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Imagine a day with incredible marine wildlife viewing, kayaking along a rugged shoreline and calving Alaska tidewater glacier viewing, this is our Grand Day Wildlife Cruise & Glacier Kayak tour!  Aialik Bay is home to both the amazing Holgate and Aialik Glaciers.  After we are dropped off by our charter boat near one of these glaciers, we will kayak through bergy bits, growlers and blue-green sea waters as we bring you as close as 1/2 mile from the towering face of either Holgate or Aialik glacier. As your paddle dips into the water the sound of bergie bits bumping your kayak, the thunder of the calving from the glacier and gulls calling out overhead will bedazzle your senses. This is the true Alaska kayaking experience.


Glacier Sea Kayaking Seward, Alaska
  • Visits Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Wildlife Viewing Cruise
  • Kayaking Near a Tidewater Glacier
  • Marine Mammal Viewing
  • Sea Birds & Near Shore Birds
  • Lunch, Snacks & Beverages Included
  • Family Friendly
  • Personable, Professional Guides
  • Stable Two-Person Kayaks


The kayaking portion of this fully guided tour visits Aialik Bay.  Upon arrival to our launch beach we'll spend the next half hour getting you outfitted with kayaking gear and running through basic kayaking instruction on the beach.  After our instruction we'll have about 2.5 hours (2-4 miles) of kayaking along the rugged shoreline of Holgate Arm.  Along the way we'll take a break to absorb the sights, sounds and sensations of floating near an actively calving tidewater glacier.

Please note:  Our Grand Day Tours regularly sell out well in advance.  Booking early is important since charter boat space is limited in Seward.  Last minute reservations are almost impossible to accommodate.

Departure Times

7:30am - 5:30pm Daily - space available basis

Your day will begin with a wildlife cruise aboard a small charter boat whose captain will transport you to Aialik (eye-al-ick) Bay.  During the 55-mile journey from Seward we'll watch for humpback whales, orca, sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, bald eagles, porpoise and more. Upon reaching Aialik Bay we'll paddle amidst some of the most spectacular scenery Alaska has to offer at Holgate glacier.  Our return time is a bit flexible and is dependent upon wildlife viewing, weather conditions and boat speed.This excursion includes charter boat transportation, picnic-style lunch, beverages and snacks. We provide kayaking guide and gear including rubber boots, pogies and dry bag.  Children 8 and up are welcome to paddle with an adult in our two person kayaks.

Pricing & Availability




A client-information form is required from all participants four weeks prior to our departure date. The information requested in this form will help your guides accommodate any special food or medical needs. 

Remember, Sunny Cove does not cancel tours solely due to rain. Sea kayaking is an experience that can be fun rain or shine. Our route is subject to change based upon wind, weather, waves and pace/comfort level of the group at the discretion of your guides or captain.

Is your dream to experience an Alaska tidewater glacier and kayaking, but the Grand Day Wildlife Cruise & Glacier Kayak Combo is a bit outside of your budget?  Check out our Packages page for discounts on combining glacier viewing boat tours with Kenai Fjords Tours and Resurrection Bay kayaking trips!