Anadyr Adventures
Anadyr Adventures
4.5
Eco Tours • Sightseeing Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Half day to 7 day wilderness kayaking expeditions departing from Valdez Alaska. Glacier kayaking at it's finest with small group sizes and naturalist trained guides.
Valdez, Alaska

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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anglaisefrancaise
Paris, France303 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We went out on a day kayaking trip with Anadyr adventures to Sawmill Bay. When we arrived at the office we were met by our guide and kitted out with dry bags and life vests. We had our own boots and rain gear otherwise they had some available. Then off to the harbour for our water taxi to sawmill bay. The clouds were lifting after a rainy day the day before and the water taxi trip across the Sound was beautiful and we headed into the tucked away creek for our kayak adventure. Surprisingly not many people take this excursion as the more popular excursions are out to the glaciers. We really enjoyed this as novice kayakers. I had chosen it as although the glaciers down into Prince William Sound are spectacular we thought this would give us a better chance to see some of the wildlife. The bay is calm and there is no rush from A to B so you can paddle around slowly taking your time. We were totally alone with our guide and we saw lots of eagles, otters, kingfisher, salmon and then luck of luck a black bear on the beach. It was really fun paddling along and having salmon jump everywhere alongside you. And then looking down into the clear water to see hundreds swimming along. We picnicked on the beach (not with the bear!) and had a small walk around to look at some of the plants and hunted for salmon berries and blueberries. Our guide was fun to be with and knowledgeable about what we saw around us. He didn’t rush us when kayaking and paid good attention to bear safety when we were ashore. He had only been in Alaska a relatively short time but had clearly absorbed a lot of information. A really fantastic trip which did not require a huge level of fitness just a basic ability to paddle in a kayak. I was a bit nervous as a novice about getting in and out of the kayak and water taxi while in the middle of the bay but it was fine and our guide patiently guided us all in and out.
A fantastic day out and I would highly recommend.
Written August 25, 2022
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Jingjing C
8 contributions
Sep 2021
I had been dreaming about kayaking through the glaciers in Alaska (I did not get the chance to do that when I visited Iceland 5 years ago) all the time. Finally, my friends and I made the decision to go to Valdez this Sep. We booked the "Columbia Face" glacier kayaking tour with Anadyr Adventures. It costs $329 per person and the trip is worth every penny. We were very lucky since the weather was SUPER nice which is not too normal during this shoulder season in Alaska (we were so grateful). Our trip guides are amazing - they gave us lots of informative instructions (if you are new to glacier kayaking), told us the history of glaciers, and took lots of great pictures of us (which is the best part!). The best part is definitely the views! You could not find it anywhere else. They took us kayak through the ice (which is the hardest part for me) and we reached to the closest point of Columbia glacier. The views are stunning. It was a really special experience to see glacier in this way. I did not get a chance to take other tours with Anadyr Adventures, but I highly recommend you take Columbia Face Kayaking Tour if you have a full day you want to spend in Valdez. Definitely, a must-do on your Alaska trip!
Written November 5, 2021
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Megan N
1 contribution
Jul 2022
Our family of six had an incredible experience on a 5-night camping/sea kayaking adventure with Anadyr. With four kids and two adults, we needed experts to put this trip together and everyone at Anadyr was fantastic. It was obvious that a lot of thought had been put into the planning of our trip - making sure everyone's needs were addressed and always making safety a priority. We would highly recommend Anadyr for families that are looking for an experience of a lifetime. We will all remember this trip for years to come!
Written August 9, 2022
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Yiyuan Z
Boston, MA10 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
We did the Columbia glacier face kayak tour with Anadyr on 7/6. We went with this company because of the good reviews we saw on line. Overall, I would rate the glacier 5 stars, the guides 4 stars and the company 1 star.

The glacier looked awesome, but it was foggy and raining all day long, which I heard is not untypical for Valdez. For people who are interested in this tour, just be aware that the view may not be as clear due to the fog as what you see on the photos.

I was disappointed by the tour for two reasons:

1. Possible due to a surge of demand during the summer season, the company sold the tour to more people than they had seats for on the boat. They were 16 clients but only 15 seats. Some of us ended up having to stand for the whole boat ride which is 2 hour long one way. This is not only uncomfortable but also unsafe since the wave on the ocean can get really big. When I am paying 300+ for a tour, I expect at least a seat on the boat.

I also felt bad for the two guides because there were also no seats for them. They had to stand all the way through the boat ride. The guides worked really hard in the rain and cold to manage the trip and a crazy amount of gears. They deserve a chance to rest a bit on the boat.

When we raised the issue to the guy at the front desk who appeared to be the owner, he shrugged it off. Apparently this was a deliberate decision rather than a one time mistake. His attitude shows that he has no interest in listening to the concern of the customers. I would not go with a company like this again who values a few hundred dollars more than the comfort and safety of the customers and its own employees.

2. This is relatively a minor point compared to the first one. I think the tour can be improved if the guides did a better job providing introductions/info behind the scenery. I am sure they are interesting geographic stories behind those glaciers. I did not hear much. When the guide did try to explain something, it was done when people were on their kayak. Given the distance, it was really hard for everyone to hear. A better opportunity could be during the lunch break.
Written July 7, 2021
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I’m glad to hear that you appreciated Columbia Glacier. In my opinion, it’s among the more interesting places on the planet. Our team feels really fortunate to get to spend so much time in such a dynamic environment. I’m sorry you didn’t otherwise seem to enjoy your day with us due to the lack of a seat on the boat. You’re right that the boat was full on 7/6 with 16 guests. There’s usually a removable seat to accommodate everyone. I spoke with the boat operator and he confirmed that it was missing on your day. For others reading this, I’d like to point out that most people don’t sit the entire ride. Remember kayaking is an activity done while seated which means that if you sit for the entire boat ride you’d be seated for 8 hours of the 10 hour trip duration. Our guides, knowing this, often enjoy standing on the boat, many of our guests do the same and our guides encourage guests to move about the deck especially while stopped for animal sightings, etc. Also, it’s important to note that though this guest found it uncomfortable to stand it is by no means a safety issue. The water taxi is a 40 foot catamaran landing craft and PWS is not an open ocean environment. In fact it’s classified as inland waters. If there was ever doubt about the safety of the boat ride due to wind or waves the trip would be canceled. To the reviewer; So you know, you didn’t speak with me (the owner) but with our office staff. I apologize if your concern wasn’t taken seriously. I appreciate your comments as it can help us improve. Thanks especially for your suggestions regarding better timing for guides to do trip interpretation. I’ve passed that on to the guides. I’m sorry if you missed that part of your trip as we know how important orientation is.
Written August 10, 2021
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MikeKiwi
Wellington43 contributions
Jul 2022
Bad weather forced a change of plans and route for our five-day camping trip, but Anadyr management dealt with this professionally and honestly and generously. When the weather cleared, we were able to get out to Columbia Glacier for a day trip which was exceptional - a true highlight of our time in Alaska. Thanks to Scott for being extremely up front and making our trip very memorable. Definitely recommend Anadyr.
Written August 9, 2022
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Kendra P
Anchorage, AK17 contributions
Jul 2021 • Business
Me and my husband booked a trip for the weekend 7/17 for Columbia glacier face tour. I almost didn’t book this excursion with this company because of some of the reviews that I had read. But I decided to make my own opinion. I live here in Alaska and knowing how crazy the weather can be anywhere, and knowing how wet it always is in Valdez, we came prepared. This is Alaska and she does what she wants with the weather. Going prepared can make a world of difference. None the less we didn’t even need any of that because it was a beautiful blue bird day. I could see how some things pointed out in others reviews may not be enjoyable in the rain. But there’s literally nothing the company or the guides can do about that. So go prepared. Our guides and captain were very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. Made sure we were always comfortable and they seem to really know their stuff and enjoy it too.
We went to the west branch of the Columbia face and it was absolutely amazing, water was calm! Skies were clear. It really was the trip of a lifetime.
Also maybe some people should check out their website and requirements for their trips. I read it thoroughly and packed our own water and lunch, because they ask you too 😉
All in all 11/10 would recommend Anadyr Adventures 😎
Written July 19, 2021
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Bob C
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
Goose and David were our professional guides on this epic trip. We traveled by boat for several hours in the astonishing beautiful waters surrounded by snowcapped mountains. Lots of interesting information was shared by our guides on the history, geology and wildlife including aquatic species. We saw whales breaching, slapping their tails communicating with others and many sea lions and otters. There were numerous sightings of Dahl Sheep , in one group I counted 11adults (some with babies). Once we started kayaking , after a very thorough safety meeting there were endless surprises …a Rock-wall water Canyon passage (6 feet in-between the two walls) on our way to viewing the Columbia Glacier and open waters covered with all sizes and colors of icebergs.We had an hour long on shore lunch, including very detailed information with maps and pictures of the history of Columbia Glacier as our backdrop. Forgot your camera ? No worries the guides take numerous pictures as you’re floating and kayaking around glacier bay. Goose, the head guide even provided hot drinks of tea or hot cocoa. If you’re new to kayaking, they are very experienced and it’s all about safety. Honestly, this is a trip of a lifetime … don’t miss it.
Written June 12, 2021
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Oded R
Danville, CA3 contributions
Jun 2022
Amazing experience with amazing staff, we took a long and satisfying kayak to see a beautiful lake in Alaska, and our three kids (6, 10, and 12) had a blast and said this was the best day they had in our entire trip.
My thanks go to Goose the instructor, he spent the day with us, explained to us about the nature and history of Alaska, and even took great photos of us.
Will definitely come back, THANK YOU!
Written June 22, 2022
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Hi Odra, Thank you so much for your review! I really appreciate it, and I had a blast with you all out on Valdez Glacier Lake. Looking forward to welcoming you back on another trip in the future! Cheers, Goose
Written June 25, 2022
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Bitzy
San Diego, CA9 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Experience of a lifetime kayaking around icebergs to within 1/4 mile of Columbia Glacier, to watch the many calving moments! Our guide, Aiden was very knowledgeable, explaining all the science behind glaciers and he had a lot of experience in ensuring our safety. The gear Anadyr provides is ample to keep you warm and dry, and the kayaks are quite stable. Aiden also provided us with great photos of our experience!
Written September 13, 2020
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Kyle B
1 contribution
Jul 2020
My wife and I and our two kids (ages 12 and 15) capped an Alaska road trip with a day of kayaking at Columbia Glacier. Our guide Aiden did a great job engaging the kids and keeping my son and wife at ease as they were a little nervous with their first time on sea kayaks. He successfully guided our novice group to a truly amazing place and we will remember the amazing experience for a long time. My 15-year old daughter actually admitted to having fun!
Written July 29, 2020
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Hey Kyle! We are so happy to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time and felt comfortable while exploring what can be an intimidating landscape. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a kind review, we sincerely appreciate it. And a teen admitting to having fun, the highest of all compliments! Hope to see you all again. Thanks, Anadyr Adventures
Written July 31, 2020
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