Today, commercial fishing is king in Kodiak. Despite its small population—about 6,475 people scattered among the several islands in the Kodiak group—the city is among the busiest fishing ports in the United States. The harbor is also an important supply point for small communities on the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula. View more
Explore the diverse wildlife and rugged natural beauty of Alaska during this panoramic, half-day, bear-viewing excursion via floatplane.
Kodiak Island, Flight-Seeing Tour, Bear- and Wildlife-Viewing
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, and get outfitted with hip-boots. Afterward, board your floatplane and fly to the bear-viewing location. Bear-viewing is one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September, but they can be spotted as early as May/June, depending on the season and weather. Your bear-viewing experience lasts approximately four hours, including a scenic, approximately 50-minute floatplane ride in search of coastal brown bears on either Kodiak Island or the Katmai Coast.
Native Villages, Commercial Fishing Operations, Bears, Elks, Goats, Deer, Wildlife, Marine Life
During the flight, you are fitted with voice-activated headsets to enable communication with your experienced Alaskan bush pilot. Along the way, see native villages, commercial fishing operations, a variety of wildlife and marine life, and the ruggedly beautiful scenery for which Alaska is renowned. A professional wilderness guide accompanies you along the way. In addition to bears, other commonly-seen wildlife in this vicinity includes elks, goats and deer. Snacks and beverages are provided. Following your bear-viewing experience, re-board your floatplane and head back to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 100 yards-200 yards (about 91.4 metres-183 metres), at times over uneven, grassy and wet surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, three steps to access the office for check-in and three steps to board/de-board the floatplane. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with a hat, gloves, scarf and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship; hip-boots are provided to keep feet dry whilst boarding/de-boarding the floatplane, and are worn for the duration of the tour. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Join on this excursion for an unique deep-sea fishing experience off of Kodiak Island. The waters surrounding Kodiak are recognized around the world for the incredible game available for sport fishing. Experienced sport fishers from all parts of the globe travel to the Kodiak Archipelago for the chance to hook the famous fish dwelling here, including salmon, halibut, sea bass, ling cod and Pacific cod.
Kodiak Island Charters, your host for the day is the longest-running charter fishing operation in on the island. Walk from the ship (200 meters) and take a 10-minute bus ride to your boat for the day. Before leaving the harbor on the fishing vessel, verify your fishing license and receive a safety briefing.
Then it is time to depart the harbor and take a six-hour tour with an experienced captain and crew, who are present to assure your safety and comfort and share their knowledge of the Kodiak waters and the fish present here. The target fish for the day are salmon, halibut, ling cod, Pacific cod and sea bass. Any fish that you catch are bled and slush-iced at sea, then professionally processed ashore and boxed for shipping.
Take down time aboard your fishing vessel in the heated cabins and enjoy the roomy deck of this boat, which is well-suited for fishing. At the end of your productive day, make the return trip to the harbor and transfer to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate level of physical fitness and balance against steady, rolling waves aboard the fishing vessel, and is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Guests must be able to hike down a tidal ramp to board the boat, which can be steep at low tide. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Guests who tend towards seasickness are not recommended to go on this tour. This tour is suitable for children who have past experience on similar boating journeys and parental supervision is required. There are no weight restrictions. Guests must wear closed-toe shoes and are recommended to dress in warm layers with rain gear and sneakers or other shoes with a non-slip sole. Guests wishing to fish must purchase a fishing license and need to bring 35.00 US$ cash to purchase one on board. Bait and tackle are provided. This is a six-hour trip and the boat will not return during the trip. Guests need to take all personal needed items along with them on board. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings are likely.
Explore Kodiak's spectacular beauty and wartime history during this scenic hike through a section of the 183-acre (74-hectare) Fort Abercrombie State Park.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to the headquarters of Ft. Abercrombie State Park.
Ft. Abercrombie State Park
Upon arrival, your guide leads you on a hike along well-maintained natural and gravel trails offering breathtaking views and photo opportunities. The park's coastline is inhabited by a wide array of diverse seabird species, and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area throughout the season.
During your hiking tour, you can view World War II bunkers from Kodiak's wartime past. At the midpoint of your hike, a stop is made at the Miller Point Gun Placement, one of the largest bunkers in the park.
Another stretch of your walking tour leads you through forested areas with a 10% to 20% incline, and a 68-step staircase during the return hike to park headquarters. Upon arrival, re-board your transfer bus for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a guided walk of approximately 1.5-2 miles (2.4-3.2 kilometres) over natural unpaved trails, including inclines and 68 stairs. Trails pass ocean-side bluffs. It is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, including water-resistent outerwear and wear hiking shoes or boots. Transportation to and from the trail head is via school bus. Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Whale sightings from the bluffs cannot be guaranteed.
Discover the natural and magnificent beauty that is Kodiak during this 2.5 hour long boat ride along its waterfront and barrier islands. You will be accompanied by a local naturalist guide and accomplished photographer / instructor along with her husband; a retired Harbourmaster, at the helm.
Depart the pier for the short ride to the location of the boat dock. Upon arrival guests will walk approximately 50 yards (46 metres) to board the vessel and commence the tour.
The classic 42-foot vessel boasts large picture windows and 360-degree views which provide guests with perfect viewing and excellent picture-taking opportunities of seabird rookeries, sea lion haul-outs, puffins, playful sea otters, the blue-domed Russian Orthodox Church, and activities along one of the country's busiest and most colourful fishing ports.
As Captain Marty navigates along the coastline sprinkled with spruce trees and wildflowers, you'll see why Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle. Many of Marion's award-winning photographs were taken along this route and she delights in helping guests take photos along the way. This unique and close-up boating experience also includes fishing vessels made famous by the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" show.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking for approximately 100 yards (91.2 metres); however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guest with limited mobility must be able to manage 3 stairs to get on/off the boat and manage the harbour ramp which varies in incline depending on tide levels. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from motion sickness. The minimum age requirement for this tour is 6 years. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers, closed-toe walking shoes and a camera. Adult and child life jackets, binoculars, field guides and refreshments are available on board. The boat has 2 decks with steep steps to access the top; not all guests may be able to manage them. Both levels are enclosed and heated with comfortable seating and with outdoor viewing possible. Wildlife viewing is not guaranteed.
Discover Kodiak Island's diverse culture and sites of interest during this scenic, half-day tour of Kodiak City, Alaska's first Russian settlement.
Depart the pier for the drive past Cannery Row and the boat harbour en route to the city. Upon arrival, photo opportunities abound as you explore the city's historic landmarks, and Native American and Russian legacy. Your first stop is a visit to the Baranov Museum.
See Kodiak's rich history, from Alutiiq culture and the Russian colonial period to the early American era, WWII and the present day. The Baranov Museum is located within Kodiak's 200-year-old National Historic Landmark building known as the Russian American Magazin, or the Erskine House. Museum employees, along with your guide, are on-hand to assist you as you view Kodiak history through a multitude of displays and photographs.
Following your visit, a short drive north takes you to Fort Abercrombie, a historic defense installation for the North Pacific during World War II. At the Bunker Museum, you can take in sweeping panoramic vistas of both land and sea.
Your tour continues with a visit to the Alutiiq Museum for an in-depth look at Alaska's native culture.
Fisheries Research Touch Tank and Aquarium
This venue provides an up close and personal look at a variety of local sea life, from sea stars to halibut to crab. The touch tank is a favorite of visitors young and old; giving all the opportunity to "meet" a wide array of creatures.
Following your visit, re-board the bus for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, with approximately 15 steps each at the Baranof and Alutiiq museums. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the bus via steps. This tour operates in 44-passenger, transit-style school buses. To avoid congestion at the various venues, the tour sequence may vary. Guides are local residents and are the best available. Dress in warm layers, with water-resistant outerwear and footwear. Remember to bring your camera.
The Kodiak Archipelago is 177 miles long, comprising of at least 26 different islands, the largest of which is Kodiak. Kodiak Island, known as the Emerald Island for its verdant mountains and lush vegetation stands apart from most of Alaska.
The city of Kodiak, population 13,000, is located on the northeast side Kodiak Island. There are only 40 miles of road to drive once you make it to Kodiak, but several million acres of wilderness that you can only see from the air.
The island undergoes a dramatic change in vegetation from its northern end to its southern end.
Kodiak hosts a variety of fascinating geographic features: glaciers, waterfalls cascading into the ocean, silvery granite ridges, pristine blue alpine lakes and massive cliff faces meeting the ocean. Two bodies of water, the Shelikof Strait to the west and the Gulf of Alaska to the east border the Kodiak Archipelago.
During the flight, you are fitted with voice-activated headsets to enable communication with your experienced Alaskan bush pilot. Flying over the island, you might see fin whales and humpback whales feeding, orcas, sea lions, and massive flocks of sea birds as they feed on migrating fish. While flying overland, you might see mountain goats, bears, Sitka black-tail deer, otters and eagles.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the floatplane base. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, and get outfitted with hip-boots.
The flight duration is approximately 1.5 hours including a water landing at a remote beach midway, where you will have an opportunity to get off the plane and go for a short walk in the nature. Snacks and beverages will be offered at this stop.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 100 yards-200 yards (about 91.4 metres-183 metres), at times over uneven, grassy and wet surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, three steps to access the office for check-in and three steps to board/de-board the floatplane. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with a hat, gloves, scarf and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship; hip-boots are provided to keep feet dry whilst boarding/de-boarding the floatplane, and are worn for the duration of the tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Go on a truly Alaskan adventure, exploring the wildlife of the waters surrounding the Kodiak Archipelago, a grouping of 25 islands off Alaska's southern coast. Board a high-speed boat and have your camera ready to capture the incredible wildlife that awaits you in the water and along the shore, from sea birds to sea lions, whales and more.
Your guide is an Alaskan native with more than 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge of local history and the regional industry of commercial fishing. Receive a guided, 3-hour tour on your sightseeing vessel that includes a heated cabin for comfort as well as outside seating for optimal wildlife viewing. Get a tour of the harbor (where many of the famous king crab boats from the "Deadliest Catch" moor for the summer) before heading out to the Bering Sea.
Motoring out of the harbor on your speedboat, visit the nearby bird rookeries abundant with birdlife, including two varieties of puffins (tufted and horned) as well as kittiwakes, all nesting on the steep-faced cliffs of the surrounding islands. As you gaze upwards you may spot one of the impressive bald eagles that call the Sitka spruce trees home.
As you voyage into deeper waters keep your eyes peeled for the active and ample marine life that can be spotted, including several species of whale like orca, minke and humpback. You may also spot sea lions, sea otters lounging ashore.
There is also history to be seen on this tour, including World War II gunneries perched atop the cliffs of some of the smaller islands your boat passes. With his deep knowledge, your guide has a great deal of information to share about all that you pass by - so just ask!
Return to the port with a full camera roll, feeling refreshed and inspired by all the beauty you have seen.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 200 feet, some of this over a sloped dock (up to 30 degrees) and ramps, with two to four stairs to manage, making this tour less recommended for guests with limited mobility. Due to the steps and uneven ground in many places, this tour is not suitable for guests who utilise walkers or a wheelchair. Minimum age to participate is 12, and there are no weight restrictions. Guests are recommended to bring camera and sunglasses and to wear shoes with non-slip soles. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed.
Explore the rugged beauty and history of Kodiak from a unique perspective during this scenic and informative wildlife cruise.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to a small boat harbour. Upon arrival, walk from the harbour ramp to the boat stall. After receiving your boating and safety instructions, embark your boat with your naturalist guide and commence the 2.5-hour, approximately eight-mile (about 13-kilometre) cruise from Kodiak to Long Island. En route, cruise down Kodiak's main channel, and pass by fish canneries and fishing boats.
Upon arrival at Long Island, view several World War II bunkers and gun mounts. Afterward, a photo stop is made to observe Stellar sea lions. As you circle the island your guide points out seabirds and other mammals including; harbour seals, sea otters and whales along with interesting commentary about your surroundings.
The heated, 43-foot (13-metre) vessel U-Rascal is ideal for viewing wildlife, either from the warm, comfortable cabin with easily-accessible restroom or the 360-degree walk-around Observation Deck.
Your tour concludes with a sightseeing cruise around Neal Island and Woody Island before returning to the boat harbour. Upon arrival, disembark your boat and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, including a 100-yard (91-metre) walk from the harbour ramp to the boat stall, negotiating a ramp that can be steep during low tide, and riding in a rocking boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with back or neck problems, limited mobility, wheelchair users or those who are prone to seasickness. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers, including protective outerwear with water-resistant closed-toe walking shoes and to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, binoculars, and a camera from the ship. This tour is limited to guests weighing less than 350 pound (160 kilograms or 25 stone). Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Tour is conducted in an 8-passenger vessel only. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Kodiak, Sightseeing Cruise, Archipelago, Marine Wildlife, Seabirds, Fish, Whales, Seals
Depart the pier aboard a comfortable, approximately 40-foot-long (about 12 metre-long) boat with a heated cabin and full, walk-around deck, then begin your approximately two-hour marine wildlife sightseeing tour around the surrounding archipelago. During your search of Kodiak's abundant marine wildlife, look for bald eagles, Arctic terns, puffins, sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbour seals, and a large variety of seabirds. The waters surrounding Kodiak Island are also home to Alaskan halibut weighing more than 400 pounds, five species of salmon, huge ling cod, a vast array of other rockfish, and several different whale species, including humpbacks and an occasional orca. The vessel provides a safe platform from which to view and photograph Kodiak's wildlife.
Fisheries, World War II Bunkers and Placements
Kodiak is also home to a thriving fishing industry; its many fisheries, along with several historical bunkers and placements from World War II, are easily visible from the water. In addition, learn about Kodiak's cultural and historical facets, and take in the breath-taking natural beauty that surrounds you in this wild island archipelago. Refreshments and snacks are served on board. Your tour concludes back at the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 200 yards (about 183 metres), at times over inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with a hat, gloves, scarf and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
This tour is a rare opportunity to learn of the Kodiak's first people, known as the Aleut (a name given by the Russians), or the more modern Alutiiq people. The original inhabitants of the Kodiak Archipelago, the Alutiiq people have lived in the region for over 7,500 years, keeping their traditions and culture alive to share with each successive generation. Learn also of the impact World War II made on this first people, as well as modern attempts to create sustainable energy resources.
Wind Turbines at Pillar Mountain
Make three fascinating stops on your tour today, traveling via van transport by 30 minutes to your first destination to see the Kodiak's six wind turbines, which are perched atop Pillar Mountain. Receive a narrated guided tour of the Alutiiq people from a local Alutiiq guide as you travel. At the peak of Pillar Mountain enjoy stunning views of the archipelago and learn the story of how this majestic place earned its name.
Drive next for 20 minutes to visit World War II ruins at Fort Abercrombie, situated at the tip of Spruce Cape. Learn about the impact of Kodiak's military history on the Alutiiq people, and if interested and able, hike to a few of the cannon and bunker ruins that still remain decades after WWII. There are more sweeping ocean views to take in at this fort, and you may see a healthy sample of Kodiak's wildlife on land or even whales in the surrounding waters, which are a major feeding site for them.
Drive 20 minutes to the main tribal building for the Afognak Village. Kodiak is home to ten federally recognized Tribes, including Afognak. Visit their tribal building, which has been relocated from its original site on Afognak island that was destroyed in a 1964 tsunami. The Alutiiq history is interwoven with that of Russian influence, and this is reflected in the traditions of this people that live on.
On the journey to the Afognak Tribe, learn more about the Alutiiq people, including how this tribal nation was impacted by statehood and how it thrives in the midst of the forces of colonization. From your transport pass by (and with time visit on foot) the Russian Orthodox Church, the Alutiiq Museum, the Baranov Museum and the Alutiiq Ancestors Memorial, which are all located a short walk away from the central tribal headquarters.
Visit with local Alutiiq people, take photographs of key sites and enjoy the chance to peruse and possibly make a purchase of Alutiiq art and souvenirs. Make the brief 10-minute drive to return to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves minimal walking, mostly on flat surfaces and at the discretion of each guest; the entire tour can be done from the van if a guest chooses. There is one inclined surface at Fort Abercrombie to get to the viewing site of less than 50 feet. While the first two stops have unpaved surfaces, they are well-graded and easy to walk upon. The transport van has the capacity to hold just one wheelchair, though there is no lift so guests with a wheelchair will need to transfer themselves (or with the help of a travel companion) and negotiate one step into the van. All tour stops are wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for guests with a fear of heights, as the first tour stop is at the top of a mountain overlooking the ocean. Minimum age to participate is 9 and a child's safety seat (needed for children younger than 13 and shorter than 4'9") may be made available with advance notice of at least 1 week informing the Shore Concierge Desk of the age, height and weight of the child. There are no weight restrictions. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable shoes and to dress in layers appropriate to Kodiak's unpredictable weather, including a jacket. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.