Paddle around the bay
There's no better way to get to know Kachemak Bay than by sea kayaking. Riding low in the water, you can quietly paddle alongside otters and seals; watch flocks of seabirds fly around you; and glide over crustaceans, mollusks and starfish in the intertidal zones.
Guided tours of a few hours or a few days are available for different skill levels even beginners.
Many water taxis will take kayaks across the bay, and some rent kayaks doubles or singles and gear.
Experienced kayakers can shove off from the Homer Spit after the day breeze dies down and paddle to Gull Island and see cormorants, kittiwakes and puffins. Calmer places to kayak include Jakolof and Little Jakolof bays, Tutka and Little Tutka bays, the backside of Yukon Island, the Herring Islands, and from Sadie Cove to Halibut Cove.
A memorable week-long kayaking expedition can be had by paddling point-to-point at many of the good kayak landing beaches in Kachemak State Park, most of which have good hiking trails so you can stretch out your legs. You can even rent a yurt or cabin, and count on a dry, soft bed every night.
For safety's sake, inexperienced kayakers should go with a guide who knows local waters. Remember, storms can force kayakers to be weathered in, making the necessary equipment, clothing and additional food crucial. Paddlers should always wear a life jacket while on the water and carry safety flares and a whistle.