Begin your morning with a yoga class out on the deck before breakfast. Your stay includes your choice of premium excursions, which include something for everyone.
Fly-Out Bear Viewing
Nearby Katmai Peninsula is home to one of the largest population concentration of brown bears in the world. Depending on the season, weather, and bear activity you will depart by either a wheeled plane from Homer, or by float plane from the lodge. During the day you will experience Alaska brown bears in their natural habitat. This is a wilderness excursion; you will walk along the same trails and sit on the same river banks as the bears do. Depending on the season you can expect to see the bears foraging for sedge grass, digging for clams, playing, courting each other, resting, or fishing.
Spend the day exploring the area by helicopter at Tutka Bay Lodge. On this customizable full-day adventure you can go to a glacier for trekking and picnics, hiking on alpine ridges, and flight-see over alpine lakes. Your guide will help you pick out an adventure just right for you. The helicopter used is a Robinson R-44 which can hold three passengers plus the pilot.
Deep Sea Fishing
Cook Inlet is known as one of the most prolific halibut fisheries in the world, which is why Tutka Bay is a perfect place for a deep-sea fishing excursion. Boat sizes range from 6 to 15 anglers and you will depart from the lodge dock into Cook Inlet for a day of fishing for halibut and salmon. Spend the morning trolling for salmon and when the tide is right bottom fish for halibut. Have your catch filleted on the way back to the lodge and cooked by the lodge chef for dinner, or have it vacuum sealed and shipped back to you. Or a bit of both!
Marine Wildlife Cruise
Tutka Bay Lodge’s Wildlife Tour is a custom-tailored day on the water as you travel deep into the fjords, inlets, and around the islands, in Kachemak Bay. If pure sightseeing is the mission, you will see lots of sea otters and eagles. Humpback, grey, minke and killer whales (Orcas) arrive in Kachemak Bay in May as they travel north to their Alaska summer feeding grounds. Other marine animals, including seals and sea lions, are often seen. Gull Island, near the scenic village of Halibut Cove, is a rookery for puffins, cormorants and murres. On any given day, your captain can offer you the possibilities of the day and you can direct their outing. Bring your camera and extra batteries and storage space. There’s plenty to do and see on the 4-6 hour cruise in the protected waters very close to the lodge.