Pangaea Adventures Day Tours

Pangaea Adventures Day Tours

River Rafting & Tubing • Gear Rentals • Hiking & Camping Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Guided sea kayaking, rafting and glacier hiking. Join our upbeat, knowledgeable crowd, as we offer a unique means of exploring a remote and stunningly beautiful corner of Alaska. Ice climb, camp, backpack, water taxi, kayak rentals and guided half-day, full-day and multi-day trips abound. From sea kayaking amongst the icebergs of Prince William Sound, to whitewater rafting the canyons of the Chugach Mountains, to backcountry hiking into the depths of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, we offer a wholesome array of fun ways to experience the Alaskan wild. Explore with us for a day, or take all our trips and fuse them into a week-long multi-sport adventure! We customize many of our trips, so we are confident that we can find you the perfect fit.
Valdez, Alaska

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2022

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Ginny
Worcester, MA9 contributions
Jul 2021
My group of 3 friends participated in the 4 day/3 night kayaking camping trip from Columbia Glacier to Glacier Island. We can't say enough good things about the experience. From the very beginning, the staff at Pangea was kind, helpful, and accommodating. Kristina was very friendly and easy to work with. Typically trips like this are booked months ahead of time and we called with a week to go… somehow Kristina was able to squeeze us in and we are so grateful!

Our guide Ashleigh was incredible. She planned and prepared some amazing camping meals with dessert! She was a great mentor/educator and I came away from the trip with a number of skills that I will continue to use in the future. You can't control the weather and we had a very rainy first day, but Pangea made sure we were prepared with a great packing list and provided the rest of the equipment in great condition. It can be challenging to camp in the rain, but Ashleigh encouraged us and kept us smiling as we set up our dinner tent and camping tents on the Mars-like landscape carved by Columbia Glacier. Ashleigh helped us to appreciate the unique experience of camping where there was once a glacier, despite the rain. Our perseverance was rewarded by the next couple days of beautiful weather where we were treated to views of the snowcapped mountains behind Columbia Glacier, a family of orcas that decided swim right by our kayaks, and a group of humpback whales bubble feeding all day long in Prince William Sound. We also saw seals hanging out on icebergs, so many sea otters, sea lions, and puffins!

Ashleigh was well trained and very aware of the time, conditions, tides, and group ability. She made some great suggestions about where to go and how far to kayak each day so that we could have the best trip possible. Our goals were to see Columbia Glacier and hopefully whales which required lots of paddling, some good decisions, and a bit of luck. Ashleigh helped us have an incredible 4 days on the water and our trip with Pangea was the highlight of our time in Alaska.

Thank you Ashleigh, Kristina, and the rest of the team at Pangea for an unforgettable trip. I would highly recommend Pangea to anyone looking to explore Valdez by kayak!
Written August 2, 2021
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Jeremy L
Anchorage, AK131 contributions
Jul 2022
2 day overnight Shoup Glacier Tour w/the BEST guide ever - Hailey (10 out of 5 stars!).
Overall, a wonderful 40th birthday celebration with my fiance and our fantastic and over the top guide, Hailey. From start to finish, Pangaea Adventures gives 100% professionalism everyday. Owner Tim Duffy and the entire staff made the pre-planning and scheduling of the trip smooth and easier than ever. Our guide Hailey made the trip very special and pleasantly easy as well by getting ahold of us days before our trip and planning on our equipment needs the night before. Even though the trip was constant rain for two days straight, our guide made the best out of a gloomy and soaking wet experience. The care to detail from setting up emergency tarps to warming up hot water for cocoa or even cooking the best upside down pizza I have ever ate, Hailey is amazing at her job. The views, scenery, and the beauty sea kayaking in Shoup Bay Glacier to Valdez was an experience that I will remember for a lifetime!
Written July 21, 2022
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Caitlin Watts
2 contributions
Aug 2021
From the moment our guide got in touch a few days before our tour we knew this would be an incredible experience. We did the three day Columbia glacier kayak + overnight lodge stay, and frankly it was the best money we've spent in Alaska in a long time (we visit yearly, so that says something!) The glacier was spectacular, and Tim (owner and our captain) did a great job of slowing on our ride to scope out wildlife. We saw jellyfish, otters, sea lions, and a curious harbor seal. Our guide, Kyle, was a perfect fit for us, and we felt he kept us engaged and moving but never drove us beyond our physical comfort zone (which for a trip that involved three days of kayaking, felt very mindful and attentive). But the real treat of this particular excursion was staying with Chris at his lodge. All hours of the day we could hike the area, eat blueberries and salmon berries right off the bushes, and watch otter pups frolicking in the shallows between leaping pink salmon. A black bear showed up right in the front yard (small and harmless, eating berries just like we were). It was a spectacular home base for kayaking (we saw seals and a TON of curious otters that came right up beside our kayaks if we stayed still, and a number of eagles), and Chris himself was a font of knowledge and entertainment, as well as a phenomenal cook - we ate better those two nights than most of our trip out to restaurants!

Frankly I could rant and rave on, but book this trip! Seriously!
Written August 5, 2021
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We love hearing how much guests love these trips. We take great pride in our guides and ensuring the best possible experience we can facilitate. Thank you for choosing Pangaea for your vacation in Valdez, we hope this experience continues to shine bright for you!
Written August 13, 2021
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Tatanka78
Anchorage1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
My wife and I took our children (10 and 7) on the Schoup Glacier kayaking adventure and highly recommend it. Our kids had some kayaking experience before in lakes but not anything as large as Prince William Sound. The ask wasn't too difficult for them and the guides (Tim & Hallie) were amazing. They were engaging, insightful and entertaining whether talking to an adult or my 7 year old. Great people and organization.
Written July 22, 2021
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We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed the Shoup Glacier kayaking excursion with Pangaea. Thank you for choosing us to be a part of your Alaskan adventure!
Written July 22, 2021
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Mark&Cher
Stewartsville, NJ7 contributions
Aug 2021
The guide and staff were excellent. The views stunning. Our guide was most knowledgeable and made the tour that much more enjoyable.

The weather was cold, windy and pretty constant heavy rain, After several hours of paddling all were rain soaked and most shivering cold. Our guide put up a tarp shelter to protect us from the rain while we ate lunch. He accommodated many cold people with dry clothes and when those ran out - gave up His own wool mittens!!!

There was disappointment. My wife and I got excited when we saw the boat returning for us. We had expected shelter and warmth given the days environment. Instead the boat was very cold as the doors to the cabin needed to be left cracked open as there was no functioning windshield defroster. we sat by the front door in the small breeze huddled together cold for the 2 hour boat ride back. Features of others passengers, cold and huddled, told the same story.

Had this been less money I would dismiss this last part, however this was a serious amount of money for my wife and I as we also covered our daughter and son in law. Was not the best way to end the trip.
Written August 14, 2021
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Siyun L
5 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We did the sea kayaking tour, it was an all-day tour. The tour had about 10 people and 2 guides. First, the boat took the group to Columbia Bay Glaciers (about 1.5-2 hr I think), then the group kayaked right in front of Glacier (with same safe distance of course). It was awesome, spending half day enjoy the massive and gorgeous glacier, peaceful while hearing thunder sometimes caused by ice falling down from glacier. And we saw stunning iceberg too, iceberg only last several days, so each trip may spot different ones. It was absolutely amazing.

Our guide was Ben, a great guy. He constantly looked out for wild life when we are on boat. We were able to see orca family on our way to Glacier and back from Glacier. We learned a lot from Ben about Valdez and its wild life.

All Pangaea Tour staffs we met are friendly. On our tour day, which is foggy, one guy asked for rescheduling his reservation to the next day, the staff had no problem reschedule it for him, even with that short notice. Talking about weather, at beginning I was worried about Valdez weather, it seems always raining. But don't put off by the weather, because the glacier and iceberg are more beautiful in cloudy and raining days. The blue ice pops out more. And the tour provides heavy duty rain gear, so no worry about rain. As for the fog, it usually opens up away from shore, but I heard from our guide there are times the fog is too heavy to have glacier visible.

Our family rates this tour the best experience in our trip. It's better than cruise boat. We highly recommend doing sea kayaking in Valdez with Pangaea Tours!
Written July 4, 2021
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Hello and thank you for taking the time to submit a kind review for Pangaea! It's stellar reviews like yours that allow us to keep doing what we do. We're glad you enjoyed your kayaking experience with us, and we are grateful that you choose Pangaea to be a part of your Alaskan vacation!
Written July 5, 2021
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krzmarzick25
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Our guide Kyle toured us out to Gold Creek by kayak where we had lunch with hot cocoa and tea. The journey provided many wildlife inhabitants including a sea lion fighting of birds for his salmon. A pair of harbor seals curiously followed us along our journey under the carful watch of a bald eagle. A young marmot looked at us in puzzlement as a zombie fish passed by. Kyle enhanced the tour with his knowledge of the area and provided extra pictures for us after its conclusion. This trip is well worth the money and would recommend to anyone as my 14- and 12-year-old will have memories to last a lifetime.
Written August 17, 2021
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Rory S
London, United Kingdom1 contribution
Jul 2022
I went on one of Pangaea's 6 day kayaking trips. In summary it was an epic voyage defined for me by the abundance of wildlife, daily adventure/challenges and some truly out of this world camping nights by active glaciers.

The weather was not overly kind to our group, however the knowledge, spirit and enthusiasm of the guides kept morale high. They truly went above and beyond!

For those seeking a week in the frontier with excellent guides I would highly recommend!
Written July 28, 2022
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Jacqueline B
Minneapolis, Minnesota32 contributions
Aug 2022
We chose the Duck Flats Intertidal Paddle because we just wanted to spend some time out on the water, see some pretty scenery and perhaps some wildlife. We did have a lovely day, so that was the one plus. It was perhaps our fault for choosing this paddling trip, but it was such a commercial area that it wasn't very pretty. And our guide was probably new, as she would answer a question if we asked, for instance "What kind of bird were we looking at?", but it was very difficult to hear what she was saying because she had her back to us when she talked, and her voice didn't carry very far. She didn't seem to notice that members of our group (2 kids) were lagging far behind, never once did I see her turn around to see where everyone was! We only saw Harbor Seals on this trip. The equipment that was provided was tandem kayaks, rubber skirts, life vests, paddles, waterproof paddling pants & rubber boots if you wanted, and that was all in good condition.
Written August 13, 2022
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Hi Jacqueline. Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. The Duck Flats tour is a great way to get on the water for a short time, and offers a great perspective of our local area from the waterline. We are bummed you did not find the scenery and history intriguing! We do paddle along the coast near the boat harbors to get to the more scenic intertidal zone know for nesting birds and wildlife, most guests find this fascinating. Perhaps next time you could give us a chance to take you to a glaciated area, if you'd prefer that. We will relay your comments to our staff, and it will ultimately help us improve our product. All the best to you!
Written August 28, 2022
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Shi S
Oahu, HI1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Friends
Would not recommend the 10hr trip. The website says the 2.5hr trip to the kayak location is by cruise but it is actually just water taxi. Valdez is rainy most of the time so visibility is poor. Also the rain coat is not very effective and they did not recommend people to bring dry cloth to change afterwards on the way back. Too pricey for the trip overall. You spend 5hr on water taxi in your 10hr trip. The guide is great though, knowledgeable and helpful.
Written July 7, 2021
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Hi there. Thanks for your honest review of Pangaea. I am sorry you felt misled by the tour, all of the information you may need is on our website, and is provided by the office staff when you book a trip. We ask everyone to bring extra layers and dress warm, and yes, the boat ride is 2-2.5 hours each way... the Columbia Glacier is about 50 miles from Valdez. We usually take our time to check out the wildlife along the way, which guests typically appreciate, and factors outside of our control, such as weather and drifting ice, can affect the duration of the trip as well, but it is at minimum 2 hours each way, as described on our website and brochures. Also, I'm not sure how being "just a water taxi" is less ideal for a cruise? Our boats are pictured and described on our website, as well, so there should be no surprises there. We are a small, family owned company, and we don't own or operate cruise ships, if that's what you were picturing. As for the weather, yes, it rains A LOT in Valdez, as we live in a rainforest! And as far as we have determined, rubber is as waterproof as you can get, which is the type of rain coat that we provide to everyone taking the tour. Even when saturated they will protect you from the rain, which we generally find to be effective. Inevitably, your sleeves may get wet from water dripping, so we do warn guests to bring extra layers, and I apologize if you did not get that information. And in regards to the price tag, our research shows us that if you want a full day of guided sea kayaking in Alaska that visits a glacier (the Mighty Columbia, no less!) and also involves the use of a water taxi, our prices are hard to beat! At minimum, I am glad that you found your guide to be helpful on this tour. We take great pride in making sure our guides are knowledgable, fun, and safety-oriented. We appreciate your business, and hope you'll consider giving Pangaea another chance in the future. Thanks for visiting us in Valdez.
Written July 8, 2021
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