Best of Icy Strait Point: Whales, Wildlife & Brown Bear Search

5.5 hours | Icy Strait Point | P S 2 - 6 1 0
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$ 249.95
Min. age: 8 years (See special notes)
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Points of Interest

  • Hoonah
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Whale Watching
  • Bear Search
Moderate activity


Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What You Will Visit:

Whale Watching Cruise
A high-speed catamaran travels toward Adolphus, one of Alaska's premier humpback feeding grounds, where whale sightings are guaranteed! Cruise through pristine waters not far from Glacier Bay National Park, bursting with life including orca (killer whales), Steller sea lions, seals, porpoises and, of course, the magnificent humpback whales. An onboard naturalist will describe the biology and behavior of the diverse species that gather here every summer to indulge in the nutrient-rich waters. Along the shore, bald eagles are often spotted in the evergreen treetops. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be offered during your day.

Wildlife and Brown Bear Expedition
A gravel path leads to a boardwalk into the rainforest and across a muskeg to the Spasski River Valley, a prime wildlife habitat with diverse flora and fauna. Accompanied by a naturalist guide, guests walk approximately 800 yards to elevated viewing platforms. The Chichagof Islands boast a massive bear population, the highest density per square mile of any place on Earth. Brown (grizzly) bears gather in the stream to feed on the seasonal bounty or in the surrounding meadows, as their diet is 85% vegetation. There are no guarantees you will see them, as nature follows its own schedule, which makes a sighting even more exhilarating. Please wear comfortable walking (water-resistant) shoes and dress warmly.

What You See Along The Way:
The guided motorcoach ride to the Spasski River is a tour in itself, as your bus travels through the Tlingit village of Hoonah and into the interior forests and muskegs of Chichagof Island. Watch for bald eagles, woodpeckers, Sitka black-tail deer and more.

Photo Opportunities:
Bring your camera for incredible wildlife photographs, both on the water and on terra firma.

Special Notes:

Minimum age is 8. Please dress warmly and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour covers approximately 800 yards of walking over uneven terrain. Whale sightings are guaranteed or that portion of the tour will be refunded, but not bears or other wildlife. Tour order may vary.

Provided: Spotting scopes

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.