Puffin Island Travel Guide

  • Wanna go for a ride?
    Wanna go for a ride?
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  • Search light bunker
    Search light bunker
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  • Search light Bunker #11
    Search light Bunker #11
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Puffin Island Things to Do

  • Piece of the Old Dock

    Puffin Island was used as part of the US Defense during WW II. There are many remnants of that era still on the island. These pilings aren't of much use anymore but at one time they were part of a dock that was used for mooring military boats. During the war Puffin Island had the following: an anti motor torpedo boat battery, consisting of a pair...

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  • Stellar Sea Lions

    Stellar Sea Lions are a pretty cool animal as they are the largest of all "Eared" Seals. Males can grow to over 2000 Lbs while females max out at just under 600 Lbs. They get their name (Lion) from the Big Males as when they are older they grow a think neck hair similar to a Lion so thats where the name Sea Lion comes from. They don't roar like a...

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  • Hidden Observation

    From this hidden bunker the US military would scan the waters of Kodiak looking for Japanese submarines trying to sneak into the harbor. Now the Japanese tourists or anyone can enjoy the views of the bay from this spot.

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  • Light at the end of the tunnel

    Once you enter the tunnel you can walk for about 25 feet and you can see the light from the other side. I'm sure during rainy periods there will be lot's of water here but it was quite dry when we visited.

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  • Beach Combing

    Puffin Island could be a nice spot for some beach combing as the island is located at the opening to Womens Bay and alot of stuff washes up in there. We didn't find anything cool except this old crab pot that was buried deep in the sand. Old Japanese Glass Floats are the prize that people around here love to find!!

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  • St Hermans Harbor

    A good spot to leave from is St Hermans Harbor and that's where Evan keeps his skiff. There are lot's of boats to see and I think it can be quite picturesque on a clear morning such as the one we chose.

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Puffin Island Transportation

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    Captain Evan at the helm

    by herzog63 Written Sep 15, 2003

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    The only real way to get to Puffin Island is by small boat or skiff. There is a great gravel landing beach that is nice and steep so it's perfect for using a skiff. Rubber boots would be useful so you don't get your feet wet getting in and out of the skiff. Although Evan just wore regular street shoes and he didn't get them wet.....I did the water work.

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Puffin Island Local Customs

  • Rock Quarry

    If you look across Womans Bay onto Kodiak Island you can see the destruction that the local construction companies are doing in the name of progress! The are getting the rock from the hillsides in order to build more roads....Does'nt look very pretty!!

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  • Kind of a gross picture but funny Sea...

    One of the first things that I noticed about the sleeping Sea Lions was that they had huge amounts of snot running from their noses! The ones that were in a deep sleep did anyways! Sorry about this tip but I had to include it as it was so common to see.

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Puffin Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch for holes up on top of the island

    When you're walking long you will have to realize that this island was part of a military base and when then left they didn't take care of all the dangers!! There are many air vents and old foundations hidden in the thick vegetation!! I broke through some old boards while walking along! luckily I wasn't hurt!! Or luckily I didn't fall into a 20...

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  • State Troopers on the water

    Here in Kodiak there are rules and laws on the water! Personal floatation devices must be provided. No operating boats while drunk! No shooting animals out of season. No taken an overlimit of fish. Driving reckless isn't allowed either. So if you don't want to end up in the clink be on your best behavior as these guys are a presence in the area!!...

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  • Bring a flashlight!!!

    LOL...We didn't bring one as I didn't have any idea what we would find on the island. I didn't know we would find underground bunkers to explore. I took this photo in total darkness using the flash of my camera so we could see where we were standing!! We were about 3 feet from the wall and didn't even know it. LOL We were taking little tiny steps...

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Puffin Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Evan and Searchlight Bunker #11

    This is a bunker that housed a searchlight. It is a little tough to get down to this one as you have to climb down the crumbling cliff but it's not too bad. To the left of the photo are 2 huge steel doors that are rusting now. You can see the concrete apron has seen better days. Probably a combination of earthquakes and severe winter storms have...

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  • Views over the bay

    The spot I'm standing on is a little difficult to find. You will have to get to the edge of the eastern side of the island then climb down the cliff. You will come to a bunker that is built into the cliff. It is in pretty rough shape now but at one time appears as though it could have been for ammunition storage. The platform is breaking up and...

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  • Another passageway

    Once we found our way through the darkness we found another door into yet another room. I'm sure at one time the military had meetings and made plans in these rooms. Walking through these rooms in total darkness was a bit eery as I only new what the rooms looked like after I returned home and put the photos on my computer. I'll bring a flashlight...

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Puffin Island Favorites

  • Tons of sea birds

    On the way to Puffin Island you will pass several rocky outcroppings that are home to many sea birds. You can see Cormorants, shearwaters,Murre's, Sea Gulls and sometimes Puffins!! LOL We spotted everything except the Puffins!! Puffin Island is a bird nesting area protected by the Migratory Bird Act so don't be messing with the birds here!! You...

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  • The Fireweed is tough to walk through!

    As you can see Evan hiking across the top of the island through the fireweed which has already lot's it's beautiful colors as we were here in September. But if you could see this during late July and August you would be amazed by the colors of the fireweed blossoms!! But during the time when the fireweed is 3-4 feet tall and as thick as it is you...

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  • Coming out the other side

    Here you can see what we could see as our eyes adjusted to coming back out into the light after spending that time in total blackness except for my camera flash!! LOL

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