Tongass Coast Kayak

Trip Details

2017 Cost: $139 per person (plus 5% local sales tax)
Min of 2 required

Trip Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours round-trip

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What to Expect

Highlights: Sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, meadow and rainforest hike

Areas you can cross off your bucket list are:
Kayaking in Alaska, Marine Mammal Encounters from a Kayak (not guaranteed), Tongass National Forest

Tongass Coast Kayak

A fantastic day in the forest and on the water

Get away from the crowds and on the water for spectacular views and close encounters with marine wildlife! As you move quietly along the rainforest cloaked shoreline take in the sweeping mountain views while watching bald eagles fish for salmon.

TK Rainforest Path 2Our passenger van transports you 20 miles north of town to a remote paddling area.  From our parking lot at the Eagle Valley Center the trip begins with a 15 minute interpretive walk through lush meadows and the temperate rain forest of the Tongass National Forest. The trail ends at a secluded beach known as Eagle Harbor where our kayaks await near the edge of the shore. Upon arriving the guide(s) will assist everyone with gearing up and adjusting the kayaks for a proper fit and provide a safety briefing.

From our beach you will launch in tandem sea kayaks and paddle for about two hours. Our scenic paddling location is separated from the frenzy of the whale watching boats and other guided operations in Juneau, but still offers opportunities to see humpback whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles and other marine birds, intertidal marine life, and the occasional orca whale or bear. Be aware it is called wildlife for a reason and sightings, while common, cannot be guaranteed.  However, it doesn’t stop there. As you paddle the serene waters be prepared to take in the beauty of glaciers off in the distance and the majestic mountains of the Chilkat and Coast Ranges.

While the scenery and wildlife were awesome, our guides narrative on the history of Juneau, coupled with both of their love of nature and the outdoors made this a highlight of our overall Alaska experience.

- Client - Tucson, AZ

CIK Kayaker Close-upRain or shine, this is quite simply one of the finest guided half-day trips you will find in Juneau, and the only one that provides the opportunity to explore the rain forest environment in addition to kayaking on the ocean. You need only bring your camera and an appetite for adventure because we outfit you with all equipment and gear, and offer you a light snack. Join us locals for a true Alaska experience!


Trip Activities: Sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, beach combing, short and easy hike

Trip Rating: Easy to Moderate  A Family Friendly Adventure

Sample Itinerary:

  • 45 minutes – Pickup by van and transport to private wilderness facility
  • 30 minutes – Gear orientation and safety briefing
  • 15 minutes – Interpretive rainforest trail walk to private beach
  • 2.5 hours – Guided sea kayaking in protected waters
  • 15 minutes – Storing kayaks and hike back to the van
  • 45 minutes – Return van transport to drop off locations 
  • Cost: $139 per person (plus 5% local sales tax) – Trips require a minimum of 2 people and have a maximum of 12 people.  Per person costs for a private trip vary depending on the number of people in the group.

  • Trip Duration: ~5.5 hours roundtrip

  • Bucket List:  Sea Kayaking in Alaska, Wildlife Viewing, Walking in a Temperate Rain Forest

  • Highlights/Trip Activities: Sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, beach combing, hiking

  • Trip Rating: Easy to Moderate

  • Age Requirements:

    • Minimum = 8 years old unless booking a private. Private trip minimum = 6 years old.
    • Maximum = None, however, you must meet the physical requirements of the trip
  • Fitness Requirements: Must be fit enough to paddle for 6 miles round-trip and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 3 hours

  • Professional Guide

  • Double Sit-in Kayak with Paddling Accessories

  • Rain Gear (Jacket/Pants)

  • Rubber Boots (optional)

  • Light Snack/Bottled Water

  • Round-trip van transportation from near the  cruise ship docks and many of the major hotels in Juneau

We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather.  Due to the cool, damp climate it is best NOT to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or capilene.


  • T-Shirt
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Insulating Layer (i.e. Fleece Jacket)
  • Gloves (fleece liner type)
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Long Underwear (weather dependent)
  • Hiking Pants
  • A pair of socks for wearing in the rubber boots


  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Camera
  • Extra Snacks
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Binoculars
  • Reusable Water Bottle (Pre-Filled)
  • Guide Gratuities
  • **WAIVER FORM**  Each individual on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted.
  • We outfit all clients in sit-in double kayaks with spray skirts.
  • ** NOTE ON KAYAKING SIZE/WEIGHT LIMITATIONS: Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of  55 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (136kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance. However, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle in our kayaks (though they may not consider it “comfortable”).


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  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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