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Travel south to Valdez, Alaska for this remote kayaking and camping adventure. Explore Prince William Sound and Heather Bay as you paddle around some pristine scenery filled with wildlife. Paddle up to the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound, the Columbia Glacier. Keep your eyes peeled for sea otter and seal sightings. You may even get lucky and spot an orca whale in these waters! Spend two nights camping in this remote area and paddle around exploring at your leisure each day. This Alaska kayaking trip is easily combined with other backcountry camping experiences and time in Anchorage. Or opt to travel the Alaska railway north to visit Denali National Park. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fly Valdez
Day 2 : Heather Bay | Columbia Glacier
Day 3 : Columbia Bay
Day 4 : Glacier Island
Day 5 : Bull Head Wildlife
Day 6 : Fly Anchorage | Return Home


  • Kayak up to the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound
  • Explore Heather Bay and Columbia Glacier as you camp out along the shore
  • Spot wildlife in the bay including sea otters, seals, and orca whales!
  • See the sea lion colony at Glacier Island

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  • Small Group

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Day 1 Fly Valdez

Fly from Anchorage or another connecting town with Ravn Air to Valdez. Settle into your hotel this evening.

Day 2 Heather Bay | Columbia Glacier

  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Meet up with your guide in town this morning for a safety briefing and orientation. From here board the water taxi for a cruise out to Heather Bay, the access point to the majestic Columbia Glacier.  This glacier is the largest tidewater glacier in Prince William Sound. Embark on your multi-day kayaking tour today, paddling first through the massive floating icefield among towering icebergs to the island overlooking the glacier. Paddle away from Columbia Glacier keeping watch for a variety of marine mammals including harbor seals, sea otters, and maybe a rare glimpse of an orca! Tonight camp in Heather Bay and settle in for some tasty camp cuisine prepared by the guides.

Day 3 Columbia Bay

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set out from Heather Bay again this morning to explore Columbia Bay in more depth. Cross the main channel of ice escaping over the glacier's moraine. Keep your eyes open for wildlife throughout the day, as it is common to see large groups of sea otters or harbor seals hauled out on the ice in this area or spot an orca trying to find his next meal! Paddle the western coastline of Columbia Bay with a visit to Granite Cove. Camp here if conditions allow.

Day 4 Glacier Island

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast this morning and a short hike in the area before setting out on kayaks towards Glacier Island.  Explore the bays located along the north side of the island and take advantage of the numerous short hike and beach-combing locations. You can opt to climb one of the ridges for an impressive view of Naked Island, Columbia Glacier, and possibly the snowy peaks of Montague Island.  Your guides will prepare a delicious hot meal before camping for the night.

Day 5 Bull Head Wildlife

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Get an early start today paddling around the corner of Glacier Island to Bull Head. Here you will find a colony of Stellar Sea Lions which can be seen feeding, sleeping and swimming. These great mammals were once thought to be extinct. Also, be on the lookout for puffins and cormorants along the rugged coastline. Stop at one of the beaches for lunch and a hike up through the rainforest. After this break to stretch your legs, paddle off to Chamberlain Bay for more kayaking before your water taxi picks you up to take you back to Valdez this evening. Settle back into Valdez Harbor Inn for the evening. 

Day 6 Fly Anchorage | Return Home

Take a local flight this morning to Anchorage. Connect with your flight home or continue with your independent Alaska travels. We would suggest a Denali Backcountry trip to top off your adventures!

Valdez Harbor Inn

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Rates based on pooled small group tour, max 8 people.


  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 5 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 3 Nights Camping
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental


  • Internal Flights
    • $480 Estimate Internal Flights Anchorage - Valdez - Anchorage
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.


  • $120 Meals not Included
  • $50 Optional Excursions
    • During free time in Valdez
  • $270 Water Taxi surcharge
    • In the event only two people ride the water taxi to/from Heather Bay, a surcharge of $135 each way will be charged locally. Typically, this water taxi is shared with other travelers.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
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Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.

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