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Sea Kayaking in Alaska

By Viator, July 2018

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For those who enjoy being active in the outdoors, Alaska is a great destination. One fun activity that allows you to enjoy the ambiance of being on the water as well as land views is sea kayaking. The city of Sitka in Alaska is especially great for sea kayaking, as it’s home to beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. 

One way to enjoy sea kayaking in Alaska when in Sitka is through a Sitka Sea Kayaking Adventure. The three-hour excursion begins with a sightseeing cruise out to a floating base camp, where you’ll pick up your kayak and glide through the Gulf of Alaska. Wildlife-spotting is a main highlight of the experience, as your guide helps you see bald eagles, harbor seals, whales, black-tailed deer and brown bears. The exciting experience ends with a hearty snack of clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider. 

Another popular option for sea kayaking in Sitka is to launch from the scenic Crescent Harbor and paddle out to some of the outer islands off Sitka’s coast. Sitka’s outer coast location allows kayakers to glide through a labyrinth of narrow passages, which make s a number of beautiful islands accessible. As above, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife. 

Outside of Sitka, Alaska is home to myriad excellent kayaking destinations. For example, from Juneau you can partake in a Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure, which begins with a scenic cruise before getting into your kayak near Amalga Harbor and Yankee Cove. From there, you’ll glide through the serene waters, keeping your eyes peeled for porcupine, deer, beavers, eagles, whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of sea bird species. Additionally, you’ll enjoy the quintessential Alaskan experience of seeing some of the states iconic ice formations like the Mendenhall, Herbert and Eagle glaciers. 

Another great option for sea kayaking in Alaska is an Eagle Island Sea Kayaking Tour from Ketchikan. Some of the wildlife you may see while paddling through the tranquil Clover Pass include Alaskan starfish, bald eagles, humpback whales, sea lions and orca whales. Eagle Island itself is part of the Tongass National Forest, which encompasses majority of southeastern Alaska, and is also a great spot to see local animals. 

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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek, Juneau, null
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Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle and Trek

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Experience the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Lake, and Nugget Falls from a series of unparalleled vantage points via land and water on Southeast ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $366.45
Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour, Ketchikan, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

Take a 4-hour guided kayak tour to Clover Pass, with scheduling to fit virtually every cruise ship. This is an amazing waterway with several rainforest ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mendenhall Lake Kayak Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Paddle across Mendenhall Lake, navigating past icebergs, surrounded by one of the richest samplings of Alaskan wildlife you’ll find anywhere. Keep an eye out ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $199.00
Ketchikan Kayaking Tour, Ketchikan, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ketchikan Kayaking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Experience Ketchikan from the unique perspective of a sea kayak on this small group 2.25-hour guided tour. Your friendly guide leads you to the historic ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $99.99
Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking, Juneau, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mendenhall Glacier View Sea Kayaking

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Glide into a glorious adventure on a two-person sea kayak to view the mighty Mendenhall Glacier. Learn paddling techniques from an expert, then set out for ...  Read more

Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.45
Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing - Skagway Departure, Skagway, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Chilkoot Wilderness and Wildlife Viewing - Skagway Departure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Leave the crowds of Skagway behind and visit Chilkoot Lake State Park in Haines. Your tour begins with a high-speed catamaran ride along the steep-walled ...  Read more

Location: Skagway, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $193.00
Bear Glacier Kayaking Adventure with Jetboat Transport, Seward, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Bear Glacier Kayaking Adventure with Jetboat Transport

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

From the comfort of your kayak, explore the massive icebergs that are deposited by Bear Glacier, the Harding Icefield's largest glacier. Enjoy the stability of ...  Read more

Location: Seward, Alaska
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $299.00
Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea Kayaking, Ketchikan, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Eagle Island Sea Kayaking

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Spend your time in port in Ketchikan paddling through the waters of the Pacific Ocean and discovering Alaska's Eagle Island. On this shore excursion, you'll ...  Read more

Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Chilkoot Lake Kayak Tour - Skagway Departure, Skagway, Ports of Call Tours
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Chilkoot Lake Kayak Tour - Skagway Departure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Break away from the crowds of Skagway for some kayaking in a true naturalist’s paradise – Haines, Alaska. Board a high speed ferry across Lynn Canal from ...  Read more

Location: Haines, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $203.00
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure, Skagway, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Rafting - Skagway Departure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Treat yourself to a small group rafting and scenic driving tour through the famous Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. This is a scenic float trip (no whitewater) ...  Read more

Location: Skagway, Alaska
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $203.00

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