Kayaking

Wilderness Isles Day Trip

Conducted by “Spirit Walker Expeditions”
Location: Pleasant Island Wilderness Area
Duration: Trip begins at 9:00am at the Gustavus Beach, returns to the beach between 3:00-3:30pm.
Paddle Distance: 3-10 miles
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, exploring wilderness islands, marine wildlife, old growth rain forest.

Price: $160 (scheduled price)

Trip Summary: We start this trip at the Gustavus beach, where we put on our rain gear and boots. While on the beach, your guide will provide an orientation to the kayaks and paddling technique. Crossing Icy Passage, we keep an eye out for sea otters, porpoise, sea lions, minke whales, orcas (killer whales), and seals. Upon reaching the island we are usually greeted by bald eagles. In the shallows along the shore, we can see a multitude of intertidal creatures as we drift along in our kayaks.

Rounding the western point of the island we see a string of lovely sandy beaches. This is where we land our kayaks to enjoy a lunch of locally smoked salmon, fresh veggies, fruit and our home baked desserts. On clear days we dine with a fantastic view of the Fairweather Mountains, and any day is a great day to explore the beach.

While on land, we’ll explore the moist interior of the forest, home to myriad species of ferns, mushrooms and wildflowers. Moss carpets the forest floor and drapes the branches. Unlike the young groves of Gustavus and BartlettCove, this forest is truly old growth. Coming to open areas of bog muskeg we soak up the ambience of this beautifully unique place. There are not many places where one can go through so many interrelated yet distinct eco-systems in such a short distance.

Returning to the beach and a snack, we paddle back to Gustavus to complete our day.

Whales! Day Trip

conducted by “Spirit Walker Expeditions”
Location: Icy Strait, Point Adolphus
Duration: Typically leave Gustavus dock at 9:00am, returning to dock between 3:00 – 4:15pm
Paddle Distance: 4-8 miles
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, photography, whale watching, lunch

Price: 2-4 guests:$435 per person. 5+ guests:$375 per person.

Trip Summary: We start our trip in the morning with a short boat ride across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus. The ocean around Point Adolphus is a meeting place of currents flowing around Chichagof Island into the Inside Passage. This nutrient rich confluence feeds an abundance of marine life from tiny barnacles to giant whales. Otters, seals, porpoise, sea lions and whales swim along the point in noisy groups. Summer is the time for them to stock up on the nutrientsthat will carry them through the long winter. We respect them and do not crowd them; our greatest pleasure is to share these creatures’ space without disrupting their lives.

Our Whales! day trip includes a kayaking orientation on the beach at Point Adolphus in the morning by one of our highly trained guides. We provide snacks throughout the day and a full lunch including smoked salmon or halibut, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus homemade desserts. Included in the trip price is the round-trip charter boat transportation between Gustavus and Point Adolphus, all kayaking and safety equipment, raingear, rubber boots, dry bags, lunch and ground transportation in Gustavus.

Glacier Bay Day Trip – Guided

Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park
Duration: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, photography, marine wildlife

Price: $160 per person

Trip Summary: Bartlett Cove, headquarters of Glacier Bay National Park offers the novice kayaker a very protected rain forest environment in which to paddle and explore. Kayakers may paddle along the shores of Lester Island and Point Gustavus with opportunities to view a variety of land mammals, marine and bird life. Seals, porpoise, sea otter, black bear, moose, bald eagles, and whales are some of the wildlife you can expect to see.

Your guide will ensure that everyone in the group experiences the delights of kayaking and learns about the rich natural and cultural history of the area. A relaxed lunch on a secluded beach and short educational nature walks along the way round out the adventure. Cost includes rain gear, kayak gear, permits, lunch, and transportation included.

Glacier Bay 1/2 Day Trip – Guided

Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park
Duration: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, photography, marine wildlife

Price: $95 per person

Trip Summary: Bartlett Cove, headquarters of Glacier Bay National Park offers the novice kayaker a very protected rain forest environment in which to paddle and explore. Kayakers may paddle along the shores of Lester Island and Point Gustavus with opportunities to view a variety of land mammals, marine and bird life. Seals, porpoise, sea otter, black bear, moose, bald eagles, and whales are some of the wildlife you can expect to see.

Your guide will ensure that everyone in the group experiences the delights of kayaking and learns about the rich natural and cultural history of the area. A relaxed lunch on a secluded beach and short educational nature walks along the way round out the adventure. Cost includes rain gear, kayak gear, permits, lunch, and transportation included.

Unguided – 1/2 day or full day

Location: Bartlett Cove, Glacier Bay National Park
Duration: 9:00am – 1:00pm (half day), 9:00am-4:00pm(full day)
Paddle Distance: varies by kayaker
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, photography, marine wildlife

Price: $50 per person (full day), $40 per person (half day)

Trip Summary: Kayakers will be dropped off and turned loose to enjoy the beauty that the park has to offer. Rates are per person and include rain gear, boots, kayak gear, permits and instructions.

Drop Off / Pick up – Glacier Bay National Park
Location: Glacier Bay National Park
Duration: Various
Paddle Distance: varies by kayaker
Highlights: Paddling sea kayaks, photography, marine wildlife, the park up close and personal

Price: varies

Trip Summary: Get dropped off for various periods of time in Glacier Bay National Park and explore on your own. Please call for more information if interested in this activity as it requires coordination and details vary based on your time constraints and interests.