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Per Person $179 USD
Child (Ages 6-12) $127 USD
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No matter your age or water skills, if you love coastal scenery, nature, and history--and if you enjoy “doing” as much as “observing”–-then you’ll find our style of exploring Sitka’s beautiful surroundings and fascinating past to be just the thing!

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 outfit you with gear before presenting a short kayak and safety orientation. Then, you’ll 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've settled into your own paddling rhythm, you’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 from the trees, it's almost certain that you’ll see other wildife: curious harbor seals, massive Steller sea lions, and perhaps a few playful sea otters. You may even see humpback, minke, or orca whales!

At the Causeway Islands, you’ll step ashore to explore the remains of a WWII-era fort, which was hastily abandoned as quickly as it was built. While exploring moss-covered bunkers and fern-rimmed gun emplacements, you can almost feel the healing power of the rain forest. You’ll enjoy a light snack on the beach, and tell a few stories, before starting the paddle back to Sitka.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transfer to/from Crescent Harbor pier
  • Guided kayak tour of the Sitka harbor and sound
  • Kayaks and paddle gear
  • Safety orientation
  • Visiting the remains of a World War II-era fort
  • Snack

Days of Operation

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Departures (local time)

  • 9:15 AM (3.5 hrs) Check-in time. Tour departs at 9:30am.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Wear layered clothing, comfortable shoes, and a warm hat.
• We suggest that you bring sunglasses, camera, binoculars, gloves, and rain gear.
• We provide at least 1 guide for each group of 6 participants.


• Participants must be at least 6 years of age and weigh at least 40 pounds.
• Maximum height: 6 ft., 6 inches. Maximum weight: 275 pounds.
• There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 for this tour.
• Guest safety is our highest priority. Tours will be canceled if the lead guide determines that conditions are unsafe.
• This tour runs from May 11th through September 17th, 2020.