Alaska 3 Photo Tour (Ship Based)
Incredible whales, glaciers, ice, nature, wilderness, plus bear!
(Ship based, limited to 7/8.)
August 5/15, 2018
This is an Ultimate Alaska Photo Adventure!
Our 14th tour to beautiful Alaska, will offer you a unique holiday!
Your cruise begins in Hoonah, a small mostly native Tlingit village on Icy Strait and near the entrance to Glacier Bay. Orcas and humpback whales are often seen as the trip departs. A special feature of this wildlife experience is visiting two outstanding bear reserves—both Anan Creek, with its photo-blind platform and either or both black and brown bears, and Pack Creek, the best-known place in Southeast for being with grizzly bears or “brownies.” Another important focus of this voyage is the incredible breaching, resting, lunging and bubble-net feeding humpback whales. In this area during the summer, there are an estimated 300 individually identified humpbacks, at one time, all actively feeding! As many as 800 have been photo identified using this area. Many bubble-net feed, together they swim in a circle, blowing a helix of bubbles underwater that rises to the surface as a wall, surrounding and entrapping the prey. At the surface it appears as a continuing ring of bubbles. The humpbacks are indicating exactly where they will appear next—right in the center of the circle—sometimes in an explosive leap!
“Each visit is unique and each visit offers our customers outstanding images. We are talking the true Wild Alaska Experience! You will love the quality time offered shooting bears and other fascinating nature and landscape subjects.” Darran
ALASKA – the adventure…
This region is a destination offering endless exploration experiences. Immerse yourself in the heartland of uniquely captivating images. In 2018 we invite you to photograph this stunning wilderness through your choice of three magnificent linked events:
- Alaska 1 – Land Based Adventure – July
- Alaska 2 – Land Based Adventure – July/August
- Alaska 3 – Ship Based – August
Join us for the holiday of a lifetime…
ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
DAY 1 – Juneau
The itinerary is kept flexible so that we can take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. Our goal each day is to put you in the right place or places to maximize your opportunities to enjoy Alaska’s magic. The following description includes some logistical information and the rest is meant only as a general guide. August 5 or earlier, Pre-trip arrival in Juneau. Accommodation is included August 5. Make time to explore this capital city, and purchase any essential items, such as a fishing license or rubber boots and rain gear. (Hotel and meals in town are not included in the price of the trip tonight.)
DAY 2 – Juneau to Hoonah
We fly in the morning from Juneau to Hoonah, just a short flight away. This flight is included. Arrival in Hoonah, orientation aboard Delphinus. Depart for Stephens Passage and Holkham Bay, Endicott Arm and the Ice Kingdom. There may be orcas and whales upon leaving Hoonah! You will spend two days in this wildlife-rich official wilderness area. There are a number of potential stops, including the unique Fords Terror vestibule and arm. The general area is a glacially carved granite fiord with dozens of waterfalls and cascades. It is like a flooded Yosemite, has 30 miles of floating ice sculptures, and a thunderously calving glacier at the end. It is a very active place and the home to much wildlife—humpbacks, black and brown bears, river otters, harbour seals pupping on the ice pans, porcupines, and large flocks of scoters and other birds.
DAY 3 – Alaska Wilderness
Spend more time in Endicott Arm. Travel to Seymour Canal and possibly Pleasant Bay for the night. A fantastic day with whales and amazing scenery!
DAYs 4/5 – Alaska Wilderness
Pack Creek is the best-known bear reserve in Southeast, and well it should be. It is only a very small part of Admiralty Island, and an even less significant part of Alaska as a whole. Yet it is here we have one of the best chances for watching brown bears truly be bears (when the salmon are in). The bears here have been protected from hunting since about 1936. Shortly after the reserve was created, Stan Price “retired” here and lived with the bears for more than 30 years. His daily presence both helped to enforce the no hunting and helped acclimate the bears to human presence. He lived with the bears for thirty-four years without any serious problems, but was very tolerant of their “misbehaviors.” After that, a management plan was put in place so that the same small number of people comes to the same place, at the same time, each day. The bears will probably ignore us, as people are and have been a constant their entire lives. Here, again, there is much more than bears. We once saw a white raven and several species of gulls and many eagles are attracted by the wealth of salmon. There may be time to visit Windfall Harbour right next door, also a wonderful bear viewing area. This location gives you an unusually great opportunity to observe bears being bears. It is their custom to act as if you are not there, knowing perfectly well that you are. You will spend the entire day with the bears and other wildlife. We will depart in the early evening for our nightly anchorage.
The itinerary continues…