If Ketchikan is regarded as the “Salmon Capital of the World,” then the honor of “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” goes to this quaint seaside community called Homer. With a spectacular view that overlooks the majestic Kenai Mountains and the rich crystal clear waters of Kachemak Bay, Homer is one of the best places to do sport fishing in the state of Alaska.
Homer first started out as a camp for native tribal societies like the early Alutiq who travelled from their villages on the other side of Kachemak Bay. When homesteaders and coal miners took over the area in the 1800s, the area was eventually developed into a “company town” until the 1900s when commercial harvesting and fish processing became the driving forces of the local economy. These two industries were responsible for helping the community grow and eventually become an economic hub in the Southern Kenai Peninsula area. To this day, fishing is still a strong industry in the area along with the promising tourism industry.
Outdoor enthusiasts are sure to have a grand time in Homer. There are all kinds of outdoor activities for the adventurer at heart. You don’t need to sign up with a guided tour of sorts to see the wildlife living in Homer—even driving along the back roads of the town or simply riding the many boats in the harbor can give you an up close and personal encounter with the wildlife.
There’s also the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival where you’ll be able to witness the numerous migrating shorebirds on Kachemak Bay as they prepare for their journey to the north. During this 4 day celebration a variety of workshops, art fairs, talks, and observation stations are set up for the visitors and experts who drop by.
A trip to Homer isn’t complete without going across Kachemak Bay. You have the option of going on a trip to Kachemak Bay State Park where you can further enjoy the great outdoors; seeing “The City of Secluded Charm” Seldovia and its enjoyable activities like berry picking, mountain biking, and many more; or visiting Halibut Cove to see an actual village with streets paved with water.