The Essentials Alaska Adventure Package

The Essentials Alaska Adventure package has been put together to provide one of the broadest Alaskan experiences possible. To experience Alaska means more than just fishing. With breath taking marine wildlife, some of the most majestic fjords and glaciers on earth, brown bears and black bears, and of course the most amazing Salmon & halibut migrations anywhere in the world.

The Essentials is designed to give you the enormous breadth Alaska has to offer while still giving you plenty of time on the water chasing Alaska’s Fish. The Essentials adventures are based on trips from 3-7 days but if you need more or less days, simply let us know and we’ll customize the trip. The Essentials Alaska Package has also been prioritized around some of the most popular trips (the order in which those adventures are done may change based on a number of factors (river regulations, salt-water regulations, date, etc.)

  • Day 1:  Kenai River Salmon Fishing
  • Day 2:  Halibut Fishing
  • Day 3:  Bear Viewing & Fly In Fishing 
  • Day 4:  Kenai National Fjords Marine Tour
  • Day 5:  Exit Glacier Hike
  • Day 6:  White-Water Rafting
 

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Kenai River Salmon Fishing
Kenai River Salmon Fishing

Day 1:  Kenai River Salmon Fishing

We often like to begin our adventure packages with a Kenai River Salmon trip.  From May 15 – Oct 15, depending upon the time of year we can target king salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon and pink salmon. We provide all the equipment you need including waders/boots, rods/reels and any bait we might be using on the trip. You only need to bring your fishing license, warm clothes, and any snacks and drinks you might like to have with you.  You’ll definitely be amazed at the power and speed of the mighty Kenai River and even more so of the salmon fighting up to 82 miles of it to make it to their spawning grounds.  

A successful day of Alaska Halibut Fishing at The Kenai Riverside Resort
Matt Flanders holding a 70 lb Halibut caught in Homer, Alaska

Day 2:  Halibut Fishing

Alaska halibut fishing in the halibut capital of the world is definitely one of the top adventures of the Essentials Adventure Package. There are several reasons why Alaska halibut fishing is such a great adventure. The first is that halibut fishing is extremely productive and limits of halibut are very common. The second is that these fish can get so big that even the average halibut is likely to be the biggets fish most people will catch in their lifetime.  Finally, due to productive fishing and very large fish, halibut fishing is one of the fastest ways to fill fish boxes for the trip home.  And at an average market price of $25.00 per pound, what other trips can you take that can put hundreds and hundreds of dollars of fish in the freezer?   

Bear Viewing & Fly in Fishing
Bear Viewing & Fly in Fishing

Day 3:  Bear Viewing & Fly In Fishing

Without a doubt this is one of our guests favorite trips of all time. Trip duration will be around 6 hours in length with departure times at various times throughout the day. Generally we can do morning, mid morning, noon, and early afternoon. Many of our days begin with early fishing so this trip is a chance to get a few more hours sleep before the short 15 minute drive to the float plane base. Being able to see the geography of the Kenai Peninsula, Lake Clark National Park, and views that extend hundreds of miles in each direction is breath taking. Departing Soldotna we’ll head across Cook Inlet  and head straight at the active volcano Mt. Redoubt with Mt. Iliamna just to the south.

Beautiful Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is one of the nations newest national parks and about a 35-40 minute from from the float plane base.  

Kenai National Fjords Breaching Whale
Kenai National Fjords Breaching Whale

Day 4:  Kenai National Fjords Marine Tour

After our fishing trips and bear viewing The Kenai National Fjords Marine Tour is our next most popular adventure and break from the fishing action. The world-class wildlife and glacier cruises depart from the beautiful town of Seward.  These tours range anywhere from 4 to 8.5 hours and explore the glacier carved fjords and abundant wildlife of Resurrection Bay which is also known as the Gateway To The Kenai Fjords.  

Full-day cruises explore the abundant wildlife and tidewater glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park. Ranging between 6 and 8.5 hours, these cruises are ideal for those who are interested in seeing tidewater glaciers and want the best opportunities for wildlife viewing and whale watching.   Show More The most popular cruise is the 6 Hour Cruise. If you’re a glacier enthusiast, we recommend the 7.5 Hour Cruise that spends amble time at two tidewater glaciers. If you’re a more adventurous traveler, our 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise is the cruise for you. This small-vessel adventure cruise takes you to remote areas of Kenai Fjords National Park and is ideal for photographers, birders, and wildlife enthusiasts. While 8.5 hours may seem like a long time, it really isn't – the time will absolutely fly by.

8.5 Hour Kenai National Fjords Tour Route8.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Highlights

  • Visit three active tidewater glaciers, including the impressive Northwestern Glacier
  • Travel to remote areas of Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Smaller vessel with limited capacity, up to 60 passengers
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Complimentary deli lunch with a choice of four sandwich options: turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian. 

Cruise Overview

The 8.5 Hour Northwestern Fjord Cruise travels farther into Kenai Fjords National Park than any other cruise. 

 
 

Kenai National Fjords 7.5 Hour Tour Route Map

7.5 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Highlights

  • Visit two active tidewater glaciers – Aialik Glacier and Holgate Glacier
  • More time on the water allows the captain to seek out the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the area
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Our experienced captains will narrate the cruise
  • Complimentary deli lunch for all guests with a choice of sandwich options: turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian 
Cruise Overview 
The 7.5 Hour Cruise explores Kenai Fjords National Park, where wildlife is abundant and tidewater glaciers are massive. 
 

Kenai National Fjords 6 Hour Tour Route Map

6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise Highlights

  • Visit an active tidewater glacier – Holgate Glacier
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Captain narration and interactive program for kids
  • Complimentary deli lunch for all guests with choice of four sandwich options: turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian.

Cruise Overview

The 6 Hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise explores the world of whales, wildlife, and glaciers found in Kenai Fjords National Park. 

 
Kenai National Fjords 4 Hour Tour Route Map

4 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise Highlights

  • Cruise the calmer, protected waters of Resurrection Bay
  • “Captain’s Choice” route based on recent wildlife sightings and reports from other vessels
  • See wildlife such as orca whales, humpback whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, puffins, eagles, and many species of seabirds
  • Great cruise option for families traveling with small children

Cruise Overview

Search for whales, sea otters, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoises, harbor seals, bald eagles, puffins, and many other types of marine birds as you cruise the protected waters of Resurrection Bay on this 4 Hour Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise. Show More Our experienced captains will explore the area’s wildlife hot spots to maximize your chances of viewing whales and other wildlife. This cruise is fully narrated by our knowledgeable captains. Depending on weather, you may see alpine glaciers tucked in the surrounding Chugach and Kenai Mountain Ranges and cruise by Bear Glacier, a piedmont glacier and the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Exit Glacier Hiking
Exit Glacier Hiking

Day 5:  Exit Glacier Hike

You know those moments in your life where you see something so amazing you rush to get your camera out, snap the picture, only to be disappointed that the photo didn’t even come close to recreating the moment in that photograph?  Well that’s what you should think about when you see pictures of Exit Glacier. Photos of Exit Glacier don’t even come close to capturing the magnificence of the glacier.  

Exit Glacier is one of the most visited glaciers in the world.  It descends about 3,000 feet in just a few miles and for those willing to hike to the top of the trail you can literally witness the Harding Ice Field as far you can.  Exit Glacier is the only portion of Kenai Fjords National Park that’s accessible by road.  

Alaska White Water Rafting
Alaska White Water Rafting

Day 6:  White Water Rafting

Sixmile creek is one of the greatest whitewater runs in North America. In addition to amazing whitewater, Sixmile creek is a pristine natural waterway. Four of the five species of pacific salmon call Sixmile home. Bears, moose, eagles and other wildlife rear their young and live their lives in the Sixmile drainage. Carving its way through the Chugach national forest, Sixmile creek is an amazing trip even without the whitewater, but don’t forget to bring your “A game” because this is a true whitewater adventure!

One thing to keep in mind is that this adventure is big water.  

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