Happy Birthday Orcas Cove! This week we celebrate the 12th birthday of the Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking tour. We love all the kayaking tours and local programs here at Southeast Sea Kayaks but, of all the things we do, Orcas Cove is the tour that we are most proud of. It’s a one of a kind tour that showcases everything we love about living and kayaking in Alaska.
The Inspiration for the Orcas Cove Kayaking Tour
The Orcas Cove tour was Greg’s baby and possibly an excuse for him to buy more boats. Because what’s better than messing about in boats? Preferably lots of boats: big boats, little boats, medium sized boats and occasionally: floatplanes (technically a boat when on the water but please don’t tell the pilots that!).
The tour was based on a simple premise: let’s take visitors out to do what we love to do; which is take a boat somewhere well away from town, anchor up in a peaceful cove, drop some kayaks in the water and go for a paddle. After that we’re going to be hungry so let’s eat some of Southeast Alaska’s finest smoked salmon before we head back to town by boat. If you’d like to make your day even more Alaskan, you can also hop onto a floatplane from the Sea Spree and fly to the Misty Fjords with another local family owned company.
It’s impossible to describe 12 years of Orcas Cove in words. So here’s a photo journey.
Twelve Years Later at Orcas Cove...
The twins have grown up, but otherwise, not much has changed in twelve years, we still take groups of just six people and we still use the mother-ship Sea Spree. We have the same brands of top quality fiberglass sea kayaks; Werner paddles; and a wonderful crew of friendly guides. If you take the tour, you will almost certainly meet either Greg or I driving a boat, hosting the Sea Spree and even (occasionally, we’re not as young as we used to be) still leading the tours. If you don’t meet us, you’ll be in the safe hands of one of our employees who are like family to us and who are huge part of what we love about doing what we do.
It’s a strange way to make a living and it’s not always easy being a small family business in the world of big cruise ship tours but sharing this wild and wonderful place with people from all over the world is incredibly rewarding and we love it. Thanks to all the guests, guides and family and friends who have been part of the amazing Orcas Cove experience.