Hiking Photo on Saddle Trail

Seas the Day With the Best Homer, Alaska, Sightseeing, Eagles, Whales, Otters and More

Our town on Kachemak Bay is perfect for travelers who have diverse interests. Homer boasts fine art galleries, fresh seafood, wildlife tours, outdoor recreation, and most importantly, old-Alaskan hospitality. When you visit Homer, you’ll arrive a visitor and leave feeling like a local! Many of our area’s residents are avid fishermen, experienced sea captains, and wildlife experts. Gaze in awe at once-in-a-lifetime sights and learn from these experts when you take a Homer, Alaska Whale Watching tour.

Discover more ways to experience our area’s outdoors and more when you request Driftwood Inn’s complimentary Vacation GuideThis guide was crafted is full of local recommendations on how you can spend each day of your Homer, Alaska, getaway.

Your Guide to Homer, Alaska, Marine Wildlife Viewing and Eco Tours

There’s no shortage of outdoor adventure when you come to Alaska. In fact, we’re the halibut fishing capital of the world. Our great state is also home to bears and bald eagles on land. The nearby seas accommodate sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, a wide variety of seabirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and many species of fish.

It’s important to note that Kachemak Bay is full of marine life, including humpback and orca whales. During a wildlife tour, you may be lucky enough to see a whale in the bay. Humpback and orca whales come in and out of the bay following sources of food. 

Trip Options

Customized 7-hour Bay Sightseeing Tour with Hike to Glacier Lake or

Customized 7-hour Bay Sightseeing Tour with Picturesque Lunch in a Scenic Cove

Captain Glenn customizes your tour on Kachemak Bay in pursuit of the excitement of all that Kachemak Bay has to offer from wildlife to the breathtaking scenery.  You will want to keep your eyes peeled for views of marine mammals and orcas and humpbacks. This is the perfect opportunity to practice your photography. For those looking to capture Alaskan photography, our Captain knows the best locations for what you are looking for, he will help get you to get to the best location for scenery and wildlife photos. 

Group of people hiking near Glacier

A highlight of this tour is your hike to Grewingk Glacier Lake. This approximate 3-mile hike will give you views of majestic mountains and the bay and will reward you with breathtaking views of the glacier when you arrive at the lake.

Throughout the Eco tour you will have the opportunity to learn about Kachemak Bay’s history, geography, and wildlife biology.  With a wealth of local knowledge about the diverse history of the bay and its marine life, Captain Glen ensures that you will return from your bay tour with memories that will last a lifetime.

These trips are perfect for the family and can be customized around your interests. If you prefer a more leisurely day without the 3-mile hike, you can instead enjoy a stop in Halibut Cove and enjoy lunch aboard the boat in a picturesque cove.

Full and half-day trips mean we can enhance your stay if you have limited time.

Halibut Cove Coffeehouse

7-hour fully-narrated tour to the community of Seldovia

The Seldovia Wildlife tour departs at 10:30 a.m., stopping at Gull Island seabird rookery that features many seabird species that have come there every year to nest. Bald eagles and other species of birds make this area a birder’s paradise! Continuing on through Eldred Passage, you will likely see sea otters and bald eagles. Throughout your tour, the sights and sounds of Kachemak Bay will surround you. You will learn history, geography, and wildlife biology along the way to Seldovia.  

Orca Whales in Kachemak Bay

Humpback and Orca sightings can be seen. However, this is time-dependent on the presence of their food resource. Once arriving in Seldovia, you will have time to explore this quaint Alaskan community. You’ll find restaurants and cafes for lunch, trails to hike, boardwalks to stroll, and always shopping.  Departure back to Homer will be at 4 p.m., and you will arrive in Homer at approximately 5:30 pm. Be aware that if we see whales at any time, we may be delayed.

Explore Your Options with Driftwood Inn

Delight in more than just Homer, Alaska, wildlife watching on your next getaway! Experience world-class halibut fishing with our half and full-day halibut and salmon fishing charters. Or, book our bear viewing package. You can even spot some incredible wildlife like moose in the area! Our resident bald eagles frequent the tops of our lodges. Amazing wildlife views await you in Homer, Alaska.

otter mama and baby

Driftwood Inn has accommodations for every type of traveler. We have modest inn roomslodges that can house wedding parties, and everything in-between! All of our lodging options are near Bishop’s Beach and other things to do in Homer. Reserve Room 21 for your getaway. This room is one of two suites at the Inn and has a king-size bed, double futon, private bathroom, small kitchen, partial view of the property, and an entrance from the covered deck.

Which of our accommodations suits you? Book it today!