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This exciting tour combines a “whale guaranteed” cruise with Alaska’s finest wilderness salmon bake. Following a motor coach ride to scenic Auke Bay, you’ll board an Alaskan Built Expedition vessel specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm comfortable cabin surrounded by large windows as you sail in the island waters of Stephen's Passage. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for Humpback Whales.
Once whales have been sighted, your skilled captain will maneuver the vessel for an exceptional view and photographic opportunity as these graceful giants slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. Don’t forget your camera, and be sure to bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The whales are often close enough to hear them breathe! An onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the Humpback Whale and other wildlife you may encounter, including Killer Whales, Steller Sea Lions, Dall's Porpoise, Harbor Seals, Bald Eagles and more.
Next, you’ll take a leisurely break from cruising to step ashore at Orca Point Lodge located at beautiful Colt Island. Enjoy a feast that includes fresh-grilled wild Alaska salmon, chicken, Italian style green beans, rice pilaf, cole slaw, fresh-hot rolls and desserts. The lodge offers peaceful seclusion with modern comforts in a remote wilderness setting. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and take a stroll along the beach or visit the marine life "touch pool" before re-boarding the vessel for the exciting return cruise to Auke Bay.
- Sightings of whales is guaranteed!
- Salmon Bake lunch included.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Participants must be able to walk short distances and negotiate a few steps.
- Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the vessel’s observation deck and outdoors at the lodge.
- Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with at least 24-hours advance notice.