Although the wreck of the ALEUTIAN is the
primary draw for technical divers, the waters of Uyak Bay
and surrounding areas offer an astounding variety of diving
opportunities for divers of all skills level and ability.
Abundant marine life including fish, corals, anemones, sea
stars and other saltwater invertebrates afford colorful and
interesting dives as shallow as 20 feet. Spear fishing for
halibut, cod, rockfish and salmon is available for underwater
hunters. In addition to the Parks Cannery, there are a number
of other abandoned canneries close by where artifact divers
may collect antique bottles and other treasures in shallow
water close to shore.
For the underwater photographer, the clear,
cold waters off Kodiak combine with abundant marine life to
provide outstanding photo and video opportunities. In addition
to the ALEUTIAN there are other—shallower—shipwrecks
within ten miles of the site, affording the “wreck diving
experience” to visitors who lack the advanced training
needed to visit the ALEUTIAN.
Above water, there are many opportunities
for adventure and discovery. The fishing is fantastic! In
Uyak Bay, anglers can experience world-class saltwater fishing
for salmon, halibut and other species, then switch to freshwater
gear and catch trout and grayling in the many streams that
feed the bay. Kodiak offers excellent deer hunting in season,
and the hills and beaches surrounding the bay abound in wildlife.
For photographers, bear watching is a favorite
pastime as the giant Kodiak grizzlies make their way to the
shoreline to feast on returning salmon. Whales and porpoises
often visit the waters nearby, and can be seen spouting and
breaching on the surface. There is a seal rookery close by,
and in the spring the rocks are alive with the chubby, frolicking
pups. Thousands of migrating sea birds nest in the rocks and
cliffs of the bay, raising their young and growing fat from
the bounty of the rich North Pacific ecosystem.
The protected waters of Uyak Bay are perfect
for sea kayaking, and there’s no better way to get close
to wildlife than in the stable, silent, maneuverable craft
that have descended from the Native baidarkas (skin boats)
used by Alutiiq people in the area for thousands of years.
With a few minutes of instruction and a little practice, anyone
who has ever ridden a bicycle or paddled a canoe can experience
the thrill of gliding through the calm, sheltered waters of