Chichagof Island has the highest population of bears per square mile of any place on Earth. Don’t miss the chance to see these animals in their natural habitat!
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Pickup/Drop off: Icy Strait Point Excursion Hub
Distance from docks: 5 minutes
Group Rates: 10% off when booking for 4 or more!
Hoonah Whale Watching Tour
Our Hoonah whale watching tour begins when we pick you up at the Icy Strait Point Excursions Hub. We drive along Shaman Point to the Hoonah City Commercial Dock where our charter boat is 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, so chances are good you’ll spot one or two on the way.
We 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.
Huge numbers of humpback whales come to Hoonah to feed in the nutrient-rich waters of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait every summer before migrating south again in the winter. The whale population begins to arrive in Hoonah in May and stays 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 most famous for their whale songs, thought to be used by males as a mating call. Humpbacks are amazingly active and typical whale sightings include diving, blows, and flukes (tails). Lucky whale watchers may get to see breaching or 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 heated cabins, you stay warm and dry as you experience the wonder and beauty on our whale watching trip. We return to the docks and transport you back to Icy Strait Point with plenty of time to board your ship or explore downtown Hoonah.
Join our whale watch!