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Paddlers' Realm

Whittier, AK
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Whittier
Type: Water sports, Tours
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Newcastle, Australia
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Went on a full day paddle to the glaciers. If you enjoy the outdoors and the exercise that comes with paddling, this is an absolute must. I would rate this tour as the best Alaska experience I had while visiting. You paddle up close to massive glaciers. The scenery is breathtaking. And we were able to enjoy seeing some wildlife... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I just returned (July 2014) from an extended kayak trip (12 days) from Valdez to Whittier on Prince William Sound with Ryan Collins of Paddlers Realm. It truly was extraordinary. Calving glaciers and magnificent rock formations were all within our view. From whales to bears, from sea lions to otters, from puffins to seals the wildlife was beyond compare. Ryan... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

In July 2014 I had the true pleasure of joining Ryan and 3 others for a trip of a lifetime. We paddled in Prince William Sound from Valdez to Whittier--140 plus miles. The trip could not have better. Ryan, the company owner, is a fantastic guide. He knows the sound well and obviously loves it. His affection for it is... More

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del mar, ca
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We didn't have the best conditions. A huge storm had just blown through and it was still pretty windy, but we still had a great time. One of my sons is allergic to Gluten, so Ryan created a completely gluten free lunch for us that was so delicious. We were taken by power boat out to a beach in Blackstone... More

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Houston, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I recently took classes with Ryan at Paddlers Realm. I was a little nervous about doing the wet exits but with excellent instructions and patience I now am comfortable in my sea kayak. I learned so much and had a great time in class. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in sea kayaking. I would love to take... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I just had the best weekend learning how to sea kayak with Ryan the owner of Paddler's Realm. The class was very informative and with lots of hands on practice I went from knowing nothing to feeling confident that I could start sea kayaking on my own. Ryan and his team were awesome!!

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Boulder, Colorado
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

From the start you know Ryan is really passionate about what he does. The trip was really really good. Food was so awesome. If you want the real Alaska experience then do this trip. Ryan will take care of you. The weather was perfect (we were lucky), we did see a bird rookery and lot of seals. Water taxi ride... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We went with Ryan, and he was a wonderful tour guide! The day started off not very ideal because the weather in Anchorage was very rainy and windy. Ryan kept in contact with us, and once he got to Whittier the weather was actually fine to go kayaking. Even though it was a confusing morning due to the uncertainty of... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Amazing trip all around! Ryan is a wonderful and knowledgable guide. Lunch was provided and was great, we saw glaciers, seals, birds and even a young whale! Truly an unforgettable experience! If my boyfriend and I get back up to Alaska we'll have to do a multi-day trip. Ryan good luck with all your future adventures!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014 via mobile

Going kayaking with Ryan is a great way to spend a day. He takes time with each person and is sure he is comfortable before starting out with any paddling or instruction. He gave us expert instruction and got us out in the water quickly, but not so quickly that we had any concerns before setting out. Once on the... More

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