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Mothership Trips

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Boat-based Multi-Day Kayak Adventure in Kenai Fjords National Park

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We’ve partnered up with local captain Brent Pikolas to put together our most plush multi-day adventure package. Our Mothership trips allow you to move around the fjords with great flexibility. Paddle where the conditions are best each day, while enjoying the comforts of living on board the Dora. We won’t just zoom from one location to the next like most water taxis, but will take you along the coastline and share the unique and awe-inspiring highlights along the way. In addition to your captain, you’ll be accompanied by your kayak guide, and the two will team up to share great Alaskan stories and local information. This trip by far offers the greatest versatility and flexibility to travel the fjords at the highest level of comfort. A hot shower, flush toilet, warm beds, a comfortable living/dining area, and hearty, delicious meals bring the comforts of home to your trip.

Captain Brent

Brent standing in front of a mountain

Captain Brent Pikolas has been exploring wild Alaska for the past two decades. The focal point of that exploration has been the Kenai Peninsula and the coastal waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. As a USCG licensed captain, Brent has ten years of experience based out of Seward, running boats under power as well as sail.  He is also extremely passionate about the natural world and loves to share his in-depth knowledge whenever he can.  Brent has a degree in Environmental Education from Prescott College, which led him to countless days in the field all throughout the Western US, Mexico, Canada, Nepal and Patagonia. His career has also led him to work in the Southern Hemisphere where he is a naturalist/guide in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  As the captain of our Mothership Trips, Brent brings all of his experience together to create a unique and dynamic trip.  Whether it is changing the days plan to take advantage of an opportunity to view wildlife, or going the extra mile to maximize your paddling experience, Brent is excited to get out on the water and adventure!

Vessel

Kayakers and ship on water near Seward, AK

The Dora

Though constructed in Tacoma, WA, the Dora is truly Alaskan tough. Built in 1990 for the lower Cook Inlet salmon fishery, she has sailed Alaskan waters as a commercial gillnetter from Cook Inlet to Bristol Bay and the Shumagin Islands. Forty-five feet in length and fourteen feet wide, she has served most recently as a research boat for killer whale scientists in the Aleutians and the Pribilof Islands and is now being offered to carry adventurous kayakers into Kenai Fjords National Park. A real Alaskan workboat, the Dora is not luxurious, but she is strong, and comfortable. She has a huge back deck, a commodious flybridge, walk-around decks, twin-engine reliability, and ample interior space for passengers and crew. A 12.5′ rigid hull inflatable with a 30 hp engine complements the Dora for shore excursions or short cruises from the mothership.

Destinations

We offer Mothership trips to Aialik Bay and Northwestern Fjord. These two fjords in Kenai Fjords National Park are relatively close to Seward, and offer the chance to experience incredible glaciers and wildlife. If you’re looking for a 3 or 4-day trip, then we will explore within Aialik Bay. On a 5 or 6 day trip, we will visit the highlights of both Aialik and Northwestern. Just let us know your interests, adventure goals, and timeframe, and we’ll work together to plan the perfect trip!

Pricing

Our Mothership trips are priced according to the number of people on the trip, and we are happy to combine smaller groups to bring everyone’s per person price down. We will only combine groups of adults (ages 14+).

If you’re traveling with kids under the age of 14, we will make your trip a private family trip. There will be no extra cost for a private family trip — we are excited to share this place with young explorers, and we recognize traveling with kids involves different challenges.

We always cap our trips at 6 people, to provide the best possible guest experience while minimizing our impacts.

All prices listed are per person and exclude tax and gratuity.

Prices below are for 2022. Updated 2023 pricing is coming soon!

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