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Channel Islands Marine Park Paddle

Price: $365.00
This tour operates from May to September.
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Channel Islands Marine Park Kayak Tour

The city of Juneau is an island of civilization surrounded by wilderness; located just a short distance away from this civilization is the Channel Islands State Marine Park. Composed of over a dozen uninhabited islands providing unique recreational opportunities as well as refuge for marine, terrestrial, and bird life, the islands are part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world, covered by thick and varied vegetation.

These islands are best explored by boats, and their close proximity to the mainland make them ideal to discover the nature of wild Alaska and the world of sea kayaking.

Suitable for all experience levels, this Juneau excursion eco-adventure is sure to provide a new perspective on what's possible in the world of remote Southeast Alaskan island exploration, and is the preeminent paddling and island adventure in Southeast Alaska.

You will be picked up and transported to a remote boat harbor north of Juneau, here you will board a 6 passenger water taxi and make the 20-minute protected inland water crossing to Lincoln Island while scanning the seas for marine wildlife.

You'll explore this remote wilderness by a combination of tandem kayak, motorboat, and on foot, as your captain and guide lead you on a grand adventure amongst the wildlife and seascape of the beautiful Channel Islands. Afterwards, relax at our island base camp and enjoy a healthy snack while taking in the magnificent scenery.

This island landscape is composed of a lush and vibrant temperate rainforest, exquisite snow-capped peaks and flowing glaciers glowing blue. From both water and land, you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall's porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species including bald eagles and blue heron, and deer or river otters along the shore.

Throughout this Juneau tour, your expert guide and boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area and interesting information about the wildlife and their behaviors. Be prepared to take in the beauty of glaciers off in the distance and the majestic mountains of the Chilkat and Coast Ranges.

After the water taxi cruise back to the harbor, a van will be awaiting your return to drive you back to Juneau.

Please Note: All guests must sign a waiver in order to participate, and no alterations or deletions to the waiver are permitted. All guests will paddle in double kayaks with a maximum weight of 600 pounds, or 272 kilograms. Guests must be physically fit enough to paddle for approximately 4 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 2 to 2.5 hours. This excursion will operate in all permitting weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions to be determined on the day by the operator), appropriate dress for the conditions is stressed.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
6 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier or adjacent to the Mount Roberts Tram Station. (Full details will be included in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A healthy snack and bottled water are included.
Recommended Dress
For all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible and sturdy hiking boots that may get wet are strongly suggested. Rain jackets/pants and rubber boots will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather, as the tour operates rain or shine. Prepare for rain and hope for sunshine. Due to the cool, damp climate it is best NOT to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or capilene.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to step in and out of a vehicle, paddle in a kayak, and hike for approximately 3.5 hours. The minimum age to participate is 8 years old, and children must be in good enough physical condition to paddle in tandem with an adult. Children shorter than 57 inches or less than 65 pounds must be in a self provided booster seat.

This tour uses double kayaks with a maximum weight of 600 pounds, or 272 kilograms. The kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist to chest) diameter of 55 inches, or 140 centimeters. This tour is NOT wheelchair or walker accessible. Pregnant women are not permitted on this tour. All participants must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip.
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5 StarsGreat kayaking trip and fun time all around November 19, 2016

Reviewer: Robert P Weissburg
Our guide was very knowledgeable and great to be with. We motored out to the channel islands with anoyher guide north of Juneau and then kayaked around the island from the east side to the north, had our snack and did some more kayaking. A great workout. We saw many sea lions, particularly after the kayaking, when our guides took us over to a nearby island were the sea lions haul out for the night. Hundreds were there, jousting and playing on land and sea. The views of the islands and the mainland were spectacular, including two glaciers. The equipment and water gear were great.

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