Nestled deep within Kachemak Bay near Homer Alaska is the tiny town of Halibut Cove. Once upon a time there were halibut in abundance in the bay but not so much now. What they do have is stunning scenery of tall mountains and expansive glaciers in a blue water setting. Here you will find backwoods Alaska with boardwalk connected house and businesses. I had been meaning to visit Halibut Cove for years but didn’t until two years ago. The wait was worth it! My wife, sister and I spent five hours taking the ferry boat to the cove and walked around town for the allotted time.
We picked a brilliant August day with the arctic sun in its full glory and set about to see what the fuss was about. I had heard for years about the thriving artists colony in the cove and wanted to see if it was true. We popped in to two art gallery and had big fun following the boardwalk as far as possible int he short time we had.
This is a great place to get away from the crowds that flock to the Kenai Peninsula and you can even rent a vacation home in the cove. Most like us just go for a half day trip out of Homer. Tourists get to see seals, sea birds and even sea otters on most trips to the cove and back. We got to see a family of sea otters splashing about right under our noses in the cove and marveled at the amount of squealing a baby otter can produce.
Lunch was fantastic at The Saltery. With such fine weather we ate outside and enjoyed it immensely. The black cod was the best and very fresh as it didn’t have to travel far to get to my plate. No frozen fish here. The mussels and the appetizer platter were almost as good and with a glass of wine in hand we were in foodie ecstasy.
Take the Danny J ferry from Homer at noon for a day trip, or the 5pm sailing if you are spending the night. The noon trip costs $63 and the 5pm $38 with your return at 9pm unless you are saying overnight. Carve out a day to visit the town named after Alaska’s most famous flat fish for one of the best experiences of any trip.