About this listing
Stay in a remote, oceanfront yurt in Resurrection Bay, ten miles by water from Seward, Alaska! Price includes round trip transportation to and from Shearwater Cove on Shearwater's exclusive vessel, the M/V Steller Jay. Price also includes use of Shearwater's sea kayaks at your leisure and access to hiking trails. Shearwater Cove has two yurts available for nightly rental, see our other Airbnb listing "Oceanfront Yurt with Boat Tour #1."
Shearwater Cove is a small, secluded cove 10 miles by water from Seward, Alaska in Resurrection Bay. The adventure begins by meeting Shearwater's hosts Jason and Charity in the Seward Small Boat Harbor where guests embark on Shearwater's exclusive water taxi, the M/V Steller Jay. En route to Shearwater Cove, guests enjoy the spectacular scenery and marine wildlife of the Kenai Fjords from the deck and cabin of the vessel.
Upon arrival at Shearwater Cove guests are given an orientation about the property. Guests have access to hiking trails on the surrounding property, and can explore the coastline and Shearwater's neighboring coves and islands in sea kayaks at their leisure. Guided kayaking sessions are available for an additional charge. If anyone in your group is nervous about kayaking or wants to learn more about Shearwater's plants, animals, and geology, send us a message requesting a guided kayaking session.
The yurt has a kitchenette outfitted with a propane stove top, sink with hot running water, pots, pans and cutlery, olive oil and basic cooking spices, and an ice chest for keeping refrigerated goods cool. Guests bring their own food and ice. On the yurt's deck is the bathroom/shower house with a composting toilet and hot shower for washing off after a day of kayaking. The yurt can sleep up to four with a queen bed and full size sofa bed.
Shearwater Cove is entirely off the grid and we are proud of the heating, hot running water, and composting toilet systems on which it is able to provide all the creature comforts of home. The only basic amenity not available to guests is electricity. Lighting is not an issue in the full swing of summer thanks to Alaska's midnight sun, and when it starts to be dark again towards the end of August and September battery powered lanterns are provided. However, please note that you will be unable to charge phones, cameras, and electronics. We recommend bringing a small battery pack for charging devices, or totally immerse and go without!
There are a few flights of stairs from the dock at Shearwater Cove to your yurt so please keep this in mind as you pack. We highly recommend light luggage/backpacks. We understand that people often spend a few weeks in Alaska and therefore bring a bit of luggage, so we encourage guests to sort through their belongings and bring only what they will need while at the yurts. Seward's parking lots are highly monitored by city staff and belongings will be safe in your car.
Guests have access to Shearwater Cove's sea kayaks for exploring the coastline and to hiking trails that offer panoramic views of Resurrection Bay (and excellent berry picking!). The sea kayaks are available for use at your leisure, so take a paddle in the midnight sun or stay out all day and picnic on the Fox Island Spit and watch the salmon jump in Humpy Cove!
Interaction with guests
Hosts Jason and Charity are available by phone and email for any questions prior to your stay. Upon booking we will send a message including specific details of where to park and meet on the morning of your check-in and recommended items to bring.
Jason is your USCG licensed boat captain. Upon your arrival at Shearwater Cove, Jason and/or Charity will provide an orientation about the Cove, your yurt, how to use/store the kayaks, and our hiking trails. We stay with guests overnight at Shearwater Cove as much as we can, but if we are unable to stay we will do everything possible to ensure guest comfort and safety before departing for the night. We have two yurts on the property so other guests may be present.
Shearwater Cove is a remote location ten miles by water from Seward, Alaska. This provides guests the opportunity to enjoy peaceful, secluded nights in the Kenai Fjords away from city life. Although Shearwater Cove is surrounded by wilderness, guests are not alone in Resurrection Bay. Humpy Cove, Kayaker's Cove, and Fox Island are each less than a mile away from the Cove and are visited daily by kayakers and other remote lodgers. Shearwater Cove is also equipped with a marine VHF radio and a first aid kit for guest use in the case of emergency. Cell phone service is not available on the property, however a ten minute kayak paddle in the direction of Seward will get you back in range if needed. We encourage guests to disconnect from modern life during their stay and enjoy each other and the great outdoors, but if the need arises cell service is not far away.
Seward, Alaska is accessible by road from Anchorage. There is a Safeway as you come into town for purchasing food and ice for the duration of your stay. There are several overnight parking lots across the street from the boat harbor for parking while at Shearwater Cove. These lots are monitored by city staff and are very safe for leaving belongings that you will not need while at the yurt. Most anything that you might need last minute is available in Seward. The True Value store locally called The Fish House is across the street from the harbor and sells everything from outdoor gear and clothing to food/ice to tools and housewares.
Other things to note
Shearwater Cove rates include round trip transportation on our exclusive water taxi vessel. Our price reflects the added value of this scenic 40 minute tour of the Kenai Fjords en route to Shearwater Cove. There are no roads to the property so all guests will arrive by boat. Price also includes use of Shearwater's sea kayaks and access to hiking trails.
**Important Check-in/Check-out information**
Our boat, Steller Jay, will depart the Seward harbor at 10am on the morning of your check-in, and you will depart Shearwater Cove at 8:30am on the morning of your check-out to be back in Seward just after 9am. Please make sure your travel plans accommodate this schedule. Airbnb requires us to provide a two hour window for check-in, but we must stay on a strict water taxi schedule and 10am will be your check-in time unless otherwise noted.
While planning your next adventure following check-out, please give yourself an extra 1-2 hours of wiggle room. We do our absolute best to stay on schedule and have you back in the Seward harbor just after 9am, but Shearwater Cove is a remote location that is only accessible by boat and weather conditions may delay or slow down the ride back to town. Give yourself an extra hour or two of time to transition into your next activity/destination so that in the case of delay you do not miss your next activity or stress about time. Much of the beauty and awesome experience of Shearwater Cove is due to its being removed from the busy city life to which so many of us are accustomed. Please remember that travel time to and from these types of places can vary because of that wonderful quality.
Due to the inherent risks of boat transportation and remote lodging, all guests will be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Risks and Release of Liabilities Form prior to trip departure.
Playing outdoors in Alaska generally ends up meaning muddy, wet footwear so please remove your outdoor shoes when entering the yurt. We highly recommend bringing a pair of comfortable indoor shoes to wear in the yurt after a day of adventure on the water or up the trail.