If you are looking for an Alaskan getaway that is beautiful, remote and rustic, Otter Cove makes the perfect destination. Located in Eldred Passage, a short water taxi trip from Homer, Otter Cove lets you explore this idyllic corner of Alaska by kayaking, hiking, wandering a beach, taking photos or just relaxing. You can even stay the night in Otter Cove’s cabins, nestled in the lush coastal forest off Kachemak Bay.

Day Tripper Fun

Granted, some people just come to Otter Cove for guided kayaking day trips but there is certainly more to enjoy should you choose to extend your stay. Located five miles across Kachemak Bay, Otter Cove Resort is scarcely more than 20 minutes on the water-taxi ride from the Homer Spit, and its private beach is surrounded by Kachemak Bay State Park. (It’s operated by the same folks who run Homer Ocean Charters, which includes a water taxi service, yacht cruises and fishing charters—so they know the waters in this area intimately.)

For a guided kayak day trip, you’ll get outfitted into a life jacket and spray skirt, and get a primer on using your kayak (they use Necky Alsek, Kyook, and Amaruk kayaks, with rudders, which are the perfect blend of stable and fun). Then, you and your guide will paddle from Otter Cove in the direction chosen for the day. Bring along your lunch, snacks and drinks, since you’ll stop on remote beaches to eat your lunch, observe invertebrate animals in the tide pools, or just stop for a rest to enjoy the scenery.

Stay the Night, Paddle Off on Your Own

But many guests choose to go beyond the guided day trips, and book a multi-day trip, where you spend the night in one of the resort’s four cabins —combining some guided days of kayaking with other days paddling on your own with a rented kayak. After all, this area easily provides several days’ worth of paddling in new areas.

Your Own Cabin Paradise

Wherever you paddle, the cabins make an easy, away-from-it destination at the end of the day. The cedar, duplex-style cabins, powered by electricity and propane, come with everything you need to recharge and relax: Each unit has four bunks—two doubles and two twin sized beds, to accommodate a variety of sleeping arrangements. A shower house with flush toilets and a coin-operated shower is located nearby. You also have access to the cook shack—with stove, refrigerator, coffee pot, microwave, and utensils—so you just need to bring some basics, like trash bags, paper towels, coffee filters and food. Bring along your sleeping bag, a pillow and towel, and you’ll be all set. You can enjoy your morning coffee on your cabin’s large covered deck, listening for birds and or watching a little soft rain and thinking about where to paddle tomorrow.

Charting Your Own Course

Indeed, from here, you can kayak more, or head out for a hike using the Otter Cove Spur Trail, which gets you onto the Kachemak Bay State Park hiking trail system. The Sadie Knob trail provides a great day hike, with beautiful views of the fjords and volcanoes on a clear day. Or, the owners can get you hooked up with halibut or salmon fishing charters, or set you up to go mountain biking or clam digging. Either way, at night, back at the cabin, you can let the sound of the waves lapping on the beach lull you to sleep.