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.)
- Waterproof outerwear, paddle gear, and dry bags for cameras
- Light snacks, and bottled water
- 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.
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