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“Great trip to Blackstone Bay!”

Alaska Sea Kayakers - Day Trips
Ranked #7 of 18 Tours in Whittier
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Owner description: Day Kayak Trip
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great Blackstone Bay kayak tour! Pete was very helpful in planning and was able to connect us with another couple to meet the trip minimum of 4.

They provided all the rain gear that you could possibly need (boots, jackets, pants). While it didn't rain as predicted, I was happy that we were prepared just in case.

I had originally looked at booking one of the boat tours in the area and am so glad that we decided to kayak. The view of Blackstone Bay and the glacier was beautiful and it was incredible to hear the glacier calving. The views / wildlife seemed much more intimate and closer being in a kayak versus being in a boat.

Lunch was a perfect break and we loved the hike at the end. I was a little worried that the day would be too long, but it went by so quickly and we really weren't very tired at the end.

Definitely one of the highlights of our trip!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank ella1249
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

We set out on the Passage Canal trip with our guide Natalie. We were looking for a day trip that wasn't all day but would give us plenty of time and this excursion fit both requirements. The weather would eventually turn rainy, but we were expecting it and dressed appropriately. Instructions were thorough, and Natalie was very informative about the area and answered all of our questions. The lunch spread was more than expected, and delicious! It was my daughter's birthday and Natalie surprised her with a birthday cake with candles! The time on the water was fabulous. Water is such a unique color. One must be physically able to continually paddle and maneuver in and out of the kayak. Spend to time in Whittier..it's an interesting town. Excellent coffee at the small coffee shop down the street. Highly recommend this activity. Short and scenic drive from Anchorage.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 878pattyb
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

Everything about our experience was exceptional. Even though we contacted Pete late in the afternoon and requested a next morning trip, they happily accommodated us. Pete met us with a smile on July 29, 2017 under extremely windy conditions. Our tour guide, Ashley, was fantastic fitting us with all the proper gear and providing well-explained instructions. Although the conditions were not ideal, she made the trip extremely enjoyable. The spawning salmon was an incredible sight to behold! I highly recommend that everyone visiting Alaska book a trip with Alaska Sea Kayakers.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lynette G
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

We had so looked forward to this adventure kayaking around Blackstone Bay and it turned quickly into a nightmare. It was a rainy day, which we knew, and ASK does their trips rain or shine. We got geared up for rain with appropriate clothing and boots provided by ASK and boarded the boat that would take us out to the bay. The rain continued but seemed to be getting harder as we exited the boat unloading our gear and kayaks. Natalie, our guide, spent the next 35 minutes giving us directions and safety instructions in the pouring rain which she is supposed to do but our boats were quickly filling with water. We finally put kayaks in the water as the rain continued to pour down on us. We paddled to the first glacier and waterfall again in the pouring rain but now the wind had begun to blow making it harder to paddle and move in the water. It was lovely but hard to enjoy as we were trying to keep the water off of us. As we turned the boats to go to the next glacier, the wind and rain were now blowing directly in our faces making us cold, wet, tired and uncomfortable. We had been paddling for about 3 hours in these horrible conditions so Natalie suggested we bypass the usual lunch stop and go directly to the pick up location for lunch (normally they kayak for 2 hours, take a lunch break for an hour, then paddle again to the next glacier for 2 more hours and then paddle to the pick up spot) All we wanted to do was get out of the rain so all 6 of us agreed. We paddled on glancing quickly at the other glaciers. As we landed the boats, again in the pouring rain and wind, we had to unload everything and set up the "shelter" where we would have lunch and wait for pickup. Unfortunately, the "shelter" was a flimsy screened in tent that was probably 10' x 10'. We helped put it up and the 6 of us squished inside hoping to stay dry...unfortunately, a screened shelter is not very protective in a rain storm. Natalie did her best and set up lunch (which was delicious by the way). We had to sit on the ground or our wet life jackets as there was no tarp or covering from the wet grass and rocks We ate briefly and waited and waited and waited for 2 1/2 HOURS until the pick up boat. The "shelter" leaked from the sides as well as the top even though there was a small tarp on top so basically there was not much difference being inside or outside. It was awful as we were all wet, cold and tired. My kayak had somehow taken on water under the skirt so my boots, socks, feet, and pants were all soaking wet as was another gal's on the trip. I completely understand providing rain gear to guests but what is amazing to me is that it rains in Alaska A LOT so why would this company not be prepared with a tent or shelter that would actually provide some shelter from the storm? How easy it would be to replace a sun shelter with a rain shelter. Another thing that concerned me was the lack of communication between the people on the water (us kayakers) and the ASK office...the weather turned ugly, we cut our kayaking short, and we were made to sit and wait in the rain for hours until the boat arrived. And the pickup boat came a half hour early because Natalie had flagged down another boat on the water and asked them to tell the boat we wanted to get out earlier. It was basically a perfect storm for our kayak trip. Plus it cost us each $345 plus tax for this disaster. Just be sure to check the weather and ask questions if you choose to use this company.

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We had the most amazing day in Alaska! My Sister's family, me and my Husband were welcomed with warm greetings & big smiles. Our tour guide Victoria got us all dressed in our kayaking outfits and on our way. We took a scenic boat ride to Blackstone Bay. Unloaded the Kayaks and were on our way after a quick safety briefing. I can't even explain how beautiful it was. Victoria took us to all the most scenic areas. We stopped for an almost "gourmet" lunch on a beach that we could watch a Glacier while we ate. Back in the Kayaks after lunch we paddled to a Glacier and watched it calving. A beautiful waterfall was coming off the Glacier. We paddled through an ice flow which was exciting!! Victoria our guide was wonderful and was always checking to make sure we were all doing good. This was truly a tour of a lifetime. Well done Victoria and Peter (the owner). Thank you for a truly unforgettable day!

Date of experience: July 2017
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