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“Another great trip with Steele at Spirit of Alaska”

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Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures Lodge
Portland, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
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“Another great trip with Steele at Spirit of Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

This is our 12th year visiting Steele and the hardest part of the trip is leaving. We caught lots of halibut, some kings, spent time watching the weather change right outside the window, ate great food and generally unwound and rejuvenated. This year was a bit more laid back than in other years. The fishing was great as usual but we also spent a lot of time hanging out watching the whales and the eagles and the foxes. Next year we're going on a bear watch! This is the trip we look forward to every year and we won't miss it for anything. If you are looking for a unique adventure with a guide who truly works to make your trip memorable, I recommend Steele's hospitality at Spirit of Alaska! You won't be disappointed. Bring your rubber boots-you will need them!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Chugiak, Alaska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2012

Just got back from our trip and had a great time. My wife selected this location to celbrate our 40th wedding anniversary with our best friends from Colorado. Fishing every day, crabbing, and bear viewing. We had it all. Crab on the table 2 hours after they were pulled from the pot. Now that is fresh. Steele knows the area and how to get you the best experience in the remote region of Kodiak, Alaska. We will be back.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Sunapee, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

Leaving Kodiak and Steele was one of the hardest things my family has had to do! We had a life changing experience. We brought our two children, ages 8 and 10, and it was the trip of a lifetime. Steele was an amazing guide. What he knows about the Alaska wildlife is astounding. We spent time fishing, crabbing, bear viewing, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. The accommodations were perfect. Where else do yo get to bring home the catch of the day, prepare it, and cook it in your own kitchen! Steele was so patient with my children and taught them more in those four days about real life. Totally unplugged and having the time of our lives. We can't wait for our next adventure with Steele at Spirit of Alaska.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Thornton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2012

We had an amazing time with Steele on our trip. Definitely an Alaska experience, comfortable settings, personalized attention, amazing scenery, hands down one of the best trips ever taken. From the fishing and crabbing available, to the scenery coupled with Steele's knowledge of the area you will have a superb experience.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Spirit_of, Owner at Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures Lodge, responded to this review, 17 May 2012
Your one word "Amazing" sums up Spring time here in Uyak bay on Kodiak island it's like no other place. You are one of the few that has been fortunate enough to have experienced it mutable (3) times. I look forward to seeing your reaction on how incredibly different this place will be this summer on your July trip. You all will be totally amazed at how different it looks, Summer verses Spring when Green plus all the wildlife Birds, bears, whales, and fish are added in bigger numbers.
Until next time be safe and well.
Thank you, ~S~
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

I went to amook island for the first time in 2002 in June it was a great time. I went on a package deal and went to other plases in Alaska too. I then went back in July 2011 because it was the best experience I had and to revisit.
There were many improvements.
I plan on making another trip with my dad in another year when time permits
Sooner than later
You will not be disappointed
Steele will do what ever you want to do
The halibut and salmon is yummy

  • Stayed July 2011
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Milford, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

I've been to Spirit of Alaska several times, the 1st was in 1998. Each time has been a unique experience, but especially this last year when we returned as a family of 5. We had the best family vacation we could dream of. Two adults and three children, ages 16, 14 and 12--all unplugged and enjoying every minute of the location and our truly quality time together. We caught many fish (halibut, king/silver/pink and chum salmon, cod, irish lords, anenomes, dolly vardens, starfish and lots of crab in our crab pot. We jumped off the dock, searched for sand dollars, had badminton tournaments, had a blast with target shooting, viewed bears/sea lions/sea otters/deer/puffins/foxes/eagles, picked salmon berries and rhubarb for pies, had smores at the campfire, "toured" the LB cannery (really we went for the soft serve ice cream), did yoga on the porch, played cards, read books, took naps, etc. etc. The kids loved every minute and got along better with one another than ever before. We ALL can't wait to go back. The only problem with knowing the pristine beauty and perfect vacation of Spirit of Alaska is that nothing else compares. I've been backpacking through Europe, to Canada and Mexico, and many states in the "Lower 48" (we live in Kansas)--and many places that I've been have been truly incredible . . . but I haven't been anywhere that can surpass Spirit of Alaska.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Culver City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

This is what an Alaskan adventure should be. Down to earth owner, Steele Davis, great fishing, and excellent bear viewing. Steele is great with his knowledge of all birds in the bay, and there is many species. Did I mention the Kayaking? Awesome. The view from the bunk house is Alaska, breath taking. You will never get tried of view, taking our coffee and sitting on the couch, and looking at Gods Masterpiece. Yes on the 7th day he created Alaska, and Kodiak was his gem.
Nothing better than landing your own salmon or halibut, or pulling your crab trap you laid earlier, and coming back to the bunk house and cooking your own food in a well equipped kitchen.
On Kodiak, this is the place. Do not waste your time with other operations, here you will experience ALASKA. If your are an independent minded adventurer, THIS IS YOUR PLACE

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures Lodge
Address: 71 Uyak Square, PO Box 123, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kodiak Island, AK 99624
Region: United States > Alaska > Kodiak Island > Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
 Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures specializes in Adventure. You get personal guided service along with flexible scheduling, this allows you to experience your ultimate Alaskan adventure the way you want. We cater towards individuals of all ages that like their vacation a little more on the adventurous wild side. Your stay includes private comfortable accommodations, air transportation from the town of Kodiak to us, plus one of the largest activity packages available anywhere. You will experience wild Alaska at its finest. Your experience includes any or all of the following activities: Photography, sport fishing, bear & wildlife viewing, kayaking, sight-seeing, whale watching, beach combing and more. Our facilities include everything you need to experience the many wonders of Alaska’s wild outdoors in a comfortable and safe environment. Unlike other so called wilderness destinations where you follow their schedule and share a dwelling and boat, at Spirit of Alaska you will be the only guests in camp for the duration of your stay. That means you have the whole camp and guide all to yourselves. Your group will be the sole inhabitants of this beautiful ocean front property. You can do what you want, when you want. No schedule, no pressure.  We provide you with a fully furnished private cabin or bunk house, boat, guide, sea kayaks, all fishing gear, bait and processing, along with many years of experience. You create your own schedule and itinerary. We are located off the beaten path in true wilderness, removed from the hustle and bustle of today's world. Our ocean front property nestled in the mountains offers spectacular beauty in a relaxed setting in the heart of Kodiak’s National Wildlife Refuge, a scenic 45-minute float plane flight from the city of Kodiak (included). We are an affordable, friendly, and informal option for adventurers who want to experience true Alaska-without the need for fancy expensive amenities. The quality of your experience is our priority. ... more   less 

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