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.
Resurrection Bay Half Day Kayak Tour
- Per Person
Kayak the Resurrection Bay Coastline from Seward
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Our Half Day Trip offers a perfect introduction to sea kayaking, the best way to experience Resurrection Bay. Glide across the water as you gaze up at towering mountains and soaring bald eagles, enjoy a visit from curious harbor seals, or stop and explore the enchanting Ghost Forest. For millennia, this serpentine coastline has been traveled by kayak, the traditional transportation in this area. This trip combines purposeful exploration, adventure, and fun!
Look out for wildlife such as eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, or otters.
- Take a break for snacks and hot drinks on a beach.
- Learn about this unique ecosystem by traveling in a truly small group
Adult Tour Info
- Small groups capped at 6 guests (ages 14+)
- Meet other like-minded adventurers
- Larger parties will be privatized. For reservations for more than 6, select Family Tour option
Family Tour Info
- Parties with children ages 6-13 will have your own private guide, at no extra cost
- Paddle at your own pace and explore what you’re excited about
- Children must be ages 6+
- A minimum of 4 guests is required. Families with fewer than 4, please call
More Tour Info
Join us at our downtown office 15 minutes prior to the start time of your tour to meet your guide, gear up, and get ready for the trip. Next, we will drive as far south as the road allows to the launch beach at Lowell Point (3 miles from our shop), unload our gear, and prepare the kayaks. Your guide will provide a safety and paddling talk to ensure everyone feels comfortable in their boats before you launch into the turquoise green waters of Resurrection Bay.
We’ll paddle along the western shoreline of the bay, learning about the importance of the area, including its animals, plants, and ecosystems of the coastal rainforest and intertidal zone. There is a lot to see along the way, and we always keep an eye out for wildlife. Our destination will vary depending on the day’s conditions and the speed of the group, but your guide will choose the best option for your trip.
Half way through the tour we will get out of the kayaks, have a snack and hot drink, and stretch our legs. We often stop to explore Tonsina Point or one of the small beaches nearby. Based on tides and timing, we’ll either discover unique critters in the tide pools, enjoy the beach, or take a short hike past towering sitka spruce with deep green sphagnum moss hanging from their branches.
After our break on land, we will get back in the kayaks and paddle back to Lowell Point, load up the kayaks, and drive you back to our downtown office in Seward. We typically spend a total of about 2-2.5 hours kayaking on this trip.
The water tends to be calmest in the morning, which is why we suggest the morning tour if your schedule allows it. On sunny days, we typically experience a day breeze that will pick up throughout the afternoon and can make the paddling on our afternoon trip more challenging. The wind tends to calm down some before or during our evening trip, and this is a wonderful and less busy time to be out on the water.
On our typical cloudy, rainy, or overcast days, the water tends to stay quiet and calm throughout the day. This is one of the reasons we love paddling in the rain!
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Purchase carbon offsets for your flights to AK through our partner Offset Alliance, and your contributions will go directly to protecting a biodiverse coastal rainforest on Afognak Island, southwest of Seward. This rainforest acts as an important carbon sink, capturing 2.6 billion pounds of CO2.
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- Enthusiastic and Knowledgeable Guide
- Snacks and Hot Drinks
- High Quality Rain Gear (if needed)
- Transportation From Downtown Office
- All Kayaking Gear
- Personal Floatation Device
- Spray Skirt
- Neoprene Mitts
- 10 Liter Dry Bag
- Stable Double Kayak & Paddle
Seward is located in the northern tip of the largest coastal rainforest in the world, and we see a lot of rainy days here. Our tours run rain or shine, so we ask you to wear synthetic layers of clothing, because cotton (including jeans) get really cold if they get wet. For our half day trips, we strongly advise you bring a waterproof rain jacket and rain pants. If you do not have your own rain gear, we offer high quality, commercial grade Helly Hansen rain pants & Columbia Outdry rain jackets for you to borrow at no extra cost. However, if your Alaska vacation includes any other outdoor activities, we strongly advise purchasing your own rain gear for your trip. You’ll no doubt need both a rain jacket and rain pants throughout your time in Alaska!
Please wear footwear that you’re comfortable walking in, will keep you warm, and you don’t mind potentially getting a bit wet: running shoes, hiking boots, and closed-toe water shoes are all great options. Your guide will launch and land your kayaks from shore and will work hard throughout the day to keep your feet warm and dry.
We also provide pogies (neoprene mitts for your hands while kayaking) which will keep your hands warm and comfortable while you’re out there. You’ll want to be sure to have your own reusable (non-disposable) water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
You will receive a trip-specific packing list upon booking, which will go into great detail about what else to bring. Keep an eye out for it in your confirmation email!
For all tours without a water taxi (Resurrection Bay Half Day Tours and Caines Head Day Trips), guests will receive a full refund for cancellations made more than 1 week prior to your trip date. Within 1 week, your trip fees are nonrefundable.
*Full refunds include: trip fees, add ons, and taxes & fees, minus $10 per person booking fees for all half & full day trips & $25 per person booking fees for multi-day trips*
For more information regarding our cancellation policies, click here.
We strongly advise purchasing a travel protection plan (see Travel Insurance below).
Why is travel insurance so important?
In today’s dynamic travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, a sudden sickness or injury, or even baggage loss could impact your travel plans. Cancellation fees can range up to 100% of the trip cost, depending on the date and particular trip for which you’ve been holding spaces. For your convenience, we’ve partnered with GoReady Travel Insurance to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For more information on available plans, click here.