Travel tips and FAQs

For our travel friends, here is a collection of helpful travel tips:

What is the best way to get to Kodiak Island?

Kodiak Island is accessible by air (a 45-minute flight from Anchorage) and by the Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferries from Homer.

Benny Benson airport
Benny Benson Airport

By Air:

Alaska Airlines
Web Page: http://www.alaskaair.com
Toll-Free: (800) 252-7522

Ravn Air (formerly Era Aviation)
Web Page: www.flyravn.com
Reservations
Phone: 800-866-8394 (toll free, outside of Anchorage only)
907-266-8394 (in Anchorage)

Note: Be sure to check airline policies for check-in luggage.

By Sea:

Alaska Marine Highway ferry in Kodiak, Alaska
Watch the ferry from your window

Alaska Marine Highway System
To book a trip, review the sailing schedule and even track vessels: http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/
Reservations Office:
(800) 642-0066 toll free
(800) 764-3779 TDD / TDY
(907) 465-3941 phone

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.

Full moon over boat harbor, Kodiak, Alaska
Looking toward airport

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
  • Tripod
  • 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 you go for 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.

Kodiak, Alaska tourism and travel information

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.

ALASKA TOURSAVER
For a whole booklet of fabulous, two-for-one discounts on Alaska travel, including Alaska tours, hotels, cruises, fishing and more, go to http://www.toursaver.com.

The MILEPOST
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.