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Sea Kayaking in Wild Sitka
Sitka, Alaska, USA
- Seahawk motor cruise: A big yellow boat with a powerful engine takes you and your group to a floating base camp. It's quite an excursion, to and from the downtown docking bay of Sitka, where this scenic tour originates and concludes.
- Paddle power: Your oceangoing, two person kayak lets you enjoy the protected bays and inlets from a serene, natural perspective during your 90 minutes of paddling.
- Wilderness and Rainforest: In a group of not more than 6 kayaks lead by an experienced guide, you'll get to watch eagles swooping from the treetops or even see brown bear catching salmon; harbor seals are also known to play in the area.
- We've got you covered: Round trip transportation, instructions, and all necessary equipment (including raingear!) are provided.
- Soul food: Exploring the gorgeous Alaskan coastline sure can work up an appetite! Warm up with some clam chowder and spiced cider before your scenic return to the pier. Not a fan of seafood? There’s a veggie option as well!
About this Sitka, Alaska tour
Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore wild Alaska, and there isn’t a better place to launch your boat than the inlets of Sitka. Your adventure begins on the downtown docks, where a fast moving Seahawk motorboat invites you on board.
You'll cut through the scenic waters en route to a floating base camp, enjoying a guided tour along the way. Riding in this roomy transport vessel, you and your fellow kayakers are treated to views of a lush spruce forest and its native wildlife, as fresh mountain air whips through your hair and fills your lungs. Some say this part is just as fun as the kayaking.
The basecamp experience makes you feel like a kid again back at camp. You'll get a fun tutorial on how to expertly man your two-person kayak, and navigate along the Alaskan coastline. You'll follow a local guide through tranquil waterways, while learning about the spectacular marine environment that surrounds you. Cut a path with your oars through a vibrant rainforest, home to a wide range of Alaskan birds, bears and deer, if you are a nature lover you may as well book right now.
There's so much to see, both on land and in the water, that the vantage point of a kayak is just perfect. The puffy white clouds and mountains seem close enough to touch; the water is as calm as glass, save for your kayak lightly cresting its surface. Living below that surface are playful sea lions, whales and at least five different varieties of salmon that your guide loves to point out.
Your guide will direct your attention to amazing sights in Mother Nature, like active eagles' nests and other defining characteristics of Sitka's inlands and bays. It's a lot to take in, and you'll get hungry so the kayaks are pulled up on shore for some hearty snacks to warm the soul. Locally made clam chowder is perfectly accompanied by piping hot apple cider, your body and soul will love this grass roots adventure.
The bloody battle of Sitka
Sitka was settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago; however, the Russians lay claim to it after a series of 19th century wars against Tlingit warriors. This killed many, with only a few Russians managing to escape. Their governor, Alexander Baranov, paid a hefty ransom for the safe return of the surviving settlers, and just two years later waged war against the Tlingit, ultimately winning the Battle of Sitka.
Please make your way to the Crescent Harbor Tender Pier and look for the GoBe Rep with the displayed logo sign.
You must be able to get in/out of kayak & paddle for up to 90 minutes. This tour is recommended only for travelers in good physical condition. A minimal amount of walking is required.
Adventure, Boat Tour, Scenic, Wilderness/Wildlife
Motorized Seahawk and 2 person Kayak.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 6 years of age and older.
You must weigh between 40 and 250 pounds to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
If you are in your 3rd trimester of pregnancy or have long legs, or taller than 6'4", you will not fit safely in the kayak and should not participate.
IMPORTANT: Liability waiver required for this experience.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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