sound is one of Alaska’s easiest and most beautiful glacier-filled bodies of water to go kayaking More...