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Navigating Homer, Alaska: A Guide to Alaska Water Taxis

Alaska’s breathtaking beauty is best experienced from the water, and there’s no better place to start your maritime adventure than in Homer. Nestled on the Kenai Peninsula, this charming city is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World.” But beyond its fishing fame, Homer serves as a gateway to the wonders of Kachemak Bay State Park, accessible only by boat or plane. That’s where Alaska water taxis come in.

Need more fun things to do while in the area? We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do to experience Alaska like a local while you’re here truly! At The Driftwood Inn, all our accommodations are located near Bishop’s beach or downtown and nearby some of the best things to do in Homer, Alaska. Let us know if you have any questions!

What Are Alaska Water Taxis?

Much like their land-based counterparts, water taxis are small boats that transport people across bodies of water. In Homer, these vessels provide essential services, ferrying locals and tourists alike across Kachemak Bay to remote trails, cabins, and fishing spots.

Why Use a Water Taxi?

Water taxis offer a convenient and flexible way to explore Alaska’s coastal wilderness. They can drop you off at your desired location in the morning and pick you up later in the day. Whether you’re planning a day of hiking, bird watching, or fishing, a water taxi can get you there safely and quickly.

Choosing a Water Taxi Service

Several companies operate water taxis in Homer, each with its unique offerings. Here are a few options:

1. Mako’s Water Taxi

 Mako’s is a family-run operation known for its friendly service. They offer scheduled and custom trips to various destinations around Kachemak Bay, including popular hiking trails and public use cabins.

2. Ashore Water Taxi

Ashore offers transportation services to all points in Kachemak Bay State Park. They also provide wildlife tours and can accommodate large groups.

3. Coldwater Alaska – Water Taxi

 Coldwater Alaska provides transport to many locations within Kachemak Bay and can cater to hikers, campers, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts.

4. Bay Excursions Water Taxi and Tour Company

Beyond regular water taxi services, Bay Excursions offers guided natural history tours, birding tours, and marine wildlife viewing.

When choosing a service, consider factors such as destination options, departure times, prices, and additional services like gear rental or wildlife tours.

  • Plan Ahead: During peak season, water taxis can fill up fast. Book your trip well in advance to secure your spot.
  • Dress Appropriately: Alaska’s weather can be unpredictable. Dress in layers and bring rain gear to stay comfortable during your trip.
  • Follow Safety Instructions: Listen to the captain’s safety briefing before departure and follow all instructions during the ride.
  • Respect Wildlife: If you’re heading into Kachemak Bay State Park, remember to respect the local wildlife. Keep a safe distance and do not feed any animals you encounter.

Stay at The Driftwood Inn

Exploring Homer, Alaska, by water taxi is an adventure you won’t soon forget.

Homer’s stunning natural beauty and various activities offer something for everyone – from outdoor adventurers to shopaholics! So grab your best friends and head over to Homer for an amazing weekend getaway! While you are here, relax from the comfort of your accommodation at the Driftwood Inn after a day of exploring the Last Frontier. We offer a wide selection of lodging options in Homer, including Modern LodgesOld Town CottagesWoodsde Lodge SuitesHistoric Inn RoomsTiny Houses, and even an RV Park

inside of a room at The Driftwood Inn

Our accommodations are also conveniently located within walking distance of Bishop’s Beach, the Homer Spit, and the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center in Old Town Homer

Check our availability to start planning your Alaska adventure!