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Fox Island

Fox Island: Your Trip of a Lifetime Awaits

People come to Alaska for a variety of reasons. For the wildlife...for the mountains...for the isolation...for the adventure...for the bucket list...whatever their reason may be, there is one place that encompasses all that and more in my favorite place to spend time; Fox Island.

If it is wildlife you are looking for, Fox Island is a hub of activity for sea otters, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffin, salmon, humpback whales, and orcas. Being about 12 miles closer to the open ocean than Seward, Fox Island has the benefit of being in the feeding path of many of our marine animals. Fox Island is one of the few places in the world where orcs have been documented rubbing their bellies on the beach...the very same beach we launch our kayaking trips from. I was fortunate enough to be leading a trip on the water when this happened and it was a treat!

If you want mountains, Fox Island sits out in the middle of Resurrection Bay where you are able to glimpse the views of mountain tops created from two different tectonic plates that sit on opposite sides of the bay. Snow capped all summer long, our tallest peaks shoot up around 4,000-5,000 feet straight out of the water in a meeting between mountains and ocean that rivals any vista around the world.

If you like the isolation, a Fox Island trip may be just what you need. An already busy tourist town, Seward was put more in the spotlight by the national parks 100th anniversary celebration and a visit from President Obama last September. With several kayaking companies in town, Sunny Cove is the only one with an established base on the island and you will be sure to experience the peaceful nature of Alaska while on your trip. 

And if you are the adventurous type, there isn't a better place to explore than Fox Island. With trips that run from three hours to full day adventures, Fox Island has many route options depending on the weather, wildlife, and paddler abilities. And since you take a boat to the island, many of our trips and combined with a sightseeing tour of Resurrection Bay after you finish your paddle. 

When I first came to Alaska, I fell in love with this place I now call home. And of all the majestic and wonderful things you can see and do during your time in the Last Frontier State, make sure Fox Island is at the top of your list and check off that bucket list in style. It is a truly magical place and we look forward to seeing you out there on the water!

Looking over the Fox Island sand spit from one of the saddles between the island's mountain peaks.

Looking over the Fox Island sand spit from one of the saddles between the island's mountain peaks.

~ Danny

A Day in the Life of a Guide: Fox Island


Fox Island gear shed
Sunny Cove offers trips out of several locations and my personal favorite spot to be is Fox Island.
Fox Island is about 12 miles out from Seward and our guides loving getting out to the island for a bit. If we are scheduled for trips on the island, we hop on one of the Kenai Fjords Tours (KFT) boats and get dropped off with our guests on the island. KFT has a day and overnight lodge on the island and Sunny Cove partners with them to get to and from the island. After our trips are over, our guests board a later boat and head back to Seward. As for the guides, we usually stay out for several days before heading back to town. For guides who love the remoteness of Alaska like I do, Fox Island is the perfect getaway and I always look forward to spending time at my favorite spot to guide.

~ Danny

Happy New Year!

With winter solstice behind us and more sun on the way, please enjoy these pictures as a reminder of what lies ahead when the sun and the color it brings are in full force in our great town of Seward. Happy New Year from all of us at Sunny Cove!

~ Danny

Fox Island

Fox Island

Fox Island

Fox Island

Resurrection Bay


Northwestern Fjord

Oh the memories...

Jumping off the Fox Island boat dock
With temperatures decreasing around the country and the sun playing hide and seek quite well, I found myself thinking of one particular glorious day on Fox Island. It was a busy day with two full trips and I found myself full of sweat and sunburnt in the early evening. Chelsea (one of the guides I was working with that day) and I looked out at the Fox Island boat dock and decided to go for it. We walked with purpose down the dock before we changed our minds, checked the waters below for any jellyfish, and splash! Mind you, on the warmest of days in Alaska, the water temperature which ranges from mid 40s to mid 50s throughout the summer will certainly take your breath away. And that it surely did! But it was well worth it. By the time we swam back to shore, our bodies had adjusted and it felt nice treading water along the shoreline. When we all arrived for training in May, never in a million years did I think I would jump into the frigid north Pacific, but Alaskan summers will surprise you and that jump was only one of many throughout the entire summer season. With the darkest of winter just around the corner and more light and warmth on the way, I can't wait to get back up there and make the plunge again.

~ Danny

70 and Circumnavigating!

My Fox Island day trip started out a bit differently than most.
To begin with all of our clients but one dropped out due to car failure half-way to Seward. One on one trips are a rare occurrence here at Sunny Cove but they often lead to amazing trips. Dennis (pictured above) just recently became a septuagenarian (seventy years old) and decided to come to Alaska to celebrate. An Iowa native and a man of extraordinarily good health for his age, Dennis and I paddled all the way around Fox Island, thus circumnavigating. This is no easy task and not often done. We chatted about racquetball, corn and Iowa gossip because it turned out that Dennis lived only an hour away from my home. Looks like it really is a small world after all.
~Jack

The Mummy 4: Rise of the Sea Kayak Guides

Superhero pose with Brendan Fraser
Fox Island is known for its surrounding wildlife, but we recently had our first celebrity sighting. After guiding two trips under the warm sun, Chelsea and I decided to jump off the Fox Island boat dock.
There was a nearby fishing boat that witnessed us crazy peeps jumping into the cold Pacific Ocean and swung their boat by to say hey. On board was none other than celebrity actor Brendan Fraser. He and his friends came ashore and hung out with the Fox Island crew for a few hours. Super nice guy and we were very excited to share in his first (and hopefully not last) Alaskan adventure. It's true that you never know what you will see with Sunny Cove!

~ Danny