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Explore the Alaskan wilderness on this 4-day stay at Tutka Bay Wilderness Lodge. Arrive in Homer and water taxi across the bay. Be sure to keep your eyes open for humpback whales, orca whales, and baby sea otters. Take guided adventures each day including deep sea fishing, visiting Katmai National Park, kayaking, cold water snorkeling, and exploring the coastline. The lodge is home to cozy cabins and fine cuisine and your stay here includes daily cooking classes and wine tasting! 
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  • Fish the deep sea for salmon and halibut
  • Visit Katmai National Park and view brown bears
  • Kayak Tutka Bay and view eagles, otters, and orcas
  • Tour an oyster farm in the nearby village of Sedovia
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Arrive Tutka Bay Lodge

Arrive to Homer early this morning by charter flight from Anchorage. At 9 AM today, you depart from Mako's Water Taxi terminal in Homer, Alaska for a scenic 20-minute ride across the bay to the lodge. Look for humpback whale, orca whales, and baby sea otters as you cross. Arrive to the dock where you are greeted by the property manager. Enjoy a brief introduction to the lodge and surrounding area and settle into your cabin overlooking Grace Ridge and Tutka fjord.

Meet with your guide and plan day's activities. Enjoy lunch in the dining room before heading out for an afternoon adventure. Take part in the 3 pm yoga class, or take an interpretive walk along the shore to spot eagles, black bears, whales, otters and sea glass.

Enjoy appetizers and wine tasting in the evenings followed by a three course meal. After dinner, relax in the sauna or hot tub, or listen to a presentation later this evening on the history of Alaska and the area. Enjoy visiting with other guests with drinks and games.

Day 2: Deep Sea Fishing or Bear Viewing

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose between two included excursions:

Board a charter boat for a day of deep sea fishing for salmon or halibut today. Clean and fillet your catch at the dock if you'd like to keep it, or request that the chef prepare it for appetizers later that day!

Or watch for bears in Katmai National Park, one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in the world. After being dropped off by float plane, your guide takes you to some of the best spots for viewing these magnificent creatures. Watch these animals catch salmon, forage in the woods, or digging for clams along the coast.

Day 3: Explore Tutka Bay

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a full hot breakfast today and plan out your day. Go for an exploratory kayak in the bay today, watching for eagles, sea otters, and orca whales feeding. Go tidepooling along the shore, explore Halibut Cove, or visit a nearby oyster farm or the village of Sedovia. The lodge offers many guided and unguided excursions to choose from everyday. Local hikes, cold water snorkeling, whale watching, and visiting nearby Alaskan Glacier are all possibilities. Add another helicopter excursions this day for an additional cost at the time of booking, or extend your stay.

Return in the afternoon to join the lodge boat captain to collect fresh crab for dinner or participate in the nearby Widgeon's cooking class. Spend 50 minutes with the resident chef for a culinary class as you prepare the evening's appetizers.

Day 4: Return Anchorage

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your last morning at Tutka Bay. Depart the lodge at noon as you arrive back in Homer around 12:30. Continue on to the airport for your commercial flight on to Anchorage, or arrange for a charter flight option on to your next destination.


Tutka Bay Lodge

Eagle's Nest Cabin at Tutka Bay Lodge
Steller's Jay Cabin at Tutka Bay
The Widgeon - Tutka Bay's Cooking School

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Alternate commercial flight Anchorage to Homer with water taxi to Tutka Bay can be arranged in lieu of charter flights.
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Customized lodge activities accompanied by a professional naturalist guide and all related gear
  • All meals, snacks, and house wine, beer, and cocktails are served with lunch and/or dinner.
  • Wi-Fi in the main lodge (may be limited due to our remote nature)
  • Daily yoga, meditation, and other wellness classes
  • Lodge amenities such as hot tubs and wood-fired sauna
  • Daily cooking classes and appetizer hour
  • Fishing licenses
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Specialty Alcohol is an Additional Cost


When to Go

Good to ideal period to travel, and many people choose to visit at this time.
Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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