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Kodiak Harbor

Kodiak is a boutique port rarely seen by most passengers on Alaskan cruises. But in 2015 Holland America's Statendam visits the city twice a month, along with a stop from Silversea's Silver Shadow and May visits from the Volendam and Crystal's Symphony.

Here in Kodiak, tourism is an afterthought; most of the focus is on fishing and fish processing. Yet Alaska's Emerald Isle is a beautiful place to visit, and whether you're kayaking, taking in the sites of the historic city of Kodiak, enjoying a wilderness or wildlife cruise or doing some fishing, you'll have a great time in wet and wild Kodiak.

Your ship will make port at Kodiak's City Dock II, located about 1½ miles south of the downtown area. The most direct pedestrian access from the cruise ship dock to downtown is along Shelikof Street, which will take you past the fish processing facilities in town.

Time in Port

In 2016, Holland America's ships will be in port for an average of 7 hours. For each of the following excursions, we've added an icon that tells you what percent of your time in port is spent on the excursion. With that in mind, you can plan for other activities, including exploring the town, dining, or shopping.

Rating Information

We now provide rating information on all of the following tours. These star ratings come from Holland America and CruisePortInsider, and provide a good resource when you're deciding on whether to take an excursion, and if so, which one.

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Last Updated: July 30, 2016

Cruise Line Shore Excursions in Kodiak

City Tours Fishing tour Nature tours

City Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Baranov Museum

Kodiak Highlights
2¼ hours           4 stars

Visit the Baranov Museum, the Altuiiq Museum and beautiful Fort Abercrombie, where you'll see WWII gun emplacements and take in the beautiful views over land and sea.


Activity Level:

Low Bus Handicapped 30%    


Kodiak City Drive
¾ hour           4 stars

Gain an appreciation of the Kodiak area as you take a 50-minute narrated drive through the town and the surrounding areas of Kodiak.


Activity Level:

Low Bus 10%      

Kodiak harbor

A Walk through Kodiak Harbor
1½ hours           5 stars

Kodiak's harbor is a fascinating place. It's a working harbor, where fishing and fish processing comprises the bulk of the island's economy. This tour will provide you with insights into how the fish you eat gets from fishing boat to your local stores.


Activity Level:

Moderate Walking 20%      


Kodiak Sightseeing & Russian Tea
2¾ to 3 hours           4 stars

Visit the Russian Orthodox Church, then enjoy Russian treats at the Fisherman's Church and be entertained by a local band performing traditional Russian music. You'll also take a scenic drive past the Coast Guard Base, the largest such facility in the United States.


Activity Level:

Low Van snack 40%    

Fishing Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Halibut fishing

Deep Sea Fishing
6¼ hours           4 stars

For anglers who want to do some great bottom fishing, this is your tour. You'll fish in local hot spots for halibut, salmon, lingcod and sea bass. The fish are usually very abundant, so prepare for a great day on the water!


Activity Level:

Moderate boat meal 90%    

Nature Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

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Fort Abercrombie

Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Hike
2½ hours           5 stars

Fort Abercrombie State Park features trails and vistas that will take your breath away--you may even see a breaching whale in the waters. You'll enjoy a 1½ to 2¼-mile hike through the state park, and pay a visit to the Military History Museum.


Activity Level:

High Van 40%      


Kodiak Sightseeing & Wildlife Cruise
3¼ hours           4 stars

This excursion takes you up close and personal to see the wildlife that abound in Kodiak. You'll travel through local harbors and out to bird rookeries to see the puffins, whales and other marine life.


Activity Level:

Low boat 50%      

Stellar sea lions

Guided Wildlife and Historical Cruise
3 hours           5 stars

You'll travel to nearby Long Island to see a seabird rookery, a Stellar sea lion haulout and the remnants of WWII military fortifications. Be on the lookout for harbor seals, sea otters and whales.


Activity Level:

Low boat snack 40%    

Kodiak bear

Kodiak Marine Wildlife Sightseeing
3 hours           5 stars

See the abundance of wildlife native to Kodiak. Be on the lookout for eagles, arctic terns, puffins and sea otters, Steller sea lions, harbor seals and several different species of whales. You'll learn about Kodiak's cultural and historical facets, and see some of the remnants of WWII military fortifications.


Activity Level:

Moderate boat 50%      

Humpback whale

Ultimate Kodiak Wildlife Cruise
2 hours           5 stars

Marty and Marion Owen are long time residents of Kodiak, and they invite you aboard their 42-foot motor yacht, the Sea Breeze, for a sail around the harbor and neighboring barrier islands. Along the way, you'll hear stories and lore of the area, and learn about Kodiak's natural history. It's a great tour with great people!


Activity Level:

Low boat 30%      

Important Information

Notes on the above cruise excursions:

  • The information on the cruise excursions listed above was developed from publicly available sources.
  • The cruise lines may elect to add to, change, delete or otherwise alter the itineraries of the excursions above;
  • The cruise lines may restrict the number of passengers allowed to go on any particular excursion.
  • The cruise lines may impose other restrictions on any particular excursion, including height, weight, minimum age, etc.; make sure to check with them to determine if there are such restrictions.
  • There may be seasonal limitations on certain excursions or tours, such as whale watching. Be sure to check with your cruise line to determine if the tour in which you're interested is available when you're on your cruise.

Why buy a tour through the cruise lines?

  • They have selected tour operator partners who are safe, reliable, licensed and insured.
  • They offer a wide selection of tours, purchasing convenience and can provide expert advice on the most appropriate tour for you.
  • They offer a one price, no surprises policy, with no hidden fees.
  • They will be happy to credit your onboard account if you've already booked an excursion and there is a change in itinerary of the ship.
  • They will wait for you if your tour is late.


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