Kodiak Wildlife Viewing. Our Kodiak wildlife cruises aboard the M/V Sea Breeze include gourmet dinners with fresh Alaska seafood and organic herbs, flowers, and vegetables grown in our Cliff House B&B gardens. Enjoy our Kodiak dinner cruises from May 1 to September 15 every year. Our oceanside bed and breakfast, Cliff House, located just 1/2 mile north of downtown Kodiak, is open year-round.
As the second largest island in the U.S., Kodiak is a cut above the rest. Natural beauty, wildlife viewing, fishing and hiking are just some of the area’s outstanding features. To celebrate Kodiak’s beauty, every year Marion Owen customizes a wall calendar, sprinkling 28 pages with stunning photos, unique recipes, fun holidays, and inspirational quotes. See the Kodiak 2018 calendar.
Kodiak Dinner Cruises
Kodiak wildlife viewing and tours. Galley Gourmet's combination of Kodiak dinner cruises and wildlife viewing tours might be the most unique, send-a-post-card, experience you’ll ever have in Alaska. Traveling to Kodiak Island is a trip of a lifetime.
Kodiak Wildlife Viewing
More About Kodiak Wildlife
Only six species of land mammals occur naturally within Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. These include: Kodiak brown bear (Ursus arctus middendorffi), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), river otter (Lutra canadensis), ermine (Mustela erminea), tundra vole (Microtus oeconomus), and little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus). Kodiak bears have been extensively studied, and much is known of their biology and habitat requirements. In contrast, ecology of other native mammals is minimally documented. (Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Kodiak brown bears are a distinct subspecies from mainland brown bears; they have been isolated on the archipelago since the last ice age, about 12,000 years ago. A rich variety of vegetation, salmon, and berries provide ideal habitat for bears, and their population flourishes - estimated at about 3,000 bears within the boundaries of the Kodiak Refuge. (Courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
Kodiak Refuge and the surrounding marine waters are a birder’s paradise. A total of 247 species have been observed on the Kodiak archipelago and winter bird counts are among the highest in Alaska.
Between the 1920’s and 1960’s, several species of non-native mammals were introduced to increase subsistence and recreational opportunities in the archipelago. Eight species established, spread, and now commonly occur on the refuge. They are: Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis), mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus), Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), beaver (Castor canadensis), red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), and pine marten (Martes americana). Populations of deer, elk, mountain goat, and snowshoe hare are now highly valued by sport and subsistence hunters. Some of these also are a source of management concern because of their potential to influence the quality of native fish and wildlife habitats. (USFWS)
From Marty & Marion
As your hosts, we enjoy attending to your needs, hopes and dreams, whether it’s your birthday or your first trip to Alaska. You’ll feel relaxed and renewed because nourishing the body, mind and soul is our number one priority.
Nature provides the setting and we bathe you in hospitality.