Taste of the Tongass Kayak Excursion

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    Hop in a tandem kayak and explore the Inside Passage waters with a partner.
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    The whales may put on a show for you, so keep an eye out as you paddle along.
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    Try the crowd favorite: Tracy’s Crab Shack’s Crab Bisque.
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    This tour operates with small groups of 6 or less, so you can get to know your guide and the are better.
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    Look out at the beauty of the Inside Passage as you enjoy your lunch.
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    The guides will provide you with everything you need for this tour, including rain gear if the skies aren’t quite as blue as you’d like.
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    Your paddling adventure will start from the Tongass Coast just north of Juneau.
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    Your gourmet lunch will be served picnic style for a true Alaska experience.
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    A look at the launch ramp where you will start the paddling portion of this tour.
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    Don’t forget to take a break from paddling to look around. You will be surrounded by wild Alaskan beauty.
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    Your tastefully crafted lunch includes favorites from all over Juneau.
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    Water fowl are also a common site throughout Juneau and the surrounding area.
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    Stay in sync with your partner while paddling along the Tongass Coast.
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    Eagles also love to call the shores of Juneau home and the spawning salmon lunch.
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    Wildlife abound in the waters of Juneau so have your cameras ready.
One of our favorite Juneau tours, the Taste of the Tongass Kayak is a family-friendly excursion and great for all ability levels. There's something refreshing about settling into the quiet rhythm of paddling on the water, enjoying the surrounding views of distant glaciers, cascading waterfalls and towering mountain ranges. Keep an eye out for wildlife, which may include humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles and other marine birds, intertidal marine life, and the occasional orca or bear. Fully narrated by professional guides, spend your day connecting with Alaskan wilderness and perhaps even try sea kayaking for the first time, before heading in for a gourmet feast on shore, featuring delights from all of Juneau's best offerings!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Juneau shore excursion

Start your Taste of the Tongass Kayak tour with a pick-up at the cruise docks and transfer over to the kayak base for gear fitting, before heading for the launch location just a ways north of Juneau. Your guides will select a location for the day based on weather patterns and tides while trying to maximize wildlife opportunities. A quick orientation equips you with all the information you will need, and then hit the waters, traveling together as a group while your professional guide provides an informative backdrop. Learn about the ecology and wildlife of the area while savoring the 360 views! When you return to shore, a true Juneau feast will have been prepared for you including Tracy's Crab Shack bisque, smoked salmon dip, kelp salad, and much more!

  • No previous kayaking experience required
  • Numerous wildlife opportunities, but not guaranteed
  • Private trips available
  • Not available through the cruise lines
  • Small-group setting, limited availability
  • Gourmet lunch featuring Juneau favorites

At about 6 hours in total duration, the Taste of the Tongass Kayak tour provides you with plenty of time to escape from the crowds and get in touch with that piece of pristine Alaska, all in the atmosphere of a small-group setting. The casual pace is conducive to taking pictures, chatting with fellow travelers and absorbing the compelling information from the local guides, while the delicious meal waiting for your return showcases the best food Juneau has to offer. Occasional wildlife sightings are welcomed along the way from curious marine wildlife. There's something special about the connection that a motorless, self-propelled adventure can provide, bridging the gap between guests and nature, and delivering that 'Alaskan experience' many are hoping to find.

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

JUNEAU TOURS DETAILS:

  • Restrictions: The minimum age for participants is 8 years old.
  • Accessibility: Must be fit enough to paddle for 6 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours. The kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 52 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (660kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (1320kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (198cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance. However, people as tall as 6’6″ have been able to paddle in our kayaks.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather. Due to the cool, damp climate it is best not to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene and/or capilene. A full list of what to bring will be included in your confirmation email.
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  • Passenger Rate: $249.00
  • There are no child rates available for this tour
    + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Will the trip still operate if it is raining?
Because much of SE Alaska is a rainforest, these trips do operate rain or shine. Rain jackets and pants are provided on this trip. If weather conditions are unsafe, the trip will be canceled and we will provide a full refund. This can happen on kayaking trips from time to time and will be typically related to sea or lake conditions, not rain.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
Q:What about restroom facilities along the way?
You'll have a chance at the kayak base to use the restroom, but after that we will be entering the great outdoors. We recommend all guests follow 'Leave No Trace Principles' and should the need arise, we request packing all trash from the trip including toilet paper. If this is of concern for you, we recommend bringing toilet paper and a ziploc bag for easy packing.
Q:How many guests are on this tour?
There can be up to 6 passengers on this trip, and there is a minimum of 2 guests for the trip to operate. With advanced notice, we can accommodate larger groups on private tours.
Q:Do I need previous kayaking experience?
Nope! This trip is rated as 'Easy' or 'Moderate' and we can accommodate even beginner kayakers. There is a recommended fitness level with the ability to paddle for 6 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours.
Q:What if I have food Allergies?
Please inform us of all allergies, dietary issues, and restrictions. We can accommodate gluten-free and some vegetarian meals, but please be advised that this tour is not recommended for anyone with severe food allergies.
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