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Sea Kayaking

Sea kayaking offers a pristine way to explore the expansive waterways in the region. From casual half-day outings to extensive multi-day adventures, there are many options from which to choose. Sea kayaking tours may include basic instruction in a safe environment, please inquire for the best trip for your groups' abilities.

All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.

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Kittiwake Trip

This is a terrific trip for those wanting an introduction to sea kayaking.  Guests will start the trip with basic kayak instruction in the harbor. From there, the group will paddle a three-mile loop from Whittier to see the Black-Legged Kittiwake Rookery, as well as scenic waterfalls and intimate coves. This trip is the perfect amount of light exercise and adventure, and well-suited for groups and families.

  • Tour is 3 hours
  • Departs from Whittier at 9 am, 1 pm and 5 pm
  • 2 person minimum/12 person maximum.

Passage Canal Trip

Enjoy waterfalls, hidden coves, glacial views and a short hike on this trip.  Basic kayak instruction in the harbor and a lunch will be provided.  This trip offers a longer and more strenuous paddle than the Kittiwake route (listed above).

  • Tour is 6 hours; paddle will cover six to seven miles
  • Departs from Whittier at 10 am
  • Lunch is included
  • Minimum of four guests

Blackstone Bay Day Trip

Start the day with a charter boat ride from Whittier to a beach near the head of Blackstone Bay.  With expert guides, guests will have the opportunity to paddle in the tidewater glacier areas of Blackstone Bay while learning about its natural history.  The sights and sounds of the actively calving glaciers from the unique viewpoint of ocean kayaks will be the highlight of the trip.  At the end of the paddling day, guests will return by charter boat back to Whittier.

  • Tour is 7 hours
  • Departs from Whittier at 9 am
  • A hearty lunch included 
  • Minimum of four guests; singles and doubles welcome to fill the trip

Offered by Alaska Sea Kayakers

Please Note: Guests must be age 10 & up. All guests under the age of 18 must paddle with an adult in a tandem kayak. Due to the physical restrictions of the cockpit size of kayaks, the tallest individuals that can be accommodated are 6’5” tall. Safe flotation limitations of the kayaks and life jackets require that the maximum weight of a guest should not exceed 250 pounds, and that the combined weight of any two paddlers in a tandem kayak should not exceed 450 pounds.


Sailing Sea Kayaks & Sea Kayaking

Explore Prince William Sound in a unique sailing kayak for a super-safe, comfortable and hands-free journey that uses wind and pedal power over paddling. Half-day, all-day and multi-day adventures reveal glaciers, marine wildlife and a phenomenal perspective of a remote and wondrous natural world.

4 Hour Half-Day Emerald Island

Departing at 1:30 pm, you’ll sail the South shore of Passage Canal, taking in the beautiful rock formations and keeping your eyespeeled for bald eagles, seals, and other marine wildlife. Cruise around Emerald Island an into the cove where you’ll be met with crystal clear water. Look into the depths for sea creatures as you slowly drift through. You’ll then cruise back along the south shore into Whittier. The departure and return schedule is ideal for those taking the Alaska Railroad to reach Whittier. The train arrives at noon and departs at 6:45 pm, making for easy travel to and from Whittier.


Offered by Alaska Wild Guides


Kayaking with Icebergs - Alaska Glacier Kayaking

In partnership with Alaska Railroad, Ascending Path offers Guided Iceberg Kayaking tours on the Spencer lake. This is an amazing Glacier location to experience and learn about blue ice, up close and personal, on this 1/2 day kayaking excursion! Operating under 10 year permit with the Chugach National Forest.The Spencer Whistle Stop and Glacier are located just South of Portage Valley and the Turnagain Arm in the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. It is entirely off the road system, so we ride the scenic Alaska Railroad from Anchorage or Girdwood with breathtaking views of glaciers and towering alpine peaks.Get away from the crowds by starting your trip where most people turn around, at Spencer lake. Enjoy several hours paddling among icebergs and hike to the face of Spencer Glacier. One goal is to touch an iceberg!

  • Available May 25-Sept 16, 2019
  • Ages: 10-70
  • Up to 5 miles paddling round trip.
  • Up to 3.5 hours on the water paddling
  • Up to 3 miles hiking
  • Departs 7 Days a Week at 12PM
  • Second Departure Sunday - Thursday at 7:30AM
  • Round trip train ticket to Spencer Whistle Stop
  • Catered deli boxed lunch, bottled waters, granola bars and snacks
  • 1 mile shuttle at Spencer Whistle Stop to Spencer Lake
  • All paddling gear: Necky Looksha Tandem Sea Kayaks, spray skirts, PFD’s, gloves, rain jacket and pants, dry bags, kayak safety equipment
  • Friendly, skilled, naturalist kayak and hiking guides
  • Paddling instruction and briefing
  • Small Ratios (min: 2:1 max: 7:1/client:guide)
  • Guides will pace the trip and total distance to the groups’ desires, fitness level and weather conditions.
  • Bear Protection and satellite tracking and communication devices
  • Interpretative glaciology, ecology and natural history discussions
  • No experience is necessary, but previous paddling experience is highly recommended. This paddle should be considered a “moderate activity”. We recommend that you are capable of a few hours of easy to moderate upper body and cardio exercise each day.
  • Trips operate in most weather conditions- travel insurance is recommended
  • The lake water temperature is very cold: 34*-37*F, but no tides and the icebergs are very reliable!
  • Minimum weight: 50 lbs; Maximum weight: 250 lbs
  • Max height is 6’7”
  • Max waist size is 44”

 Offered by The Ascending Path

Contact Alyeska's Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.