Yurt Rental, Boat Tour, and Kayaking Package

When describing Shearwater Cove, we use the term Wilderness Adventure Lodging. Shearwater Cove is not just a place to sleep at night - it is a stand-alone package experience. When you book a stay with us, your nightly rate includes not only a well-equipped yurt, but also your round trip boat tour transportation to and from the Cove, and unlimited use of our top-of-the-line sea kayaks and gear. We also have an on-site host which ensures that there is always someone on the property with guests to answer questions and provide guest orientations to the yurts and kayaks.

Sometimes potential guests don’t understand that a night at Shearwater Cove is a stand-alone package, or they aren’t familiar with how expensive travel and activities are in Alaska and the Seward area specifically. With that in mind, I am going to outline here the cost of doing each activity provided at Shearwater Cove a la carte versus booking a stay with us:


A La Carte (all pricing based on 2 people)

Round trip Water taxi transportation: $150

Standard Hotel Room in Seward with comparable oceanfront view: $350

Guided Kayak Trip in our part of Resurrection Bay: $400 (and that is only a half day trip!)

Grand Total 1 night, 2 people: $900

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Shearwater Cove (pricing based on 2 people)

Round Trip water taxi transportation/boat tour

Fully equipped, oceanfront, off-grid Yurt

Unlimited use of sea kayaks and gear for entire length of stay

Grand Total 1 night, 2 people: $550


Shearwater Cove is hands down a HUGE savings for any adventurous traveler looking to stay at a unique place off the beaten path with activities and transportation included. What’s more, we offer a discount for stays of 2 nights or more. Instead of $550/night for two people, the rate drops to $495/night for a stay of 2 nights or more. That’s another $55 in savings per night.

Another benefit of staying at Shearwater Cove is money saved on eating out. The average meal cost when eating out in Seward, Alaska is $20/plate. Even sandwiches or a simple burger average $16. For a couple, you’re looking at about $40/meal just for 2 plates, not including drinks, alcohol, appetizers, or dessert.

While at Shearwater Cove guests prepare their own food in their yurt’s full kitchen. Each kitchen has a two burner propane stove top, sink with running water, drinking water, pot, pan, dishes, cups and mugs, cutlery, serving bowl, olive oil, salt and pepper, french press, coffee, and ice chest. Guests simply bring their own ingredients and ice. At the local Safeway, you can purchase ingredients, drinks, and alcohol for easily half of what you would spend eating out (depending on how much beer you buy, I guess!).

View of the yurt interior: queen memory foam mattress, full size sofa bed, kitchen, rolling cart with cutting board and dishes, heater.

View of the yurt interior: queen memory foam mattress, full size sofa bed, kitchen, rolling cart with cutting board and dishes, heater.

If you have any questions about what is included in the Shearwater Cove experience, please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (907) 750-8095.

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Springtime in Seward

It’s a sure sign that spring has arrived in Seward when the street sweepers come out to clean up the gravel that has accumulated all winter along the roads and bike path. Friends return to town after their winter travels, and seasonal business owners find themselves suddenly up to their elbows in endless projects as the snow thaws. Jason and I are no exception!

Late evening sunset on Resurrection Bay, just south of Seward, Alaska.

Late evening sunset on Resurrection Bay, just south of Seward, Alaska.

There may still be some snow in the forecast, but new leafy greens are starting to push out of the soil. It’s only a matter of time until the mountainsides will be green and guests will be sea kayaking around the yurts at Shearwater Cove.

Bookings are coming in fast for the 2019 season, so be sure to reserve your Alaska lodging sooner than later! If you are looking for lodging off the beaten path that provides an authentic Alaskan experience without sacrificing creature comforts, then check out our yurts at Shearwater Cove!

Our smaller, 1-2 person yurt at Shearwater Cove.

Our smaller, 1-2 person yurt at Shearwater Cove.

Shearwater Cove is ten miles by water from Seward, Alaska. The Cove is home to 4 yurts that are only accessible by boat and fully off-grid. Our nightly rental price includes your roundtrip water taxi transportation/boat tour, the yurt rental, and unlimited access to our fleet of sea kayaks and gear for exploring the surrounding coastline of Resurrection Bay. Kayaking destinations include Fox Island, Humpy Cove, Kayakers Cove, and Sandspit Point State Marine Park.

Yurt amenities include a memory foam queen mattress, fully outfitted kitchen for preparing meals, heater, running water, and private shower and compost toilet on the yurt deck.

Yurt amenities include a memory foam queen mattress, fully outfitted kitchen for preparing meals, heater, running water, and private shower and compost toilet on the yurt deck.

So book a stay with us and get out there and adventure! Breathe the ocean air, explore in a kayak, and return home to your warm, cozy yurt to prepare a hot meal and take a hot shower. That’s right, our off-grid yurts are equipped with hot running water, heaters, and even memory foam mattresses. Experience the joy of being totally comfortable in a wilderness setting. Unplug and reconnect in the magical setting that is Shearwater Cove. See what other guests have to say on Trip Advisor.

Moving away from single-use plastic bags

Since guests bring their own food to Shearwater Cove, most people hit the Safeway or Seward Marketplace for groceries before getting on our boat. Most people don't travel with re-usable grocery bags, so a lot of plastic bags end up making their way to the yurts.

Reusable shopping bags help reduce plastic impact on our oceans.

Reusable shopping bags help reduce plastic impact on our oceans.

This year, the Sustainable Seward organization is working to shift Seward away from plastic bag use in preparation for the city-wide ban on single use plastic bags which will take effect in October. Sustainable Seward members are hastily sewing t-shirt bags that will be available for shoppers to borrow and return in case they forget to bring their own bags. Keep an eye out for these re-usable options as you shop for your stay at Shearwater Cove!

Read the full story on The Seward Sun: https://sewardsun.com/03/10/sustainable-seward-join-forces-with-local-stores-to-transition-away-from-plastic-bags/

Kayaking in clean waters.

Kayaking in clean waters.

Meet our on-site host, Leigh!

Shearwater Cove’s on-site host, Leigh.

Shearwater Cove’s on-site host, Leigh.

We are so happy that Leigh is returning to the Cove this year for another season of hosting our guests. Leigh has guided in Alaska for many years, and is currently a kayak guide on Kauai. She is the welcoming party when guests arrive at the Cove, and she makes sure everyone is safe and sound in their yurts and on the water.

Kayaking near the Fox Island Spit with Leigh.

Kayaking near the Fox Island Spit with Leigh.

Never been kayaking before? Book a guided kayak session with your yurt rental, and explore the coastline of Resurrection Bay with Leigh. You will learn how to safely and correctly handle the kayaks and gear, and explore places like Humpy Cove, Fox Island, the Fox Island Spit, and Kayakers Cove.

Leigh keeping the kayak gear tidy.

Leigh keeping the kayak gear tidy.

Leigh has made a wonderful addition to the Shearwater Cove team. Her inviting presence creates a welcoming environment for guests to settle in to our yurts and enjoy the wilderness setting. If you have any questions or concerns during your stay, Leigh will be ready to help.

From Sea to Alpine in Resurrection Bay

"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter." -John Muir

I like to think that if John Muir had the chance to visit Shearwater Cove, he would also sit at the top of our Alpine Trail and enjoy the view. Although I bet he would then scale the peaks behind the yurts and disappear into Day Harbor without telling anyone.

There is so much to explore in Resurrection Bay both on land and water. If you go John Muir style and hike off into the mountains or take to the water in one of our kayaks you have two great ways to experience the area from sea level all the way up to the alpine.

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Shearwater Cove Springtime Update

Jason and I have been busy this winter planning and preparing for our second season of operation which begins in just over a month! Although our yurts at Shearwater Cove have been winterized since September, we have continued living and breathing the yurt life this winter in our own 16' yurt just a few miles out of town. Jason and I agree that there is nothing more cozy than yurt living, especially when your yurt is insulated by snow to the roof line as it was this winter. After three winters of scant snow, Seward finally got dumped on and remained cold enough for the ground to freeze and the snow to accumulate. This photo of our home yurt is the reason we do not continue operations in the winter - just too much snow!

Even with several feet of snow on the roof, the yurt rafters and frame showed no sign of strain. The yurt's relatively simple design is incredibly strong.

Even with several feet of snow on the roof, the yurt rafters and frame showed no sign of strain. The yurt's relatively simple design is incredibly strong.

While holed up in our yurt, drinking coffee through the dark winter mornings, Jason and I reminisced about our opening season and brainstormed improvements for the coming summer. One of those improvements just arrived in the mail: four brand-spanking new Necky kayaks! These four doubles are joining our existing fleet of kayaks for a total of six doubles and one single. It is important to us that guests have equal access to kayaks while at Shearwater Cove. With our new additions everyone will have equal opportunity to paddle, even with a third yurt. Which is to announce the exciting news that a third yurt will be available to rent at Shearwater Cove by about the first of July!

Jason with the new kayaks on top of our storage conex. Our other three kayaks are hanging from the ceiling inside.

Jason with the new kayaks on top of our storage conex. Our other three kayaks are hanging from the ceiling inside.

Alaska's long winter nights have given way once again to the sunlight. Already it does not get fully dark until after 10pm. The summer birds are migrating back north and the seasonal workers are not far behind them. The snow is melting and the sweet smell of cottonwood buds bring back memories of summers past. Summertime is creeping into our bones.

Home sweet home. From October until February the sun did not rise high enough to hit our home yurt. It was an exciting day when it finally came back!

Home sweet home. From October until February the sun did not rise high enough to hit our home yurt. It was an exciting day when it finally came back!

There are many things to do between now and our opening date of May 20. Our calendar is filling up, so reserve your stay for the 2017 season soon! We are looking forward to another busy summer in Alaska's Kenai Fjords!

-Charity

Fox Island & the Fox Island Spit

Fox Island & the Fox Island Spit

Fox Island is a premier kayaking destination within Resurrection Bay. Not only is the island itself full of geological and literary history, it is also within short reach of additional kayaking destinations including Humpy Cove and El Dorado Narrows. Our yurts at Shearwater Cove are only a short paddle from all three of these destinations.