Welcome 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.
12:00 Noon Departure
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. $58 p/p.
One of the highlights 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.
You'll have three hours to explore Halibut Cove, and enjoy a complimentary hot beverage at the Halibut Cove Experience Gallery, and dine at the Coves local restaurant, The Saltry. Then at 4:00 pm it's time to head back to Homer.
5:00 PM Departure
Daily 5:00pm ferry departure is available for 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. $35 p/p
You'll have three hours to dine at the Coves local restaurant, The Saltry, visit the galleries, explore Halibut Cove, then at 9:00 pm it's time to head back to Homer.
Important Things to Know
Reservation are required. The Danny J carries 29 passengers. In addition to the Danny J, we sometimes operate the 45 passenger Stormbird. All vessels are Coast Guard approved and licensed. Modern docking facilities make it easy for anyone to get on or off the boats, although the ramps to and from the boats can become steep during low tides. Kachemak Bay Ferry reserves the right to substitute another vessel for the Danny J as conditions dictate. Special charters are available, upon request.
We go, rain or shine! We do not offer refunds to those who choose not to go in rainy weather. Our boat has limited indoor seating, so please dress warmly and casually. Raingear is provided aboard the boat. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended and 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 5:00 pm. Transfers to the dock are not included.