Reviewer: gary habeeb
This is an expedition for experienced paddlers. I think we paddled more than 4 miles in the open sea. The equipment is good and we were all given a 2 person kayak, with rain gear and a spray skirt to keep us dry. Paddling in the open sea we experienced a stretch of water with larger waves. We paddled out to an island and hiked around for a while checking out some WWII ruins. The excursion took most of our time in Sitka, so there was no time to see the town. Overall, its a good excursion but be ready to paddle for a while.
This was a perfect half day excursion! We met up at the Big Blue Bus at Crescent Harbor and were immediately provided with proper gear and a secure place to leave our belongings. Since our mid Sept Alaska cruise was one of the last cruises of the season, my friend and I were the only participants that day. It was awesome to have a private tour with our own personal guide! After some safety and technical instructions, we headed out into open water. Our guide kept a reasonable pace and my friend and I were able to keep up easily. We have both kayaked before but not in the ocean! Our hike across the islands and tour of the abandoned military base was very enjoyable. We got some great wildlife photos and learned a lot about the history of the WWII military presence in the area. I highly recommend this adventure!