Blue-water paddles out of Resurrection Bay along the coastline of the park are for experienced kayakers only; others should invest in a drop-off service. You’ll be rewarded, however, with wildlife encounters and close-up views of the glaciers from a unique perspective.
With several glaciers to visit, Aialik Bay is a popular arm for kayakers. Many people hire water-taxis to drop them near Aialik Glacier, then take three or four days to paddle south past Pedersen Glacier and into Holgate Arm, where they’re picked up. The high point of the trip is Holgate Glacier, an active tidewater glacier that’s the main feature of all the boat tours.
Northwestern Lagoon is more expensive to reach but much more isolated, with not nearly as many tour boats. The wildlife is excellent, especially the seabirds and sea otters, and more than a half-dozen glaciers can be seen. Plan on three to four days if you’re being dropped inside the lagoon.
Most companies can arrange drop-off and pick-up; it’s about $300 for the round-trip to Aialik Bay; prices decrease or increase depending on distance.