Welcome to Seward Ocean Excursions, providing year-round boat adventures and activities in beautiful Seward, Alaska.
Why choose us?
Seward Ocean Excursions is a locally owned, open year-round, family business. That means that your money is staying locally in Alaska and specifically Seward. You are supporting the ability of year-round boat tours and more out of Seward (we are the only year-round commercial boat tour, water taxi, and more company in Seward)! We aren't a huge corporation that spans multiple cities and states.
On the boat, you're an active member of the trip. Unlike the big boats, you aren't just a passenger being talked to through a PA system. We are right here on the boat next to you. Have questions? Just ask! Want to go somewhere else, linger with an animal, or change angles for photography? Of course, we are here to help you with that.
Our trips run with anywhere from 1 to 6 people. The means that it is a unique, customizable experience. Even with multiple parties on the boat, there's a lot of flexibility in the itinerary. We are never beholden to specific routes, timelines, etc.
We love our "job" (it really doesn't feel like work!) So if you call us at 6 PM and want a quick evening trip, we will do it if we can!
Regarding seasickness, a lot of people think that a smaller boat means more seasickness. In our experience that is not the case, for a couple of reasons! First, you are here with us, and we are pretty good at telling if people start to feel uncomfortable (or you can just tell us!) There's plenty of coastlines to explore and we want everyone to be comfortable. Also, we are lower to the water, so the boat sways back and forth less in a swell (the long rolling motion is what upsets people usually).
We love the community of Seward and give back to local charities, sports associations, schools, and the Alaska Sealife Center.
We are a proud member of Whale SENSE, a voluntary education and recognition program for responsible whale watching practices. Seward Ocean Excursions follows and promotes sustainable tourism and has achieved AGA (Adventure Green Alaska) certification.
What we'll do
SCUBA Dive in Alaska!
- The SCUBA diving and free diving/snorkeling in Seward, Alaska is amazing year-round! Join us and experience a dive trip (or several!) that few will ever see!
- In the summer we frequently have visibility of 30-50 feet and in the winter it can be up to 100 feet!
- We frequently see Steller Sea Lions, harbor seals, octopus, rockfish, wolf eels, crabs, tons of fish, invertebrates, and more on our dives! Since we are in a Fjord, the topography is dramatic, and expect wall dives and dramatic scenery!
- Dive trips are led and supported by a current and insured PADI SCUBA Instructor or Divemaster providing topside support and dive site briefings.
- Water temperatures average from the high 30s Fahrenheit in winter to the mid-50s Fahrenheit in summer.
- We do not have rental SCUBA gear, tanks, weights, etc. We can recommend dive shops in Anchorage that would be happy to rent you equipment for a trip.
- Non-divers are welcome too to enjoy the beauty of the world and wildlife above the water.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 5 Hours
*Please Note: Price does not include tax and Seward passenger fees.
*For SCUBA diving, proof of SCUBA certification or being in a class with a certified instructor is required at check-in.
Full fare required at time of reservation.
All trips are subject to a 7% Kenai Peninsula Borough and City of Seward sales tax and the City of Seward Passenger fee ($3.50 per person). Water taxi trips into the Alaska State Park system are subject to the Alaska State Park water taxi fee ($6.00 per person).
The minimum number of passengers for our scheduled half day tour/sightseeing and winter tour/sightseeing is 2 passengers (or 2 paid spots with less than 2 passengers). The minimum number of passengers for our water taxi trips and 6 hour tours is 3 passengers (or 3 paid spots with less than 3 passengers). The maximum number of passengers always on our boat is 6. The day before the scheduled trip, if a scheduled trip does not meet the minimum passenger requirements there are 3 options: you can purchase the needed extra spot(s) and get a private trip, you can reschedule for a different trip, or you can receive a full refund.
If you book a trip under multiple reservations, please make a note on the booking form (or tell us on the phone) so we can place you with your other party or parties.
Full refunds are available more than 30 days from the scheduled trip. Under 30 days, a 50% refund will be honored. Cancellations within 24 hours and no-shows at the time of departure will receive no refund. We leave the dock promptly at the scheduled departure time, so be sure to leave extra time to get to Seward and find the boat.
We definitely don’t want to cancel your trip. However, sometimes things out of our control such as weather conditions or mechanical issues can require us to cancel a trip. If this happens we will let you know as soon as possible and offer either a full refund or a rebooking on a different day. If a trip needs to be shortened due to weather, mechanical issues, etc., refunds will be issued on a pro-rated basis based on time. Refunds will be issued for the amount of the fare(s); we are not responsible for any additional expenses incurred with a cancellation. We recommend purchasing travel insurance prior to your trip.
All destinations, wildlife sightings, etc. are dependent on the weather and mother nature and are not guaranteed.