Sale Price: $189.00
Enjoy the perfect small-group adventure on this fun whale watching tour. Each Icy Strait whale watching excursion is limited to 18 passengers, so you can be sure you'll avoid the masses and have a personalized experience. Climb aboard and witness these majestic creatures in their pristine habitat!
This Icy Strait excursion will provide you with the opportunity to view magnificent marine mammals in the most beautiful part of the country with a professional crew, on-board a custom-built, state-of-the-art whale watching vessel. The cabin cruiser offers a soft, enjoyable ride, and is considered one of the safest boats in the industry. It includes a heated cabin and a bathroom.
While our guests absorb the spectacular atmosphere of whales surfacing, with the scenic background of Southeast Alaska, we assist with interpretation from our local naturalist and also offer light snacks and beverages. We are committed to making memorable experiences. We take a lot of pride in being able to cater to the smaller group sizes of 16 and under to make your trip more personable.
In addition to viewing whales, we always find a variety of other animals that can include seals, sea lions, bald eagles, porpoise, and even an occasional deer or bear on the shoreline. Our experienced captains know these waters well, and have had a 100% viewing success rate over the past six years. We guarantee that you will see at least a whale or an orca or your money will be completely refunded. Get the personalized custom trip that you deserve in Icy Strait.
Reviewer: John Kotsonis
Brief bus journey to the boat, where we glimpsed town of Hoonah. Sloped walkway to a very comfortable, roomy boat. Took us out to the whale-watching spot, we saw two large brown bears on the shore and an eagle desperately trying to lift his prey from the water, and giving up. Soon saw an orca very close and starting jumping in and out. Coming back we saw humpback whale and an island full of birds. Scenery was extraordinary everywhere. Staff were very polite and helpful. Very worthwhile trip.
Reviewer: Miriam Kotsonis
We went on this tour in the early summer and were not too happy with the weather...feared the worst. But once we were on the boat, we had the most phenomenal tour, seeing not only several humpbacks but also killer whales leaping in formation really close by, some of the most endearing otter families imaginable, and even a grumpy-looking bear on the shore that reared up at us. We also spent some time by a rookery with a number of migratory birds, including puffins. Most dramatic: a bald eagle fighting with a giant fish right by the ship. Believe it or not, the bald eagle had to give up, so as not to drown. While you never can be sure what animals you'll see, in the right season this tour can be amazing, and the captain knows all the best places. Bring your binocs and the action will be even closer!
Reviewer: Maria Totty
We went the last week of September. The Whales weren't as active because of the time frame. We did get to see a few humps and tails. No jumping whales at this time of year. We got to see other animal cuteness. The boat was small but the tour size was perfect for the boat because there were views all around.
Reviewer: Mike Schultz
Words really can not express how amazing this tour was. Josh and Keith were just great and full of information about whales and the area in general. We headed out from the docks looking for some time with little luck. Josh got on the radio looking for other sightings. We found a group of hump backs bubble feeding! We were there for a while (too busy taking video to know how long) just watching and recording. They had told us to watch the birds for a sign of where and when the whales would emerge. The flock took off in one direction south east of us and suddenly the whales emerged about 50 feet off the starboard side of the boat. To our amazement they began swimming directly towards us! They were so close we could almost touch them! At least 3 of the whales swam under the boat and emerged on the other side. To top it off several of them breached as if to say goodbye as we were turning to leave! Overall these guys are great. I would sail with either of them any day.
Reviewer: Barbara Wolanski
Our trip was delayed by thick heavy fog, but because we were the only excursion booked on this day...No problem! We got to tour the little town and talk to the totem pole carvers. Once the 11 of us got aboard the 15 passenger boat, it was really obvious that our captain knew exactly what he was doing. Headed us out and gently let us know not to get upset as we passed by lone whales in the distance. He drove us near an island where we could see the seagulls circling in the distance and we caught the tail end of group of whales surfacing simultaneously. The excited nature interpreter on board explained the whales were feeding. Our captain then took us further up where he had seen the gulls circling and we hit the jackpot! A group of 14 humpback whales bubble net feeding. Even our captain was excited after the whales surfaced the third time, and he put the speaker in the water so we could hear them. The whales surface 8 times! It was an experience of a lifetime!