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This short kayaking tour in Valdez, Alaska offers a good introduction to Prince William Sound for the traveler with a tight budget or short on time. Spend your nights at the Best Western in Valdez and enjoy two guided group kayak tours in the area. The first takes you to Duck Flats near Valdez where you can spot impressive birdlife. The second takes a longer water taxi out into Prince William Sound for a two-hour paddle into Heather Bay and up to Columbia Glacier. Get out and walk on the moraine to take in the amazing scenery in this glacial paradise. Eat your lunch while overlooking the bay. Paddle back out and meet up with your water taxi back to Valdez. Add to this short kayaking tour with an extra day or two to take part in a multi-day camping or kayaking tour. This is a great add-on to any Alaska tour.
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  • Spend two days on guided kayak tours in the Prince William Sound area
  • Explore the magnificent Heather Bay and Columbia Glacier with moraine walk
  • Paddle around Duck Flats with bald eagle and raven nesting grounds
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Fly Valdez, Duck Flats Kayak

Take the early morning commercial Ravn air flight to Valdez this morning. Drop your gear off at your hotel and set out for your first paddle this afternoon on Prince William Sound! Enjoy an educational sea kayak tour over calm waters in tandem kayaks. Explore Duck Flats on this 3-hour paddle including land instruction and guided sea kayaking (beginners are welcome). Use this time to get yourself oriented with your balance and maneuvering. The path of the tour follows a small chain of islands known for their nesting birds and sunbathing seals. Paddle in to try and spot bald eagles or ravens. For twice as much paddling, or for a more challenging introduction, upgrade to the Gold Creek kayak excursion.

Day 2: Columbia Glacier Kayak

Set out today for a ten-hour tour on Prince William Sound towards Heather Bay and the must-see Columbia Glacier. After a safety briefing and introduction, you board a 25 passenger boat to taxi out to the bay where your kayak awaits you in calm waters of the Columbia Glacier zone. This region is abundant with wildlife and icebergs. Spend two hours paddling around the bay and up towards the magnificent glacier. Get out and enjoy your lunch on the moraine overlooking the ice field. After your lunch break, paddle back out of the icefield and along the coastline to your rendezvous point. Your water taxi will pick you up to take you back to Valdez this evening.

Day 3: Return Anchorage

Fly back to Anchorage today. If you opt for the evening flight, you can add in another guided paddle or another activity in Valdez this afternoon.


Valdez Harbor Inn

Valdez Harbor Inn, Alaska
Valdez Harbor Inn, Alaska
Valdez Harbor Inn, Alaska

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Rates based on small group guided day tours.
  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Meals not Included - Snacks provided on Day 2, bring sack lunch as well
  • Airport Taxi Transfers
  • Internal Flights: Anchorage - Valdez - Anchorage


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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