Fun for the whole family! Both adults and children can catch halibut with the guidance of our experienced crew. You can even take your catch home for a delicious Alaska-style dinner!
Seldovia Wildlife Tour
Observe sea otters, bald eagles, ducks, orcas, and more!
Duration: 7.5 hours
Departures: 10:30 a.m. every day, starting in May
Stops: Gull Island bird rookery, Seldovia
- Child (12 & under)
- Infant (1 & under)
- One Way To Seldovia
- One Way To Homer
Affordable Homer, Alaska boat tours for the whole family!
Welcome aboard the Discovery or Rainbow Connection for an amazing tour of Kachemak Bay and the community of Seldovia. Our first stop will be at the Gull Island bird rookery where you will get up close and personal with up to 15,000 sea birds. Our most common are the Glaucous-winged Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwakes. Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic and Red Faced Cormorants, Tufted and Horned Puffins, as well as the Common Murres. We also see frequent Bald Eagles and a large variety of other seabirds.
We will continue through scenic Eldred Passage where we frequently find otters, sea ducks, whales, and a variety of other marine life. Learn about the Islands, Fjords, and waterways as we cruise towards Seldovia.
We arrive in Seldovia around 1:00pm. Once in Seldovia you will have time to enjoy one of the many restaurants or you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch. Explore historic boardwalk, visitors center, museum, local trails, pick some berries, or just photograph the local beauty.
We depart Seldovia at 4:00pm with a scheduled return time of approximately 5:30pm. We are frequently delayed by whales or other awesome marine life along the way.
For more information and to plan your activities in Seldovia, please visit www.seldovia.com.
*The Rainbow Connection and The Discovery are both used for our wildlife tours and alternate on a daily basis.
The M/V Rainbow Connection is 65′ long with an 18.5′-beam and a 75-passenger capacity. She is designed specifically for passenger comfort. She has a fully automated roll control system for those bumpy days and indoor and outdoor seating. Don’t hesitate to join our captain up in the wheelhouse. Enjoy a fun-filled day on the water!
The M/V Discovery is 75’ long with a beam of 20’ and an 80-passenger capacity. She has indoor and outdoor seating, two full walk-around decks and even an upper deck for your full comfort and viewing opportunities. There is a snack bar on board with chips, candies, and drinks.
Wildlife Tour Route Map
Your day on the water can range from hot and sunny to very wet and cold. There is lots of room on all our vessels to bring extra gear.
The Rainbow Connection and The Discovery feature many more comforts. We have a full-service snack bar, however, we highly recommend you bring the following items:
- Camera, extra batteries and a charger (there are 110-v outlets onboard)
- Warm clothes; layers are best
- Hats and gloves
- Sunscreen if you burn easily
- Hiking shoes if wanting to venture the trails
- Lunch food if you are not interested in eating lunch in Seldovia
- We do have crayons and coloring books onboard for your little ones
- Strollers for little ones are very convenient
- Pets are welcome too and there is no additional charge. Seldovia is a dog-friendly town so please do not leave them behind.
There is lots of room to store extra items and you are welcome to leave them onboard while you explore Seldovia.
Athabascan Indians, Aleuts and Eskimos have camped at Seldovia for hundreds of years, but its modern history began in the late 1800’s. It is possible that prehistoric evidence of a village site may lie beneath the Russian Orthodox Church or other homes in the Seldovia city. Other excavations of ancient skeletal remains have turned up around the MacDonald Spit.1840 Chief manager of the Russian Colonies in North America, Mikhail Dmitrievich Teben’kov, sent Captain to explore Cook’s Inlet, including Seldovia.1852 Captain Archimandritov named the bay “Zaliv Seldevoy” or translated, “Herring Bay.” The Kenaitze Indian name for the Bay was Chesloknu.1867 Alaska purchased from Russia. Many Russians departed for their mother country; however heritage of the Russian culture still remain in Seldovia.1870 Russians and Natives who were engaged in fur hunting and trading settled here by the 1870’s. This makes it one of the oldest settlements in the Cook Inlet area. Over the years the processing of herring, crab and salmon have been important. An Indian village once flourished at the mouth of the Seldovia River. Also Captain Nathaniel Portlock discovered what may be the first coal mine in Alaska — 8 miles south of Seldovia. It was mined by the Russians for their settlements and the Russian fleet.1884 10th U.S. Census Population of Seldovia: 74 (including “island” which may have been the Yukon Island)1898 The Post Office in Seldovia was established.1900’s At the turn of the century, Seldovia was a stop for prospectors enroute to the gold fields in the Interior.1908 First Public School in Seldovia was established.1910 The first salmon cannery was built around 1910.1910 Juneau became the capital city of Alaska.1920 A herring boom in the 1920’s brought Scandinavians to town and they stayed on to fish salmon, halibut, crab. First record of a 4th of July Celebration in Seldovia.1925 More than fifty fox farms were established in the bays and coves of the peninsula, many of them using Seldovia as the point of supply. During these years, Seldovia was the commerce center for all of Western Alaska. Powder Island also had a sawmill, which caught fire and burned down.1927 Seldovia’s canneries were thriving businesses.1931 In 1931 a wooden boardwalk was built along the waterfront to facilitate travel through town. Businesses in buildings set on pilings flourished along the intimate wooden walkway, and Seldovia became known throughout Southcentral Alaska as “the boardwalk town.” The boardwalk was also social gathering place. Even today, the charm of old Seldovia is retained in an original section of the old boardwalk which remains along the Seldovia Slough.1945 Seldovia’s first airplane service: Miller’s Seldovia Air Service – 6 passenger double wing Waco float plane, pilot was Dick Miller. The plane was tethered to the Seldovia dock. This was also the year that Seldovia was incorporated as a “Second Class City,” with 285 residents. Seldovia’s canneries were no longer a thriving business.1946 Seldovia’s current air strip was built.1947 Children’s ski tow built on the Frank Raby Hill (behind the old Beachcomber Hotel) by Dr. Melvin Belz and Everd Jones. The first radio telephone transmitter was installed in June, enabling communication between Seldovia and Anchorage.1962 Seldovia was reclassified as a “First Class City.”1964 The 1964 earthquake changed Seldovia forever. The land mass subsided four feet, allowing high tides to wash over the boardwalk and into its buildings- houses and stores. The waterfront boardwalk was replaced and renewed with fill from surrounding hills so the the town could be rebuilt on higher ground, above high tides.1971 Construction began on the Susan B. English School.
First classes held on August 30, 1972.
Dedication Ceremony on September 30, 1972.1975
Seldovia Native Association sold some of its logging rights to Robertson & Sons who milled about 5 million feet of Sitka spruce. In later years more logging was done.Today Seldovia is an active and fun community, has a wonderful school (grades 1-12), invites tourism, is an attractive retirement place, and supports the sport fishing industry.