The Seal Bay Seaplane Base is a seaplane port located in Seal Bay, a commune in the Kodiak Island Borough of the U.S. State of Alaska. The airport is a public-type, small airport with an IATA code of SYB and no ICAO code. The airport has scheduled passenger service to Kitoi, Kodiak, and Alaska, as subsidized by the United States Department of Transportation via the Essential Air Service program. The airport received a low 30 passengers in 2013, which was actually an improvement as compared to the previous year's 10 passengers. The sole airline serving the airport is called Island Air Service.
What to see & do
The Seal Bay Seaplane Base is located in the Kodiak Island Borough in the US State of Alaska. Its main community, Kodiak, is one of the seven communes in the island, and is the main connection of the rest of the United States to the said borough. All commercial transportation between the entire island and the outside world goes through this city either via ferryboat or airline.
Originally, the city was inhabited by Alutiiq natives for over 7000 years. The city was settled in the 18th century by the subjects of the Russian crown, and became the capital of Russian Alaska. When it was transferred and became part of the United States, the city has become a commercial fishing centre, which, until today, is the main industry in the area. Secondary to fishing, the city is on the rise in the tourism industry, mainly offering a countryside retreat. Within Kodiak, travellers may enjoy the Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository. The said establishments exhibit one of the largest collections of Alutiiq artefacts in the state, ranging from a kayaker in his waterproof parka of seal gut to a 19th-century spruce-root hat. Other attractions in the museum also include the 'Sharing Words' application, an intriguing interactive computer program that uses village elders to teach Alutiiq words and songs to its users in an attempt to save the indigenous language. Travellers may also try and eat in the Old Powerhouse Restaurant in Marine Way, a restaurant that serves great and fresh seafood dishes with drinks.
How to get around
The best way to get around Kodiak's short road system is to rent a car. Kodiak has less than 100 miles of public roads, half of which is asphalt. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and is planning to explore places in the island outside of the town centre, you may check and try the floatplanes and the ferry services.
How to get there
The Seal Bay Seaplane Base is the main airport serving Kodiak. Upon landing, travelers would have to ferry to Kodiak. Flights are available through the Essential Services Program via the Island Air Service.
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