Our most popular multi-day trip includes two days of paddling near glaciers, looking for wildlife, and camping at our exclusive campsite in Aialik Bay!
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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 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!
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.
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!
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.
More Tour Info
We will host a mandatory pre-trip meeting the night before the trip at 7 pm at our kayak shop in downtown Seward. This is a great opportunity to meet your guide and other guests on the tour, discuss bear & ice safety, go over the itinerary + weather, and get any last minute questions answered. We will meet the following morning at 6:45 am at the kayak shop, then head to the small boat harbor to meet the captain and Mothership vessel.
We will have about 5-7 hours of cruising the coastline looking out for wildlife on our way out to either Aialik Bay or Northwestern Fjord. We often encounter whales, sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, and other wildlife throughout the journey. Learn all about the area, the wildlife you see, and hear great Alaskan stories while you pass the day with people filled with local knowledge and experience.
As for the exact itinerary for the trip, we will head to highlights throughout Aialik and/or Northwestern and paddle wherever the conditions are best! Typically we go for 2 or 3 paddles throughout the day, which range in timing and distances based on the conditions and group’s adventure goals! This tour allows for an incredibly flexible & customizable itinerary.
On the final day, we will squeeze one last morning paddle in before heading back to Seward. We typically pull into the small boat harbor around 4 – 5pm.
- Knowledgable, enthusiastic kayak guide & boat captain
- Wildlife Tour
- Warm, Healthy, Made from Scratch Meals
- Snacks, Coffee 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
For these trips, we ask you to wear synthetic layers of clothing – because cotton and jeans get really cold if they get wet. We also ask that you bring a raincoat and rain pants, since this is a coastal rainforest and we see lots of rainy days. We have rain gear at our shop to loan out as well, should you need it.
For this tour we will provide you with rubber boots to wear while kayaking and ask you bring footwear for the Mothership vessel that will keep you warm and that you’re comfortable walking in, running shoes and hiking boots are good options.
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!
We book our Mothership trips as dates are requested and confirmed. We will fill out our calendar according to the inquiries and bookings that come in, so let us know what your available date range is and we’ll give you an idea of our Mothership availability.
We are happy to coordinate multiple parties to try to save costs for everyone, and we do this often. However, we don’t typically combine more than 2 separate groups on a Mothership because the cabins aboard the Dora sleep 2 people (in one) and 4 people (in the second). We like to keep at least a bit of privacy by not asking folks to share a sleeping area with another group. For example, if you have a party of 2 and your dates align with another group of 2, we would cap that trip at 4 (and everyone will pay the 4-person price), but if we have a group with 3-4 people who want to share the vessel then we’d be happy to go up to 6 people max.
In order to book the dates you’d like, you may have to pay a deposit based on the number of people in your party, and we will reduce the remaining balance due if we are able to add others to your trip. You remaining balance is not due until you arrive for the trip, so we can adjust your per person rates based on the number of people on the trip.
If you’d prefer to keep the trip private rather than coordinate with another party, you will simply pay the per person rate based on your group. We understand that everyone’s adventure goals are different, whether that’s a quiet getaway or an opportunity to meet like-minded paddlers, and we’re happy to accommodate to the best of our ability.
With thoughtful consideration, we have revised our cancellation policy to meet the uncertainty of traveling during a global pandemic. The policies below reflect our dedication to providing a stress-free booking, planning, and travel experience for our guests. Our revised policies are flexible and forgiving, so you can book with confidence.
Because our Mothership Trips require more advanced planning / logistics and often sell out 6+ mother in advance, we make a significant investment when we take a booking, including turning away many other potential guests. It is nearly impossible for us to fill last minute cancelations. For this reason our Mothership cancelation policy is as follows:
At the time of booking, a 50% deposit is required to secure your Mothership Trip. For all Mothership trips, guests will receive a full refund for cancellations made prior to April 1st. After April 1, guests will receive a 90% refund (of their total invoice) for all cancellations made at least 1 month prior to your trip date. Within 1 month of your trip date, guests will receive a 50% refund (of their total invoice) for all cancellations made at least 2 weeks prior to your trip date. Any cancellations made within 2 weeks of your trip date will incur full charges.
Mothership trips involve more logistics and limited availability, so while our Mothership refund policy is generous, it reflects these limitations.
We’re proud to have operated tours through 2020 and 2021, despite the added challenges of the global pandemic. We were able to share this area with thousands of people, and no known cases of COVID-19 were contracted on our trips. We are taking what we have learned over the past two seasons and preparing for another meaningful, inspiring summer in 2022.
We have careful plans in place to address the continued public health risks posed by the COVID-19 virus. We follow scientific expertise and industry standards for hygiene and cleanliness, encourage the use of cautious practices among our staff and guests, and will communicate all changes to our policies as we continue to adapt.
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