FROM YOUR DOORSTEP
Complimentary Kayaks and Rowboats
The protected waters of Kasitsna and Kachemak Bay are a Kayakers dream come true. Kayak below soaring eagles and beside sea otter, seals and sea birds and enjoy breathtaking scenery. Between Beaches Alaska Lodge on MacDonald Spit is a rare location where you have the choice to Kayak from either beach, just a short walk from each other. If the weather is too rough on the west side beach, you simply walk over to the east side and vice versa. It is an experience you will remember for a lifetime and want to repeat often. Come and row the often-calm waters of Kasitsna and Kachemak Bay. Just a few feet from your lodging, launch the small skiff (on either the West or East side of our sandy beaches) and explore to your hearts content.
Tidepooling at Minus Tides
Summer & Winter
Come tide pool with us on minus tides and explore the intertidal zone on Kachemak Bay at low tide. Here we have some of the biggest tides in the world. Tidepooling
is one of the most anticipated events each day here at MacDonald Spit. Kachemak Bay (widely known as one of the richest and most prolific bays in the word) is home to abundant sea life and sea creatures. At low/minus tide, tide pools reveal a wonderous and brilliantly colorful array of these treasures of the sea. You can find Octopus, Sea Urchins, Sea Stars, small fish, Sea Anemones and so much more. Tide pooling is a fun, exciting and educational exploration of coastal nature you don’t want to miss.
Summer & Winter
Every day, the ocean tides brings new and interesting treasures to the beaches of McDonald Spit. Take a stroll along the shore and you will find shells, driftwood and other items of interest, value or utility.
Kasistna Bay and MacDonald Spit were Between Beaches Alaska lodging is located is a clam diggers paradise. Here, there are plentiful delicious edible clams and mussels including the following: Little Neck/Steamer Clams, Butter and Maccoma Clams, Cockles, as well as Brown and Blue Mussels. We will supply you with a map directing you to the best digging locations as well as rakes, buckets and a cookpot to steam them in after your dig. Yummy!
Hiking and walking opportunities for all skill and fitness levels are numerous on and near MacDonald Spit. You can enjoy a casual stroll around beautiful and unique McDonald Spit, or hike the nearby Otter Bahn, Broken Knife, Tutka Bay Lagoon or Red Mountain and other trails. trails edge to Jackolof Bay. Between Beaches Alaska has secured a permit with the Seldovia Native Village Tribe allowing our guests to casually pick berries on nearby tribal lands.
Wildlife and Bird Viewing
Summer & Winter
From the beaches of MacDonald Spit and from the steps of your lodging you will view incredible and plentiful Marine Mammals as well as land and sea birds. Sea Mammals include Sea Otter, Seal, Sea Lion and an occasional Whale. If you are a birder you will find an exciting and abundant variety of unique and strikingly beautiful sea and land bird species.
Photography Opportunities Abound
Summer & Winter
Whether you are a professional or novice photographer, if photography is your passion you have come to the right place! Here you have endless opportunities for shots of gorgeous sunrise and sunsets over the water, stunning landscape, marine mammals including Sea Otter, Harbor Seals and Whales, Wildlife, Waterfowl and Birds including hundreds of resident Bald Eagles, amazing and colorful Marine Life while tidepooling and unique flora and fauna. **See the “Retreats” Link for information on our wildly popular Photography Trips and Expeditions
Bald Eagle Viewing and Photographing
Summer & Winter
Breathtakingly beautiful Kachemak Bay with its many stunning outlying bays and estuaries, including Kasitsna Bay, the location of Between Beaches Alaska lodging is home to one of the largest populations of Bald Eagle in the world. Here there are literally thousands of iconic Bald Eagles that reside year-round. Just a few steps from your lodging you can photograph majestic eagles soaring above, flying, fighting, skimming the water while hunting for fish, perched in the spruce trees or hanging out on our beaches.
Late July through the first of September is a perfect time of year here to pick Salmon, and High Bush Blueberries. Harvest these large succulent berries to your hearts content on the nearby trails edge to Jackolof Bay. Between Beaches Alaska has secured a permit with the Seldovia Native Village Tribe allowing our guests to casually pick berries on nearby tribal lands.
Many delicious edible varieties of mushrooms can be found near our trail systems during the month of September.
OFF SITE OPTIONS-RECOMMENDATIONS
Kachemak Bay is the home of world class Halibut fishing. If you have a passion for fishing and want a more personalized experience fishing out of Seldovia is perfect. You can also fish for salmon or rock fish, our guests have returned more than satisfied with their catch!
Visit and Tour Historic Seldovia, Alaska
Historic Seldovia, Alaska is connected by road from the South end of MacDonald Spit (just a short seven-mile drive east on the road). It is a unique and quaint sea-side community surrounded by snow-capped mountains. For more information about Seldovia, Alaska go to www.youotterbehere.com
Grewingk Glacier Adventure-Kachemak Bay, Alaska
Winter temperatures for Homer, Alaska and Kachemak Bay, including MacDonald Spit where Between Beaches Alaska is located average between 20 to 40 degrees. This area known to Alaskans as the “Banana Belt of Alaska” is one of the mildest Winter climates in Alaska, very comfortable for Winter time activities.
Grewingk Glacier is a 13-mile-long glacier located in the Kenai Mountains. It is located approximately fifteen (15) miles South of Between Beaches Lodge. During the Winter months you can reach the trail head by Water Taxi from MacDonald Spit to the trailhead near Halibut Cove. Once there hike the frozen trail to the Glacier and explore the ancient Glacier or break out your ice skates for a once in a lifetime experience.
Guided Wildlife, Hiking, Sightseeing, and Photography Tours
Seaman Ecotour Adventures
Enjoy a trip of a lifetime on a half or full day guided custom private tour of Kachemak Bay with a Marine Biologist, Naturalist, and Cultural Specialist in a heated roomy boat with comfort facilities. Packages may include wildlife/birding/marine mammal tours, cultural history tours, tidepooling, hikes to Grewingk Lake and Glacier, Photo Safaris, or combination thereof. A stop in community of Halibut Cove, visit to an oyster farm, and an optional lunch may also be arranged. Guest will be met by Captain Glenn Seaman at Between the Beaches Alaska Lodge. We recommend guests book early to secure their preferred date and time. Open year-round. www.seamansadventures.com
Seldovia Human Powered Fishing Tournament
Seldovia Solstice Music Festival
Seldovia Fourth of July Celebration
Seldovia Chainsaw Carving Contest
Homer King Salmon Tournament
Homer Shorebird Festival