Day Three: Cooper Landing
HOMER: This afternoon you will sail through some of the most scenic and vibrant waters to Halibut Cove. The highlight of the cruise to Halibut Cove is a visit to Gull Island, a bird sanctuary a short twenty minutes from Homer.
Gull Island is home to nine nesting species of birds. Many other species may be found here during migration, and before and after nesting. Binoculars and camera gear are a must! In addition to the fabulous birds at Gull Island, Kachemak Bay is full of sea life – sea otters, seals, whales, porpoise and more. Once docked in Halibut Cove, you’ll have time to explore Halibut Cove, visit the Experience Gallery, Diana Tillion’s Gallery and have a bite to eat, before heading back to Homer.
HOMER UPGRADE: Salmon / Halibut Full Day Fishing Charter
HOMER TO COOPER LANDING: Today, we have left your itinerary flexible to allow for a leisurely drive from Homer to Cooper Landing.
There are quite a few things for you to stop and see along the way. The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor’s Center is located in Homer. Stunning exhibits and films take you on a “virtual” tour of the 4.9 million acre refuge and reserve. There are numerous Russian Orthodox churches along the Sterling Highway in Ninilchik and Kenai.
Once you arrive in Cooper Landing, you’ll have deluxe accommodations, nestled in a wooded setting on the banks of the Kenai River. The hotel decks are optimal for viewing the Kenai River valley, nearby mountains, and the bright blue waters of the Kenai River.
Wildlife is abundant in the Kenai River Valley, so be sure to keep an eye out for bears, moose, owls, eagles and fox.
View our preferred accommodations for this area:
Kenai Peninsula Area Lodging