Explore the pristine waters of Icy Strait Point on this tour that highlights the protected waters of Port Frederick.
From the pier, you will walk the short distance to the beach at Icy Strait Point where you will receive a safety briefing and kayaking orientation. Following that, you will hop in your two-person kayak and begin your adventure. You'll spend nearly two hours paddling about these pristine waters, delighting in the serenity and joy of being out on the water, as well as having the opportunity to observe the bountiful wildlife that inhabits this wilderness area.
Your guide will help you spot animals, explain their habits, and offer all sorts of tidbits to maximize your time kayaking along the shoreline. While there are no certainties regarding what you might observe, humpback whales typically feed along the very same route that you will be traveling. You may see one in the distance breaching the water's surface, waving its fluke before diving, or spy hopping, which is when a whale pokes just its head out of the water to look around. The nutrient-rich waters of Icy Strait are also home to orcas, sea lions, porpoises, sea otters and seals. During your excursion, you will also paddle to an even more serene area, frequented by bald eagles. There are few sights more visually arresting than following the flight of one of these majestic creatures as it rides the wind until swooping down to catch a fish with its talons.
Return to the beach at Icy Strait Point, you will turn in your equipment and head head back to the ship, or perhaps visit the nearby Welcome Center.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking; however the walking is primarily over gravel surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. Participants should be in good physical condition. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Sturdy, flat shoes; warm layered clothing and waterproof outerwear are suggested as you may be exposed to the elements. There is a minimum height requirement of 4'10" to participate and the maximum height allowed is 6'6". Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before being allowed to take part in the tour.