When coming to Kodiak, it's best to plan ahead but stay flexible. Make advance reservations for transportation, lodging, and tours or charters whenever possible. Be prepared to make changes depending on weather, tides, flying, and boating conditions.
The most important part of planning a trip to Kodiak is reserving your dates at A Captain's Quarters. June through September fill up fast, so make your reservations early.
The most common way to get to Kodiak is by air. Many airlines fly to Anchorage, Alaska, from the lower 48 and abroad. Alaska Airlines provides several non-stop daily air service from Anchorage to Kodiak. Kodiak is 250 miles southwest of Anchorage.
During the summer, the Alaska Marine Highway System provides ferry service to Kodiak about three times per week, departing from Whittier or Homer, Alaska. Transit time is 8 to 14 hours, respectively. Check the schedule for sailing schedules at the Alaska Marine Highway website.
Public transportation is limited to taxi service, so renting a car is highly recommended if you want to explore the road system. Budget and Avis Rent-a-Car are both located at the state airport in Kodiak. Due North Car Rentals is also serving Kodiak. Many private partys are renting vehicles through Turo. Lyft ride share is available here too.
Only a small part of Kodiak Island is accessible from the road system. The remote areas of Kodiak can only be accessed by air taxi or boat. See our activities pages for more details.
Dress in layers, so you can adapt to Kodiak's changing marine climate. A good summer combination is a lightweight shirt, sweatshirt, or sweater with a lightweight weatherproof jacket. Depending on weather conditions, you can add or remove layers as needed. Rain gear and waterproof footwear are recommended. For river fishing, hip or chest waders are nice to have. Don't forget your camera, binoculars, and your favorite fishing gear. If you forget something, don't worry. Kodiak has superb sports shops that have everything you will need, including great advice.