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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 Bartlett Cove, this forest is truly old growth. Coming to open areas of bog muskeg we soak up the ambiance 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.

Kayaking Tours


  • 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: $169

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.


  • 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: 2-3 guests: $439 per person. 4+ guests: $379 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 nutrients that 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, rain gear, rubber boots, dry bags, lunch and ground transportation in Gustavus.


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

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

Rates are per person and include rain gear, boots, kayak gear, permits, and instruction.


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Price    $1995 for up to six people

Limited dates available.

Trip Summary:

Combining a private  tour of Glacier Bay National Park along with kayaking through the ice bergs and to the McBride Glacier is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity not many get to enjoy and one you don’t want to miss.

Departing Barrtlet cove we load the kayaks onto the boat and head into the park.

On the way we stop for a few minutes to see and hear and unfortunately smell hundreds of sea lions on a small island. Soon we  leave the main channel and the many cruise ships that venture into the west arm of the park as  we enter into the less traveled east arm to give you a chance to see the park with few other human travelers.

Passing through the many beautiful sights and wildlife of the park we soon arrive at the entrance to the McBride Glacier where we anchor the boat and launch the kayaks. If our timing is right we leisurely  kayak with  the incoming tide through the ice stopping often to explore the many shapes and brilliant blue colors of the floating ice and past the harbor seals. Through the canyon walls left behind from the receding glacier and past the water falls cascading from the mountain into the bay, we arrive at the magnificent Glacier itself. Staying a safe distance from the glacier  we wait to hear the thundering sounds of  ice falling from the glacier and crashing into the water. Often turning what was a calm bay into a washing machine of small waves as they bounce off the rocky sides of the canyon.

Bring your water proof camera or rent one of our go pros to catch all the memories.

 


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