From the fabulous 600 count sheets that help you get a great night’s sleep, to curling up on the comfy leather couch watching the pair of eagles roosting on the channel marker, Kodiak Island Resort truly provides much more than a great day of fishing. Joe and Hunter put us on fish and had the equipment and skill to make a trip great even when the weather or seas weren’t optimal. Our arms hurt from all the fish we brought to the boat each and every day. It was so hard to see that first 20 pounder go back to the sea but by the end of the day, you too, knew that even the 30 pounder wasn’t a keeper. Equally commendable was the responsible fishing ethic that Joe and Hunter demonstrated –we changed up the gear and went after something else if the boat had caught our species limit– great success on whatever they went after from salmon, ling cod and halibut to yellow-eye rock fish and gray cod.
With up to six guests on their catamaran, even lunch was a treat as we all got to search through our never ending lunch box to see what Allen, April and staff had provided – who would have expected customized lunches placed in our own color coded container on a fishing adventure that required five planes to reach from the east coast. After three fantastic and faced paced fishing days, my husband and I opted for a trip with Jack, a native guide, with delightful stories about the history of the area and skill to put us right where we needed to be for great pictures of whales, seals, porpoise and otters as well as the ability to put us on that big halibut and one of the first salmon of the season.
The magnificent meals served by a delightful staff were often fresh from our catch. Smoked salmon with corn chowder, macadamia nut encrusted halibut, and fresh crab on the best salad ever were only a few of the menu items presented during our stay - oh I forgot the crab cake and fabulous seafood pot stickers appetizers served while overlooking Larsen Bay. The only challenge may be underestimating the amount of adult beverages you may need in this “wet” community. For those who don’t know, throughout Alaska, many communities went wet, i.e. you can possess alcoholic beverages for personal consumption but no sales are allowed, to the full “dry” rule that prevents the possession or consumption of alcohol. Luckily, Allen and April make sure you know that you have to make a stop in Kodiak City before boarding your six seater deHavilland Beaver for the final leg of your trip. Even the most seasoned traveler will enjoy flying under the clouds looking up at the beautiful snowcapped mountains while peering down on the streams and lakes that make up the Emerald Isle.
We can say that Kodiak Island Resort did such a great job with our trip of a life-time that we are now looking at our calendar to see when we can go back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Fishing Lodge in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Situated in the village of Larsen Bay on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Resort is quite simply the most luxurious wilderness fishing lodge on Kodiak. Designed for absolute comfort. Positioned to capture spectacular views of the landscape. We provide first class meals, lodging and fishing adventures. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alaska`s Kodiak Island Hotel Larsen Bay
- Alaska's Kodiak Island Resort Larsen Bay