We traveled to Alaska in mid-May right before the "high-season" began. We booked the Aialik Glacier Kayaking trip with Liquid Adventures for our second day in Seward. First of all, Seward is a great little coastal town on the Kenai Peninsula. We highly recommend adding this town to your Alaskan adventure.
But back to the kayaking. We booked the tour via the Liquid Adventures website. We heard back within a few hours from Chris confirming our trip. When we got to Seward, we received another confirmation from Pam the night before our trip reminding us of what all we needed to bring.
On the morning of the kayak trip, we arrived at the Liquid Adventures office at 7:30 am. We found out that we were the only two people on the trip that day plus we had two guides going with us as well! Jared and Chris were our guides. Pam got us all set up in our dry boots and then we all walked down the coast to our pick up point. We were picked up by a high speed cruiser which took us out to Aialik Glacier. On the 1.5 hour boat ride, we stopped to check out various types of marine life including lessor porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, humpback whales, and several types of birds. We were told we were very lucky to see all of these different animals. The boat's goal is to get you to the drop off point, but the guides on the boat are constantly looking for wildlife to point our. When we arrived at Aialik Glacier we loaded up our kayaks and set off. Jared and Chris are extremely knowledgeable about the glacier and all of it's surroundings. Coming from Arizona and the desert, there is nothing like seeing a glacier for the first time. It was spectacular. We even got so close to see and hear the calving of the glacier. It was putting on a show for us!
During a break, we ate lunch on the shore which was prepared by Pam. I have now adopted her recipe for turkey wraps because it was so delicious! They even brought piping hot hot cocoa and brownies for dessert. She definitely thought of everything.
After lunch, we went for a short hike getting closer to the glacier and even saw wolverine tracks. Then back into the kayaks we went. Jared and Chris narrated the whole trip in great detail without being too textbook. It was just like four friends having a conversation about our surroundings. They really related to us. They even took several pictures of us one which will definitely be our holiday card this year.
Since we were the first tour of the season and my husband challenged Jared, they both took the Polar Bear Plunge before ending our great day! I'm so glad I didn't partake in that!
After about 4 hours of kayaking (sounds like a long time, but goes by so fast when you're having this much fun), we were back on the boat and back to Seward. We even tried to track down some orcas on our trip back!
All in all, we highly recommend this tour. It was a great way to spend a day really getting out and experiencing Seward and Alaska. From the narrated tour, to the personal attention, to the delicious homemade lunch, everything was perfect! We'll definitely be back in the future!
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