- Tutka Bay Lodge Extension4 days from $7,180
Experience the treasures of Alaska’s pristine Kachemak Bay and the wild Kenai Peninsula during a stay at Tutka Bay Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. Choose among abundant options for exploring Tutka Bay’s breathtaking natural surroundings, from a deep-sea fishing trip to a small plane excursion in search of Alaskan brown bears. Kayak among untamed islets and hike a winding network of trails through old-growth pine forests. Relax in the evenings with delicious, locally-sourced meals and a seat by the bonfire.
Disembark in Anchorage, Alaska and check in to our hotel. During a free afternoon, explore the region’s rich indigenous culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center or stroll along the stunning waterfront, keeping an eye out for moose and bald eagles.
Rise early this morning and transfer to the Anchorage airport for a short flight to Homer, situated on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Board a water taxi for the journey across Kachemak Bay to Tutka Bay Lodge, situated at the mouth of a stunning miles-long fjord. Set off on a guided walk on the lodge’s trail system through the surrounding forest of old-growth Sitka spruce, or hike to Tutka Lake. Launch a kayak from the boathouse and paddle to the Herring Islands to spot otters, whales, seals, and eagles. Back at the lodge, enjoy a lunch of local wild ingredients, then take a boat to a neighboring bay to visit an oyster farm. After a three-course dinner prepared by the lodge’s celebrated chefs, join a guide for an educational walk through the intertidal zone on Kachemak’s shore.
Today, choose between two full-day excursions: a deep-sea fishing adventure or a journey to view Alaskan brown bears. If you opt to go fishing, head out into the pristine waters of Kachemak Bay alongside our local captain. Spend the day fishing for salmon and halibut while learning about the region’s natural history. At the end of the day, our captain will fillet and clean your catch for you to ship home or bring to the lodge’s chef to prepare for dinner. If you choose the bear-viewing excursion, take a water taxi to Homer followed by a scenic flight over glaciers, volcanoes, and the rugged coastlines of Katmai National Park and Lake Clark National Park to a remote beach. Don waders and hike alongside knowledgeable guides through a beautiful coastal habitat known for its bear population. Depending on the season, spot brown bears grazing on sedge grass, digging up clams, or fishing.
In the evening, return for drinks and appetizers with the lodge’s managers, then sit down to a delicious dinner.
Join an optional morning yoga session and enjoy breakfast before setting out to explore one of the many trails winding through Kachemak Bay State Park. Alternatively, travel by boat to the Grewingk Glacier, which stretches over 13 miles through the Kenai mountains. Hike past the glacier’s exposed gravel field and an iceberg-strewn lake pooled between gray peaks. Return to the lodge to warm up with an evening bonfire on the beach. After dinner, head out on a sunset cruise on the bay, watching for whales and other sea life.
Go for a final stroll along the beach before boarding a water taxi back to Homer. Take a short flight to Anchorage and connect with your flight home.