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Wildlife Watching Cruise in Alaska

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 8 people
Destination(s): Alaska  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: June - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 5650 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 6050 US Dollar (USD)

Frederick Sound, just a few hours from Petersburg, is humpback whale heaven. Join us as we learn about these giant creatures with special insights from our guide, whale photographer Jim Nahmens. Humpback whales congregate here to feed on massive schools of fish and krill. With some luck, we may see these endangered giants as they use bubble nets to execute their cooperative feeding attacks. Our guide will introduce you to the world of the humpback whale - its life cycle, anatomy, behaviors, migration, feeding strategies and current research. He will also share the secrets of getting great whale photos.

Although whales are the focus of this trip, we will also hike in vast rain forests, stroll on secluded beaches, and visit spectacular bays, using both skiffs and kayaks. We’ll keep our eyes out for other wildlife too. Killer whales, seals, porpoises, bears, bald eagles and other birds. And we’ll visit a raucous Steller sea lion haul out and salmon spawning streams. Along the way, our guide will introduce you to Alaska’s natural history, geology, native culture, flora and fauna.

Join us for this incredible journey. The cruise departs from the small community of Petersburg, which is centrally located in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. The excursion is limited to a maximum of 8 guests in 4 private cabins! It's an adventure of a lifetime!

Day 1: We recommend that guests arrive at least one day prior to our departure. 2 pm board Alaska Adventurer and depart to Thomas Bay where we will set crab and shrimp traps and launch sea kayaks for exploration. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Get up early to hike to Baird Glacier for a walk on the glacier itself! Later we will check our crab and shrimp traps to collect our catch for an amazingly delightful dinner prepared by our on-board chef. We'll then load up and head for some of the best whale watching areas found anywhere on the globe! Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 3: Frederick Sound is the summer home of some of the largest concentrations of humpback whales. Most of these whales spend winters in the waters off Hawaii where the young are born and breeding occurs. They do not feed until they return to the rich waters of Alaska's Inside Passage. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 4: One of the behaviors unique to the humpback whales of this area is cooperative 'bubble-net feeding'. We have optimized the dates of this trip for observing this amazing event. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 5: Visit Tracy Arm with the spectacular Sawyer Glaciers.Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 6: Each day is a new adventure. Hike through a vast rain forest. Marvel as house-size chunks of ice calve from a glacier. Stroll on a remote beach. Count bald eagles in unbelievable numbers. Stop by a raucous sea lion rookery. Visit a native village. Try your luck at fishing. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 7: Experience the best whale watching in the world. Humpback whales congregate here to feed on massive schools of herring and krill. Watch their complex feeding strategies unfold as they use bubble nets to herd prey. Get a special insight into their world from our expert naturalist/photographer, Jim Nahmens. Includes: (B, L, D).

Day 8: We will reluctantly return to Petersburg around 4 pm. Includes: (B, L).

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- three gourmet meals per day
- cozy accommodations
- hot showers
- all beverages including select wines with dinner
- sea kayaks
- skiffs
- the fun-loving company of our guide

All inclusive fares are $5,600 - $6,050 per person/double occupancy, depending on cabin selection. 50% deposit required to confirm reservations.

About This Supplier
Location: USA
Joined InfoHub: Apr 1999

M07433 began providing quality Alaskan guided adventures of the Inside Passage over 25 years ago. Originally founded in the early 1970's by a local dentist who operated a yacht based dental office that provided an essential service to the small remote communities, camps and villages of Southeast Alaska. Dr. Bob...

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