About Us


We are John & Alison Dunlap, long-time residents of Sitka.

We have worked in adventure tourism in Southeast Alaska our entire adult lives, and we are the proud owners of this fantastic little sea kayaking company, founded by our friends, John & Barbara DeLong, in 1994. Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures’ business includes guided half- and full-day sea kayak tours, guided multi-day expeditions, kayak skills instruction, and kayak rentals & sales. It is our intention to earn a reputation for running the finest-quality kayak tours available. And then re-earn that reputation every time we head out on the water with a new group of paddlers.

We are a small outfit, employing a select few very good guides.

Our team includes four top-caliber guides and our three fine kids: Michaela, Connor and Maggie. Without exception, we are all involved in this endeavor because of our love for exploring wild Alaska, and the fun we have sharing it with others. Alison and I approach the process of selecting and training our guides with the understanding that our company, and our sea kayak adventures, can only be as good as the people who work with us.

The safety and satisfaction of our guests are our highest priorities.

We invest a great deal of time in training and practice, starting weeks before our short-busy kayak season gets underway in mid-May. Our guides come from a variety of backgrounds, yet they all possess a common set of characteristics: They are self-motivated, honest, enthusiastic, gregarious and reliable. They love sharing their knowledge of our natural environment. They love meeting & learning about people from around the world. And they all have infinite patience and a great sense of humor.

Our focus is on quality, not quantity.

We want to get to know each of our guests as an individual, not as a number in a group. We do not market our tours through the large cruise lines. All of our tours are conducted with a very low participant/guide ratio, normally 6-to-1 or lower. Twelve is the largest number of paddlers we will ever take out at one time, and that number only on our shorter duration tours.

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