We are located on a small island peninsula on the south side of Kachemak Bay, a 35-minute boat ride from the Homer Harbor. We are off the road system, yet conveniently close to the community of Homer which has all the essential services you might need.
The Kachemak Bay area is known as the Banana Belt of Alaska. Our climate is mild, and on many warm, sunny summer days a guest or two can be found taking a nap in the sun after lunch on the beach. Our area is protected from the day breezes and even though it can rain, rarely do we cancel our tours. The mountains behind us hold most of it off before it can drench our cove and island system.
We book the water taxi for you at a discounted price. We work primarily with Ashore Water Taxi and either notify you on the water taxi location via email or talk to you on the phone about where to meet your boat when you get to Homer.
We keep our groups very small and intimate. Usually, we take out up to 6 people on kayaking trips, though groups of up to 10 are possible if it is a single party. We keep our accommodations to two cabins, so our guests can enjoy the serene Alaskan experience away from the crowds.
Wildlife you can expect to see
Rarely does a day go by when we don’t see sea otters, seals, porpoises, and eagles. We have an active eagle’s nest close to our beach and there is always lively activity in and around it throughout the summer. You have a good chance to see humpback whales, orcas, various seabird and shorebird species, water fowl, and a large array of inter-tidal zone creatures at low tide.
Safety of a guided kayak trip
We are the pioneers of eco-tours and guided kayaking in Kachemak Bay and have guided in the area for over three decades. We have a perfect safety record and never had anyone even tip over. We are located in the most protected waters of Kachemak Bay. Our kayaks are top of the line for stability and performance. Many of our visitors have never kayaked before, others are seasoned kayakers, wanting to explore by means of their favorite way of transportation, and we make sure no one goes away disappointed. We have taken out toddlers, seniors, and small groups with an emphasis on the belief that safety makes everyone feel comfortable.
What you will see on a kayak trip
Our focus is on shoreline exploration. We stay close to the shores and islands and have learned that the slower you go, the more you see. This diverse place offers and abundance of different marine mammals, flora and fauna of the islands, geology, and archeology. On any day we could see humpback whales or sea lions, definitely otters, porpoises and seals, plus many different kinds of seabird and shorebirds. Sometimes we also see orcas. We live in a hot spot for the inter-tidal critters where one could play for hours. At low tide you get a close look at the colorful spectrum of sea stars, octopus, anemones and many other inter-tidal critters. To see more about what to expect on your kayaking trip, click here.
Our top-of-the-line Easy Rider fiberglass kayaks are very stable, glide through the water smoothly, and have very comfortable seats. We generally use double kayaks, which gives more opportunities for photography and taking turns paddling.
For a day trip, our guests meet the water taxi at 9AM and leave Homer for a 30-minute scenic boat ride to our place in Little Tutka Bay. We start out with a short introduction on kayaking techniques and safety tips before we launch the kayaks. After paddling for a couple of hours plus, it is time to stretch our legs on an island beach for lunch and a short introduction to the natural and cultural history of the area, including our personal collection of Native artifacts.
After our break, we paddle some more, for one to two hours. The water taxi will then pick you up on our beach and returns to Homer at about 5PM.
Occasionally, we offer half day kayak trips for groups, where the water taxi gets our guests back to the Homer Harbor around 1:30PM in time for lunch in town. However, we highly recommend the day trip, as we cover so much more of what this area has to offer. We paddle slowly and easily and take as many breaks as our guests want to take.
We serve a complimentary lunch on our full day kayak tours. It includes our delectable signature beach-soup, made with salmon and fresh wild herbs we collect with our guests on the way. The Food Channel has done a special on us preparing the kayaker’s beach soup and lunch is one of the highlights our guests rave about. In addition to the soup, we also offer snacks, cookies, and homemade bread.
Our overnight guests have the option of renting our kayaks after having taken a guided tour when we show them were to go and what to look for.
What to bring for a day trip
• Full water bottle
• Layered clothes and rain gear
• Some folks like to bring their own rubber knee boots as well. (We can provide you with boots if you do not have them). We provide all other gear, including dry bags and life vests. Wet or dry suits or are not needed.
We are located off the road system, accessible by boat and have two log cabins, both located by the waterfront with a view of the cove and surrounding forest. One has a queen size bed and two futons, the other a queen bed in a separate room and a futon in the main room. The cabins have monitor heaters, refrigerators, kitchen ranges, coffee makers, and are equipped with cooking gear. Unlike most remote cabins, bedding and towels are provided. The cabins have drinking water spenders and wash-water barrels. Each cabin has a private outhouse with a beautiful view of the forest, and we have a private wood-fired sauna/bathhouse we heat upon request for our guests. Our place is tucked in an enchanted virgin forest right by the beach.
In short, our accommodations are a step up from your typical rural Alaskan facilities. Our lifestyle reflects the magic of this serene setting. You are close to nature and still have comfortable, clean, and tidy living quarters, with a view unmatched. Rick has guided for years for the most exclusive wilderness lodges in the region and has always applied high aesthetic and sanitary standards to the Seaside operation.
We encourage you to consider visiting this incredibly beautiful, rich place. Time and again our guests are enchanted by its natural beauty and uniqueness and our lifestyle with its elements of pioneer tradition they experience when visiting the island. Many of our guests return again and again. However, if you feel you can’t be without modern plumbing, you might check out the Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge. They are the only accommodations in the area who have full plumbing in their cabins. Their contact is www.tutkabaylodge.com
What to bring for the overnight stay
· Hiking boots
· Layered clothing
· Rain gear
We provide bedding and towels.
Bringing the children
Because we are in such protected waters, we do take kids on our kayak tours. We often refer to our island world as magical. It truly is a wonderland made for children and adults alike. It tends to turn grownups back into kids. The inter-tidal zone is incredible (Kachemak Bay is considered the richest marine ecosystem of its type for North Pacific waters. There is just so much subject matter).
Looking out on the cove, I can rely on seeing our Oldman, the otter, at some point during the day, and the seals come around regularly. The harbor porpoises are in off and on almost every day and Octavian the octopus guards the beach for us! Edgar J. Swoop, the eagle that lives on the island, can be seen any time of the day he may be swooping down to the water surface to catch fish! When the actor Jim Carey went kayaking with us he said he felt like he had stepped into the Discovery Channel. Kids love it here and it was really made for them as you will see when you and your family come to visit! I bet that the kids won’t get enough of the inter-tidal zone critters- they are just that way! Just know that there is plenty to keep them enthralled. Check out our little slide show at http://picasaweb.google.com/aseasideadventure/ASeasideAdventure
The waters of Kachemak Bay are rich in seafood. Halibut, salmon, rockfish and cod are abundant. You can fish from shore or from a kayak, a memorable unique and traditional way of catching dinner. We might also be able to arrange a fishing charters for our guests who stay in the cabin for a while. Rates vary depending on what you want to do.
Prices for kayak tours are quoted per person with a minimum of two people.
Payment is due at time of booking. Cancellation fees are as follows:
30 plus days, full refund. 30 days to 7 days full refund less $30 processing fee per person. Sorry, no refund for cancellations less than 7 days.
Our prices do not include sales tax and gratuities.
We recommend trip insurance.
It is the intention of A Seaside Adventure to make an Alaskan adventure available to all. We’ll custom-design adventure packages to fit your needs. Please call us at 907-235-6672, email, or write to us at PO Box 3066, Homer AK 99603 for details and suggestions.
Books on the marine environment
Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska by Kate Wynne (2007)
Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific by Sea Grant Alaska (2000) [brochure]
Guide to the Birds of Alaska by Robert Armstrong (2008)
Checklist of Birds of Kachemak Bay, Alaska (2008) [brochure]
Birding Hotspots – Homer, Alaska by Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival [brochure]
Shells & Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest: A Field Guide by Rick Harbo (2007)
Beachcombers Guide to Intertidal Marine Invertebrates of Southcentral Alaska by Conrad and Carmen Field (2008)
Alaska’s Seashore Creatures by Carmen and Conrad Field (1999)
Coastal Fish Identification – California to Alaska by Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and Michael O Connell (2008)
Where to get supplies
Homer has a Safeway store located on the left off the main road leading to the harbor, and a grocery store called Save-U-More off the same road on the left. We also have Ulmers Drug and Hardware on Lake Street, a left turn off the main road. Among many other things they offer sporting goods. Homer has some very good restaurants where you can get high quality takeout to bring across, so you can dine in style without having to cook.