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Day Trips and Photo Safaris
Go for a relaxing boat ride, winding through small islands; watch for sea otters and puffins, walk in the spruce forest, photograph wildflowers and eagles, and enjoy a gourmet meal --all in one day!
Galley Gourmet's day trips provide a unique way to explore nooks and crannies around beautiful Kodiak Island. Travel in comfort aboard the Sea Breeze, a 42-foot teak-adorned vessel. Enjoy a relaxed, crowd-free atmosphere and a gourmet lunch provided by your hosts, Marty and Marion Owen, 20-year residents of Kodiak. This trip's for you!
How a day trip works...
Day trips last about seven hours. After leaving the dock at 8 AM, Marty navigates between small islands and through scenic passages. On the way to one of the nearby islands, you'll notice many opportunities to bring back beautiful pictures.
Kodiak is home to sea lions, puffins, sea otters, beautiful wildflowers and whales. Every stretch of water and shoreline is a treat to the senses. As one happy customer said, "The Sea Breeze is Alaska at its best!"
One of our favorite spots to anchor is in a picturesque lagoon on Long Island. It is home to historic Fort Tidball, the site of a WWII coastal artillery. After anchoring up, we'll escort you ashore and go for a gentle hike. Remember, this day's for you. You can...
- View and photograph eagles, puffins and seabird rookeries
- Enjoy a mini photography workshop
- Stroll through fields of wildflowers
Explore one of the best-preserved World War II sites. Gun emplacements and dozens of moss-covered Quonset huts are nestled in the forest. To learn about Kodiak's key role during WWII, visit the Kodiak Military Museum's web site.
Fort Tidball on Long Island during WWII
- Explore coastal tidepools and beaches
- Hike through stands of Sitka spruce, thick with moss and ferns
- Hike remote islands and beaches
- Learn about edible wild plants
Bring your camera!
Opportunities to photograph "nature at her best" are everywhere, so bring your camera and extra batteries. A professional photographer, Marion Owen can help guests get the most out of their equipment, whether using a digital or traditional camera. Marion can offer a mini hands-on workshop, or she can simply be available for questions.
And, oh, the food!
You'll find that the combination of the beach excursion and the ocean air gives you a healthy appetite--a good thing since you are treated to a delicious, gourmet lunch.
From the fresh salad greens (Marion is a master gardener and co-author of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul) to the scrumptious dessert, you'll discover why it's called "Galley Gourmet, a feast underway!"
Guests should be in good health and reasonably good physical condition. They need to be capable of climbing off and on the boat into an inflatable raft for shore excursions.
Equipment list and suggestions
- Waterproof hiking boots and nonskid, comfortable shoes
- Rain gear, "polar fleece" wear (avoid feather down clothing)
- Hat, sunglasses
- Camera equipment (i.e. tripod, film, storage disks, batteries, note book and a backpack for carrying gear)
NOTE: Do you have a lot of stuff to bring?
You are welcome to ship bulky gear and equipment to us in advance of traveling to Kodiak. We will gladly store it until you arrive. Please contact us to make arrangements.
We hope to see you soon on one of our day trips.
Beautiful cruise, excellent food and great company!--Rich Ackerman, Englewood, CO
Wow! I will bring back others!--Dave Schleifer, Ontario, Canada
Great weather, great food, great view of puffins!--Pam Wheelock, St. Paul, MN
Dozens of moss-covered Quonset huts from WWII are still standing. Nestled in the spruce trees, it looks like Smurf-ville!
Wildflowers cover a scenic overlook on the east shore of Kodiak Island.
Lady's Slipper orchid, one of the many beautiful wildflowers around Kodiak Island.
Hiking in the Sitka spruce forests of Kodiak Island