For those who enjoy being active in the outdoors, Alaska is a great destination. One fun activity that allows you to enjoy the ambiance of being on the water as well as land views is sea kayaking. The city of Sitka in Alaska is especially great for sea kayaking, as it’s home to beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife.
One way to enjoy sea kayaking in Alaska when in Sitka is through a Sitka Sea Kayaking Adventure. The three-hour excursion begins with a sightseeing cruise out to a floating base camp, where you’ll pick up your kayak and glide through the Gulf of Alaska. Wildlife-spotting is a main highlight of the experience, as your guide helps you see bald eagles, harbor seals, whales, black-tailed deer and brown bears. The exciting experience ends with a hearty snack of clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider.
Another popular option for sea kayaking in Sitka is to launch from the scenic Crescent Harbor and paddle out to some of the outer islands off Sitka’s coast. Sitka’s outer coast location allows kayakers to glide through a labyrinth of narrow passages, which make s a number of beautiful islands accessible. As above, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife.
Outside of Sitka, Alaska is home to myriad excellent kayaking destinations. For example, from Juneau you can partake in a Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure, which begins with a scenic cruise before getting into your kayak near Amalga Harbor and Yankee Cove. From there, you’ll glide through the serene waters, keeping your eyes peeled for porcupine, deer, beavers, eagles, whales, seals, porpoises, sea lions and a variety of sea bird species. Additionally, you’ll enjoy the quintessential Alaskan experience of seeing some of the states iconic ice formations like the Mendenhall, Herbert and Eagle glaciers. Another great option for sea kayaking in Alaska is an Eagle Island Sea Kayaking Tour from Ketchikan. Some of the wildlife you may see while paddling through the tranquil Clover Pass include Alaskan starfish, bald eagles, humpback whales, sea lions and orca whales. Eagle Island itself is part of the Tongass National Forest, which encompasses majority of southeastern Alaska, and is also a great spot to see local animals.