Glacier Kayaking, Seward, Alaska
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grand day tour: whale watching, tidewater glacier viewing and sea kayaking

Searching for that up-close and personal Alaska whale watching, tidewater glacier viewing and sea kayaking experience, but don't have the time or inclination for a multi-day camping trip? This is the trip for you!

Kayaking at Holgate GlacierWe are pleased to be able to offer kayaking in amazing Aialik Bay on this paddling experience. We are the only kayak company providing a tour to Holgate Glacier, aless visited tidewater glacier, providing you the opportunity to paddle in an area with an atmosphere of remoteness and isolation. Our morning starts with a wildlife tour aboard our local charter boat. Your captain will transport you to Aialik (eye-al-ick) Bay with stops along the way to view wildlife. You may see whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, tufted and horned puffins, bald eagle, Dall porpoise, orca and more.

Stellar Sunrise Holgate GlacierUpon reaching Aialik Bay we will launch our kayaks and paddle amidst some of the most spectacular scenery coastal Alaska has to offer. As we kayak through 'bergy bits and growlers' and blue-green sea water, we'll bring you as close as 1/2 mile from a towering glacier. Crackling ice, tidewater glaciers and wildlife encounters will bedazzle your senses as we spend the afternoon paddling. This excursion includes lunch, beverages and snacks. Children 8 and up are welcome to paddle with an adult in our two person kayaks.


  • 7:30 am: Meet guides at the Adventure Center, located at the Small Boat Harbor.
  • 8:00 am: Depart Small Boat Harbor for wildlife and glacier tour to Aialik Bay.
  • 11:00-3:00pm: Enjoy a picnic-style lunch aboard the boat, receive kayaking instruction on a local beach then paddle for approximately 2.5 hours among the bergie bits of Holgate Glacier or Aialik Glacier. The charter boat will pick us up at the end of our kayaking tour nearer the glacier.
  • 3:00 pm: Whale and wildlife watching as we return to Seward
  • 6:30 pm: Approximate return time to Seward Small Boat Harbor.
    Whales and weather can affect our arrival time.

Trip Details

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.

$425.00 per person (does not include tax or guide gratuities)
Available Upon Request May 28, 2015 thru August 31, 2015.

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Recent Trip advisor comments

"My husband and I decided to splurge on Sunny Cove's Grand Day Tour and it was absolutely worth the cost-a unique way to experience the serenity and majesty of Alaska.  Abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery, and a guide who was extremely knowledgeable and personable."

"The Grand Day Tour with Sunny Cove Kayaking was the highlight of our trip!"

"We went on the Grand Tour.  It was amazing.  The scenery was unbelievable and kayaking through made it even better.  Our guide, Audrey, was very helpful and just a pleasure to kayak with.  The boat ride out was great.  We saw a lot of whales.  This trip was well worth the money."

"We charted the Grand Tour - all day that included a boat trip out to a rocky beach where we got in kayaks and were able to get within less than a mile from a beautiful glacier. We saw orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, puffins, an eagle, sea lions, sea otters and a black bear. The Captain Devin, his deck hand Nate and our guide Brian were all outstanding. Each knew a great deal about the area and wildlife. Brian was the one who actually taught us about sea kayaking in frigid waters and did an excellent job. He was personable, knowledgeable, and an excellent teacher for four sea kayaking novices. He was also very attentive during the kayaking trip to make sure we were all fine and safe. This was by far the highlight of a two week Alaskan trip which overall was outstanding."

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