If you want to explore Alaska in a whole new way then climb into a sea kayak and see the beautiful scenery along the coast. You can paddle through the water next to a rookery of puffins or a say hello to some sea otters along the way. Sea kayaking may be little different than what you are used to but you’ll get the hang of it in no time flat. Here are some things you should know about kayaking in Alaska.
Take as Long as You Would Like
You can take a short trip of just half a day and it will include the basics on how to paddle and safety on your trip. Many trips will also include some time hiking as well as a pit stop for lunch along the shore. You can also opt to go for an entire day or choose to camp overnight, this is geared more towards avid hikers and campers who can handle the demands of a longer trip.
Sea kayaking isn’t as strenuous as you probably think, guides take out people of almost every fitness level. You will get some basic safety guidelines for the trip and you can use a more stable two seater kayak allowing you to share the work load. Most tours only have half a dozen paddlers along with the guide so you will have ample opportunity to see all the sights on the trip.
Marine Life Up Close and Personal
Kayaking in Alaska is much different than kayaking across a lake somewhere in the continental US, wildlife is much more prevalent here and you will see them up close. There will be sea otters, sea lions, seals and you may even come across a whale or two. You will want to stay pretty close to the shore where you may also sea moose, bears or even goats. Bring a really good waterproof camera to capture the scenery. Here is a closer look.
Booking the Trip
Sea kayaking tours aren’t that expensive you can book a half day trip for as little as $65 if you leave from one of the more commonly used ports. If you want to experience the Alaskan frontier at its rawest then you can be flown in to a remote location to start your trip and that will run you around $400. If you consider yourself an adventurer then it is well worth the price.