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This is an adventurous trip. It is very fun,
but it is definitely a trip where you are exposed to the elements.
Paddlers should be comfortable spending most of the day actively paddling in a kayak.
This is an excellent introduction to the wonders of sea kayaking in Alaska and offers flexible itineraries and an option to add additional days to enhance your experience
We invite you to a pre-trip evening meeting at the Liquid Adventures barn. You’ll meet your trip leader and fellow paddlers and we will briefly discuss logistics and answer any last minute questions.
We board our water taxi and set out for spectacular Aialik Bay. On this scenic 2-hour wildlife charter we’ll keep an eye out for puffins, whales, sea otters and more. After we get acquainted with our surroundings at “Thunder camp”, your guide will give an introductory kayak lesson and go over essential safety procedures. The afternoon will be spent exploring the waters of Holgate Arm. This will be our first experience with floating ice and calving glaciers. After a tasty dinner, you may choose to relax with a glass of wine or push off for a quiet evening paddle.
Day two begins with a hardy breakfast and a stretch. We’ll then load up the kayaks and round the rocky headland towards our next destination: Pederson Lagoon. Our entry to the lower lagoon must be timed with a favorable tide, but once inside we will discover a virtual kayaker’s paradise. A strange and wonderful place where birds swim better than they fly and harbor seals ride on drifting icebergs. After a casual exploration and a beach lunch on the moraine, we head back to our base camp for dinner and a movie. (sans the movie)
On Day three, we break camp and make our way to Quicksand Cove. This secluded inlet boasts a beautiful sandy beach backed by spruce forests and ringed by glacier-covered peaks. Bald eagles watch us from perches along the shore or soar majestically overhead. We’ll paddle past sea arches and watch puffins and cormorants fly and dive around us. Behind Quicksand beach there is a small tidal lake that is popular with the black-legged kittiwakes and land otters. It is not uncommon to also spot foraging black bears there. After a late lunch, our charter boat will return to take us back to Seward for hot showers and stories of an amazing adventure.
Included in Price
Kayaking Equipment, Tents, Meals, Water Taxi Transfers, Guide Services,Permits and Park User Fees. Taxes and gratuity are additional.
(For savvy travelers looking for a more affordable multi-day trip, we also offer a guided rental option. Please contact us for more information and pricing)
**Please keep in mind that this is a sample itinerary and may change depending on the weather, tides and individual paddling ability, but the highlights will remain the same**
Use the numbered steps below to navigate the map and learn more about this overnight trip and where it operates
Pre-trip meeting at the Shop (night before)
Meet at the shop (morning of trip)
Wildlife Cruise to Aialik Bay
Paddle, Camp, Eat, Sleep… repeat
Per Person (based on 4 paddlers)
Additional days $220 per person
We also meet the night before for a short pre-trip meeting to make sure clients have everything they need.
Trip meets at Liquid Adventures' office at 1013 3rd Ave, Seward Ak 99664
Total trip time is 3 days and 2 nights from start to finish.
Groups are never larger than 6 people
5/20ish to 9/8
Actual start date changes every season, depending on environmental factor.
Fjord camping in rugged topography
This trip is great for new and experienced campers alike.
We make the meals and provide the expertise so that you can enjoy the environment around you.
We use sit-in kayaks for this trip. You can have your camera around your neck or in a dry bag — we do have water-tight compartments in all of our sit-in kayaks for you to store your gear, but it can be hard to access these compartments while on the water.
Remember; you are on water! You are ultimately responsible for keeping your awesome camera gear dry!
It's important to bring waterproof and warm clothes to ensure that your experience is as pleasant as possible.
Be sure to ask us for recommendations on specific clothing and gear. Good rain gear is a must
The Journey to Aialik Bay
Cruise to Aialik Bay in a Small Water Taxi
From our office, we'll take a 2 minute van ride to where the water taxi is moored.
After boarding, it's roughly a two hour ride out to Aialik Bay. We take our time on the way out, looking constantly for marine life like whales, otters, puffins, porpoises, and much more. The journey out can usually be considered a wildlife tour in and of itself.
When we get to Aialik Bay, we unload the paddleboards and cast off from the vessel, which will return and meet us at the end of the day.
This is a small (for a water taxi) vessel that is comfortable and fast, offering a more exclusive experience than some of the larger vessels in service.
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Small Water Taxi
Ride in a small, well-appointed water taxi out to Aialik Bay.
Please note that this ride, while usually calm, can sometimes get bumpy if weather comes in. We always do our best to make the ride comfortable, but we can't control the weather!
Water Taxi Capacity
A maximum of 12 clients are on the boat during a trip. Some of these clients might be from other local guiding outfits.
The ride in the water taxi is roughly 1.5 to 2.5 hours in each direction. The exact time is highly dependant on weather, and wildlife sightings. Usually, one direction takes longer than the other because we're searching for whales.
This is a short film we produced about what we do to get ready for a season.
We pride ourselves in having the best-trained guides in Seward, so that you can have the safest, most professional trip possible.
Package a tour with our partners and save some serious cash!
We've worked over the last several years to set up partnerships with locally owned adventure companies Exit Glacier Guides and Major Marine Tours. These companies are leaders in their fields, and we're proud to offer discounts on select trips.