Touch, See, and Experience the
Real Kachemak Bay
Seaman's Ecotour Adventures offers a number of activities and tours to match your needs and interests. An overview fo the adventure activities we offer is provided below.
Kachemak Bay is very rich in marine life, providing a variety of opportunities for viewing Alaska wildlife, wildlife photography, and birding. Kachemak Bay is rich in species diversity. Visitors will likely see marine mammal sightings including harbor seals and sea otters, and if you are lucky, harbor porpoises, a pod of killer whales or a few humpback whales. The Bay and adjacent lands are also very rich in bird life. Seabirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and upland birds that will be seen in the area. A list of Kachemak Bay birds may be viewed the referenced list. We will visit local bird rookeries and tour the areas of the bay where marine life is most likely to be seen.
Both half and full-day trips are available. Wildlife photography and viewing tours may be combined with natural history and Alaska culture and history tours on full-day trips.
Kachemak Bay has some of the most diverse and productive tideflat and rocky intertidal beaches in Alaska. Seaman's Adventures tidepool exploration and discovery tours are designed to peak the interest and excitement of young children to adults of all ages. These tidepool tours -- often referred to as "tidepooling" by local enthusiats -- will provide an introduction to the ecology of the rocky intertidal zone. Visitors will learn the basics of shoreline zoneation; what lives where, and why; how tides, waves, and substrate affects distributions of animals; and begin to learn about some of the ecological interactions of the animals and their environment. Participants will learn how to identify the more common groups of marine invertebrates and vertebrates, and may start a checklist of marine life they have seen.
Tidepooling is limited to four to six days a month - from May to August, when low tides are negative 3 feet or lower. In 2016, the best tidepooling days are: April 7-10, May 5-10; June 3-8; July 3-7; and August 2-4, 19-20.
Trips for adults can be from one to three days, and combined bird/wildlife viewing, guided hiking, or fish trips. Organized trips for K-12 students are designed to meet Alaska State Science Standards, and may be from one to three days.
The Kachemak Bay area has a rich history, from the early occupation of the area by Alutiiq Eskimos and the Dena'ina (Athabaskan) Indians to the first arrival of western civilation in early 1800's. Kachemak Bay is a very productive bay, and was known by the Dena'ina Indians as the "place to be in the winter" due to the abundance and diversity of marine food sources.
Visitors will learn about the occupation and use of the Kachemak Bay and Lower Cook Inlet area by Alaska Natives as documented by written record in various anthropological studies, as well as learn about use and settlement of the areas by western explorers. Many historical photos and pictures will be available. To enhance the trip, visitors may wish to visit the Pratt Museum prior to going on the water. There are also many good publications available on the history of the area that you could read at your leisure.
One and two-day trips are available, and could be combined with wildlife tours. Two-day trips could include a trip to inner (east of the Homer Spit) and outer bay. Trips could include lunch or dinner stops. Trips to the outer bay could include dropoff in villages of Port Graham.
Seldovia is a popular place for many summer visitors. It is a great place to stop to eat, shop, or just walk around and enjoy this quite, quaint, and friendly coastal community. Most businesses are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with lots of activities in the summer. A stop in Seldovia can be combined with many trips. There are also some good restaurants on water to enjoy the view and good food.
Kachemak State Park and Wilderness area offers a diversity of hiking and trekking opportunities on maintained trails. Maintained part trails provide many exciting opportunities to match your personal interests, physical abilities, and travel schedule. Trails vary greatly in difficulty, from easy hikes to a lake at the base of Grewingk Glacier, to moderate to difficult hikes up some of the adjacent mountain peaks.
The best months time for hiking in Kachemak Bay is late June to early September. We collaborate with Kachemak State Park officials on trail conditions for your safety and to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. Individuals interested in the hiking and trekking in the park may refer to the State Parks web site for an overview of trails in Kachemak Bay State Park. See hiking and trekking site for more information. Please contact us for a description of many full or half-day trips that are available.
Seaman's Ecotour Adventures offers evening offers evening tours of bay. This is often one of the quietest and peaceful part of the day, and a good time to view wildlife. Trips typically start betweed 4 and 5 pm, and return to the harbor within three of four hours (i.e., a half-day trip). You may wish to stop in one of the scenic quite bays and fjiords to BBQ you favoriate dish (bring your own food), have a snack and drink, or just enjoy the quiet and serenity of our beautiful bay.
View of Seldovia: Harbor and adjoining businesses.
Visitors looking at mother sea otters with pups in Kachemak Bay (above), and the a view or ottters up close (below).
Tufted puffin near Gull Island (courtesy of Maggie Bond-Brickley)
Young boy checking out sea stars on Kachemak Bay beach.
Variety of sea stars found on one tide.
Photo courtesy of Pratt Museum.
Photo courtesy of Pratt Museum.
Photo courtesy of Pratt Museum
Hiking in alpine on Sadie Ridge with man's best friend.
Close up of view of the Grewingk Glacier.
Picture of tram over Grewingk Creek.
Kachemak Bay Ecotours, Hiking and Trekking, Alaska Culture and History,
Wildlife Photography, and Tidepooling in the Kachemak Bay and Homer Alaska Area
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