Inside Passage Sea Kayaking
Inside Passage Sea Kayaking Shore Excursion
The Inside Passage is a narrow artery that connects with, and is a part of, the 64 million square miles that comprise the Pacific Ocean. Seattle is considered the official starting point and Skagway the terminus where one literally runs out of ocean. The route extends north along British Columbia's coastline to the Alaskan boundary and from there snakes its way up Alaska's panhandle, where Skagway waits at the pinnacle like a grand finale. This Skagway tour will allow you to travel from Skagway to Haines where you will kayak on a portion of this breathtaking and scenic-beyond-words waterway.
Start your excursion in Skagway where you will be greeted by your local representative. Take a short van ride to the small boat harbor and the ferry where you will board the Haines-Skagway Fast Ferry. This is a scenic and narrated 45-minute ferry ride to Haines. Upon your arrival to Haines you will be greeted by your professional kayak guide for the ocean kayak trip of a lifetime.
Your 2-person kayaks will be set up on the beach waiting for you after a short 5-minute walk from the ferry pier. Your knowledgeable guide will choose from a variety of beautiful ocean paddles depending on sea conditions and weather. Your guides will outfit you with a PFD (personal flotation device), spray skirt and ponchos (if needed). After a safety briefing and equipment introduction/fitting, you are off and paddling.
You will be on the water for approximately 2 hours during this Skagway excursion. Have the chance to see eagles, sea lions, seals, dall porpoise, humpback whales or other marine wildlife along the journey. Your guide is an expert naturalist and will share their extensive knowledge about the fjord, marine wildlife and local geography. Stop off at a remote beach to stretch your legs and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Southeast Alaska. Once off the water, stay on the beach to enjoy a waterside picnic-style lunch.
Take a short walk from here back to the ferry and the transfer back to Skagway where a van will be waiting to drive you back to your ship.
Please Note: We recommend to dress comfortably in layers. This is a physical activity and guests need to be physically fit and able to participate in the activity. Minimum age required is 8 years old. Guests over 275 pounds or 6' may not fit comfortably in kayaks. Maximum weight per guest is 300 lbs. Equipment provided: kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, rubber boots. The primary tour location is on the ocean, in an instance where ocean conditions aren't suitable the backup location is on Chilkoot Lake which is a 30-minute van ride along the Chilkoot River. This backup location is surrounded by mountains with alpine waterfalls and salmon spawning beds.
Reviewer: Rebecca Gallagher
My son and I chose the "Inside Passage" sea kayaking tour over the tour on the lake and we're glad we did. We loved being a part of a small group (only 10 of us), the guides were fantastic (Raquel & KiKi (sp??)), and the scenery... well... AMAZING. We also enjoyed lunch when we were done & the recommendations our guides gave us for exploring Haines before we caught the ferry back (highly recommend Port Chilkoot Distillery). I highly recommend & would do the tour again if / WHEN we come back!