For the FULL Halibut Cove Experience you must start aboard the Danny J!
The Danny J is a conventional-style fishing boat that since 1966 has served as both a passenger ferry for the residents of Halibut Cove, and as a tour boat for visitors to the area.
Starting from the picturesque Kenai Peninsula town of Homer, the cruise aboard the Kachemak Bay Ferry, the Danny J, sails through some of the most scenic and vibrant waters anywhere.
The highlight of the cruise to Halibut Cove is a visit to Gull Island, a bird sanctuary a short twenty minutes from Homer. Gull Island is home to nine nesting species of birds. Many, many other species may be found here during migration, and before and after nesting.
Binoculars and camera gear are a must! In addition to the fabulous birds at Gull Island, Kachemak Bay is teeming with sea life - sea otters, seals, whales, porpoise and more.
Once docked in Halibut Cove, you'll have time to explore Halibut Cove, visit the Experience Gallery, Diana Tillion's Gallery and have a bite to eat at the Saltry Restaurant, before heading back to Homer.
Halibut Cove's Experience Gallery shows the work of the artists residing in our community. The beauty of this area has attracted a number of artists to settle here. The gallery’s mission is to advance the development of art in Halibut Cove by exhibiting the work of the 17 local artists currently working in a variety of mediums. Preview at halibutcoveexperience.com. Diana's gallery shows more of her unique paintings and prints created using octopus ink.
Halibut Cove's first and only restaurant, The Saltry, specializes in seafood. Everything in the Saltry is handmade from the plates to the locally sawn lumber and fresh locally caught fish. The menu includes fresh and international specials daily, pasta, chowders and fresh mussels.
The restaurant bakes its own bread and harvests its own salads. Local fishermen (and women) provide a varied catch for the. charcoal grill. Other specialties of the restaurant include chocolate cheesecake pies, fine wines, and ale on tap.
Lunch is available 1-4 pm.
Dinner is served 4-9 pm.
Reservations are recommended
Our daily 5:00pm ferry departure is available for Halibut Cove residents, bed & breakfast guests, or Saltry dinner customers. A Relaxing and Informal Alaskan Adventure. We want you to feel at home with us during your visit. Feel free to ask questions of our all-Alaskan crew - we're happy to share our knowledge of our home with you.
Dress warmly and casually. Raingear is provided aboard the boat. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Layered clothing is best, to allow for variations in weather and temperatures. Tour departs at 12:00 noon daily, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from the bottom of Ramp #1 on the Homer Spit. The cruise returns to Homer at 5:00pm. Transfers to the dock are not included but may be arranged, with advance notice.
We book water taxi's upon request.