Geneva Kayak Center

Inn/Camp

Alaska’s Prince William Sound Sea Kayaking

 


Dates: June 10-16, 2012
Days: 7 days, 6 nights
Price: $1949*
Trip Level: 2 & 3
Includes: Kayaks/Paddling Gear, 1 Night Accommodation in Whittier, Cam Gear as Described Below, and Meals while kayaking.
Group Size: 5-12


Trip Description

Join us For an amazing sea kayaking adventure in Prince William Sound! We'll spend 7 days and 6 nights in Prince William Sound exploring the Whale Bay region where humpbacks are plentiful and the scenery is breathtaking!

Our adventure will start with a night at the Inn at Whittier in the coastal town of Whittier, AK, the westernmost gateway to Prince William Sound. We’ll then spend six days paddling in breathtaking Prince William Sound’s Whale Bay, one of the only areas in the Sound where paddlers can experience both glaciers and whales! Marine wildlife including Humpback Whale, Orca, Harbor Seal, and magnificent views of massive glaciers make this the place to paddle in the westernmost part of Prince William Sound! Ideal paddling conditions include calm, clear blue waters surrounded by massive glacial faces, flowing waterfalls, soaring peaks, and abundant wildlife. Over these six days, we will be moving our camp to different locations throughout Dangerous Passage and Whale Bay. Participants should expect to paddle between 7-12 miles per day, and additional paddling is available for those who choose to take optional side trips.

The Prince William Sound Sea Kayaking Adventure is rated a Level 2 paddling trip. Participants DO NOT need to have passed a Level 2 assessment (ACA or BCU), but should have taken our ACA L2 or BCU 2 Star trainings and feel confident in those skills. Level 2 trips are considered to be beginner-kayaking trips, but both intermediate and advanced paddlers will also enjoy this beauty of paddling in Prince William Sound and are encouraged to join this trip. The Geneva Kayak Center’s Expeditionary Paddling Trips are designed for the adventurer looking to experience touring destinations of unparalleled scenic beauty, fine dining and leisurely paddling itineraries. Our ACA instructors and BCU coaches are the perfect guides for these trips and will make your adventure truly remarkable!

The price of this trip includes kayaking equipment as follows: NDK & Valley Sea Kayaks, Werner Paddles, sprayskirts, pfd and bilge pumps. Participants must provide their personal paddling clothing and camp clothing. Meals during the kayaking trip are provided but meals at restaurants before and after the kayaking trip are not included. Camping equipment such as a group tarp, cooking and eating supplies are included as well. A tent can be rented for a nominal fee. Guide gratuity is not included but recommended if you believe your guides have provided an excellent service.


Itinerary

(subject to change due to weather & permit conditions)
Day 1 – Welcome to Alaska!
GKC staff will meet trip participants at the Anchorage airport. After the group has gathered in Anchorage, we’ll make the short drive through the Chugach Mountains to the coastal town of Whittier, Alaska. While in Whittier, we will get acquainted with our kayaks, view the town and prepare for our sea kayaking trip. Lodging will be at the "Inn at Whittier" for night 1.
No meals are included on Day 1
Day 2 – Our Sea Kayaking Adventure Begins!
Following breakfast, a water taxi will provide transportation of participants, kayaks and gear into the Sound where our paddling trip will begin. After setting up camp, we’ll take an afternoon paddle to look for porpoise and other marine wildlife.
Lunch and dinner will be provided in the backcountry
Day 3 – Sea Kayaking Among Magnificent Peaks and Glaciers!
On Day 3, we’ll be paddling through an area known to big craft as Dangerous Passage. For us “small boat” operators, this area is filled with pristine bays teeming with wildlife, soaring peaks and saltwater waterfalls. We’ll set up camp in Dangerous Passage that evening.
All meals provided in the backcountry
Day 4 - Ewan Bay and a Saltwater Waterfall
We'll leave camp set-up in Ewan Bay and enjoy an easy day of paddling, visiting a tidal waterfall along the way. .
All meals provided
Day 5 - Icy Bay
Leaving Dangerous Passage, we’ll paddle to Gamaak Cove in Icy Bay, and visit a Black Legged Kittiwake nesting area before setting up camp for the evening.
All meals provided
Day 6 – Harbor Seals and Calving Glaciers
We won’t be moving camp on this day, and we’ll take a day paddle to Nassau Fiord to see massive Chenega Glacier calving. We’ll also have the chance to view hundreds of seals basking on the icebergs.
All meals provided
Day 7 – Whale Bay
After breaking camp, we’ll paddle into Whale Bay and Humpback Cove to watch for Humpback and Orca. The water taxi will be picking us up mid-day and transporting us back to Whittier. Following a meal in Whittier, we’ll transport those group members back to Anchorage for a flights home.
Breakfast and Dinner are provided


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*Prices are per person and based on double occupancy. There is a 150.00 surcharge for single travelers on the Sea Kayaking portion of the trip. This surcharge can be avoided if travelers opt to share lodging with a roommate of the same gender.