Our Story

The past, present and future of our local kayak co.

Kayaks on water in Kodiak, Alaska

Our story

Kayak Kodiak is the result of a marine biologist / kayak guide’s dream, encouraged by an adventurous islander. We desire to help inspire in others – both visitors and our local community – a love of the sea, its creatures, and our history-rich fishing town here in remote Alaska.

In our own lives, we try to infuse as much outdoor adventure as possible and love that Kodiak offers an unforgettable, rugged landscape for learning about our interconnected realms of mountains and seas. We’re looking forward to seeing you on the water!

Kayak on water in Kodiak, Alaska

Adventure awaits

Whether you have lived on Kodiak Island your whole life, or you have just touched down on the Emerald Isle for the first time, you don’t want to miss out on exploring this beautiful archipelago. Seated comfortably in our expedition sea kayaks, prepare to see this small coastal fishing town in a whole new light.

Relax as you take in the mountain vistas rising out of the sea. Spot bald eagles overhead while harbor seals pop up shyly in front of your bow. Track through the water with grace and agility, no matter your experience level, easily navigating to hidden beaches that beg to be explored. This is your invitation to adventure.


Rain or shine

Tours will not be canceled due to rain. However, we will cancel a tour for high winds, heavy downpours, or other unsafe weather conditions.

Kodiak is called the Emerald Isle for a good reason – we get a lot of rain. But our island paradise wouldn’t erupt into its brilliant green each summer if it weren’t for this precipitation.

The best way to prep for our weather is to dress in layers. A t-shirt, fleece, light jacket/hoodie, and a rain jacket allow you to be prepared for any conditions you may experience.

So, at Kayak Kodiak, do as the locals do – throw on your rain jacket and a pair of Extratuffs and let’s go paddle!


Alutiiq connection

Living on Kodiak Island, one gains a deep respect for the history of this land and its people. When we kayak, we experience an intimate association with these ancestors and first inhabitants of the island in a very real way.

Kayaking in Alaska is not a new recreational sport; kayaks have a rich history that ties into our seaside home. We invite you to feel this native Alaskan connection to the sea by kayaking Kodiak.

Ships parked at dock with rainbow in distance in Kodiak, Alaska

Local island love

Small, tight-knit communities like Kodiak don’t exist just anywhere. From our skilled Alaskan natives to our vigilant Coast Guard, Kayak Kodiak is excited to help you get on the water.

Whether you want to paddle out with your local family, or want to show off Kodiak to visiting relatives and friends, we have your best paddle interests in mind. From a sunny day excursion to a birthday celebration, we’d love to be a part of your adventure planning.

Kodiak, Alaska

Island favorites

If you’re interested in more adventure opportunities or perhaps just a hot coffee to warm up after your paddle, here are just a few of our island top picks.

Fort Abercrombie State Park
Wonderful hiking trails that offer a beautiful look at the evergreen Sitka Spruce forest, rocky shorelines, and great scenic overlooks.

Fish Kodiak Adventures
For an unsurpassed fishing trip or an incredible spot to stay outside of town in Pasagshak, check out Captain Rick’s excursions and lodge.

Java Flats
A cozy coffee shop in Bells Flats with the best cookies and breakfast on the island.

Old Powerhouse
For a seafood meal that you can eat practically on the water head under the Near Island bridge.

Your Adventure Awaits!

We love what we do. And just behind getting on the water ourselves, it's our top priority to help get you out there on the ocean to experience the wonders of sea kayaking around Kodiak first-hand! Let our team plan the perfect paddle for your time in Kodiak!