Kayaking Blackstone Bay: Glaciers and Waterfalls

Blackstone Bay Glacier Kayak

There were two big things we wanted to do while in Alaska. The first was a glacier trek. Check. The second was to do some glacier kayaking. For that, we made our way down to Whittier, Alaska, where we hooked up with the Prince William Sound Kayak Center for gear, guide, and transportation.

There are probably thousands of ways to kayak out to glaciers in Alaska. Most of those ways require multi-day paddles, overnight camping, and a whole bunch of other stuff we weren’t really equipped for.

The nice thing about kayaking Blackstone Bay out of Whittier is that you can do it as a day trip. We left in the morning and were back in time to dine at the Swiftwater Café for the absolute best fish and chips we have ever eaten (including anywhere in the U.K. where we’ve sampled Britain’s national dish.)

The Kayak Center taxied us out into the bay so we got to spend most of our day floating around waterfalls.

Waterfall in Blackstone Bay

And out to glaciers.

Kayaking Blackstone Bay

Naturally some of the best experiences for us were the impromptu wildlife encounters. We always dig running into critters and expected to be wowed by whales, seals, and sea otters. But probably the most memorable moment was kayaking through a flock of ordinary gulls. They just took off from the shore and completely surrounded us.

Flock of Birds in Blackstone Bay

Of course, we had no shortage of scenic beauty to enjoy as well.

Blackstone Bay Glacier

Blackstone Bay

And after a long day of paddling ourselves around, we’re not too proud to admit delighting in the sight of our water taxi arriving to ferry us back to dry land and some well-earned beers.

 Water Taxi Wake in Blackstone Bay

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16 Comments on “Kayaking Blackstone Bay: Glaciers and Waterfalls”

  1. The Fourth Continent December 16, 2013 at 8:40 am #

    How easy is it to organise travel in Alaska? Is it very expensive, and how organised are the tour operators? Looks beautiful 🙂

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    • Brian December 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      We found travel in Alaska to be relatively easy although a bit more planning is needed because you can’t just get in your car and drive everywhere. Plenty of places are only accessible by plane or boat. That fact also makes it a bit pricier than other destinations, too.

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  2. Debra Kolkka December 16, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    What a gorgeous place!

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  3. brissioni December 16, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    You are my “adventure gurus” and you take me to some great places. That very peaceful kayak paddle was right up there at the top of the list. It gave my some relief from worrying about how I will get rid of the squirrel that has found its way into my house.

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    • Brian December 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

      Sorry to hear about the squirrel, but we’re delighted you enjoy our blog. Thanks!

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  4. Touring NH December 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Stunning scenery. Wonderfully captured! A trip to Alaska is in our 5 year plan. The first year that we will be living in our motorhome, a trip to Alaska is our number 1 priority. I book marked the tour company sight. The prices are more than reasonable. Thanks for taking us all along

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    • Brian December 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Glad we could help with your trip planning.

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  5. inktramp December 17, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    what a place to be! thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • Brian December 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      Thank for reading and commenting 🙂

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  6. Patricia Awapara December 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Spectacular scenery!!! and your photos makes them even more!!! 😀

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  7. f-stop mama December 17, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    I have always wanted to go to Alaska and this post makes me want to go even more. Beautiful photos!

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    • Brian December 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

      Thanks, it’s a beautiful place.

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  8. Swati Singh December 20, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Wow, what the fantastic spot to visiting! love it…
    Great tour, thanks for sharing your experience with us..

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