Whale Bay 5 Day Tour

Although there is some hiking to be had, wildlife is definitely the focus of this trip.

The following paddle plan represents the possibilities of this area. This route is subject to change to facilitate whale watching, and prevailing conditions. Humpbacks and Orcas are likely to be encountered.

Day 1 - Arrive in Whittier by 10:00 AM. We will pack our gear into dry bags and your guides will offer an initial orientation. We will water taxi to Point Nowell, load our kayaks and paddle to Ewan Bay for our first camp. We will explore Ewan Bay and it's tidal waterfall, from camp.

Day 2 - We will break camp, and paddle into Icy Bay, and camp on it's shore or in Nassau Fjord, ice permitting. Chenega Glacier is a magnificent sight. We will also paddle into Gaamaak Cove to visit the always busy Black Legged Kittiwake rookery.

Day 3 - After breaking camp, we will paddle from Icy Bay or Nassau Fjord. We will visit the spectacular Chenega (if we haven't already) or Tiger Glaciers, both emanating from the expansive Sargent Ice Field. We will then paddle the opposite shore of Icy Bay, and set up camp at Dual Head for the next two nights.

Day 4- We will continue to explore in Icy Bay, as well as Whale Bay, Humpback Cove, and Orca Cove.

Day 5- We will continue to explore these areas, and break camp for a mid-afternoon water taxi back to Whittier.

Meet at the Alaska Sea Kayakers Office on
Harbor View Drive in Whittier, Alaska

Click here for Google Map Location and Directions

Whittier can be accessed by car through a one-way toll tunnel ($13 for cars).

Inbound openings are on the half hour, for fifteen minutes. First inbound opening is at 6:30 AM, and the last inbound opening is at 10:30 PM.

Outbound openings are on the hour, for fifteen minutes. First outbound opening is 6 AM, and the last outbound opening is at 10 PM.

There are some mid-day variations to this schedule, to accommodate rail traffic. Please call us to discuss this schedule, if planning a mid-day entrance.

Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive from Anchorage to the tunnel entrance.

Click here to see the summer tunnel schedule.


What to bring

1.        Clothing should be layered synthetic wicking fabrics or wool to be comfortable in cooler temperatures (40-50 degrees).

2.       A second set of comparable layers.

3.       Tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. (Or we can supply. Additional cost is $30 per person per day.)

4.       Water bottle.  

Alaska Sea Kayakers will provide

1.       All kayaks, paddles, and ancillary gear.

2.       Dry suits upon request.

3.       Boots and/or booties.

4.       All food, food preparation, and kitchen gear.

5.       Camp shelter (storage space allowing).

6.       Dry bags as needed.

7.       A detailed gear list will be forwarded upon request.

Clientele Requirements

Guidelines for participation on a sea kayak trip:

  • A. Participant has a desire to partake.
  • B. Participant has a reasonable level of physical fitness and endurance.
  • C. Participant is capable of following basic instructions.
  • D. Participant is capable and willing of functioning in a group environment.

Trip insurance such as www.travelinsurance.com is recommended to prepare for any unforeseen weather delays or cancellations.

Great for ages 10 and up!   No Experience Necessary!

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