Sitka Half-Day Sound Paddle & Cruise

This is our most popular small-group kayak adventure. By combining an ample half-day of paddling with one-way boat transportation, you'll be able to explore a variety of Sitka Sound's countless islands and seldom-traveled passages.

Our half-day paddle & cruise adventure is the perfect introduction to the wild side of Sitka Sound, beginning with a fun and informative kayak skills & safety orientation. The guide will explain the variables to be considered in designing the day's unique float plan, and, once afloat, you'll have some time to dabble about in the crystal clear shallows, getting comfortable with your craft, before we set out to explore our first group of islands.

While paddling through mazes of reef and kelp forest - areas accessible only by kayak - your interpreter/guide will help identify the colorful marine life visible below, including: crab, sea stars, anemones, sea urchins, jelly fish and more. At the surface, in addition to the star of the show - the ever amusing sea otter - we also frequently sight harbor seals, sea lions, porpoise, bald eagles, and a variety of marine birds.

We'll step ashore on a seldom-visited island to stretch our legs, do a little beach-combing, and enjoy a hearty snack while soaking in the majestic wildness and amazing views of the Sound. Our guide will explain some of the ecology of the area, and also tell you about the Tlingit people, who still harvest the ocean's bounty using knowledge passed down since the last ice age. This half-day wilderness exploration concludes with an exciting 30-minute boat cruise to Sitka.

Please note: You need a minimum of 2 adults to book this excursion. This adventure is also conducted in reverse order, with the cruise outbound, followed by a paddle return to Sitka. Minimum age to participate in this tour is 6 years old, minimum weight is 40 pounds and maximum weight is 275 pounds with a maximum height of 6 feet 6 inches. Maximum of 6 passengers.

Duration: 4.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Paddle Time: 3-3.5 hours.)

Inclusions:

  • Waterproof outerwear, paddle gear, and dry bags for cameras
  • Light snacks, and bottled water

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum weight: 40lbs
  • Maximum weight: 275lbs
  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • Maximum height: 6 feet 6 inches
  • Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the kayak

Duration: 4.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 20-30 minutes safety orientation, equipment orientation and instruction
  • 2.5-3 hours kayaking tour
  • 30 minutes at beach landing for exploration
  • 30 minutes boat ride to Sitka

Do we need prior kayaking experience?

No experience is necessary to participate on 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.

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?

Light snacks and bottled water are included.

Are there any age restrictions?

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

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 are also recommended.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

$170.00

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Duration: 4.5 hours


Number of Passengers *

Max of 6

Adult: $170.00

Child (6-12): $125.00

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  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489