Pursuit of Excellence

Your're a traveler of a more adventurous sort, looking for a more authentic experience. You appreciate that witnessing a fjord from the vantage of a self-powered vessel is unrivaled. You want to be eye-level with marine mammals, hear the eagles crying, breath-in the fresh air…not just watch, but feel the coastline, just as the first human inhabitants did. We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to exploring Seward and we're grateful you're considering choosing us.

Our team here at Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking understands! It's exactly what we seek every time we dip a paddle into the waters of Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park. The environment of Resurrection Bay, Fox Island and Kenai Fjords National Park - while breathtaking - is dynamic and ever changing. This environment can occasionally present challenges to even the most experienced among us and any gap in training and professionalism can dramatically affect the quality of the experience, and more importantly, the level of safety. This is exactly why we employ solid equipment, sound planning, and above all, exceptional trip leaders with heaps of local knowledge.

Rest assured, you've come to the right place. Each year Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking tours with more than 3,500 guests of varying experience levels. Seward, including Resurrection Bay, Fox Island, and Kenai Fjords National Park, is our home and sea kayaking tours are our passion and our sole enterprise. We've been in pursuit of excellence through our guides and staff for more than 20 years in operation, under the same ownership since 1996 - the longest of any kayak touring company in Seward!

We've done this by hiring amazing, talented people, keeping our footprint small, and remaining a quality over quanity operation. We offer a particular selection of highly rated tours - fully furnished experience - that are consistent and time-tested. Additionally, our guides specialize in all-season kayak base guided, each having accrued extensive, location-specific training and experience. 

We take great pride in our experienced staff of well-versed outdoor professionals. We seek out people who are enthusiastic outdoor educators, who love to share their love of kayaking and experiencing the natural world. Guiding isn't just a summer job for our guides; it's an immersive lifestyle. Our guides are veteran trip leaders and perennial sea kayakers, each bringing personal and professional paddling experience from the four corners of the continent and beyond. Each strives to make their guests feel comfortable, safe, informed, entertained and above all, appreicated. 

All of our guides have, at minimum, a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Each season begins with our entire staff participatinging in a 3+ week intestive training program. We have our own American Canoe Association Certified Instructors on Staff, and our in-depth training program covers (but is not limited to): 

  • American Canoe Association Level 3 Coastal Kayaking, Day Trip Leading & Coastal Kayaking Camping Training
  • Alaskan Natural History, Ecology, Geology, Glaciology and Native History
  • Interpretation, Instruction, Educationa and Interpersonal Skills
  • Leave No Trace Ethics and Environmental Stewardship
  • Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking Ethical Practices
  • Route Finding, Weather and Navigational Skills
  • On-Going Training and Assesment Througout the Season

Our reserevationists are also experienced outdoor enthusiasts and kayakers who know a ton about Alaska and chatting with them will enrich your visit to our beautiful state. Our goal on every level is to make it easy for you to explore and appreciate this dynamic place.

Furthermore, our staff operates under an umbrella of consistent organization, planning, innovation and oversight throughout the summer. In short, we make sure the entire company meets, or exceeds, the highest standards of safety, education, interpretation and connection to provide you with an engaging, unforgettable experience. 

Ultimately, we at Sunny Cove are really thrilled to share these amazing experiences with you! You don't have to take our word for it - see what our guests have said about us on TripAdvisor. You can trust we are both serious about our trade, and seriously fun tour guides! So, let us show you our incredible 'backyard'. We're looking forwad to being part of your Alaskan adventure!