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Spirit Walker Expeditions - Day Tours

Gustavus, AK, USA
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Spirit Walker Expeditions is a unique facilitator of Alaskan travel and wilderness experience. The leader in premium guided sea kayaking trips since 1987.
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Amy P wrote a review Aug 2021
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We traveled for over 5 weeks in Alaska this summer, doing two different sea kayak trips (one overnight kayak-and-camp-trip, one day-trip) before our Spirit Walker adventure. There were several reasons why this last trip exceeded our expectations and outshone the previous ones. Yes, we had incredible weather for the four days, and the scenery around the Johns Hopkins Glacier, the West Arm, and Glacier Bay National Park overall is stunning. But what sets Spirit Walker apart are the many little details that our guides and the rest of the staff paid attention to from day one. When I first emailed to inquire about trips and dates, Stephen called me back to give a detailed and honest description of the various scheduled trips we were looking at so that we could choose the best fit for us. The pre-trip questionnaire is extremely thorough, covering your activity preferences and priorities, food preferences, special requests, rain gear sizes and equipment needed, etc. Gustavus is a pretty small community, so vendors tend to communicate with each other pretty frequently, but Liz and the rest of the staff just made everything work seamlessly: coordinating with our B&B to meet us at the airport, do our pre-trip orientation, and drop us off in time for dinner; calling before we got on the flight to check what we wanted for dinner and letting the B&B know; calling the airline on the way back for other group members, and even having their extra baggage pre-loaded in the van so they could get on an earlier return flight. They provided all the equipment and gear: tents, pads, sleeping bags, rain gear, dry bags, pogies, which made everything much easier for travelers. Everything was clean and dry; with other companies, I've been given wet or smelly gear and told this is the norm with sea kayaking, but Spirit Walkers proved this isn't so--all the gear was properly cleaned and aired. I was hesitant to use a rental sleeping bag, but the bedding smelled fresh and clean. Everything was taken care of so we could truly just enjoy the whole trip and not worry about a thing. And what a trip it was! Danny and Alida were AWESOME--not only experienced, informative, fun and friendly, but also incredibly flexible - when we were blown away by our first campsite and wanted to spend an extra day exploring that area, they simply conferred with the whole group and changed the itinerary. Glacier Bay is an amazing place for a kayak expedition, and Spirit Walker maximized the enjoyment we took from there.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Walt G wrote a review Aug 2021
Denver, Colorado3 contributions4 helpful votes
Our 7-day trip encountered bad weather, but our guides kept us safe, warm and well-fed! They rearranged the itinerary and we experienced all the beauty and culture of Glacier Bay and Southeast Alaska. These people are the best!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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ReenPA wrote a review Aug 2021
Warrington, Pennsylvania540 contributions132 helpful votes
This kayaking experience was the most amazing trip! To begin with, Spirit Walker expeditions had a safety survival pack in each kayak that included a warming blanket, flares of some sort and a communication device if we were ever separated from the group. We’ve kayaked often in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska and this is the first time we’ve experienced a company include this in each kayak. Next was our guide Liz. To experience being in her presence is a gift indeed-experienced, clever and funny, full of information and tailored the experience to your needs as well. She also makes a great salmon spread lunch! You just can’t beat the Point Adolphus location, providing enough nutrients to feed the smallest creatures that feed the bigger ones. The Stellar sea lions and humpbacks were as curious about us as we were about them. We even spent time with a sleeping whale enough to time his sleeping breaths to every 3 minutes. We have great memories from our trip, thank you Liz and Spirit Walker expeditions!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Jean wrote a review Jul 2021
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Highest recommendation for this amazing, world class ocean and whale watching adventure company: Spirit Walker Expeditions! This is a fully supported and guided kayak trip in a stunning ocean natural setting with an experienced, reliable, thoughtful kayak guide. Stephen, Spirit Walker owner, a kind, caring expert with over 20 years of experience, was our guide for our group of 5 in 3 very stable double kayaks. This is pristine ocean and shore wilderness adventure, allowing whale, sea lion, otter, eagle, bird watching encounters from a safe distance. We could see and hear whales breathing as they breached the surface. We saw whale fins and the continuous, gentle movement of whales through the water. Many sea lions seemed curious and occasionally came close enough for us to get a good look, though far enough to know we were not disrupting them. This trip provided a close encounter to be a witness the ocean and shore ecosystem in a unique and moving way. The marine environment was very personal on our kayaks. Surrounding us, the ocean was alive with small waves, the tides and gentle wind moving us along in our kayaks, under both clouds and sun. From beginning to end, the leaders inspired confidence and support to beginner and novice kayaker adventurers to allow for a safe and otherworldly experience. Spirit Walker Expeditions is a well equipped, experienced, expert, kind, caring. From beginning to end, every detail was managed from providing boots, rain gear, transportation to the shore. They hired a taxi service to take the 3 double kayaks 25 minutes across Icy Straight to Point Aldolphus a well known rich feeding area for humpback whales. After kayaks were unloaded to the shore from the taxi, care was taken by Stephen to train participants in getting in and out of the kayaks, paddling, and safety. Our 3 boats kept close to each other and the shore, and were given a panoramic view on the water of whales breathing, and the surrounding heavenly beauty of this pristine area. We were allowed every assistance needed, given breaks, so we could fully enjoy and participate in this once in a lifetime experience. Stephen provided an amazing lunch, including salmon, bagels, meat, cheese, bagels and dessert in a natural, beautiful, primitive rocky beach setting. Every minute we were held in the care of Spirit Walker Expeditions was a valued opportunity to experience ocean, marine, shore, and human kindness. Highest recommendation!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Richard R wrote a review Feb 2020
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Spirit Walker Expeditions provided an excellent experience for a group of families traveling together to explore Southeast Alaska. We were able to enjoy the charm and beauty of Juneau, the peaceful welcome and community of the small town of Gustavus, and the adventure of kayaking among whales and sea life near Adolphus Point. Spirit Walkers made it easy for us to spend time together and encounter sea life and Alaskan wilderness in a new and personal way. Our children were immersed in nature as we kayaked, camped, and encountered whales, sea lions, fish, tide pools, and other creatures. Equipment, food and supplies, as well as information and guidance, was exceptional. We highly recommend this experience.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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