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Kachemak Bay Sea Kayaking . . .
is as good as it gets and Otter Cove Resort is the best place in the bay to start a paddling trip. Otter Cove is located in Eldred passage inside of Hesketh, Yukon, and Cohen Islands. Surrounded by Kachemak Bay State Park, the cove is close to the mouth of Sadie Cove and Tutka Bay, providing many miles of protected paddling. Our kayak base is located right at Otter Cove for your convenience. We offer guided day trips, rentals, and multiple day trips. Many of our guests take a guided trip the first day to become familiar with the kayaks and area, stay in our beautiful cabins, and just rent kayaks for the following days. (see chart)
Guided Day Trips
Our guided adventures begin at 9:30 a.m. at our Homer Spit office with check in, final payment, and review and signing of our liability waiver. At 10:00 AM we will water taxi you from the Homer small boat harbor to Otter Cove Resort. Once there your guide will get you fitted into a life jacket and spray skirt, and familiarize you with the kayak and safety procedures. We use Necky Alsek, Kyook, and Amaruk kayaks, they are extremely stable and fun to paddle. All of our kayaks have rudders for your convenience. We use Perception and Werner paddles as well as Perception life jackets and spray skirts. After your orientation, you and your guide will paddle from Otter Cove in the direction chosen for the day. The bay is rich with wildlife and awesome scenery. You will need to bring a lunch to enjoy midday on a scenic beach. Around 4:00 p.m. you will return to Otter Cove and will return to the Homer small boat harbor via water taxi at 5:15. Bathroom facilities are available at Otter Cove and the Kayak Beach Trailhead. In the event you become tired before the end of the trip, you are welcome to return to Otter Cove to hike or just relax and enjoy the view. The price for this full day adventure including round trip water taxi, kayak and gear, and guide service, is $160 per person plus tax with group discounts available. Half day trips are available for a minimum of four people at $140 per person plus tax with group discounts available.
We have single and double Necky kayaks available for rent by the day and for multiple days for experienced cold water/ocean paddlers. Kayaks come complete with paddle, life jacket, and spray skirt. You must be an experienced, cold water paddler, understand the local tides and know cold water rescue to rent kayaks. A signed liability waiver, stating that you have the necessary skills to paddle without a guide, is required for all rentals. Kayaks are available from the Otter Cove kayak base or as part of a water taxi drop off to another location. Round trip water taxi service to Otter Cove is $70 per person if you are renting kayaks from us or staying in the cabins at Otter Cove, most other destinations in Kachemak Bay range from $75-$85 per person round trip. Kayak rental rates are $40/day for a single kayak and $70/day for a double kayak.
Multiple Day Trips
The options for a multiple day trip are unlimited. Many guests choose to stay in the comfort of our cabins and paddle every day from Otter Cove. The area provides many days worth of paddling in new areas. We also provide guided and unguided drop offs to remote areas by boat or airplane, including Kenai Fjords National Park and Shuyak Island State Park. Contact us and let us know what you are interested in and we can make some suggestions and give you a price quote.
For more information see Homer Ocean Charters.
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