A Captain's Quarters is ideal for traveling families or friends who want maximum privacy and comfort at a great price. We cater exclusively to one party at a time. Whether you're a party of one or a group of six, you don't share amenities with strangers here. With over 1500 square feet of living space, private amenities include a living room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, entrance, large Oceanside deck, and patio with barbecue grill. In June and July, the evening sun shines on our deck until almost midnight!
The living room and kitchen boast a panoramic view of the ocean, making it a great place to gather and share stories of your Kodiak adventures. Claim bragging rights while viewing your videos or digital pictures on an HD big-screen entertainment system. Just outside the door is our banya (Alaska sauna), a perfect place to relax after a hard day of work or play.
This spacious suite is furnished with a California king bed, an office desk, a coffee table, and a TV. The view from the suite can't be beat. Awaken to the sounds of salmon splashing and eagles talking just outside your window. The suite is ideal for an individual or couple who wants the best at a great price.
This room and Crews Quarters #2 are only available for larger parties requiring two or more bedrooms. The two twin beds can be adjoined to make a king bed. The view overlooks the Oceanside deck and patio.
Equipped with a queen and twin, this room is just off the main living room and has its own entrance and deck, with access to the Oceanside deck, patio, and beach.
We do not serve breakfast but provide complimentary fresh-roasted coffee. See our reservations page for rates and how to book with us.
B&B Floor Plan
There are many exciting things to do while in Kodiak, most of which can be enjoyed right outside your door at A Captain's Quarters. Chances are you'll want to explore further, and we can help you find that "once in a lifetime" experience. We have several activity pages dedicated to hooking you up with some of the most popular things to do.
Kodiak is also home to one of the largest commercial fishing ports in the nation. Many of the fishing vessels on the TV series "Deadliest Catch" home port in Kodiak. In fact, your host, Lon White, filmed underwater footage for episode 10. Chances are you'll bump into some of the skippers or crew while walking the docks.
Between adventures, you'll want to take time to check out some of the local places of interest in town. Renting a car is a must, especially if you want to explore the many sights and activities along the road system. See our sightseeing section for a list of interesting places.
Call or email us for more information about things to do in Kodiak. We want your visit to be the best!
Kodiak Brown Bears
Kodiak is best known for its giant Kodiak bears. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect this unique population. Over 3,500 bears live in the archipelago, with many additional brown bears inhabiting the Katmai Coast. The dense population of bears on Kodiak Island provides excellent bear-viewing opportunities. In the past, it was fairly uncommon to see bears on the road system, but with the increasing bear population, sightings are becoming more frequent. The Kodiak bear above was seen swimming about one mile offshore from A Captain's Quarters while we were halibut fishing.
There are many guided opportunities to see bears in the Kodiak Island Archipelago. Most local air taxis offer half-day bear viewing charters. This is sure to be an experience you will never forget, so seriously consider budgeting for a bear viewing trip. Links to our favorite bear viewing charters are listed below.
Common Sense in Bear Country
More Kodiak bear information can be found on the Alaska Department of Fish & Game website.
Fishing Kodiak's Road System
The road system's streams and lakes provide great fishing for sockeye, pink, King and silver salmon, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout, and steelhead. Major waterways include the following streams: Buskin, Pasagshak, Olds, and American Rivers, Roslyn, Salonie, Monashka, Pillar, and Chiniak Creeks. The Saltery and Portage Rivers are accessible by ATV. Several road system beaches offer excellent saltwater fishing opportunities, including the beach at A Captain's Quarters.
The road system streams are easy to fish, with no raging currents or long casts. The rivers are often very clear, generally with riffles alternating with deep pools and gravelly banks. Some streams have abrupt and brushy banks.
Hip boots or neoprene chest waders with felted soles are desirable. Most road system streams are shallow and generally unsuitable rafts, or other personal watercraft, which aren't needed anyway. However, a number of road-accessible lakes, such as Buskin, Kalsin Pond, and Lake Rose Tead, which borders the Pasagshak State Recreation Site, are well suited for small rafts and float tubes.
Fishing regulations on the road system differ slightly from Kodiak's remote areas, so check the regulations before fishing. For current regulations, checkout the Alaska Department of Fish & Game website.
Charter vessel services are available in Kodiak for visitors interested in saltwater fishing for all species of salmon, halibut, lingcod, and rockfish. Halibut is abundant around Kodiak, and sport fishing is excellent from late April through the end of September. Most of the halibut caught are in the 40-pound range, but fish over 150 pounds are not uncommon. Frequently, halibut are caught from shore, especially in late July and August. The beach at A Captain's Quarters produces many halibut annually.
Most charter vessels deliver your catch to Wild Source Seafoods (a local fish processor) for custom processing and packaging. They fillet, vacuum pack, freeze, and store your catch until your departure date, or they can ship it directly to your home. Processing fees are about 3.00 per pound based on the final packaged weight.
Fishing in Remote Kodiak
The remote areas of Kodiak, which include the remainder of the Island outside the road system, provide excellent opportunities for all five species of Pacific salmon as well as Dolly Varden and Steelhead trout. Most visitors are looking for chinook, silver, and red salmon, as well as Steelhead trout. The remote areas are served almost exclusively by small aircraft. Air travel should be arranged in advance with one of the local air charter or guide services.
NOTE: Fishing remote rivers on Kodiak is an incredible experience, but careful planning is a must! Always have contingencies for being stranded due to weather. Bears frequent remote rivers, and no shelter or amenities are available. Remote areas can be very unforgiving for the unprepared. Using a local guide service is recommended unless you are experienced in remote areas.
Always adhere to the fishing regulations applicable to the area. Keep only what you can reasonably use. It's easy to overdo it when the fishing is good. Release fish properly so they are not harmed. Release giant halibut whenever possible. They are critical breeder fish and aren't the best to eat anyway. The 30- 70-pound halibut is the best!
NOTE: A Captain's Quarters guest is welcome to ship bulky fishing gear or other equipment to us in advance of traveling to Kodiak. We will gladly store it until you arrive. Please contact us to make arrangements.
Kodiak Island is one of Alaska's best whale-watching destinations. Several types of whales frequent Kodiak waters. Killer whales, gray whales, humpbacks, finback, and Minke all migrate through here, and they can put on a spectacular show.
Humpback feeding offshore from A Captain's Quarters: For an up-close and personal experience, take a sightseeing or fishing charter. The mammoth creatures often pop up right next to the boat.
From a Captain's Quarters
Several species of whales and other marine mammals, including sea lions, seals, porpoises, and sea otters, are seen in Mill Bay, right in front of A Captain's Quarters. Just a short walk away, Spruce Cape is another excellent whale-viewing location. This easy 1/3-mile trail starts at your doorstep and runs along the shore. The moss-covered spruce forest and wildflower meadows along the way are an added treat. Eagles are abundant!
The Kodiak Fisheries Research Center and Kodiak Wildlife Refuge websites provide excellent information about whales in the Kodiak area. Plan to visit both facilities while you're here.
While out and about in Kodiak, there's lots to see and do. Check out some of these local places of interest:
Out the Road
View From a Captain's Quarters
A great way to see marine life and some of Kodiak's coastline is to take a kayak tour. Guided tours are provided by local operators who provide single or double-seat kayaks with all the accessories and training needed. This is fun for both beginners and seasoned kayakers.
Kodiak Island has some of the best diving in Alaska. The marine life is prolific, and the waters can be very clear, especially in the winter. Shore dives along the road system are abundant, but generally require some long surface swims. A small boat or raft can greatly increase the diving opportunities and make it much easier. Some charter operators will cater to divers. For serious divers, consider bringing your own boat or inflatable.
Diving and snorkeling in Mill Bay are easy and full of rocky estuaries. The reefs at Fort Abercrombie are terrific. There's always a good chance you will be visited by Steller sea lions, which is a special treat.
Surfing in Kodiak is a well-kept secret, but we have some good surfing beaches. Surf can be found on most days at Fossil and Surfer Beach, about a one-hour drive from town past Pasagshak River State Park. A local favorite is Spruce Cape, just out of A Captain's Quarters.
The water temperature ranges between 45 and 55 degrees in the summer. A wetsuit or dry suit is a must.
Bear Valley Golf Course is appropriately named and is another well-kept secret in Kodiak. Located about eight miles from town, on Anton Larsen Bay Road, adjacent to Buskin Lake, this 9-hole course is well groomed and has spectacular scenery. Deer, foxes, and other critters frequent the course. The Bears always get to play through. You won't lose a stroke if a fox retrieves your ball and runs away with it. One bold fox was seen dragging off the flag stick on the fourth hole.
Clubs, carts and other necessities can be rented or purchased at the clubhouse. The course is owned and operated by the United States Coast Guard. Military discounts apply. Green fees for civilians are about $30.00 for 18 holes.
NOTE: Bug repellant is a must on warm days and when there's no wind on the course!
Every Day Needs
Although Kodiak is a remote island in the North Pacific, the availability of supplies and services is good. For your everyday needs, such as food and personal items, Safeway, Walmart, and Cost Savers are well stocked. Cactus Flats is a great option for natural/ organic food and products. Kodiak is one of only three ports in Alaska that has bi-weekly container ship service, ensuring we have fresh food at the market. Prices are slightly higher than in the lower 48.
Big Rays Sports Shop has just about everything the serious outdoorsman needs. They are very helpful in providing information about local fishing techniques, tackle, and local regulations. Fishing and hunting licenses are sold at several locations in Kodiak.
Souvenirs & Alaska-Made Crafts
Several shops in the downtown area sell local and other Alaskan-made art, souvenirs, and gifts. The local museums sell some of the best native handcrafted work.
Providence Kodiak Island Hospital is well-staffed and equipped. Five doctor's clinics are available locally for routine medical needs. For special medical needs, contact the hospital or clinic to verify the services available.
If you get tired of cooking and eating all the fresh seafood you catch or just want a night out in Kodiak, there are several dining options around town.
Restaurants: (casual dining)