Whales and Wonder

Juneau to Sitka-Oceanic Society Trip
Trip Profile
*Remember: wildlife is wild life, so when it comes to stuff like whales and bears, these ratings show the likelihood of seeing those things as opposed to a guarantee. But that’s nature for ya – and who would want it any other way?
Juneau, Endicott Arm, Fredrick Sound, ABC islands, Peril Straits, Sitka Sound
This trip begins with the bustling Alaskan Capital of Juneau, from which we will travel south in Stevens Passage toward Holkam Bay. Once there, we will explore the icy fjords of Endicott Arm, where we have the opportunity to float and kayak among huge icebergs and watch a tidewater glacier calve into the ocean. Described by some as impressive as Glacier Bay, Endicott Arm offers one of the most stunning glacial landscapes in Southeast Alaska – sheer granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and thundering glaciers.
From Holkam bay we will continue south in Stevens Passage into Fredrick Sound. Here, the water teems with food that attracts a large variety of marine mammals – most notably, Humpback Whales. We will spend hours floating in solitude, watching and listening to the sights and sounds of the creatures that ply these waters all summer long. From our floating home, we will explore the convoluted coastline of Southeast Alaska. We will hike deep into the forest to waterfalls, rivers, and beautiful old-growth tree stands.
As we make our way west through Fredrick Sound toward Admiralty Island, we continue to search for wildlife on the shore and in the water. Knowing the best anchorages, Snow Goose will journey to a quite anchorage for a relaxing dinner prepared by our resident chef.
Traveling further east to Baranof Island toward we introduce kayaking as another tool to explore the coastline. Here from the comfort of a stable and sleek craft, guests get the experience of gliding silently on the water on their own power. Tall mountains loom above with rich intertidal below is the canvas for each day.
With a stop at a natural hot springs, we head north through Peril Straits and take advantage of the few existing hiking trails in SE Alaska. Sitka spruce, hemlock, skunk cabbage, ferns, fungus, and birds are only a few species we will encounter. With an exceptional guide, learning about the forest ecosystem adds to the bounty of knowledge obtained throughout the trip.
Winding our way south toward Sitka we travel through small passages and narrow channels with a sense of wonder and place as we have explored and touched a small piece of what Alaska has to offer.
The trip ends in the quaint town of Sika where guests may choose to explore the local sights or continue home with a new sense of stewardship, knowledge, and appreciation for what they experienced.
There are 12 spots left.
All routes are subject to adjustment and change at the captain's discretion and the ability to obtain the proper access permits. This includes US Forest Service and Glacier Bay National Park permits. Passports are required for entry into Canada, and previous DUI convictions may prevent entry.
We are an equal opportunity provider and employer, operating on the Tongass National Forest under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service.