Over the past couple of years my family and I have found that we love kayaking! My daughters are 13 and 15 and relish new outdoor experiences. This past summer we chose to go on a guided kayak tour in Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. The Lowell Point Kayaking tour with Sunny Cove Kayaking departs from Lowell Point about two miles from downtown Seward. Sunny Cove does not have their own transportation to their kayak base so if you don’t have a car, you’ll need to take a taxi out to the Lowell Point from Seward. Depending on where you depart from, a taxi will cost about $15-$20 dollars. We all were dressed in layers with rain gear and warm hats. While it was July the weather was overcast and cool! Upon our arrival we were outfitted with rubber boots, a life vest and a kayak skirt and asked to complete a standard waiver.
After all kayakers were outfitted we headed to the beach and listened to a safety briefing which included kayaking tips and instructions. The tour group included a mix of ages as well as experienced kayakers and beginners. We had two guides and a total of ten guests. We loaded into our tandem kayaks – we had one adult with each of our kids. While one guide waited in the bay, the other guide helped us launch off of the beach. From the beach, the water looked a little rough but once we were in the bay in our kayaks it did not seem rough at all and was in fact smooth sailing!
We headed along the coast at a nice easy pace, keeping the group fairly close so that the guides could provide interesting commentary on the history and geology of the area. The scenery was beautiful and we loved the waterfalls! We saw some eagles and their nest. We paddled about 45 minutes before landing on a beach near Tonsina Point, inside Caine’s Head State Recreation Area. We headed out for an exploration walk with our guides. Along the beach we found a huge jelly fish! The walk continued through lovely tall grasses, along a creek and into a lush forest. One of our guides was a biology major and very knowledgeable about the area – he pointed out wildflowers, mushrooms, explained the unique forest of this area and we saw some salmon spawning in the creek. After about 30-45 minutes of exploring we loaded back in the kayaks to return to our starting point.
Our kids were the only children on the excursion, but it is a good trip to introduce adventure oriented kids to ocean kayaking. Sunny Cove has three departures daily out of Seward and after many years of operating the kayaking tour they know that the morning and early afternoon’s weather tends to be better suited for less experienced kayakers, including kids. For that reason, ages 8 and up are allowed on their 8:00 am and Noon departures and kids 12 and older are able to go on their 4:00 pm departure. The gear provided was excellent and helped keep us safe and dry. The kayaks were in great condition and were extremely easy to maneuver. Kayaking is so much easier than rowing a boat! It was wonderful to be out on the water and feel up close and personal with Alaska’s beauty. Total tour time was three hours and it was another wonderful Alaskan experience for our entire family.