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Icy Strait Whale Watching Tour

4.9
52 reviews

Excursion Overview

Icy Strait Whale Watching Tour - Guaranteed Whales!

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.

Things You Need to Know

Inclusions:

  • Whale sightings are guaranteed. If you do not see a whale on your tour, you will be fully refunded.
  • Roundtrip transportation from Icy Strait Excursions Hub
  • Restrooms onboard

Requirements:

  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from the Excursions Hub.)

  • 30 minutes - check-in, approx. 2-minute walk to the harbor
  • 2.5 hours - whale watching

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Excursions Hub. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb into the boat. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

The charter boats used have a capacity of 24 passengers.

Every boat has open seating as well as outside viewing areas when permitted.

The interior of the boat is heated when needed due to weather conditions to keep a comfortable environment.

Yes, the boats are equipped with restrooms.

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.

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.

Sightings are guaranteed or you'll receive a full refund for your tour.

Air temperature can drop as much as 20°F with the wind chill factor when viewing whales outside.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable container and snacks are allowed on tour.​

Food and drinks are not included.​

 

Guest Reviews

4.9

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Richard S

On Sep 2023

The guides were very knowledgeable about the whales and their behaviors. They kept us entertained while ensuring the safety of the passengers. There were so many whales, it was hard to miss them! They also pointed out the sea otters, sea lions, and eagles we saw. Our tour was late in Sept. and there were only 4 passengers (2 groups of 2), so it was like a private tour!

Christie A

On Sep 2023

It was a great time. We saw lots of whales and some other wildlife!

Sarah O

On Sep 2023

We had an incredible whale watching experience. Our guide and boat driver were both great. We saw over 10 humpback whales bubble net feeding for over an hour. We also saw porpoise, harbour seals, sea lions, and otters. Amazing experience. Would highly recommend the small boat tour. The boat had 360 windows that came up so everyone had a great view no matter where you sat or stood.

Michael J

On Sep 2023

The best whale watching experience we've ever had. We spent a good half hour in the midst of almost a dozen humpbacks feeding.

Glenn T

On Aug 2023

Excellent captain and excursion. Saw a lot of whales, including one bubble net fishing and another that actually breached! Also saw a group of about 50 otters playng and having fun.

$181.25

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$181.25

Duration: 3 hours

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Duration: 3 hours



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