Sand Point | (SDP) | sænd pɔjnt
"Largest Fishing Fleet in the Aleutian Chain"
Sand Point, also known as Qagun Tayagungin, is the largest community in the area and is located on Popof Island. It is 98 nautical miles from King Cove, 138 nautical miles from Chignik, and 331 nautical miles from Homer. Although visitor services are not abundant, charter boats are sometimes available for halibut fishing and marine wildlife cruises. The population is mostly of Aleut and Scandinavian descent and the community is a favorite with hikers and outdoor adventurers, in large part because of its beautiful views and lack of bears.
- Visit St. Nicholas Chapel, a Russian Orthodox Church, on the National Register of Historical Places.
- On nearby Unga Island you will find a rare petrified forest, one of the largest abandoned villages in the Aleutians, and relics of gold mines.
- Sand Point served as a repair and supply center for gold mining during the early 1900s, but fish processing became the dominant activity in the 1930s.
- Locals rely on a subsistence lifestyle including fish, caribou and buffalo.
- A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community – the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe.
Sand Point is located on the Aleutian Chain ferry route which provides service from Homer to Unalaska every other week from May through September. It takes two days to travel between Sand Point and Homer. It is a six-hour-and-forty-five-minute ferry ride to get to the nearby community of King Cove or nine and a half hours to get to Chignik or Old Harbor. Visitors can stay in Sand Point for three days to explore the community, and then catch the ferry on its way back to Homer. Explore this community on a 9 Day Aleutian Islands Adventure.