Our most popular trip combines an intimate wildlife boat tour through Kenai Fjords National Park with the opportunity to kayak near Aialik Glacier, the largest and most actively calving tidewater glacier in the park. View wildlife, learn about this important ecosystem, and get inspired to join us in protecting Alaska.
Full Day Alaska Sea Kayak Tours
Join us for a day full of adventure and excitement in Resurrection Bay or Kenai Fjords National Park. Connect with these wild places – home to cascading waterfalls, lush coastal rainforest, feeding humpback whales, calving glaciers, and soaring eagles. Choose the day trip that best fits your adventure goals, whether that’s wildlife, solitude, or exploring.
Spend a full day exploring and connecting to Resurrection Bay! This flexible tour offers the perfect combination of kayaking and hiking through the coastal rainforest just outside Seward. Discover hidden waterfalls, search for wildlife, and learn more about this unique and inspiring area!
Full Day Trip Information
There’s no better way to see fjord country than from the water. And it’s a unique perspective in a kayak, the traditional mode of transportation in this area for thousands of years. Your guide will go over all the basics of equipment use and paddling before we hit the water, so you don’t need any experience. A full day trip allows for a more immersive experience than a half day, and means you’ll have the chance to get further from the town of Seward.
Our most popular full day trip is our Aialik Glacier Day Trip, which offers the greatest wildlife viewing opportunities in the areas we pass through on the boat tour (2.5 hours each way). It’s also the only day trip that visits a tidewater glacier, which actively calves large chunks of ice into the sea.
The Fox Island Day Trip, a shorter and often calmer boat ride from Seward (45 minutes each way), provides an off-the-beaten-path vibe, as we access the southeastern reaches of Resurrection Bay. We’ll explore the dramatic geology of the Resurrection Peninsula, teeming intertidal zone, and keep an eye out for wildlife.
Our Caines Head Day Trip allows the most flexibility and most activity, where we can pair paddling with a short hike and many intriguing beaches to stop on. If conditions allow, we will hike to the ruins of a WWII fort to stretch our legs and get a birds-eye view of the bay.
We will supply you with a detailed packing list at the time of booking. We ask that you avoid wearing cotton items (including jeans). If your cotton clothes get wet, it will be a cold and unpleasant day on the water. Several layers of synthetic or wool clothing, as well as a rain coat and rain pants, are a great combination. Our extensive packing list will help make sure you have everything you need. If you don’t have your own, you can always borrow a rain jacket, rain boots, or rain pants from us (although we recommend bringing them on your Alaska vacation!).
All of our full day trips must be booked ahead of time to ensure that we have a guide available for you. If you are traveling with a large group, a family, or you’re not flexible on your trip dates, we recommend booking the trip well in advance. This is especially true for trips that use a water taxi (Aialik Glacier & Fox Island), since we also have to make sure they have space on the day you’d like to go. Water taxi seats are limited and often sell out in peak season.
Eating & Drinking
We provide snacks, hot drinks, and lunch on all of our full day trips. Our lunches are made to order each morning, so you will select your lunch choice at the time of booking. We also need to know any dietary restrictions at that time. Please bring a reusable water bottle to drink from during your trip.
Traveling with Kids
If you’re traveling with children ages 6-13, we’ll run your day trip as a Private Family Tour. You will paddle with your own guide for the day, who will customize the experience for your family. Learn more about our Private Family Tours here.