Juneau, Alaska, US
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Travel in the style of Native Alaskans and explore the spectacular coastal waterways and Mendenhall wetlands by kayak. Never paddled before? No worries! Your experienced guide will make sure you are comfortable.
This glorious half-day excursion along Juneau's coast begins with a short drive by bus to North Douglas Island, where you will enjoy scenic views of Mendenhall Glacier.
An experienced, friendly guide will hand out life jackets and rain gear before teaching you some paddling techniques. Then, hop into a two-person kayak with a new friend or traveling companion. This breathtaking trip is designed to give you a sense of how the Aleut Natives traveled the coastal waterways of Alaska in search of pelts for the Russian fur trading companies. Your stable yet nimble kayak will allow you to silently observe any wildlife in the area, including porpoise, seals, sea lions, eagles, herons, or even whales.
Explore the Mendenhall Wetlands, where you can view the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier from an ocean explorer's point of view. This view of the glacier is from about six miles away, so (weather/cloud conditions permitting) you'll see how the massive river of ice winds up through the mountain peaks for miles -- truly one of the best views of Mendenhall Glacier.
Along the way, your guide will entertain you with stories about Smugglers Cove and the surrounding area's history and point out any local flora and fauna. This kayak trip is perfect for all levels of experience -- participants are grouped into like abilities so that you can travel at a comfortable pace. The tail-end boat captain will ensure that your experience is fun.
Back at the kayak base, enjoy a snack and receive a souvenir pin before the bus journey back to port.
Minimum weight is 40 lbs.; kayak cockpit is 10.5" X 16.5". Guests weighing more than 250 lbs may not fit comfortably in the kayak. Guests taller than 6'3" will not be able to steer with foot pedals and must sit in front. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed.