When you kayak in Kodiak Island, you are paddling waters with thousands of years of history. The Alutiiq people, who occupied the island 10,000 years ago, navigated Aleutian isle waters in skin-covered kayaks before finding Kodiak Island. Here they discovered an area rich in marine life, a place warmed by Japanese trade winds, and a multitude of quiet bays to seek refuge.
Today kayakers explore Kodiak Island in much the same way. Skimming along small coves and protected channels with your expert guide gives you an intimate view of sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffins, black oyster catchers, cormorants and a variety of sea birds, as well as fascinating marine ecosystems.
You do not need to be an experienced kayaker to enjoy this activity. Kodiak outfitters have years of experience in teaching adults and children how to paddle and are careful to pair a strong paddler with a weaker one. Half and full day excursions as well as extended multi-day tours are available.
Anton Larsen Bay is a local favorite and offers paddling in a protected and scenic area. It's a great place for beginners or those wanted a leisurely day of paddling.
Shuyak Island State Park is a highly ranked kayaking destination. Shuyak Island lies beyond Afognak Island at the northern tip of the archipelago. The inner bays here -- Neketa Bay, Big Bay, Western Inlet, Carry Inlet, and Shangin Bay -- are well protected from the weather and generally remain calm enough for beginning paddlers. The outer coast is exposed and experiences high winds and heavy surf. Only experienced kayakers should attempt to paddle the outside waters and should be alert for rapid deteriorating conditions. You can obtain Shuyak Island routes by contacting the Alaska State Parks, Kodiak District office at (907) 486-6339 or www.alaskastateparaks.org. You can email them for information at