Akutan is located on the eastern Aleutian Krenitzin Islands,
part of the Fox Island group. It is 45 nautical miles east of
Unalaska and known as "The Friendliest Fishing Community in the
Aleutians." Akutan is located in the center of some of the most
productive fishing grounds in the world and is the site of a
traditional Unangan village. Boats and aircraft are the only means
of traveling to and from Akutan and without roads, the village has
boardwalks to make everything in town accessible by foot.
The City of Chignik is located 249 nautical miles from
Kodiak. Chignik, meaning "big wind," was established in the late
1800s as a fishing village and cannery, it continues providing a
fishing lifestyle for its residents. The terrain is rugged, but
beautiful, and boasts spectacular views ranging from steep rock
cliffs to high jagged outcrops, waterfalls and green hills.
Visitor services are not available in this community but a brief
visit afforded by the ferry stop is long enough for a walk through
Cold Bay serves as an important regional transportation hub
and is located 58 nautical miles from False Pass. The community was
originally built to serve as an Air Force station during World War
II and is near two active volcanoes that provide a spectacular
backdrop. The Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is home to bountiful
wildlife during migration and spawning seasons. Limited visitor
services are available in this community, but does include lodging
and tour operators that will take you into the refuge.
False Pass is located between the Bering Sea and the Gulf of
Alaska and between the greatest commercial fisheries in the world.
False Pass is home to 27 of the 46 most active volcanoes in the
U.S. and has unique beachcombing opportunities. The name False
Pass originates from the fact that the Bering Sea side of the
strait is extremely shallow and cannot accommodate large vessels.
Visitor services are not available, but a brief ferry stop is long
enough for a walk through town.
King Cove, a mostly Aleut fishing community at the west end
of the Alaska Peninsula, is located 25 nautical miles from Cold Bay
and 98 nautical miles from Sand Point. King Cove is known to have
the "Largest Capacity Salmon Cannery in Alaska" processing King
Crab, pollock, cod, salmon and halibut. Bears are abundant, and
throughout the year whales can be seen migrating through Belkofski
Bay. No visitor services available, but King Cove welcomes visitors
drawn by wildlife viewing opportunities.
Sand Point is the largest community in the area, 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.
Points of interest include historic St. Nicholas Chapel or a rare
petrified forest on nearby Unga Island. Although visitor services
are not abundant, charter boats are sometimes available for
halibut fishing and marine wildlife cruises.