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Resurrection Bay

Resurrection Bay

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890 Reviews
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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Recent reviews from experiences in Seward

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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!
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Boat trip was great! Lunch was not!
jessmurrah3, Jul 2021
Seward Shore Excursion: Resurrection Bay Cruise Including Lunch on Fox Island
The tour was nice. Boat was clean and well kept. The Captain shared lots of good info on geology, animal life, and other random facts.😊. We were able to see whales, puffins, sea lions, seals and eagles. I only have it a 4 because lunch left something to be desired. The meal was sparce. The salmon cakes were not great and the chicken was dry. The cookie on the boat was the best part of the entire meal. Great boat trip! Terrible lunch!
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Orcas and Humpback in the same spot.
Darlene_S, Jun 2021
Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island
The whales.The crew from Captain to deck hands. The Captain she had remarkable boat handling skills brought us up close to wildlife. They all went above expectations for safety, knowledge, kindness and fun.
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Orcas
Jenny_V, Jun 2021
Seward Shore Excursion: Resurrection Bay Cruise Including Lunch on Fox Island
Great lunch, beautiful island and saw many orca whales :) the boar was very clean and people very friendly
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Superior experience
Danny, May 2021
Resurrection Bay Cruise with Fox Island
The crew was super, food was good, and the trip couldn’t be better. We saw so many whales we couldn’t count them. The cookies were delicious The ship was clean
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Crew gave 110%
Bethany_B, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
The Crew was TOO NOTCH!!!! Even with some mechanical problems with the boat they were FANTASTIC!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! BETHANY BROWN
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Unforgettable Alaskan Experience!
Krystal_K, Jun 2021
Seward Shore Excursion: Resurrection Bay Cruise Including Lunch on Fox Island
We loved the scenic views of Resurrection Bay, the welcoming staff, and most of all the numerous animal sightings including humpback whales, porpoises, bald eagles, otters, jellyfish, and sea lions!
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Beautiful views
Amy_M, Jul 2021
Kenai Fjords and Resurrection Bay Half-Day Wildlife Cruise
Great trip for a general view of Seward and Resurrection Bay! We enjoyed the views!! Short enough for younger kids and full of information about the wildlife and history of the area!! Great learning experience.
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Enjoyable way to spend a day!
ChristopherBorges, Jul 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
We had a great trip and especially enjoyed our guide Liz, who loved to share about the area and also was genuinely interested in us!
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Amazing views!
Denis_A, Jul 2021
Resurrection Bay Kayaking Adventure
Kayaking in the Fjords was truly amazing. The guides were great! Very clear with the instructions and they make sure you have all the necesary gear to stay dry and warm while you are kayaking. We were lucky enough to see Orcas, sealions and sea otters. One of the best Alaska tours we did. Worth every penny.
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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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Fox Island and Resurrection Bay
BrandyB, May 2021
Seward Shore Excursion: Resurrection Bay Cruise Including Lunch on Fox Island
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the crew also. We enjoyed our lunch at Fox Island and then the tour around Resurrection Bay. We enjoyed a multitude of different animals.

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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