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Our full day Small Group Whale Watching, Wildlife, Natural History, and Glacier Tour ventures deep into Kenai Fjords National Park. With over 25 years experience, we will show you the Fjords' best kept secrets. This is a photographer's paradise where you will see the Harding Icefield, calving glaciers, seals,Steller sea lions, porpoises, and sea otters. We will stop for lunch in front of a calving glacier, giving us ample time to witness and photograph the face of the glacier as mammoth pieces of ice thunder into the sea. A majority of the time we see whales on these wildlife and glacier tours.
During spring we are likely to spot grey whales on their annual migration to the arctic. In the summer we often encounter humpbacks, minke, and fin whales which have traveled thousands of miles to feed in the rich waters of the fjords. Orcas, also known as "killer whales", are present in our waters throughout the year.
Most tour operators conduct their wildlife and glacier tours with groups of 100 or even 200 or more passengers. We are more interested in quality than quantity and therefore limit our group size to 15 or fewer and can arrange for tours with as few as 2 people. With smaller groups we can position the boat so everyone gets a perfect view. We take extra effort so you will never miss that photo opportunity of a lifetime.
We are often asked, What is the difference between our tour and the tours offered by the other companies? While we specialize in and only do small group tours, the following testimonial probably explains this better than I can.
We depart at 8 a.m. and plan on returning between 4:30 and 5 p.m. but on numerous occasions haven't gotten in until later, usually because we have encountered an unusual wildlife sighting late in the afternoon such as orcas chasing a humpback whale or a mountain goat giving birth and everyone on board is more interested in the sighting than getting back on time. We have the advantage of flexibility that is impossible with all of the large group tours that must adhere to strict schedules. We also enjoy flexibility in choosing our viewing route and therefore seldom take the exact same route two days in a row.
Repeatedly guests tell us that this tour of the Kenai Fjords coastal wilderness was the highlight of their trip to Alaska.
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COMBINATION FISHING/WHALE WATCHING WILDLIFE TOUR
$360.00/person (includes lunch) plus tax & fees = $390.00 total
Your Early Booking Internet Rate $299/person (includes lunch) plus tax and fees = $339.48 total
This package combines the Full Day Tour with a saltwater fishing experience. There are several places along our route where a short stop guarantees catching fish. Whales, salmon, halibut, bass, along with puffins and other auklets congregate in the same area to feed on herring and needle fish. It is not unusual to have whales circling our boat and to see puffins diving while we catch fish. This package is a favorite for visitors who are interested in seeing the Kenai Fjords' wildlife and glaciers and would also like a taste of Alaska's famous saltwater fishing.
Sorry, all of our overnight trips are booked full for the 2012 season.
days & 1 night
For the kind of experience you will never forget, consider this amazing trip. In addition to everything included in the full day trip outlined above, we take the time to focus on areas of special interest, such as whale watching. We can use Zodiac inflatable boats (or by special arrangement, sea kayaks) for closer observation of seals and sea otters. We can hike primitive terrain only recently uncovered by receding glaciers and see hundreds of salmon returning to spawn in streams that a few decades ago did not exist.
For all of our tours/trips, if fuel prices increase above 4 dollars per gallon, we will add a fair and reasonable fuel surcharge. This surcharge will not exceed $10.00/person/trip for reservations made on or before May 1, 2011.
Because we only have a limited number of spaces, reservations are usually necessary.
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