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Icy Strait Whale Watching Excursion S2204

Icy Strait, Alaska / USA

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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round trip transportation from your Icy Strait cruise pier area!
  • English speaking certified local guides!
  • Visit the waters off Point Adolphus!
  • Exclusive small group!
  • Heated cabin as well as outdoor deck space!
  • Complimentary bottled water and snack bar!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Icy Strait and surrounding area!

Transfer from the private cruise pier called Icy Strait to your small boat dock located near the native village of Hoonah, Alaska. Here, you will board your custom built boat designed for seeing whales close up in their natural setting. The boat is 37' long and holds a maximum of 18 passengers comfortably.

A forty minute cruise brings us to Point Adolphus, near the entrance to Glacier Bay National Park and one of the most populated feeding grounds in Alaska for Humpback Whales. Here, the protected inside passage waters are being constantly refilled by the northern Pacific Ocean with a supply of herring and krill, the major staples of a Humpbacks diet.

Although some humpbacks spend all year here, most migrate here in the summer months to the gorge of the endless supply of food, before wintering in Hawaii or Mexico where they mate or give birth. A baby Humpback at birth is around 4000 pounds (1.8 metric tons) and measures between 11 to 13 feet (3.3 to 3.9 meters)

The whales in the Point Adolphus area can weigh up to 42 tons (38 metric tons) and length of 40 feet (12 meters) The females are the larger of the two genders.

During your approximately 90 minutes near Point Adolphus you may witness whales tail lobbing (slapping their tail or fin on the water's surface), bubble net feeding, where they surround their meal with a curtain of air bubbles and scoop it up at the surface, or the amazing power of a breach, where this massive mammal shoots out of the water as if it weighs nothing, corkscrews in the air like a ballerina, before canon-balling back into the water, creating a thundering sound as it hits the water. Scientists don't really know why the humpback does most of these behaviors - whether it is an attempt to shed barnacles or parasites on their skin, showing off and having fun, but no matter, you will never forget seeing any of them. As Mother Nature is in charge, you never know what you will see. Although whale spotting is not guaranteed, it is extremely likely that you will.

A tasty Alaska snack will be served as you motor your way back to Hoonah and your nearby Icy Strait Cruise Pier.

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Icy Strait Whale Watching Excursion Reviews

Visit one of the largest Humpback Whale feeding areas in Alaska for  on this exclusive, small group boating excursion.

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Denver, CO
Amazing Experience!
     5/5  July 2019
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We booked this tour on our ms Amsterdam trip that stopped in Icy Strait. This was simply the perfect small, personalized tour we ever have. The guide was very informative and spotted these lovely creatures from a close and safe distance. This was an unforgettable experience and worth the price.
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Toronto CA
Amazing!
     5/5  July 2019
7
This was an amazing excursion, the capt and crew are very professional and funny, we got to see many humpbacks in the water closer than I thought we would. I highly recommend!!
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LEES SUMMIT, MO
AMAZING EXPERIENCE!
     5/5  May 2017
103
WE CAME JUST IN THE PERFECT TIME TO SEE GORGEOUS HUMPBACK WHALES. WE GOT TO SEE SOME FAR FAR AWAY FROM OUR CRUISE SHIP BUT ITS SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE TO SEE THEM SO CLOSE. THEY ARE MAGICAL CREATURES AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME SEEING THEM IRL. BY THE WAY ICY STRAIT IS BEAUTIFUL. THE WEATHER WAS PERFECT I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO BE FREEZING! THE STAFF AT (Tour Operator) WERE WONDERFUL AND ITS AMAZING TO SEE HOW THEY ARE USED TO SEEING ALL KINDS OF WILD LIFE BUT STILL GET EXCITED AND YOU CAN TELL THEY REALLY CARE. AS A RECOMMENDATION, BOOK AHEAD OF TIME SPECIALLY DURING THIS SEASON! WE ALMOST MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY BUT SHORE EXCURSION WAS ABLE TO HELP US WITH RESERVATIONS FOR THE 2 OF US.
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Nevada
Phenomenal adventure
     5/5  September 2016
113
We will never forget this excursion, it was by far the best tour we took while cruising in Alaska. Our captain, Henry, and all of the crew were willing to go above and beyond in order for us to enjoy the most. Whales were beautiful, such incredible creatures. My son took breathtaking photos, I'll asking him to share them with you.
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