Alaska Kayaking Trips

Alaska Kayaking Trips
Natives in Alaska's Aleutian Chain invented the kayak ("iqax" in Aleut), and the Eskimo version of a canoe remains a perfect conveyance for experiencing Alaska's coastal majesty. Paddling near Seward, Valdez, Ketchikan and all along the Inside Passage, you'll likely encounter as many eagles as you would pigeons in the park and see glaciers calving in a cove full of curious otters. While you may not always come across a breaching humpback or a pod of orcas, keep alert for puffins, seals, sea lions and maybe even bears.

Kayak Adventures Worldwide

Kayak Adventures Worldwide is based in Seward, which is considered one of Alaska's best bases for sea kayaking. Kayak Adventures offers trips ranging from half a day to seven days. Paddle down Resurrection Bay to Bear Glacier, Kayakers Cove or Fox Island. Or take a boat down the bay and south by southwest to access Kenai Fjords National Park. Kayak Adventures Worldwide offers options on multi-day trips if you have your own camping and cooking gear or if you don't. Some trips offer a mother ship to put the kayaks in at a variety of sites.

Kayak Adventures Worldwide
328 Third Ave.
P.O. Box 2249
Seward, AK 99664
(907) 224-3960
Kayakak.com

Liquid Adventures

"Just add water!" states the slogan of Liquid Adventures. Like Kayak Adventures Worldwide, Liquid is based in Seward and wins glowing reports from past clients. Liquid Adventures also offers guided trips to Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound. Destinations include Aialik Bay and Northwestern Lagoon. Lodging options range from camping to cabin base camps to wilderness resort rooms. The company offers an adventure menu as well as custom itineraries that you can download.

Liquid Adventures
P.O. Box 3713
Seward, AK 99664
(888) 325-2925
Liquid-adventures.com

Spirit Walker Expeditions

With trips designed to send novices and experienced paddlers into raptures, Spirit Walker Expeditions departs Gustavus to explore the tangled and wondrous coast of Glacier Bay. Spirit Walker can set up day trips, family trips for ages 3 to 92 and specialty women's trips. Guests can paddle to Icy Strait for humpback whale-watching. Try the Lodge to Lodge Sea Kayaking tour to visit out-of-the-way Alaska fishing communities.

Spirit Walker Expeditions
P.O. Box 240
Gustavus, AK 99826
(907) 697-2266
Seakayakalaska.com

Southeast Exposure

Head north out of Ketchikan to Clover Pass to hook up with Southeast Exposure, which has been providing kayaking tours since 1986. Each tour features one guide to seven guests. Many travelers rate Misty Fjords as Alaska's top kayaking destination, and Southeast Exposure can get you there or to the Tatoosh Islands or Eagle Islands in Tongass National Forest. Look past your paddle for jumping salmon or sea stars at low tide. You may see a mama bear and cubs near a salmon stream, and you'll definitely want to look for Alaska native petroglyphs on the cliffs. 


Southeast Exposure
37 Potter Road
Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907) 225-8829
Southeastexposure.com

Article Written By Rogue Parrish

Rogue Parrish is a writer and editor with Demand Media Studios.

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