Sleep in the round and watch the stars through the yurt's skylight.The kitchenette is supplied with everything you need to cook and cold/hot running water.
Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #2
Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #2


Entire home/flat

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds


Entire home/flat

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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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 unlimited use of Shearwater's sea kayaks and access to hiking trails. Shearwater Cove has two yurts available for nightly rental, see our other Airbnb listing "Adventure Package: Yurt, Boat Tour & Kayaking #1."


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 10AM - 12PM (noon)
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £119 / night after 2 guests

Description

The space

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. If you do not have a car we are happy to store luggage for you with advance notice.

Guest access

Guests have unlimited 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! We encourage guests to book a 2+ night stay to really take advantage of the kayaking value and immerse in the setting of the Kenai Fjords.

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.

The neighbourhood

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.

Getting around

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 known as 'The Fish House,' is across the street from the harbor and sells everything from outdoor gear and clothing to food/ice, 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.

Here is a price comparison of typical lodging, water taxi, and kayak trip prices in Seward for two guests to compare with Shearwater Cove's all-inclusive price:

-Basic hotel: $300/night
-Roundtrip Water Taxi Transport: $140
-Resurrection Bay Kayaking day trip: $400
Total: $840 (this does not include eating out)

Staying with us at Shearwater Cove not only cuts your vacation cost in half, but provides an authentic Alaskan experience led by your hosts Jason and Charity as you explore the Kenai Fjords at your own pace and get immersed in the wilderness away from big tourism companies.

**Important Check-in/Check-out information**
Our boat, Steller Jay, will depart the Seward harbor at either 10am/12:00pm on the morning of your check-in, and you will depart Shearwater Cove at either 8:30am/11am on the morning of your check-out. We will confirm your water taxi times upon booking. The water taxi ride is about 45 minutes each way. If you have specific travel plans let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs.

While planning activities following check-out, please give yourself an extra 1-2 hours of wiggle room. 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.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 10AM - 12PM (noon)

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.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Megan User Profile
September 2016
We had an amazing time at Jason and Charity's little oasis in Resurrection Bay. They were incredibly welcoming and provided us with all of the info we needed to make our stay memorable. We saw seals, otters, and porpoise just on the water taxi out there and we spent the afternoon kayaking and exploring nearby coves. We felt perfectly removed from the rest of the world and time slowed a little. This experience was a highlight of our entire Alaskan vacation and something we'll never forget.

Katie User Profile
September 2016
Shearwater Cove is an incredibly special place. Honestly, it's hard to convey the experience of the setting in pictures or words. We were in awe as Jason motored us up to the dock situated between the rock faces and as we began to climb the beautiful hillside stairs we immediately wished we had more than one night to spend. The physical location is stunning, as can be witnessed by climbing the hiking trail above the yurts, and there is so much to explore. We loved blueberry picking, kayaking around the bay, fishing, having dinner on the porch, and sleeping in the beautifully decorated and cozy yurts. We had such an exquisite experience and I can't wait to come back again. Jason and Charity have built a truly special retreat and we were very impressed with their vision in sharing this sanctuary with others.

Pen User Profile
September 2016
Jason and Charity were fantastic! The yurts were perfect!!! Absolutely magnificent setting - we hiked and picked blueberries; then kayaked, exploring the stunning coves, watching the salmon swimming to pawn beneath us, said hello to a curious harbor seal, and fishing...caught our dinner:) And on the way back to Seward on our boat ride, we got to see a pod of Orcas swim by us! JUST GO!!!
Jason User ProfileJason is a superhost.
Response from Jason:
Im glad you got to see those orcas with Captain Eugene. A rare sighting in that part of the bay.
September 2016

Michael User Profile
September 2016
Home Sweet Yurt The two nights that we spent in Jason and Charity's yurt were probably our best nights in Alaska. Not only do you get a beautiful and quiet place to stay but you have use of several sea kayaks at your disposal. Forget booking a wilderness cruise, take a sea kayak out and you're on your own curated wilderness cruise. You're almost guaranteed to see bald eagles, spawning salmon, sea lions, sea otters, waterfalls, etc. The yurts themselves are artfully decorated, extremely clean and there is plentiful hot water. Plus, there's the added bonus of no cell service! Stay for more than one night if you can. Thanks to Jason and Charity for building and sharing this special place with

Tamar & Erez User Profile
August 2016
absolutely superb

Crystal User Profile
August 2016
My husband and I stayed a night in in upper yurt, and despite the rain, it was a wonderful experience. The yurt was spartan but cozy and thoughtfully furnished: comfortable bed and futon, table and chairs where we ate our meals, small kitchen, and private bathroom with hot water. What made our time most enjoyable though were the opportunities to kayak in Resurrection Bay and hike a little up into the hills for amazing views of the mountains and nearby waterfalls. We rode out and back with Jason, and he was very helpful in advising good spots to kayak (bald eagles' nest nearby!). The pictures on their website really don't do the beauty of the cove and bay justice, and if we return to Seward, we'll be coming back to stay here again.

Tamra User Profile
August 2016
Was a very relaxing way to spend some time in Alaska. We enjoyed the boat ride over, felt very comfortable the entire time we were there, and enjoyed going out on the kayak. It is a very comfortable way to be off the grid for a bit, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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