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Kodiak is a boutique port rarely seen by most passengers on Alaskan cruises. But Holland America's Amsterdam visits the city once a month, along with a stop from Silversea's Silver Shadow.

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.

We now provide rating information on most 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.

If you have taken any of the tours listed below, we'd like your feedback on your experience. Please click on the link of the tour you took, and then click the "Write a review of this tour" button and tell us what your experience was all about.

Last Updated: March 22, 2014

Welcome to Kodiak


City Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Fishing boat

Kodiak Highlights
2¼ hours           5 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.

video

Activity Level:

Low Bus Handicapped  




Kodiak vista

Kodiak City Drive
1 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.

video

Activity Level:

Low Bus    




Balalaika

Kodiak Sightseeing & Russian Tea
3 hours           5 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.

video

Activity Level:

Low Van snack  

Eco Tours

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Fort Abercrombie

Fort Abercrombie State Park Nature Hike
2½ to 3 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.

video

Activity Level:

Moderate Van    




Whale

Kodiak Sightseeing & Wildlife Cruise
3½ hours

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.

video

Activity Level:

Low boat    




Fishing boat

Guided Wildlife and Historical Cruise
2½ 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.

video

Activity Level:

Low boat    




Whale tail

Kodiak Marine Wildlife Sightseeing
3½ 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.

video

Activity Level:

Low boat    

Fishing Tour

Tour Name & Brief Description

Offered By1




Halibut

Deep Sea Fishing
6½ 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!

video

Activity Level:

Low boat meal  




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.

Footnotes


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