We use Mako’s Water Taxi service twice, on two consecutive days of our Homer visit. Each time, a roundtrip for two people across the Kachemak Bay cost $160.65. This seems expensive, but we really wanted to get across the bay to go hiking in Kachemak Bay State Park, so I am glad that we paid and went.
The Water Taxi service is provided by a small boat that lands you right on the beach at the trail head. Mako’s make arrangements for the time and place of your pickup (we finished our hikes at different trail heads than we began.) We personally did not have cell phones with us, but apparently reception is readily available on the far side of the bay.
For both of our hikes, Mako’s returned precisely at the scheduled time for our pickup.
Here was the special treat: after our first hike, when cruising back to Homer, the pilot spotted some sea otters floating in the bay. He killed the engine and cruised a few circles around these wonderful animals. We got with 10 or 15 yards of these sea otters. That was great.
After our second hike, the ship captain made a small side journey over to Gull Rock to show us the massive numbers of sea birds swarming there. Very cool to see the Murres, Kittiwakes, Gulls and Puffins! Excellent.
On both of our journeys with Mako, the ship captains were personable and friendly, answering lots of questions about Homer and Alaska and wildlife. Ask them about Homer’s amazing tides!
This is a great service. I was glad we did our hikes.