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Sitka Sound Kayak Adventure

10 reviews

Excursion Overview

Explore Sitka's sheltered waterways, harbors, and picturesque coves

Your adventure begins with an equipment and safety orientation by your guides. You'll then set out at a leisurely pace to explore sheltered waterways, harbors, and coves. Sitka's dependence on the sea will be fully evident as you paddle near fishermen, tug boat crews and Coast Guard sailors all tending to their vessels.

Beyond the harbor, we'll explore island shores and kelp forests while keeping an eye out for abundant wildlife above and below the water's surface. You may also have the opportunity to visit a small aquarium and salmon hatchery, or even watch wild salmon gathering near a stream, preparing to spawn.

Throughout the tour, your attentive and friendly guide will relate interesting stories about the area, explain the ecology of the forests and ocean, and point out wildlife and other interesting sights. Bottled water and a light snack will be provided.

Please note: Tours will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe. A full refund shall be made if the tour is cancelled.

Experience: Easy - great for new paddlers of all ages & abilities

Things You Need to Know


  • Paddle gear, equipment, life vests, and dry bags for cameras
  • Bottled water


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum weight: 50 lbs (to properly fit child-size PFD's life vests)
  • Maximum weight: 275 lbs
  • Maximum height: 6 feet 6 inches
  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • 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

Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 20~30 minutes - safety orientation, equipment orientation, and instruction
  • 2 hours - kayaking tour
  • Plus an additional 0.5-hour transfer time if ship tenders downtown

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal. 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

No experience is necessary to participate in this tour.

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.

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.

Bottled water is included.

There is a minimum age of 6 years old to participate. Additionally, guests taller than 6 feet 6 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 also recommended.


Guest Reviews


10 total


Mark S

On Jul 2023

We had an incredible experience on our kayak excursion! The guides were fun and engaging, the scenery was beautiful, and we tracked a humpback whale up close and personal. The whale spouted about a hundred yards away from us and we waited to see where it was going. We followed and watched it come up for air 4-5 times before returning to shore. It was a great experience and my children are still talking about it being the highlight of their vacation.

Victoria V

On Jun 2023

Guide was knowledgeable and patient and we had a lot of fun and saw cool stuff in the ocean.

Kleiman N

On Jun 2023

My whole family had a wonderful time. The guides were fun and knowledgeable and I definitely recommend this excursion!

Kevin V

On Jul 2022

This was a great tour in Sitka. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and my family with 2 teenagers enjoyed the trip and all the nature and exploration. Bailey was our guide and she was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour.

Zach B

On Jun 2022

Amazing! Katie was a great guide! Great location, instruction was superb. We saw tons of eagles, sea stars, abalone, sea lions, etc. the scenery was stunning. Not too difficult for a family of 5 with a 7 year old. Would definitely recommend!


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Duration: 2.5 hours

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Duration: 2.5 hours

Adult (12+): $143.00

Child (6-11): $111.00

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