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Orca Island to Three Alpine Glacier Paddle

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Kayak the Best Parts of Resurrection Bay!

Many guides count this kayak trip as their favorite paddle in Resurrection Bay. Take a water taxi ride from Miller’s Landing across to two very isolated coves. Flat waters and gentle winds make for a very relaxing trip. Expect to see glaciers, marine wildlife, and even an old bunker built in WWII on this kayaking excursion from Seward.


Orca Island to Three Alpine Glacier Paddle (11 a.m.)

  • 10:45 a.m.: Check-in at the office for parking pass and to sign necessary forms
  • 11 a.m.: Meet guide, get outfitted for paddle
  • 11:30 a.m.: Water taxi departs for Orca Island
  • 12:10 p.m.: Warm-up exercises, safety briefing
  • 12:15 p.m.: Paddle through Humpy Cove, paddle the stretch from Humpy Cove to Thumb Cove, and paddle through Thumb cove
  • 3:50 p.m.: Water taxi departs for Miller’s Landing

Please note: All participants paddle tandem kayaks. This paddle is appropriate for children aged 12 and over. This paddle is approximately three and a half to four hours in length.

More Information

  • Price includes approximately one hour of water taxi time watching for wildlife!
  • View three Alpine glaciers, two salmon streams, and waterfalls.
  • See beautiful pillow basalt rock formations and magical rock gardens… very unusual!
  • Visit calm, serene, pristine emerald-green coves protected from the wind.
  • Watch for sea otters, sea lions, eagles, black bears, and mountain goats.
  • Great blueberry picking (when in season) while waiting for the water taxi!
  • All kayaking gear and instruction provided

Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $15 to $25/person)

This is by far the best Resurrection Bay full-day kayak adventure and combines our two favorite half-day paddles into one dynamite paddle! Take the Miller’s Landing water taxi (about 30 minutes) to beautiful Humpy Cove on the east side of Resurrection Bay, where we begin our excursion with a backdrop of Hat and Fox Island.

From there, we paddle into the calm emerald-green waters of Humpy Cove exploring cascading waterfalls over pillow basalt rock formations, starfish, and a quaint secluded salmon stream. No experience is necessary, and we paddle around beautiful Orca Island, where we often observe porpoises and sea lions. Wildlife such as sea otters, river otters,  seals, whales, and bald eagles are also commonly seen from this cove. Later in summer, when the salmon are running, black bears are not uncommon in the freshwater stream at the south end of Humpy Cove.

We journey on to beautiful Thumb Cove, where we find ourselves at another salmon stream with countless eagles lurking in the tall spruce trees, beautiful waterfalls, three alpine glaciers, and great blueberry picking (in season). If time permits, we sometimes take a short hike to a hidden waterfall while awaiting the water taxi.

On the ride back, keep your eyes peeled for whales, Dall’s porpoises, sea otters, and majestic sea lions to name just a few. Join us on this full-day kayak trip from Seward to see all the beauty of Resurrection Bay and the great wildlife watching available here.