Alaska Sea Kayaking - Glacier Bay
Glacier Bay's waters are arguably the finest sea-kayaking grounds in the world. In the southerly precincts of the bay at spots like the Beardslee Islands, you can paddle zoom-lens close to moose, bald eagles, bears, inquisitive harbor seals, humpback and killer whales. Head up Muir Inlet to the ice-choked waters at the snout of McBride Glacier and you'll witness the mind-numbing spectacle of a tidewater glacier periodically dumping itself into the sea.
Given the intensely wild feel of Glacier Bay, it's a welcome surprise that kayakers of all skill levels can get a deep draught of paddling here. The fractured coastline offers many sheltered quiet-water coves, and the park infrastructure - which includes a number of officially sanctioned outfitters and a concession-run boat that drops paddle-campers off at remote backcountry locations - makes it easy enough to hew deep into the wildest parts of the bay.