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Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay, AK

The Basics

Many itineraries within Kenai Fjords National Park include a wildlife-watching cruise in Resurrection Bay. Those interested in bird-watching and wildlife spotting should be on the lookout for puffins, bald eagles, Dall's porpoise, Stellar sea lions, orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals, and sea otters.

Helicopter tours passing through the park to land at Godwin Glacier often fly right over Resurrection Bay. As the waters of the bay never freeze, they are also popular for kayaking and sailing.

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Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
$109.43 per adult
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The enthusiasm of the...
The enthusiasm of the crew was contagious. I appreciated their knowledge, good humor, safety consciousness, and courtesy.
Robin_C, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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Relaxing Experience
Jillian, Sep 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Relaxing jaunt around the bay provided countless glimpses of breathtaking landscape and energetic wildlife. Fun crew and nice, clean space to enjoy!
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Safe and Easy Trip.
Rose_B, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Staff worked hard to make sure every passenger had a good experience. We were fortunate to have good weather and calm seas. Plenty of wildlife was seen. The captain is knowledgeable about most, and admitted when she wasn't. Made for a more trusting in the safety of her skills.
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Awesome!
Georganne_R, Sep 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Our Resurrection Bay cruise was awesome! We saw Orca whales, mountain goats, sea otters and more. The scenery was breathtaking and the captain and deck hands were so friendly and informative. I have to say their made from scratch Bloody Mary's were really good too!
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Whales, puffins and more
Don_W, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Saw humpbacks and more; great day! Good narration and info from captain; would recommend. COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ON COVID mask requirements/enforcement.
star-5
Great at spotting wildlife
Lynda_A, Aug 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
Our Guides were very friendly, informative and great at spotting wildlife. I highly recommend this tour company.
star-5
The best day in Seward in 57 years.
Patty_D, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The Captain went out of her way to find and show the wildlife in the area. Watching my Grandson's face as he saw the whale blow was worth the whole thing. Speaking of my Grandson, this was the first time on the water for him and he got very sea sick. The crew was wonderful. It was a dead calm day but so many got sea sick and the crew was kind and understanding and very fast to clean up the sick. This was old fashion service and they need high marks for how good they where.
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Great experience
Elizabeth_S, Aug 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
Great tour, Liz the tour guide was great. Saw salmon and eagles. Easy trip. Recommend to anyone. Morning waters were calm.
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The big three!
Chelsea_W, Aug 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Staff were very friendly and engaging. One of the best tours of Resurrection Bay I've ever been on. We brought family and got the big three, calm seas, orca whales, and humpback whales. We know this had little to do with the tour company but we'll give them all the credit as we had a wonderful time.
star-5
Fantastic cruise
Darius_L, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The crews were outstanding. They’re friendly and approachable. The ship is clean. The orcas that we saw during trip was so amazing!
star-5
Great experience
Rebecca_T, May 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
Had a great time! The bay wasn’t crowded and it was just us two in the group so it was really personalized for us. Walked through the national forest a little bit. Great instructor who knew a lot of info about Alaska and Resurrection Bay.
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Aquatic Perfection
RisaBethLite, Oct 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
We were blown away by the beauty of this trip! Our captain was extremely lovely and knowledgeable, the visuals were picturesque, and seeing the orcas and sea lions in person was surreal! Most definitely would go out again!
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Great facilities and tour...
Tariq_A, Oct 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Great facilities and tour loved the secenery! We saw otters and porpoises awhile seeing the beautiful sea cliffs

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Resurrection Bay is a must-see for animal lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Dress in warm layers with a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the wind.

  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection; the sun in Alaska can be surprisingly intense.

  • Take appropriate precautions, if you suffer from motion sickness.

  • Excursions to Resurrection Bay can last anywhere from three to eight hours, depending on the activities chosen.

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How to Get There

Many visitors come to Resurrection Bay as a guided shore excursion from Seward. Cruises on the bay typically depart from the Seward Small Boat Harbor before heading out into the bay.

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When to Get There

While the waters of Resurrection Bay never freeze and are therefore always navigable, a majority of tours operate between mid-May and mid-September when the days are long and weather mild.

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What’s in the Name

Alexander Baranov was a Russian merchant who was forced to take shelter in the bay during an intense storm. When the storm finally settled, it was Easter Sunday, and in honor, Baranov gave the bay (as well as the nearby river) the name Resurrection.

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