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 the phenomenal Yukon Island. Famed for its abundant marine wildlife and spectacular scenery, this kayaking hotspot boasts a high population of nesting eagles and sea otters. Sea kayakers paddle by dramatic cliffs, weaving through rock arches and rock gardens.

True North's most popular day trip offers a cornucopia of wildlife viewing in one of the most beautiful areas of the bay. As you ply your paddle through the calm, protected water around Yukon Island, you'll see numerous sea otters and bald eagles, as well as seals, puffins, cormorants, and the occasional whale.

For those on a tight timeline, the Elephant Rock ¾-Day Trip offers an abridged version of the full-day fun. Paddlers will still experience much of the stellar scenery and wildlife of Yukon Island (and they'll enjoy the same hearty picnic lunch).

A True North half-day Eagles Nest trip provides a short but wonderful introduction into the world of kayaking. Get a taste of paddling surrounded by dramatic scenery and much of Yukon Island's marquee wildlife.

You'll learn about the marine life and geology of this area on all True North trips. Their guides offer excellent paddling instruction, so even beginners will fare well. Most novices will be teamed up in a stable double kayak.

Details: No experience necessary. Minimum age requirement 6 years (some exceptions).

Tour Highlights

  • Pristine, sheltered waters, glacier-carved coastline, and abundant wildlife
  • Easy access to a prime paddling spot
  • Small groups, with no more than 6 paddlers per guide; staffed to handle larger parties as well
  • 2-paddler minimum
  • Will attempt to group parties with small children together for greater enjoyment
  • Established in 1992; the first sea kayaking outfit in Homer
  • Guides are local Alaskans, trained in CPR and rough-water rescue; most with 3-plus years of experience with True North

What to Bring

  • Full water bottle, sweater (it can get chilly even on sunny days), rain jacket, sunglasses, sunscreen, and camera.
  • Some folks like to bring hats and their own rubber boots as well. (True North can provide boots if you do not have them.)
  • Please pack a lunch or snack for the Eagle Nest Day Trip