Boat Charter & Guided Kayak Expedition in Prince William Sound, Alaska
Expeditions are differentiated from multi-day trips in terms of duration and difficulty. Expeditions tend to entail being in the sea kayaks for a longer period of time between stops, likely to encounter slightly more challenging conditions due to exposure: longer crossings and shoreline with more fetch. These trips are designed for people with some experience and skills training and backcountry camping skills who are interested in exploration and developing/furthering previously developed skills! - Columbia Glacier Expedition - Advance and Retreat Expedition - Cross Sound Expedition - Exploratory Expedition Columbia Bay 6 or 8 Day 6 Day Day 1) An Early a.m. departure from Whittier for a chartered drop off at Granite Point on the far eastern edge of Wells Bay. As soon as we round Granite Point you can see straight to the Gulf of Alaska through Hinchinbrook Entrance. Welcome to northcentral Prince William Sound! The openness and exposure is one of my favorite aspects to this part of the Sound. At any point during this trip Humpback and/or Orca whales are definitely possible. We’ll load our kayaks have a great lunch and depart for Glacier Island. Weather permitting we will go around the south side of Glacier Island and set camp. There are puffins, sea lions, seals, ice, diverse geological formations and sea caves. Day 2) A Hearty Breakfast, break camp, load the kayaks and work our way around the rest of Glacier Island. In the process we will pass by a massive sea lion haul out and work our way through a maze of ice. Before crossing to the mainland we'll stop for lunch and then head on to Elf Point where well make camp for the night. Day 3) Basecamp! Instead of breaking camp and loading the kayaks, we'll leave camp set, pack our gear for the day, and paddle towards the moraine that encompasses the most amazing collection of giant icebergs in Prince William Sound. It is not possible to get to the face of the glaciers at the head of the fjord as there is about 10 miles of packed icebergs. We will paddle in and among the giant bergs, hike around to gain various perspectives and explore, looking for a variety of shore birds and land creatures. Day 4) Once again it’s time to break camp, load our kayaks and travel back to Glacier Island where we will make camp. Because of the exposure to the Gulf we might need to paddle the north side both coming and going to Columbia Glacier. Weather dictates our trip! Day 5) Break camp and work our way along the Island back to Granite Point. We will still be accompanied by the ice and puffins dropping out of the cliff or cave walls taking flight just before hitting the water. The geology changes yet again as we work the mainland shoreline. Day 6) This is our day to sleep in, relax and do a bit more exploring to either Granite Bay which has tremendously steep walls where mountain goats can be seen, or a paddle around Fairmont Island. Ultimately this allows us a day to ride out bad weather and might be utilized somewhere else in the trip. 8 Day This trip will be identical to the 6 day however we will have a couple extra days to explore Granite and Cedar Bays- the northernmost cedar trees, Fairmont and Little Fairmont Islands, or we might alter our trip while in Columbia Bay to explore Long Bay and work our way back along the mainland shoreline to Granite Point. Again this affords us a day for weather if necessary and greater potential for exploration. Taking a few extra days out here is highly suggested as there is so much spectacular terrain to explore and so much energy is spent getting out this far. The charter boat service as well as fiberglass doubles or plastic singles are included in this trip. For a full explanation of the differences between the types of trips and what else is included click on either heading. Escorted 6 day 4 people = $1535/person = $255/person/day 6 people = $1350/person = $225/person/day 8 day 4 people = $1825/person = $228/person/day 6 people = $1635/person = $204/person/day Fully Guided 6 day 4 people = $2,175/person = $362/person/day 6 people = $2,050/person = $341/person /day 8 day 4 people = $2,668/person = $333/person/day 6 people = $2,562/person = $320/person/day
- Captain is not included.
- This vessel is rented without a captain. Customers can operate the vessel.
- 10 guests
- Tours, Lessons, and Diving
Over 3,000 miles of shoreline engulfed by the rugged Chugach Mountain Range allow for endless exploration and adventure in Prince William Sound. Turquoise water, serrated ridges leading to distant glacial capped peaks, tidewater, hanging and land bound glaciers, lush green islands, abundant wildlife and midnight sun combine to create the most unique and majestic backdrop for any of our sea kayaking experiences.In addition to the instant and overwhelming beauty of Prince William Sound, there is an amazing depth to sea kayaking which we hope to convey to you through the vast opportunities Paddlers' Realm ProvidesPaddlers' Realm offers:Sea kayaking instructionExpeditions
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