Kodiak Travel Guide

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    Touch Tank at the Fish Tech Center
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    Small Boat Harbor
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Kodiak Things to Do

  • Beach Fever

    Buskin is a beach along a river, the river is a fave spot for fishermen. It has a beach house you can rent up on the cliffs, and it's actually a state park too, so you had better behave there! On warm summer nights this spot usually plays host to countless local barbucues and parties.

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  • Kodiak Bears

    Kodiak has its own unique subspecies of grizzly bear, the Kodiak bear. The bear is the only large mammal indigenous to the island and generally is non aggressive. However it's best to stay out of their way as it would not be a fair fight.

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  • Russian Orthodox Church & Seminary

    A reminder of Alaska's history as a Russian colony are the Russian Orthodox church and St. Herman's Seminary chapel

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Kodiak Hotels

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Kodiak Restaurants

  • Harborside Coffee

    1 out of 5 stars

    After a decade or so of having Downtown Harborside be my exclusive coffee shop on Kodiak Island my experience today will have me changing my "coffee auto-pilot". Of the 4 employees working (1 girl in training) they rather make small talk then serve coffee. Leaving me in line to wait while they hear about the new hunting dog the customer in front of...

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  • Chartroom

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Chartroom is the Best Western Kodiak Inn's in-house restaurant. It is as close as we get to fine dining in Kodiak. It has a great view looking over the harbor and a small but decent wine list. Table cloths and a quiet setting. A sliding glass door seperates it from the bar and smoking area. Locally caught fish is available most nights. It is...

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  • Henry's

    4 out of 5 stars

    I've quickly developed an affinity to this place. Good food, excellent service, nice atmosphere and always crowded. Open for lunch and dinner with a different special each day. From burgers, to seafood to steaks and wide selection. Haven't had anything yet that wasn't just great. The Friday night Prime Rib Dinner was outstanding last night....

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Kodiak Nightlife

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  • Mecca

    Depending on who you are, there is a bar here for you. Some of the names you will hear include the Village (for Cowboys), Tony's (for Fishermen), the Mecca (for Fishermen, Coasties and anyone), the B&B (Salty Old Men Only!), Henry's (Family orientated).. ask your local fisherman for an update! Dress code is Carharts, boots and thick woolen socks....

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  • Village Bar

    I've only lived in kodiak for 10 days now so I have yet to see all that it's nightlife has to offer. But the majority of night clubs are located in or near the mall - right by the small boat harbor. One such spot is The Village. It seems that Kodiak is blind to age differences. Seated around the Village are folks of all ages. Young locals and coast...

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  • Lively local spot

    I've only lived in kodiak for 10 days now so I have yet to see all that it's nightlife has to offer. But the majority of night clubs are located in or near the mall - right by the small boat harbor.One such spot is The Village. It seems that Kodiak is blind to age differences. Seated around the Village are folks of all ages. Young locals and coast...

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Kodiak Transportation

  • Air Travel

    Kodiak is serviced from Anchorage by ERA Aviation and by Alaska Air. Era operates as a subservice of Alaska, so all arrangements go through Alaska Air. About 8 flights a day - 6 by ERA's Dash 8 turbo prob and 2 by Alaska jet. About 45 minutes by jet or 1:10 by turbo prop, but the turbo is really faster because you don't have to deal with...

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  • Roadways

    Had an email asking about renting a bike on Kodiak. Didn't think it was possible but found out it is - for a price. 58 Degree North, an upscale sporting goods store on Mill Bay Road, rents nice mountain bikes for a daily rate. $35/day sounds like a lot but includes helmet and a lock. If you've ever tried to find a parking spot downtown during...

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  • Via Water

    Ferry service runs almost daily between Homer and Kodiak in the summer months, rotating between the Tustemena and the much larger Kennicott. Check their website or call to check on schedule as it changes from month to month. And then double check a few weeks out to make sure it is still as scheduled.

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Kodiak Shopping

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  • Alaskan Art & Phone Cards

    Rhonda runs an eclectic shop, with books, clothing, beads, internet lounge, phone cards, and local art. This is a neat place. Besides cards and gifts, Travelers often want to get phone cards to call home cheaply. The experts at the Treasury will guide you through the hidden costs and fees to get the right product.

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  • Fashionable Emporium

    Get the best in sports paraphernalia and hip-hop fashion at Bases Loaded down by St Paul's Harbor. While you suck on a cool Otter Pop or an icy cola and glance through the latest in urban sports apparel (including T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, shoes and ball caps), you can hear the latest gossip about town and the island by talking to the owner,...

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  • cross stitch supplies

    Get your knitting and cross-stitch supplies. They have lot's of fabric and other supplies. They specialize in quilt making and sponsor quilt making classes from time to time!

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Kodiak Local Customs

  • Crab Festival

    While not as wet as Crab Festival 2002 (See accompianing tip) 2003 suffered the wrath of wind on a few days. I suppose it was entirely appropriate as this years theme was "Gale Force Fun". Ha. Rides arrived late on the early morning of the first day of the festival. Corporate Sponsorship was lost this year, and the general feel of the event was a...

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  • Beach Fever

    When we went to White Sand Beach my son decided to build his version of Angkor Wat which we visited in Cambodia 2002. It was near the time we were going to leave so the fine details couldn't be worked out. The sand at White Sand Beach is perfect for building sand castles.

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  • Fishing

    Halibut is a staple of Kodiak's fishing industry. Professional fishermen will bait as many as 2,000 hooks on their industrial line with individual shrimp, a painstaking process that often leads to a remarkable harvest. Halibut itself is reckoned a mild or even flavorless fish, but their importance to the local economy and their sheer size make them...

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Kodiak Warnings and Dangers

  • Tsunami Warnings

    In the past century, Kodiak has been hammered by two natural disasters, the 1912 Novarupta eruption on the mainland and the 1964 earthquake/tsunami. Effects from both catastrophes are still visible today. The Sitka spruce trees that make this part of the island so gorgeous are not native to the area. . . the 1912 eruption deposited millions of...

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  • Wildlife

    Deer are abundant all around Kodiak and, like all deer, they are not the brightest about staying alive around vehicle traffic. Especially at night where headlights cause them to freeze up no matter where they are on the road. The stretch of road between the airport and town and south of town around the Bell's Flats area are heavy deer traffic...

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  • Weather

    MrClay2000 finally makes it in to Kodiak albeit 5 hours late!! We had a massive fog bank that wouldn't break up so his first flight cancelled and he was able to make it on the next one! Just as I was hanging up the phone from him notifying me that he had arrived in Kodiak, Kaloz walked through my door!! He had just gotten off work. So Kaloz, my son...

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Kodiak Tourist Traps

  • Crab Festival - 2003

    For some the Kodiak Crab Festival is loads of fun! But for others it is a tourist trap! Everything is priced quite high. Kids love it!! They are spending Mom and Dads money!! I know I handed out enough money during the 5 days the Festival was on! You gotta have a Bruin Burger, plate of King Crab Legs, Blackened Halibut Wrap, St Mary's Cheesburger,...

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  • Russian River

    Ye GODS! I can't tell you how silly tourists look fighting for a spot on the Russian river or Sargent creeks snagging pinks like crazy in the summer. Fishing on these two small rivers can rarely be rewarding, take the time, drive out a bit further either way and have a whole damn river to yourself. Don't fight, be polite!

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  • Kodiak Trap Shooting Club

    Ok, I know you were expecting to read how to get ripped off in Kodiak. Well in general Kodiak is quite expensive because we are on an Island and every thing must be shipped in. So expect to pay more for items than you would in the lower 48. But if you're interested in the Trap Club you can contact the VFW Post that is out the road towards Monashka...

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Kodiak What to Pack

  • Weather can vary quickly

    It is a maritime custom that you never board a vessel with a suit case. This has become more a superstition on commercial fishing boats than other type vessel these days. The summer of 2009 here in Kodiak started out with an unusual warm and sunny streak. 3 weeks of sun and temps climbing over 75 on occassion. We have been back to the usual cycle...

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  • Mosquito Repellent and Digital Camera

    Water Proof Luggage. And an Umbrella Wind Breakers and Rain Gear and Water Proof Boots. A Hat or 2 All the common sense items when traveling to any new area Digital Camera with Large Lenses. Or an SLR. Tripod and plenty of film or memory cards. If you camped before you know the routine Lighter, flashlight, radio and Sat-Phone

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  • High Contrast -- long angles

    The sun comes in at a low angle at many times of the year causing big changes in contrast. You may be driving when, BLAM, you are blinded by the sun. It can be very tricky.

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Kodiak Off The Beaten Path

  • Village Life

    Take a trip to a native village. They are each unique. Island Air flys to all the villages, some do not have runways, so you may get to experience a water landing in a float plane. This is a picture of Three Saints Church in Old Harbor.

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  • Feast of St Herman Pilgrimage

    Kodiak has it's own Saint, St Herman. Cannonized by the Orthodox Church in 1970s. Each year on his feast there is a pilgrimage to his home sight in Monk's Lagoon on Spruce Island with services and a meal. August 7-9

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  • Huntin Blacktial deer on Shuyak Island

    I took a Deer and sea duck hunt guided by a Tim Booch, owner of Aleutan Island Guide Service. We fly in by sea plane to Shuyak island. The accomadation were a rustic but very comfortable Park cabin. My deer hunt was sucessful.

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Kodiak Sports & Outdoors

  • Bear Valley Golf Course

    I bet you thought my first sporting tip would be fishing, or hunting, or hiking, or kayaking. Those sports are all in abundance in Kodiak but where I have been spending too much time at lately is here at the golf course. We rush out after work, grab a hot dog and spend 3 hours learning the game, sweating and swearing.Moving from an island (Dutch...

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  • Tee Off

    The U.S. Coast Guard operates a 9-hole golf course on Kodiak Island, appropriately named the Bear Valley Golf Course. The course has a driving range and a snack bar, and even a full-service pro shop. Tournaments and leagues are available, and green fees for civilians are $13 for the nine holes. Word of warning: this is one place where you should...

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  • Bear Valley Golf Course

    There are 2 parts to the driving range. The Rubber mats and also natural turf. A big bucket of balls cost $4 and small costs $2.

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  • A Very Walkable Downtown Area

    I find Kodiak a very easy town to walk around - especially the downtown area. All the museums (Baranof, Alutiiq, Wildlife Refuge Center) and many of Kodiak's restaurants, shops, our one local brewery, Russian Orthodox Church, both boat harbors, post office and the library can be reached on foot.A self guided walking tour is easy to do. A suggested...

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  • Useful Links

    Kodiak Daily Mirror This one is our local newspaper so if you want to read current events about the happenings in and around Kodiak. Kodiak Weather Cam Take a look at this if you'd like to see current weather conditions. The quality isn't the highest but you'll be able to see if it's sunny or cloudy!! %

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  • The Channel

    The town of Kodiak is separated from the spruce retreat at Near Island by the familiarly known "Channel," which is only a few hundred feet wide and only a few hundred feet long. Now arched by a bridge, commuters no longer need a boat to travel from one to the other. Despite its modest size and appearance, the Channel is a prime thoroughfare for the...

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