About 30 miles off the southeast coast of the Alaskan peninsula is Kodiak, encompassing around 5,000 square miles of dense forests, jagged peaks and bays teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. Nicknamed "Alaska's Emerald Isle" by its residents, is described as a place to leave civilization behind as you brave the sometimes unrelenting elements to truly rediscover nature in its purest state. Endless outdoor activities range from hiking through the forests to watching the Kodiak bears foraging for food. Fishing enthusiasts find Kodiak Island offers great salmon, halibut and trout fishing.

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  • Kodiak City Overview

    Explore the beauty, culture and history of Alaska during this memorable journey to Kodiak.

    Depart the pier for the scenic drive into Kodiak, passing Cannery Row and the boat harbor along the way. Upon arrival in Kodiak, a stop will be made at the Baranov Museum, which offers an eclectic blend of native, Russian and American history.

    Next, you will continue on to the Alutiiq Museum for an in-depth look at native Alaskan culture. From here, you will cross over the bridge to neighboring Near Island for a visit to the Alaska Fisheries Research Center. Here, you will enjoy the aquarium and touch tank, a popular year-round attraction for visitors to the area. After a short drive north, you will arrive at Ft. Abercrombie State Park, an historic World War II site. The park offers a wonderful bunker museum of wartime memorabilia, as well as beautiful land and sea views.

    Your tour will conclude at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium, where you will view a lively performance by either St. Innocents Academy, a local group of dancers and musicians, or the Kodiak Island Drummers, a multi-aged group of drummers and performers.

    Following your visit, you will re-board your school bus for the return drive to the pier.

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  • Wildlife Boat Tour

    The history and wildlife of Alaska is yours to discover during this scenic boat tour of Kodiak Island.

    After embarking the M/V Sea Breeze, you will depart the pier for a 2-hour boat tour. Along the way, your hosts Marty and Marion Owen, longtime residents of Kodiak, will share their extensive knowledge about Kodiak Island's history, commercial fishing industry, wildflowers, bears, marine mammals and more.

    During the tour, you will visit a seabird rookery and sea lion haulout, and have an opportunity to view puffins and whales. Next, you will proceed for an interpretive tour of the bustling waterfront and take in scenic views around the small islands before being transferred back to the pier.

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  • City of Kodiak - Panoramic Drive

    Experience the beauty and history of Kodiak during this brief, but scenic 1-hour driving tour of the city, island and beaches.

    Depart the pier for the drive down Cannery Row, past the small boat harbor and through the heart of Kodiak's old downtown area. Leaving town, you will pass by the Baranof and Alutiiq Museums, as well as the Russian Orthodox Church and Seminary. You will also see Mission Beach and Woody Island en route to Mill Bay Beach, where a 10-minute stop will be made for photos and viewing.

    Next, you will take one of Kodiak's oldest roads back into town, where you will find the city's diverse business community. As you ride through the center of town, you will pass the high watermark from the 1964 tsunami. From here, you will continue on to a scenic viewpoint overlooking a WWII pillbox bunker; a stop will be made here to take photos of your ship and the city in the background.

    Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier.

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  • Kodiak Guided River Fishing

    Experience the pristine natural beauty of the Alaskan Coast during this scenic and relaxing guided fishing tour.

    Prior to your fishing trip, you will purchase your temporary fishing license from your fishing guide, and be assigned your fishing boots and gear. You will then depart the pier for the 45-minute drive to the first of three out of seven possible fishing locations, including rivers, shorelines, ocean bays and inlets. Along the way, photo stops will be at the Middle Bay, American River, Olds River and Chiniak Bay.

    You may also see some of the area's indigenous wildlife, including birds, eagles and waterfowl, deer, buffalo, mountain goats, wild horses, cattle, and an occasional bear.

    Upon arrival at the first fishing site, you will put on your fishing boots and receive your fishing gear and fishing instructions from your guide. You will then begin fishing, with assistance provided throughout the tour. Fish commonly found in this area include salmon, trout, halibut and bottom fish. If the fishing is good, you may remain at that location for the duration of the tour, if so desired. If the fishing is not the best at that particular stop, you will have an opportunity to move to either one or two other locations, depending upon the amount of fishing time remaining. No prior fishing experience is required to participate on this tour.

    A lunch consisting of sandwiches, smoked salmon, chips, cookies and fruit will be served during your tour; weather permitting, an outdoor barbecued salmon bake will be offered.

    Following your tour, you will re-board your mini-van for the 45-minute return drive to the pier. You may opt to have your fish vacuum-packed so you can carry it on board the ship, or have it shipped to a destination of your choice.

    Please note: The drive between the pier and fishing sites is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Although there will be no hills to climb during this tour, guests will be required to walk on grass-covered, rocky and sandy shorelines. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility, or guests who utilize a wheelchair. There is no guarantee that fish will be caught. There are no restroom stops on this tour. Soft drinks and bottled water will be served with lunch. Guests must be at least 14 years of age to participate in this tour. A temporary fishing license will be required for each guest. License fees must be paid in cash to your guide; fees include $20 for a 1-day non-resident and $10 for a King Salmon tag. Guests deciding not to purchase the additional Kind Salmon tag will need to release it in the event they catch one.

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  • Russian Tea Tour

    Explore the commerce, culture and Russian influences in Alaska during this splendid introduction to Kodiak.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Kodiak. Along the way, you will proceed down Cannery Row to learn about the importance of the fishing industry to Kodiak's economy. Next, you will proceed to the Kodiak Inn, where you will be greeted with Russian tea and tasty treats that include borscht, Russian teacakes and pirozhkis.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Balalaika Players, a local band performing traditional Russian music. In continuing with this tour's Russian theme, a visit will be made to the Russian Orthodox Church. Here, a priest will talk about the Russian Church and the role it has played in Alaska's history. A brief stop will then be made at the Northern Exposure Art Gallery, the only art gallery on the island, to view the work of local artists.

    Your tour will conclude with a scenic drive past the Coast Guard Base, the largest USCG base in America, to watch a salmon run before returning to the pier and ship.

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  • Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Walk

    Explore Kodiak's spectacular beauty and wartime history during this scenic walk through a portion of the 183-acre Ft. Abercrombie State Park.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the headquarters of Ft. Abercrombie State Park. Upon arrival, a park naturalist will lead you on a guided walking tour along well-maintained trails offering breathtaking ocean views. A variety of seabirds inhabit the park's coastline, and whale sightings are frequently reported in this area throughout the season.

    During your walking tour, you will see numerous World War II bunkers from Kodiak's wartime past. Although some of the bunkers were designed for lookouts and others for storage, all are an important part of the history and growth of Kodiak.

    Your walking tour will conclude back at park headquarters, where you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.

    Please note: This tour involves a 1.5-mile walk. Whale sightings are not guaranteed. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.

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  • Near Island Sea Kayak Adventure

    Experience Kodiak's pristine natural beauty in a unique new way during this memorable sea kayak adventure to Near Island.

    Depart the pier for the drive to the launch point. After receiving your safety instructions and equipment from your guide, you will embark your sea kayak and begin circumnavigating Near Island and the surrounding islets. As you pass by Kodiak's small boat harbors, docks and canneries, you may encounter bird species and sea life that include endangered Steller sea lions, sea otters, puffins, cormorants, humpback whales, and salmon. Although sightings are not guaranteed, your chances of encountering wildlife are very good.

    Along the way, a stop will be made for a lunch consisting of sandwiches, chips and cookies. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to do some beach-combing, and a bit of light hiking along the tidal pools.

    Next, you will embark your sea kayak once again for more wildlife viewing before returning to the launch point. Upon arrival, you will remove and return your equipment before being transferred back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is only recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are strongly advised to dress warmly and in layers, wear hiking shoes they won't mind getting wet and bring along rain gear. Eliminate cotton clothing; wear synthetic fabrics only. Single or two-seat kayaks, personal flotation devices, spray-skirts, paddles and dry bags will be provided. Prior kayaking experience is recommended, but not required to participate in this tour. Participants must be at least 12 years old, and accompanied by a parent. The maximum weight limit is 250 lbs. for each guest participating in this tour.

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