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Columbia Glacier

Sea Kayak Columbia Bay - A 10 Hour Kayak Tour

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Columbia Glacier Kayak & Wildlife Cruise

The Columbia Glacier Kayak Day Tour is the best in Alaska. Ride a comfortable motorboat out to the moraine of the Columbia Glacier and paddle amongst the icebergs. Look for whales and bears, and other wildlife!



Tour Activities

Sea Kayaking

Trip Length

10 Hours Total
(4 hours paddling & 1 hour lunch break)

Price Includes

Kayak Equipment
Rubber Boots & Paddling Gloves
Rain Pants & Jacket
Guide Services
Motor Boat Transport
Snacks and Hot Drinks


Adult: $259
Child: 10% off (13 and under)


Usually calm waters!

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Columbia Bay Sea Kayak Day Tour - The Guide's Choice

Offering the best wildlife, paddling, icebergs and incredible scenery. The Columbia Glacier is Alaska's second largest tidewater glacier. Since the early 1980's, it has been retreating catastrophically from its terminal moraine, leaving a 12-mile long iceberg-littered fjord in its wake. On this kayak day tour, we get dropped off close to the old moraine of the glacier to go sea kayaking amongst these icebergs. We take a lunch break and a short hike on the glacier's moraine. After the break we continue exploring the lush coastline by kayak. With massive tide swings and ever-changing calving rates, each day is different in the Columbia Glacier zone! The water taxi will bring us back to Valdez after upwards of 5 hours of activity.

It is important to note that we do not actually get near the face of the Columbia Glacier in our kayaks. The face is typically a very windy place without much protection or options for beach landings, whereas the outer terminal moraine forming the bank between the Columbia and Heather Bays continues to be a calmer, more proteced area that is prime for viewing icebergs that have drifted out to this shoal and stacked up.

Here is how the schedule works on this 10 hour trip:

8am meet at our office, usually returning to town around 6pm: alaska kayak day tour to Columbia Glacier

Hour 1 - Gear up and instruction
Hour 2-3 - Motorboat ride to Heather Bay
Hour 4-5 - Kayak from the boat along the coastline and to the moraine of the glacier
Hour 6 - A  one hour lunch break on the moraine overlooking the ice field
Hour 7-8 Two more hours of kayaking out of the icefield and back along some coastline to the motorboat pick-up
Hour 9-10 The ride back to Valdez

This tour is offered most days of the summer, but try and sign up in advance, as there are times we do fully book!
We use our own USCG inspected water taxis for all regularly scheduled trips.


Join Pangaea Adventures for sea kayaking tours in Alaska. Guided trips in Prince William Sound. Sea Kayak Day Tours to famous glaciers like Columbia Glacier. Sea Kayak Camping Tours in Alaska wilderness. Backpacking Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Glacier Day Hikes in the Chugach Mountains. Guided glacier hikes on Worthington Glacier. Water Taxi Valdez.