Sitka Island Paddle and Lost Fort Trek

This intriguing half-day adventure begins with a short drive across the bridge to Japonski Island. At a decommissioned Naval Base your friendly guides will help you get fitted with gear before presenting a short kayak & safety orientation. Then set out on a leisurely guided paddle through Sitka's picturesque harbor, home to one of the most productive commercial fishing fleets in North America.

After you have settled into your own paddling rhythm, we'll head out past the breakwater to explore the wild edge of Sitka Sound. You'll be amazed by the abundance of colorful marine life that inhabits the intertidal zone and kelp forests that fringe the coast. With bald eagles watching over us from the trees, it is almost certain that we'll see some of our other wild neighbors: curious harbor seals, massive stellar sea lions and perhaps a few playful sea otters. Occasionally, we even sight humpback, minke or orca whales.

At the Causeway Islands we'll step ashore to explore the remains of a WWII-era fort, which had been hastily abandoned as quickly as it had been built. While exploring moss-covered bunkers and fern-rimmed gun emplacements you can almost feel the healing power of the rainforest; the utter peacefulness of the lush surroundings presents such a peculiar contrast to the intent of these abandoned structures. We'll enjoy a snack and refreshment on the beach, and tell a few stories, before starting the paddle back to Sitka.

Included: Paddle gear, snack, and bottled water.

Please note: You need a minimum of 2 passengers to book this excursion. 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: 3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

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 walking over uneven terrain and able to get in and out of the kayak

Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 20-30 minutes safety orientation, equipment orientation and instruction
  • 2 hours kayaking tour
  • 1 hour at Lost Fort location for exploration

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 walking over uneven terrain 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.

$129.00

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Duration: 3.5 hours


Number of Passengers *

Max of 6

Adult: $129.00

Child (6-12): $94.00

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