“We have just taken a whale watching tour with Hoonah Travel. Captain Paul did a fabulous job finding the whales and explaining what we were watching!!! He also found a brown bear; lots of sea otters; and dolphins. The whales we spotted were amazing. He maneuvered the boat close to ensure optimal whale watching! The trip was very smooth. Watching was terrific through windows or on the bow or in the stern. I highly recommend this trip. We booked it on line with no problems at all. Was a highlight of our trip for sure.”
“We had such an amazing time on the boat. The crew were very knowledgeable and you could tell how much they loved their jobs. A pod of Orca Whales came right next to the boat! That was certainly a highlight of our Alaska cruise. We also saw several humpbacks, a brown bear on the coast, and seals. Such a fun trip!! We would all highly recommend an excursion with Hoonah Travel Adventures.”
Our tour begins when we pick you up at the Icy Strait Point Excursions Hub. We will drive along Shaman Point to the Hoonah City Commercial Dock where our charter boat will be waiting for us. Along the way you may spot some of our local wildlife including, bald eagles, blacktail deer, and more. Hoonah is home to the largest concentration of Alaskan Brown Bears in the world.
We will then board the boat and leave Hoonah Harbor. While traveling along the shorelines, sightings of bears, deer, coastal ducks and geese, blue heron, puffin, swans, terns, cormorants, and more are common. In the water you may get a chance to spot humpback, orca, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, and seals.
Humpback whales come to Hoonah to feed on the nutrient rich waters of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait every summer in huge numbers before migrating south again in the winter. The whale population begins to arrive in Hoonah in May and stay through September. Humpback whales are large baleen whales that can reach over 50 feet in length and weigh as much as 30-50 tons. They are perhaps most famous for their whale songs, thought to be used by males as a mating call. Humpbacks are amazingly active and typical whale sightings will include diving, blows, and flukes (tails). Lucky whale-watchers may get to see breaching, bubble-net feeding, a cooperative feeding method where a pod forms a circle and dives under the water. They then blow air to create a wall of bubbles that force krill and plankton to the surface where the whales can eat them. Observing humpbacks practice bubble-net feeding is a real treat and a truly thrilling experience.
Our boats are built for speed and comfort, and perfectly suited for travel along Alaska’s waterways. With viewing decks and a heated cabins guests will stay warm and dry as they experience the wonder and beauty of our whale watching trip. We will return to the docks and transport you back to Icy Strait Point with plenty of time to board your ship or explore downtown Hoonah.