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Sitka Sound Kayak Adventure

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2½ Hour Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off.
Wildlife Opportunities
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Eagles, seals, and whales are seen often!
Beginner Friendly
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No experience necessary
All Gear Provided
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Plus water & a light snack
Small Group
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12 guest max & 1 guide per 6 guests


Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of Sitka as you paddle through the serene waterways on this sea kayaking excursion! The Sitka Sound Kayak Adventure is the perfect tour for beginners and anyone looking for a relaxing kayak adventure in the stunning Alaskan wilderness. Discover the maze of narrow passages and countless islands of Sitka that are only accessible by kayak or expedition boat! Join our expert local guides on a peaceful paddle and learn about the local forest ecology and Sitka’s rich history and culture while enjoying this family-friendly kayaking tour.

Your Sitka Sound Kayak Adventure kicks off with a gear fitting and paddle lesson. Then, your knowledgeable guides will lead you through Sitka Sound’s pristine waters while pointing out the abundant marine life. From intertidal zones and kelp forests to secluded islands, you have the potential to see sea lions, seals, humpback and orca whales, porpoises, sea otters, puffins, and more! You might even spot salmon preparing to spawn in the streams. The Sitka Sound Kayak Adventure is a dream destination for sea kayakers and by the end of the tour, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for this breathtaking landscape! 

Prefer a boat cruise? Try the Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Excursion! And for more adventures, join our Zodiac Boat Adventure in Ketchikan!

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guides
Kayak and Paddle Gear
Light Snack and Water
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I Have Never Kayaked Before?
This tour is especially well-suited for beginners, and we'll be paddling at a leisurely pace along calm waters. Additionally, everyone will receive a safety and gear orientation along with a paddle lesson so you’ll feel comfortable, safe and ready to have a great time.
What Should I Wear/Bring?
We provide all the paddle gear as well as rain gear if necessary, and you'll want to wear layered clothing ideally made of quick-drying material (non-cotton), comfortable shoes with a flexible sole, and a warm hat. We also provide bottled water and a light snack.
What if the Weather is Bad?
Rain is common in Southeast alaska but fortunately it does not diminish the beauty, fun, or safety of sea kayaking. We will outfit you with the proper rainproof gear if necessary. We will cancel guided tours and provide a refund if we determine paddling conditions to be unsafe: strong wind, very choppy seas, greatly reduced visibility, or a combination thereof. These conditions don’t occur often, but when they do, the safety of our guests is our highest priority.
Can my Child be in a Kayak on Their Own?
Participants under the age of 12 must ride/paddle in the same kayak as at least one parent or guardian. Children too young to paddle must ride in a triple-seat kayak with two adults.
Are there Height or Weight Restrictions?
The maximum height that the kayaks can accommodate is 6 feet 6 inches. The maximum weight is 275 lbs to safely fit into the kayaks and participants must also be able to fit into our 3XL PFD’s (life vests). Children must weigh at least 40 pounds to properly fit into our child-size PFDs.
Where is the Meeting Location?
Your guides will be waiting to meet you on the lower promenade of the Sitka Sound Cruise Terminal. They will be holding a 'Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures’ sign to direct you to the outfitting site.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 6 years old • Minimum Weight: 50 lbs • Maximum Weight: 275 lbs
The maximum height that the kayaks can accommodate is 6 feet 6 inches
The maximum weight is 275 lbs to safely fit into the kayaks and participants must also be able to fit into our 3XL PFD’s (life vests)
Children must weigh at least 50 pounds to properly fit into our child-size PFDs
Not Wheelchair Accessible
No serious medical issues, especially heart, back, and shoulders
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


2h 30min

Adult Rate

Child Rate

Itinerary • 2h 30min • 3 activities

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Gear up with life jackets, kayaking gear, and rain gear if necessary, before heading down to your kayaks.

15 minutes
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Enjoy a scenic paddle around the islands and coves that surround Sitka. Keep an eye out for coastal wildlife along the way while your guide tells you all about the local ecosystem & area.

2 hours
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Return to shore and hop out of your tandem kayaks with the help of your guide, before returning your gear and heading off to explore Sitka or return to your cruise ship.

15 minutes