Experience the pristine beauty of North Douglas Island and views of the Mendenhall Glacier during this kayaking adventure.
A narrated drive from the pier brings you to North Douglas Island where your kayak awaits. Upon arrival, you'll be outfitted in life jackets and raingear and your experienced guide will teach you about paddling techniques. Once everyone is ready to go, you will board your two-person kayak with a new friend or traveling companion and set-off on an unforgettable journey.
Your stable, yet nimble kayak, will allow you to silently approach any wildlife in the area and give you a sense of how the famed Aleut Indians traveled the coastal waterways of Alaska in search of pelts for the Russian fur trading companies. Led in groups of five to six kayaks, you will travel to such places as the Mendenhall Wetlands where you may have the opportunity to view the Mendenhall Glacier from an ocean explorer's point of view. Your guide will explain the significance of places such as Smugglers Cove, the history of the surrounding area and help identify local flora and fauna. Keep a watchful eye out as you may see porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons, or even whales along the way.
After approximately 1 1/2 - 2 hours of paddling, you will find yourself back at the starting point where you will turn in your gear and enjoy a light snack before transferring back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour can involve up to 2 hours of kayaking and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian. Minimum weight to participate is 40 lbs. and maximum weight is 250 lbs. Each guest will be assigned a life jacket which must be worn throughout the marine portion of the tour. Only life jackets provided by the tour operator will be permitted for use on the tour. Raingear (if necessary) and splash skirts are provided. Guests will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.