Dutch Harbor Travel Guide
Falls in Smmers Bay
Picking blue berries by Ugadaga Bay...
Scenic beauty, 650 bald eagles, whiskered auklet, world class sports fishing, friendly people
In a nutshell
do you have a tight sceduall? dont bother comming
Grab a boat and get out to the Orca Highway. About 3 miles off Cape Cheerful is the Shalan Banks, an area of the Bering Sea rich in marine life. If you time your arrival for just after high tide, the currents coming thru the passes push a great deal of food close to the...
A rock which hailed as a pinnacle for returning seamen, this unique formation is still used as a beacon today. It is covered in small vegetation, and stands at the headwaters of the Iliuliuk and Summer Bays.
Unalaska / Dutch Harbor is home of the world record halibut, 459 pounds, caught in 1996 just ten minutes from the dock. The number of boats available for hire can vary, depending on owner's sked and if they commercial fish as well. Besides halibut, there's cod, rockfish, and...
The hills surrounding Unalaska and Dutch Harbor are ripe for hiking. Green hills surround the towns, offering great opportunities to see eagles, pick berries, or just wander. Some of the best hiking I found was up beyond Summer bay, in a valley that looks almost like...
Museum of the Aleutians
This small museum in Dutch Harbor is home to a delightful home of information about the native inhabitants of the Aleutian islands. It covers a fair amount of their history before contact with whites, detailing their customs and artifacts, mostly recovered from local...
Extra Mile Tours
We had lots of time to kill, so we spent a day with Bobbie roaming the island as part of her Extra Mile Tours. For those who do not have a car, and would like to see more of the island, this is a great resource. Bobbie has lived on the island for nearly 3 decades, married to...
The dual islands of Amaknak and Unalaska are fabulous places to see wildlife. You won't come across bears or wolves or moose, some of the better known residents of Alaska, but you have a great opportunity to see bald eagles. There are roughly 600 bald eagles on the two...
Grand Aleutian Hotel
4 Reviews and 37 Opinions The Grand Aleutian Hotel is the best accommodation in the Dutch Harbor/Unalaska area. It is a...
Airport Restaurant: The Worst Service Ever!
I had a very bad experience at this restaurant. Worst ever! I was literally ignored and was not served until I went to the counter for assistance. After I finally received assistance I had to walk up to the counter for drink refills. After I finished my meal I had to walk...
Chart Room: Fine Dining in Dutch Harbor
This restaurant is located on the second floor of the Grand Aleutian Hotel. It is a spacious, refined setting, overlooking Margaret Bay on Amaknak island. The menu was quite astonishing, considering the rougher nature of the town. New Zealand Steaks, fresh seafood delivered...
Margaret Bay Cafe: Hearty Breakfast
This simple cafe on the first floor of the Grand Aleutian Hotel offers breakfast and lunches. The area overlooks Margaret Bay, albeit at a lower elevation than the dinner restaurant Chart Room. The breakfasts are reasonably priced, with good service.
The Margaret Bay Cafe...
Unisea Sport's Bar: Hot Spot for the Young At Heart
The Sport's Bar has been around for years and always been a popular spot. But with the closure of Carl's and Latitudes it is packed every weekend and has a decent crowd most nights. A large space with pool tables, darts, lots of tables and a large bar. Don't have live music...
Latitudes: Elbow Room is no more!!
The old Elbow Room was sold earlier this year to two of the bar tenders from Carl's, Belinda & Lisa. Was closed while they fixed the place up and is now open for business as "Latitudes". Perhaps in memory of Jimmy Buffett who playd at the old Elbow Room in 1990? They have...
Small But Functional
The Dutch Harbor airport is a small regional place, not a place you would want to linger. But it helps you get around, and helps to serve as one of the hubs serving the smaller islands around Dutch Harbor. And the restaurant there is not bad, serves up some good Vietnamese...
The ferry is best way here if you have the time
NEWS FLASH!!The Alaska Marine Highway system has gone back to once a month service to Unalaska/Dutch Harbor from Homer. Sure wish they would quit playing with their schedule. If they would leave it alone they could build a reliable passenger base.Taking the run to Dutch on...
What's in a name?
Many folks ask where the name Unalaska came from. The best explanation I have come across is from Ray Hudson, a former teacher, historian and artist who lived here for many years. Ray writes:The name Unalaska is rooted in the changes which a native Aleut (Unangan) word has...
Get a land use permit
If you plan on hiking anywhere off the roads, camping, or driving to Summer's Bay, be sure to drop by the Ounalashka Corporation (O.C.) and get a land use permit. With Alaska's onerous private property liability laws, OC has had to start charging folks to use their...
None here - really!
Commercial fishing is king here (and queen and prince). The visitors that venture this far off the beaten path are treated with a bemused benevelance not seen at Alaska's tourist destinations. Last estimate on tourists that I've heard is about 1000 a year, mostly birding, fishing, and just wanting bragging rights of having gone this far west. Compare that with 30,000 fishing industry travellers per year coming to the plants and commerical fishing boats.
Unique Suggestions: You could buy a Carhart Jacket and Xtra tough boots and try and blend in with the local fishermen...
Updated Feb 12, 2007
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Rain Gear A Must
Pack spare clothing in a carry on if you are flying in. PenAir sometimes bumps bags due to weight restrictions, although they have gotten a lot better lately.
A great place to test your rain gear! We don't consider it rain unless it hurts. Layer up and be ready for anything...
World War II reminders
An often forgotten part of the Battle of Midway was the Japanese invasion of the Aleutian Islands. Started as an attempt at diverting some of the US carriers north to Alaska. Dutch Harbor was bombed several days in a row and two islands further out the Aleutian chain were...
Summer Bay is the most beautiful spot in Unalaska that I've found so far. It curves back away from the open sea, creating a small shoreline that extends either direction, both rugged and tranquil at the same moment. The sounds of the town fade away, and you're left with the...
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