New Alaska Ferry Service Between Homer and Seldovia Serves Locals and Visitors
SELDOVIA, AK, 1/7/2010—Beginning in May 2010, travelers seeking an authentic Alaskan experience have a new option—the Seldovia Bay Ferry. This new high-speed passenger ferry links the popular “end of the highway” destination of Homer to the fishing village of Seldovia, located in a remote and roadless area of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Because of its isolation, Seldovia has retained much of its historic charm and distinctly Alaskan character, making this community of 300 year-round residents a perfect destination for independent travelers seeking a unique destination to explore.
“Seldovia is small enough to be covered on foot, so travelers can leave their cars in Homer, hop aboard the ferry for the 15-mile crossing and have a half day to explore, beachcomb, or visit the museum and a Russian Orthodox Church dating back to 1891,” says Sarah Richardson of the Seldovia Village Tribe. A highlight of the village is the 1.5-mile Otterbahn wilderness trail, created entirely by volunteer efforts of local citizens. This trail provides an easy and rewarding hike through forest primeval and wetlands, culminating at the rocky shores of Kachemak Bay. In addition, Seldovia offers a myriad of activities including kayaking, berry picking, halibut charters, birding, clamming, beachcombing, and stunning views of the Kenai mountain range and the sometimes still-active volcanic peak, Mt. Redoubt.
ABOUT THE SERVICE: The ferry operates mid-May through Labor Day and offers two round-trip sailings daily from Homer to Seldovia. En route, travelers pass Gull Island rookery for up-close bird viewing and sail dramatic Eldridge Passage for a chance to spot sea otters, whales, and marine life that inhabit these waters. Cost for round-trip sailing is $59 for adults, $29 for children. Reservations can be made online at seldoviabayferry.com or by calling 877-703-3779.
ABOUT THE OWNERS: The Seldovia Village Tribe (SVT) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe that serves its members and the communities of Kachemak Bay, Alaska. SVT works to
preserve our culture, be leaders in community health, promote business enterprise, and foster educational opportunities. To learn more about the Seldovia Village Tribe, visit www.svt.org.