$119 + tax / Adult
$84 + tax / Child (ages 4-12)
3.5 hours approx. (2 hrs paddling, 1 hr walking)
Easy. Great for anyone in good general health.
2 person minimum / 6 person maximum
At least 1 guide per each 6 participants
Guide(s), kayaks, paddle gear, snack & bottled water
Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a warm hat
Sun glasses, camera, binoculars, gloves and rain gear
May 10 – September 15, 2017
Daily: usually at 9:30am
Custom tour times can also be arranged
No matter your age or water skills, if you love coastal scenery, nature and history – and if you enjoy “doing” as much as “observing” – then we’re sure you’ll find our style of exploring Sitka’s beautiful surroundings and fascinating past to be just the thing!
Check in at the Big Blue Bus to meet your guides and get fitted with paddle gear. You’ll then participate in an informative kayak & safety orientation before setting out on a leisurely guided paddle through Sitka’s picturesque harbor, home to one of the most productive commercial fishing fleets in North America. We’ll pause near Sitka’s decommissioned Naval Base where your guides will begin telling the story of how Sitka played a very important role in defending Pacific sea lanes and the West Coast during World War II.
After you have settled into your own paddling rhythm, we’ll head out past the breakwater to explore the wild edge of Sitka Sound. You’ll be amazed by the abundance of colorful marine life that inhabits the intertidal zone and kelp forests that fringe the coast. With bald eagles watching over us from the trees, it is almost certain that we’ll see some of our other wild neighbors: curious harbor seals, massive Steller sea lions and perhaps a few playful sea otters. Occasionally, we even sight humpback, minke or orca whales.
At the Causeway Islands we’ll step ashore to explore the remains of a WWII-era fort, which had been hastily abandoned as quickly as it had been built. While exploring moss-covered bunkers and fern-rimmed gun emplacements you can almost feel the healing power of the rainforest; the utter peacefulness of the lush surroundings presents such a peculiar contrast to the intent of these abandoned structures. We’ll enjoy a snack and refreshment on the beach, and tell a few stories, before starting the paddle back to Sitka.
- Participants must be at least 4 years of age and have a relatively long attention span.
- Maximum height: 6-ft 6-inches. Maximum weight: 275 pounds.
- Please arrive at the Big Blue Bus at Crescent Harbor 15 minutes prior to tour time.
- Guest safety is our highest priority. Tours will be cancelled if the lead guide determines that conditions are unsafe. A full refund shall be made if the tour is cancelled.
- If you’re coming to Alaska on a cruiseship, and you don’t know the exact timing of your ship’s port-call in Sitka, please click here to review a current version of the 2017 Cruiseship Schedule.
- To ensure we can accommodate your preferred tour timing and/or equipment availability, we highly recommend that you reserve your tour/expedition/kayak rental well in advance of your arrival date in Sitka. The months of June through August are especially busy.
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