- Ten days spent cruising, kayaking, and hiking in wildlife rich coastal Alaska.
- Experience incredible wildlife moments and enjoy breathtaking forest landscapes throughout the trip.
Look for feeding humpback whales, killer whales (orcas), sea lions, sea sea otters, puffins, brown bears, bald eagles, and other iconic wildlife.
Focused time to try to see groups of humpback whales bubble net feeding in herring-rich summer waters.
Read our 2016 Glacier Bay trip report and photo journal from trip leader Jaymi Heimbuch.
This is not your average Alaska cruise! Traveling aboard the 12-passenger Snow Goose, we will explore the Inside Passage of Southeast Alaska including Frederick Sound and Chatham Strait with a goal to maximize wildlife sightings and examine our natural surroundings in depth.
Over our 10-day/9-night cruise we will have opportunities for wondrous encounters with humpback whales, bears, moose, mountain goats, sea otters, seals, sea lions, eagles and horned puffins to name just a few. Armed with onboard water sampling capabilities, hydrophones, microscopes, and other tools, we will go beyond basic wildlife observation to truly explore and appreciate the details of this magnificent ecosystem. Six double sea kayaks and a large skiff allow us to fully explore the coastline and make excursions on the shore.
A highlight of our experience will be the opportunity to look for congregations of humpback whales “bubble net feeding” in Chatham Strait and Frederick Sound near the start of our trip. Every summer they migrate north to feed on the herring and tiny krill that blossom with the sunlight. Leaving the humpbacks, we travel onwards toward the town of Wrangell and will pass Chichagof Island and Admiralty Island National Monument, which have very high populations of brown bears. Along our route there will be opportunities for sea kayaking, forest walks, hot springs, and viewing other marine mammals, including sea otters.
Learn more about life on board the Snow Goose below. Your tour will be educational in nature and the onboard naturalist for this expedition will make sure you have excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and a complete understanding of the Southeast Alaska coastal ecosystem.
During the summer months, the Inside Passage of Alaska is home to a large concentration of feeding humpback whales, and we should have many opportunities to observe these gentle giants and their unique behaviors, including breaching and bubble net feeding. We may also have the chance to see resident and transient killer whales (orcas) during the trip, and other marine mammals including Dall's porpoise, Steller sea lions, and more.
Bald eagles are abundant in this region and will be seen throughout the trip, and we may also see golden eagles and puffins, in addition to many other bird species. With luck, we may also encounter brown (grizzly) and black bears along the shore.
Trip Dates & Cost
2020: Many dates and itineraries are offered July and August 2020; please inquire for routes and prices.
Oceanic Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 94-3105570), and every trip supports ocean conservation.