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Ultimate Aialik Day Kayaking

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Ultimate Day of Kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park

Sightsee from our fast-landing passenger vessels while traveling to the pristine Aialik Bay for a full day of paddling in the ice!

Spot whales, puffins, sea lions, porpoises, and more both on and off the water! Aialik and Holgate glaciers are the largest tidewater glaciers in the Kenai Fjords National Park. Ice the size of city blocks can calve from the face of these magnificent natural formations. Our kayaking trips are fully guided and outfitted and require no prior experience. The length of our day trip is greater than any other outfitter in our area, allowing for access to Pedersen Lagoon’s tidal-dependent entry if the tides are right! Explore the hidden treasures of the Kenai Fjords, and really experience the National Park!


     Meeting Time

     Ending Time

  Meeting Place


5:30 am

Plan to arrive at 5:30 am to check in, pack up, meet your guide. The water taxi will depart at 6 am sharp to Aialik or Northwestern Bay on a two-hour water taxi ride

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Between 6 and 9 pm

Expect to be back at Miller’s landing between 6 and 9 pm. Return time is dependent on our boat schedule for the day, and cannot be guaranteed at a specific time

Meet at the main office, 13880 Beach Drive Seward, AK. Check in early to meet your guide and even enjoy a cup of coffee on our porch that overlooks the water

Age Requirements


What We Provide


What to Bring


This trip is best for ages 12 and up.  Feel free to contact us with questions!


  • Kayak, PFD, spray skirt, pogies
  • We provide snacks, a small breakfast on the boat, and lunch
  • Dry bags for gear



  • Warm and waterproof layers
  • Water bottle
  • Warm socks, preferably wool
  • Your favorite snacks!

   Tips for a Great Trip



Bringing a Camera?


Be sure to pack comfortable shoes that could get wet, good layers, and snacks for the ride home. It’s important that you have good rain gear and warm layers to ensure your comfort throughout the trip. Reach out if you have any questions about gear



This kayak trip takes place on calm waters in a protected bay, so it’s good for newer paddlers. Be ready to kayak anywhere from 8 to 15 miles through the course of your trip


We use sit-in kayaks for this trip, you can have your camera around your neck or in a dry bag. There are water-tight compartments in the kayaks, but they are difficult to access while on the water


More Information

  • Price includes approximately two hours of water taxi time watching for wildlife in each direction!
  • On this trip, you will either see Holgate Glacier or Aialik Glacier. There is also a small possibility, if tides are right, of travelling into Pederson Lagoon
  • Visit calm, serene, pristine emerald-green coves and glaciers that feed into the ocean. This is a great trip for beginner paddlers who want a lot of time on the water in one of the most gorgeous places on earth
  • All kayaking gear and instructions provided
  • Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $50 to $100/person)
  • Please note: All participants paddle tandem kayaks. This paddle is appropriate for children aged 12 and over. This paddle is approximately six to eight hours in length
  • Our excursion is the only kayak tour in Seward long enough to typically access both Aialik or Holgate AND Pedersen Lagoon (tidal-dependent entry) on a single trip.  Pedersen can only be entered 1 hour prior to high tide.
  • Includes round-trip water taxi cruise to the Kenai Fjords National Park on our custom-built water taxi boat, all gear, food, and guide!


Your day begins with an early morning departure at 6 a.m. on our comfortable, US Coast Guard inspected water taxi for a two-hour wildlife tour and transport to the Kenai Fjords National Park. We see Steller sea lions hauled out on their exposed ocean rookeries, watch horned and tufted puffins skip across the wavelets, and view passing Dall’s porpoises dance with the bow wake of our boat. We often view feeding humpback whales and orcas passing by, diving cormorants, bald eagles, mountain goats, sea otters, and more!

We land 8-8:30 a.m. in the heart of the Kenai Fjords National Park on one of many beautiful pristine beaches.  Your guide talks you through your kayak and gear, provides paddling advice, and raises situational awareness. No experience is necessary — our guides are there for you! Once you’re properly acquainted, you begin paddling along the beautiful fjords and coastal rainforest of Aialik Bay. Enormous calving glaciers are viewed up-close and personal from the perspective of a paddler at true sea level but within a safe viewing distance from both land and sea. You paddle at a leisurely pace around magnificent icebergs, watch curious harbor seals on ice floes, and often enjoy black bear viewing from the safety of the water. Don’t worry! You aren’t going kayaking nonstop — we break along the way for a hearty lunch, snacks, and small hikes along the beach.

The water taxi boat picks you up in the late afternoon,  by 7 p.m.*, and the crew loads your kayaks and gear. The return trip explores the Kenai Fjords all the way back to Seward, keeping an eye out for the many whales migrating and feeding through our area. You land at Miller’s Landing by 9 p.m. or earlier, depending on how exciting our sightseeing options are on the way home.

*Earlier departures are possible from Aialik Bay pending group size — if desired, just ask!

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