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Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

The huge Kenai Peninsula, stretches out into the sea immediately south of Anchorage.

Small by Alaska standards, it encompasses a taste of all the state has to offer including whale watching, outstanding fishing, tidewater glaciers and character small towns.

Towns of the Kenai Peninsula

Homer is a bustling community known for its halibut fishing and the stunning views from the 'spit' that juts into Kachemak Bay, whilst Girdwood, set on Turnagain Arm, is famed for its tidal bore and its proximity to the Portage Glacier. Soldotna is renowned for its king salmon fishing. Nearby Kenai has a tangible sense of history exemplified by its Russian Orthodox church.

Other highlights include the lovely town of Seldovia, just a short ferry trip away from Homer and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Halibut Fishing

No visit to Homer is complete without trying your hand at halibut fishing and the fish in these waters are often enormous and make for hugely exciting sport. Your guides are very experienced to ensure you have a safe and comfortable day on the water while they teach you the techniques of bottom fishing, baiting your hooks and landing your fish. The average halibut brought in to Homer weighs around 28 pounds.

Along with great fishing and beautiful scenery you are likely to spot seals, sea otters, sealions, puffins and whales.

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    • Exit Glacier Road, Seward

      Exit Glacier Guided Hike

      Kenai Peninsula

      This is the perfect tour for outdoor enthusiasts who don’t mind some exercise whilst on holiday. This five-hour hike follows a scenic path to Exit Glacier, which is a mixture of back-country and on-trail walking.