Unga Island is an island in the Aleutians East Borough, Alaska, USA. It is he largest of the Shumagin Islands off the Alaska Peninsula in southwestern Alaska. The island has a land area of 171 square miles (443 square kilometers), making it the 35th largest island in the United States. The island holds an ancient petrified wood forest and a more recent ghost town that was the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We took Zodiac boats from our ship anchored in Delarof Harbor to the pebble beach of the harbor, where a group of twelve of us embarked on a two-hour kayak paddle around the harbor and part of Unga Island. The terrain was quite rugged, with tall cliffs, low rising hills and pounding surf; it is also treeless, except for a few trees around the village brought over by Norwegian settlers. The island is another island home to thousands of seagulls and puffins and many sea otters in the kelp.
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