How do I get to Kodiak?
Kodiak Island is accessible by air (a 45-minute flight from Anchorage) and by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferries from Homer.
Alaska Marine Highway System
To book a trip, review the sailing schedule and track vessels.
(800) 642-0066 toll free
(800) 764-3779 TDD / TDY
(907) 465-3941 phone
Travel Tips and FAQs
What about Kodiak’s weather?
Generally, June through August are the warmest months, but ultimately the weather can be as variable in Alaska as it is anywhere else. To put it another way: Kodiak Island is a temperate rain forest environment and enjoys mild coastal weather patterns with moderate precipitation and occasional high winds. Average annual rainfall is 67 inches. Come prepared for sunny, warm days as well as cool rainy ones. In the summer, the long days and comfortable temperatures help to make your vacation on the Emerald Isle as enjoyable as it is beautiful.
Marty knows a lot about the ocean. Formerly the harbormaster for Kodiak, his roots go back to the 1930’s when his family settled on Kodiak Island–which means he has fun stories to tell.
What to Pack
The dress code for Kodiak (and our dinner cruises) is what we call “Kodiak casual.” Dress in layers so you are prepared for any weather. Forget down-filled clothing and sleeping bags. Beyond the basics, there are a few things you can bring that will make all the difference in the world in your trip to Kodiak Island. Here is a checklist as you plan your trip:
- Camera with extra memory cards
- Binoculars or spotting scope
- Waterproof boots
- Rain pants
- Jacket with hood (leave umbrellas at home)
- Fleece jacket
- Shirts for layering
- Hat and gloves
- Warm socks
Where can I get more information?
What’s happening in Kodiak
For a comprehensive list of community events, museums, air taxi services, fishing charters, hotels and so on, visit www.kodiak.org. To learn about what is happening during your visit, check out Discover Kodiak’s upcoming events list on the www.kodiak.org website and on our public radio station’s community calendar at KMXT 100.1 FM.
Discover Kodiak (at the Kodiak Visitor Information Center)
Official visitor information for Kodiak Island. Visit their award-winning website at www.kodiak.org and request a Visitor Guide.
The Alaska Travelgram
A great (free!) newsletter, hosted by travel writer Scott McMurren, it’s filled with Alaska travel specials, timely advice, activities of local interest throughout Alaska. Read the latest, and sign up here.
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Since 1949, this travel guide is considered the bible of north country travel. The website at www.milepost.com is excellent source of apps, cruising, travel directories and slideshows.
Visit Us in Kodiak
A visit to Kodiak endears you with bragging rights! We invite you to experience what many people say when they come here: “Wow, this is real Alaska!” If you enjoy hiking, sipping a latte or micro-brew beer, kayaking, bear viewing, gardening (how do you grow stuff in Alaska, anyway?), discovering local art, reading a good book on the beach, or taking pictures, Kodiak is for you.
We are longtime residents of Kodiak. Marion is an accomplished photographer and taught photography classes through the University of Alaska for 15 years. She continues to host photography workshops.
Marty was Kodiak's harbormaster for 20 years and his family roots in Kodiak date back to the 1930's. Lots of local knowledge, history and fun stories to share...