Guaranteed Whale Watching Adventure
Our local captain, Duane, will guide you through an unforgettable and surreal whale and wildlife watching experience, describing the diversity of wildlife and its cultural connection and significance to the Hoonah Tlingit people. The high accumulation of natural food in these waters make it a habitual feeding ground for one of Alaska’s largest resident humpback whale populations, providing for a unique experience of “bubble-net feeding”, flipper slapping, and spectacular breaching!
Our custom-built whale-watching vessel is highly maneuverable with a low profile design and large windows that allow unrestricted viewing while getting up close and personal to whales and other wildlife, yet staying dry and out of the weather. Viewing platforms on the outer decks allow you to get outside and experience the whales with all of your senses – see them, hear them and, yes, when they come up close and spout, that whale breath is an experience your nose won’t forget!
On this 3 hour tour we will meet you at Icy Strait Point and transfer you to the community of Hoonah to meet your Captain and crew. For 2.5 hours you’ll be traveling through the waters of Icy Strait – home to a wide array of wildlife including Orcas (killer whales), Stellar sea lions, sea otters, Harbor seals, Dall’s porpoise, and the magnificent humpback whale.
Keep an eye out for brown bears and Sitka Black-tailed deer meandering the shoreline, and the noble Bald eagle perched on tree-tops. From the village of Hoonah to Pt. Adolphus near Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait Whale Adventures will delight in sharing the majestic beauty and culture that is Alaska!
$149.99 per adult (age 14 and up)
$139.99 per child (age 4 to 13)
$49.99 for infants (age 3 and under)
5% discount on groups of 6 to 11 guests
10% discount on groups of 12 or more
Please meet 15 minutes prior to your tour departure time. After exiting the ship, proceed ashore to the Icy Strait Point Adventure Center. Once inside the Adventure Center, walk through the building and exit through Door 2, which is clearly marked above the door.
Follow the signs to the Excursions Hub where you will meet our Captain with a sign that says Icy Strait Whale Adventures. From here we will head to the Hoonah Harbor dock, just 3 minutes away and board the vessel, Three Wolves, for departure.
We will return you directly to Icy Strait Point, and guarantee to get you back in time for “all guests onboard”. For those on the morning departures, it is possible to explore the town and walk back – it is a mile and a half walk to Icy Strait Point from the center of town, following the shoreline and a sidewalk with walking trail in some sections. If walking back, please make sure you know the required time to be back on site. It is usually a half hour before your ships scheduled departure time
Our custom-built whale-watching vessel makes this experience suitable for all ages, and we even offer child rates.
Things to Bring:
You never know what the weather will be, so come prepared for rain or shine. Hat and mittens can really make it more comfortable. Warm coats that are water resistant are a good idea. A camera to capture all those great sightings is a must and binoculars make those whales pop! And, don’t forget your sunglasses. Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water, are provided. Any other munchies and beverages you’d like to bring to make your trip more enjoyable are fine with us!
We are so confident you will see at least one whale that we will provide a 50% refund to your credit card if no whales are sighted.
Henry S.: We saw lots of whales and we had a blast! And the scenery surrounding Icy Strait Point is breath taking...
HilsTassie: I would not hesitate to book with Icy Strait Whale Aventures again with that sort of service. Thank you so much!
Joan R.: This was definitely the highlight of our trip - being able to see whales up close unlike the big boats thru the cruise line..