Experience a magical evening cruise in the company of humpback whales during this memorable whale-watching quest via catamaran.
This tour has been recommended by Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society based on its philosophy that guided experiences in nature should inspire people, young and old, to act responsibly for the protection of our planet's vital ecosystems.
Depart the pier for the brief transfer to scenic Auke Bay. Upon arrival, you will embark a waterjet-powered catamaran that has been specially designed for wildlife viewing, then set out to explore Stephen's Passage. You will relax in the warm, comfortable and spacious main cabin as you pass by pristine marine wilderness surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers. This area is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoise, seals, bald eagles, and more.
Upon sighting the whales, your captain will gently maneuver the vessel for optimal viewing and photographic opportunities. You will be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air. Since the whales are often close enough to hear them breathe, be sure to bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside Observation Deck.
Throughout the cruise, your onboard naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale. Your crew will also be on hand to point out wildlife and assist you throughout the tour. While soaking in the peaceful ambiance of Alaska's long evening glow, you will be served a selection of appetizers, desserts and complimentary beverages.
At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to Auke Bay, then transferred back to the pier.
Please note: The operators of this excursion guarantee that you will be able to view at least one whale, or receive $100 cash as you disembark the vessel (do not anticipate a refund, as whales have been sighted on every tour conducted in the past 11 years).