This wonderful half-day kayaking journey starts with meeting your specialized instructor and guide at Sitka Crescent Harbor. It is from right there that the excitement starts, as you climb aboard a custom-made inflatable vessel for an adventurous sightseeing ride to the float base camp. On the way, your guide will point out sights of interest and scan for wildlife.
Once arriving at the dedicated "float house" you will have ample time for gearing up, as well as guidance on how to work together as a team to maneuver your two-person kayak, complete with paddling technique.
These are some of the most peaceful and majestic waters in all of North America. so take in all the beauty of the protected bays and inlets near Sitka in a fun and active way. Your guide is more than just your teacher, they are fellow nature lovers. Follow their keen senses of adventure as they spot unique sights, and explain colorful intertidal invertebrates and the ecosystem of the surrounding rainforest.
The scenery is truly breathtaking, so enjoy every minute of gently gliding through these tranquil waters. Keep an eye out for all sorts of wildlife, from swooping eagles to brown bears combing the shores. Harbor seals, deer, and even whales are known to roam these areas.
On the way back, stop at the Float House, and enjoy a hot authentic Alaskan snack before returning to downtown Sitka. This tour truly has something for everyone, and will be sure to leave you in awe and wonder about your amazing surroundings.
Bring layered clothing, comfortable shoes, and a warm hat. Guides, kayaks, paddle gear, and bottled water are included. The minimum weight is 40 pounds and maximum weight is 275 pounds with a maximum height of 6 feet 6 inches.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from Crescent Harbor. Paddle Time: 1.5 hours.)
- Roundtrip transportation from Crescent Harbor
- Snack consisting of clam chowder, crackers, hot apple cider
- Personal Flotation Device (life vest)
- Extra raingear as needed
- Minimum weight: 40 lbs
- Maximum weight: 275 lbs
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent
- Minors age 13-17 must have signed parental consent form
Duration: 3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 90 minutes of active kayaking
- This tour meets from Crescent Harbor in Downtown Sitka, which is directly adjacent to Harrigan Centennial Hall-- the main depot for cruiseline passengers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
Do we need prior kayaking experience?
No experience is necessary to participate in this tour.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on 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.
Is it possible that I will tip over and do I have to know how to swim?
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.
Can I bring a backpack?
All bags must be stored prior to kayaking and are not allowed while on tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Snacks consisting of clam chowder, crackers, and hot apple cider are included.
Are there any age restrictions?
There is a minimum weight requirement of 40 lbs. Additionally, guests taller than 6 feet 6 inches or weighing over 275 lbs cannot be accommodated.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
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.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Layered clothing that will fit underneath a waterproof paddle jacket and sneakers or waterproof boots. Sunglasses and gloves are also recommended.
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