Sea kayaking Alaska

Old Nov 21st, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Sea kayaking Alaska

We would like to go sea kayaking (a day trip) before we leave Alaska. We are leaving from Anchorage but we are spending the 1st 4 nights at Denali. This would be in August of 2006. Any suggestions?
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 11:56 AM
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Old Nov 21st, 2005, 12:24 PM
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We did a day trip from Valdez to Shoup Glacier with Anaydar Adventures.

It was very well done and I'd highly recommend it.
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Old Jan 9th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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Will you only be going to Anchorage and Denali? Maybe you could take a flight out of Anchorage to Homer, Seward, or Valdez to take a great kayaking trip.

Will be glad to help if you can provide more info regarding your trip.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 12:01 AM
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Pretty sure you can take a kayak day trip out of Whittier, which is about an hour south of Anchorage....
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 01:55 AM
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Yes there are kayak trips out of Whittier, your only option, unless you are in other areas?? Like Seward? Try to include it as it is a top wildlife area via the Kenai Fjords boat tours.
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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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Four days in Denali is a lot, especially if you're still looking at a 10-day trip. And more so if you're still trying to squeeze in Fairbanks, which on 10-day trips.

Seward or Whittier are probably your best options but Seward would be far better as an overnight. Same goes for Homer, whoch would be better with two nights.

I think you need to evaluate what you want to do on this trip -- which will go by all to fast.

If you are an active and sea kayaking appeals to you, I'd guess that overall you'd have more fun on the Kenai Peninsula than Fairbanks, which isn't as active and has more tour-bus-type activities, less spectacular scenery and fewer hands-on things to do. If that sounds like you, then spend two or three nights in Denali and the rest in the KP (or add a Anchorage-Whittier-Valdez ferry loop -- which would give you two possible kayaking points, plus a great boat trip that's no budget busting.

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Old Jan 10th, 2006, 10:32 AM
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We did a great 3 hour escorted trip out of Seward with the local outfitter who has a shop right on the main pier. Can't think of the name but it was next to the snack shop on the pier.

Do ask about wind though. We had a hard paddle back because the wind came up.
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Old Jan 12th, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Thanks all. We have revised our trip somewhat. We are dropping Fairbanks and heading towards Seward instead. Our planning changes a bit everyday as we still have not finalized everything but as usual, everyone on this site is extremely helpful and many thanks to you for that. Will let you know when we get our act together....lol
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Old Jan 12th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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just make sure you check the weather...no fun to paddle when it's cold and rainey...we loved our trip out of whittier...chartered a day trip with captain jim. he took us on his small boat..fixed lunch yum...for us...kids kayaking around the glaciers...lots of wildlife..highlite of trip..watch the weather!!!!
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Old Jan 13th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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Does Captain Jim have a web site? Thanks.
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Old Jan 16th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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You should consider a trip to Valdez if kayaking is on your agenda. Columbia glaciers is the most amazing day trip. check out Pangaea Adventures. I have also been to Shoup Glacier and it is also great but Columbia is my favoirte kayak trip.
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