Kodiak Cruise Port
Port of Kodiak: An Overview
Known as the Emerald Isle of Alaska, Kodiak is one of the state's major fishing hubs. It encompasses the city center and a handful of villages, as well as a base for the U.S. Coast Guard. Kodiak, like its fellow Alaska ports, offers scenic views, cultural experiences focusing on the history of the native Alutiiq people and amazing food that leans heavily on the fresh fish caught there.
Popular pastimes for those visiting Kodiak include "flightseeing" -- sightseeing by plane -- and, of course, fishing. Animals native to the area include bears, moose and bald eagles, making wildlife-spotting another ideal activity.
Fort Abercrombie State Park: Hike, run or take a walk on miles of trails. Along the way, you can also check out a few World War II remnants, including old cannons and gun mounts. Be sure to stop and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the harbor below.
Fishing: Given that fishing is one of Kodiak's claims to fame, it seems appropriate that fishing charters are popular among visitors. Several tour operators offer outings that provide bait, tackle and the use of a boat.
Sightseeing: Whether you're scouting for bears on land or flying over Alaska's scenic landscape by plane, Kodiak's flora and fauna are not to be missed.
Kodiak Island Brewery: Make friends with the locals over seasonal small-batch craft beer. No food is served, but be sure to try the pizza at neighboring Sparrow's, which can be brought into the brewery. (117 Lower Mill Bay Road; 907-486-2537; open seven days a week, noon to 7 p.m.)
Kodiak Laboratory Aquarium and Touch Tank: Visitors can learn about Kodiak's ocean life at this aquarium. Highlights include a 3,500-gallon fish tank and a touch tank featuring crabs, sea stars and other fun creatures. (301 Research Court; 907-481-1711; open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the winter, and Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
Alutiiq Museum: History buffs will enjoy a visit to this museum, which focuses on the lives of the Alutiiq people. Exhibits showcase traditional clothing, baskets, and even the Alutiiq language, which is in danger of dying out. (215 Mission Road; 907-486-7004; open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.)
Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church: An easy walk from where you're docked, this blue onion-domed church holds services, but it's also an ideal place to visit for anyone who enjoys theology or architecture.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money
The currency in Kodiak is the U.S. dollar.
Alaska is part of the United States, so English is the primary language spoken.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Editor
Kodiak: AmsterdamNettie8019This is my least favorite port on the 14-day cruise. Not much to do here. Not scenic unless you go out of the area, which I never did. ... Read more
Kodiak: AmsterdamUPprincessEnjoyed the belalika players. Citrus Russian tea somewhat gross..loved meeting locals and seeing the churches ... Read more
Kodiak: MaasdamrjwaxmanTook the highlights of Kodiak trip. Other than the trip to Fort Abercrombie, could have done it on our own: visiting the Baranov Museum and the Orthodox Church. (There was a shuttle into town.) It was vastly over-priced. Later went to the Wildlife ... Read more
Kodiak: MaasdamjerseyvTransport was provided to the town center. ... Read more
Kodiak: MaasdamReeslangspiExcellent excursion with Marty and Marion Harbor Tour. LOTS of sea life. Small excursion with just 6 passengers. ... Read more
Kodiak: MaasdamTodolmBooked independent excursion with MemoryMakers. He was able to accommodate our last-minute request with a later tour. Interesting and fun. ... Read more
Kodiak: MaasdamlakeforestCAWe walked around the city and then did the city tour and Russian Tea. Wonderful town and people - we enjoyed the group the played traditional Russian instruments while we enjoyed our tea. Great tour. ... Read more