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A water jet-powered catamaran specially designed for Alaskan waters will bring you an unforgettable wildlife viewing experience with a delicious and authentic salmon bake to follow!
The warm, comfortable and spacious main cabin of the catamaran and its crew welcomes you, following a short 30 minute transfer to Auke Bay. The large panoramic windows offer you breathtaking views of the spectacular scenery as you head for open water. Admire the majestic backdrop of snow-capped peaks and glaciers as your experienced captain guides you through the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage, a pristine marine environment and world-renowned as a summer feeding ground for humpback whales.
As you cruise, an onboard naturalist will explain the habits and habitats of the wildlife you may encounter. You’ll want to have your binoculars and your camera ready for when you spot Steller sea lions, harbor seals, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles, Sitka black tail deer and occasionally, bears. Of course, no whale-watching tour would be complete without seeing whales! We are so confident in our Alaskan crew’s ability to spot whales that we guarantee, if you don’t see one of these magnificent creatures, you will receive a $100.00 cash refund when you disembark the tour vessel. But don’t expect money back, as whales have been spotted on every tour for the past fourteen years!
The Inside Passage waters near Juneau support a very healthy humpback whale population. These magnificent mammals spend the summer months in the nutrient-rich waters before heading to Hawaii to mate and give birth. The whales have a breathing cycle that typically lasts four to six minutes; surfacing several times in quick succession to recharge their oxygen supply, then showing their massive tail flukes before disappearing into the depths to feed on krill and small schooling fish.
Once whales are sighted, your captain will maneuver the boat to allow for exceptional viewing and photo opportunities. At the completion of your whale watching experience, you will transfer to a wonderful salmon bake meal. Delight in this outdoor feast served in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Savor wild Alaska salmon grilled over an alder wood fire, chicken and pasta along with a variety of delicious side dishes. Enjoy musical entertainment as you dine under translucent domes protecting you from the elements. After your meal, roast marshmallows over a crackling fire or walk the trail to the waterfall and the remains of the historic Wagner Mine. Buses depart regularly to the pier so you may return at your leisure.
- 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.