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Kayaking in Alaska

Alaska, United States, North America: kayaker in Alaska's Prince William Sound takes a break from paddling to take a picture.

Southeast Sea Kayaks

Westflight Building
1621 Tongass Avenue
Suite 101 B
Ketchikan , Alaska
Tel: 800 287 1607 (toll-free)
Tel: 907 225 1258

St. Augustine's Kayak and Tours

Homer , Alaska
Tel: 907 299 1894

Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks

Gustavus , Alaska
Tel: 907 697 2257

Honey Charters

Whittier , Alaska
Tel: 907 472 2493

Alaska Sea Kayakers

Whittier , Alaska
Tel: 877 472 2534's insider take:

Alaska has more coastline than the rest of the country combined, so there's no shortage of places to kayak, but there are some highlights. Southeast's calm, protected waters are perfect for beginners. In Ketchikan, Southeast Sea Kayaks leads waterborne tours for every ability level, from easy local paddles, many of which head up Creek Street past former brothels, to multiday trips in Misty Fjords. Or set off near the entrance to Glacier Bay, and you stand a good chance of spotting whales and seals. In Southcentral, you can join St. Augustine's Kayak and Tours on a paddle around nearby Yukon Island; the route is excellent for beginners, with plenty of seal and sea otter sightings, plus great beaches where you can come ashore for lunch.

More experienced paddlers, comfortable with self-rescue and variable conditions, should try Glacier Bay. Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks rents equipment, and the Park Service's Glacier Bay excursion boat will put you ashore and pick you up at a number of points. The setup enables you to explore the bay on your own and provides access to the East Arm, where big ships rarely travel. Another option is to explore Prince William Sound. It does still have some oil from the Exxon Valdez spill, but it remains a serene landscape of islands rising from mist, where the loudest sound might be the exhale of passing whales. Alaska Sea Kayakers rents equipment; Honey Charters offers drop-off service throughout the sound. Or just head out from Whittier: The multiday paddle toward Blackstone Bay and Harrison Fjord just might be the best paddling in the state, with plenty of glaciers and wildlife but no one else around.—Edward Readicker-Henderson

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.