Your tour begins when you meet your local guide and captain, Duane. As you embark on your whale and wildlife watching experience, you'll also learn about the cultural connection of wildlife and the Hoonah Tlingit people.
There is an abundance of natural food in the waters around Icy Strait, which makes it the best feeding ground for large amounts of humpback whales. Enjoy spectacular views of the unique bubble-net feeding, flipper slapping, and breaching of the whales from our custom designed, small-group vessel. This boat was built with a low-profile design, which allows it to easily maneuver through the water. Large paneled windows allow for you to have the best whale watching experience from the comfort of your seat! Of course, you are welcome to walk around, and go outside onto the viewing platforms for the ultimate view.
Keep an eye out for brown bears, and Sitka Black-Tailed Deer meandering the shoreline while the search for humpback whales (and potentially even orca whales!) on this Icy Strait must-do whale watching adventure.
Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see a whale on your tour, you will be fully refunded.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from the Excursions Hub.)
- Roundtrip transportation from Icy Strait Point gates
- Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water provided
- Light snacks will be available
- Restrooms onboard boat
Duration: 3 hours. Tour time below are approximate:
- 30 minutes roundtrip transportation
- 2.5 hours of whale watching onboard a charter boat
- This tour meets at the Excursions Hub. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
Will I get seasick?
The waters we operate in are usually pretty calm. If you are prone to seasickness, we recommend Dramamine or a wristband. Over the years, less than 1% of our guests have gotten seasick.
How many passengers does the boat hold?
The charter boats used have a capacity of 24 passengers.
What is the seating arrangement in the boat?
Every boat has open seating as well as outside viewing areas when permitted.
Is there an inside seating area on the boat, is it heated?
The interior of the boat is heated when needed due to weather conditions to keep a comfortable environment.
Are there restrooms on the boat?
Yes, the boats are equipped with restrooms.
How close will we get to the whales?
Humpback whales and other sea animals are protected species and a safe distance of at least 100 yards must be maintained at all times according to NOAA regulations.
Are whale sightings guaranteed?
Sightings are guaranteed or you'll receive a full refund for your tour.
What is the temperature on the water?
Air temperature can drop as much as 20°F with the wind chill factor when viewing whales outside.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
Bottled water and a light snack are included.
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Sep 2019 - Camron N.
Saw the whales up close. It was stunning
Sep 2019 - Thomas P.
A great experience to see the whales, the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable. This smaller type boat was fast, clean and appropriate for this excursion.
Sep 2019 - Jerry B.
Had an absolutely great experience! Saw plenty of whales feeding on the surface with mouths wide open scooping up schools of tiny fish. Would loved to have seen some tails in the air but that wasn't the feeding pattern for the day.
The ship was clean and in excellent condition with a crew that were very informative and intent on finding the whales. Bonuses included seeing a bear on shore, some seals, and a sea otter enjoying the water.
I highly recommend this excursion.
Sep 2019 - Olivia C.
Friendly staffs, clear directions. Boat was comfy and spacious, providing hot & room-temperature drinks and snacks. We got to see a lot of whale actions, very satisfied :)
Sep 2019 - Andrea B.
We had a wonderful experience. The day was perfect, the boat was too and we had the chance to see killer and humpback whales. We enjoyed the snacks and beverages during the trip. Also we enjoyed that the boat was for a very few people, that let us have a perfect view almost all the time.
Sep 2019 - Gerard C.
Great experience but could have received some commentary.
Aug 2019 - Jonathan P.
Tour was amazing and the team including the boat lead and his two girls made the trip spectacular. Would definitely recommend this to everyone.