Sitka Full Day Wild Coast Paddle & Cruise

Excursion Overview

The most unique kayak adventure in Alaska

There is no such thing as a "typical" Wild Coast Paddle & Cruise - your informative guide will help to design a route plan that suits your preferences as well as it fits the day's sea and weather conditions. Your adventure will either begin or end with an exciting one-hour cruise aboard our sturdy transport vessel. Use of the shuttle boat allows you to explore almost twice as much of the Sound in the same amount of time.

No matter what route we paddle, the scenery will be amazing. Sitka Sound is bordered by hundreds of untouched coves, inlets and narrow passages, each containing their own secrets waiting to be discovered. And the waters of the Sound are sprinkled with almost countless un-named islands and reefs. This is the perfect sea kayaking environment, and you're certain to explore some areas inaccessible by any other means. Few activities can match the experience of gliding silently across the canopy of a kelp forest - the clear waters revealing views of undersea gardens and marine life, while seals bask on the rocks and curious sea otters poke their little flat heads as high as possible out of the water to get a better look at you. There is also a very good chance of sighting stellar sea lions or humpback whales.

At the halfway point in our voyage, we'll step ashore on a seldom-visited island to stretch our legs, do a little beach-combing, and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. The total paddling time on our full-day exploration is approximately 5 hours, in which time we'll travel 6-8 miles, depending on your preferences.

Please note: Although it's not a strenuous activity, guests must be at least 12 years of age and in good general health. Tours will be canceled if conditions are unsafe. A full refund shall be made if the tour is canceled.

Things You Need to Know


  • Waterproof outerwear, paddle gear, and dry bags for cameras
  • Beach picnic lunch, light snacks, and bottled water


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum weight: 40 lbs
  • Maximum weight: 275 lbs
  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Maximum height: 6 feet 6 inches
  • Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the kayak
  • Layered clothing or rain gear, Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, gloves, warm hat and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Although it's not a strenuous activity, we recommend the full-day paddle only for those who are in good physical condition. Previous paddle experience is recommended.

Duration: 8 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 20~30 minutes - safety orientation, equipment orientation, and instruction
  • 1 hour - scenic boat transfer
  • 5~6 hours - kayaking tour (6-8 miles)

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets within the Crescent Harbor parking lot. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Previous paddle experience is recommended.

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

Fortunately, rain doesn't diminish the fun or safety of sea kayaking. We will outfit you with fully-rainproof gear if it looks certain to be a wet day.

It is possible to tip over, however it's a very rare occurrence. Our professional guides will provide good instruction on the basic paddling and bracing techniques, and you'll find out for yourself that the double kayaks are far more stable than you might imagine. You don't need to know how to swim. You'll be wearing a PFD (life vest) at all times while in the kayak.

All bags must be stored prior to kayaking and are not allowed while on tour.

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Lunch, snacks, and bottled water are included.

There is a minimum age of 12 years old to participate. Additionally, guests taller than 6 feet 4 inches or weighing over 275 lbs cannot be accommodated.

Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the kayak. Please inform the guides about any other physical limitations.

Layered clothing that will fit underneath a waterproof paddle jacket and sneakers or waterproof boots. Sunglasses and gloves are are also recommended.


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Duration: 8 hours

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Duration: 8 hours

Adult - Age 12+: $298.25