Halibut Cove

Population: 23
Halibut Cove is located on the east shore of Kachemak Bay, 7 miles southeast of Homer, and is accessible only by plane or boat.

The bay was named Halibut Cove by W.H. Dall of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey in 1880. Between 1911 and 1928, Halibut Cove had 42 herring salteries and a population of about 1,000.

Today, the community of Halibut Cove is made up of self-employed artists, commercial fishermen and craftsmen. There is a post office in Halibut Cove, but there are no state schools, banks, grocery stores or similar services available. Overnight accommodations available at local lodges, cabins and bed-and-breakfasts. There is one restaurant, the Saltry; reservations are required. The dock in front of the Saltry is private. Please do not use it if you are not patronizing the business. There are no roads in Halibut Cove: homes and businesses are connected by boardwalk.


  • Stroll the boardwalks for spectacular views of Kachemak Bay
  • Visit local galleries displaying the work of resident artists.
  • Hike Kachemak Bay State Park trails.
  • Try kayaking, clamming, tide pooling and beachcombing along the shoreline.