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“Access to Kachemak Bay State Park”
Review of Mako's Water Taxi

Mako's Water Taxi
Ranked #1 of 5 Transportation in Homer
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

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.

Thank Enyedy00
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Excellent service. Very friendly and helpful. Plus the water was really calm, so the trip was even more enjoyable. Boat was on time both trips. Will definitely use again.

Thank Teresa R
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We showed up early with no reservations. They put us on a boat and suggested a better hike for us due to the snow conditions. Boat pickup was on time and driver was courteous. Would definitely go here again if in town!

Thank Carrie K
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We wanted to make a last minute reservation as the weather was looking iffy for kayaking. Mako was great in helping us out. First off, he understood that we might not book at all but was still very willing to help us out. We didn't have to put down a deposit on our reservation and then by our group being flexible in our times, he was able to fit us in for a 2 hour kayaking Peterson Bay across from Homer with a stop at Gull Island. The wind was gusting in Homer, so Mako said they would try Peterson Bay which usually has less boat traffic and if that didn't work, they would take us to the next bay over for no extra charge. The double kayaks we rented worked great and he had the right size gear for the kids ages 6, 8, & 9. We finished early and were able to get cell connection. They came for us about 30 min early at our request. In calling around, Mako had the best price for a self guided tour including the water taxi. Very happy with what we got.

3  Thank D H
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

There are probably better tour guides, more comfortable boats, and lower prices among Homer's water taxis. But locals know that if you want to get there with minimum hassle you just call Mako.

Thank akfletchers
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