Alaska 1 Photo Tour (Ship Based)
Unique small ship cruise on calm waters – limited to 6 …
Stunning landscapes and nature, with unique whale shoots…
June 25 to July 3, 2020
Our 14th tour to beautiful Alaska, will offer you a unique holiday on board the Delphinus! At a touch over 50 feet long, this converted fishing vessel is the perfect base for our small group to explore bays and land where no other group can land. Stunning bear locations, whales, ice, seals and so much more. The group size is specifically limited to a maximum of 7 adventurers. This guarantees that we can optimise your experiences and offer you quality time for photographic assistance and the best timing at locations less visited.
Your cruise begins in Juneau. A special feature of this wildlife experience is bear experiences. We target bear locations and keep an eye out for other opportunistic encounters. 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 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 2020 we invite you to photograph this stunning wilderness:
1. Alaska 1 – Ship Based Adventure – June/July
2. Alaska 2 – Land Based Adventure – July
3. Alaska 3 – Ship Based Adventure – July (Fully Booked.)
4. Alaska 4 – Land Based Adventure – August (Fully Booked.)
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. Make time to explore this capital city, and purchase any essential items, such as a fishing license or rubber boots and rain gear. We meet at 5pm for departure information the next day. Optional chance to meet for dinner tonight.
DAY 2 – Juneau & Cruising
We transfer from our hotel to the Juneau port and board the Delphinus. We meet our skipper and crew and after an orientation aboard Delphinus, we depart for Stephens Passage and Holkham Bay, Endicott Arm and the Ice Kingdom. There may be orcas and whales on the journey! 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! Make sure you have your long lenses ready! Darran will also add another workshop, if nature allows.
DAYs 4/5 – Alaska Wilderness
After years of private research, Ronn has a unique location that might offer us one of the best chances for watching brown bears. You will spend the entire day with the bears and other wildlife. We will depart each day to explore nearby forests and for our nightly anchorage.
The itinerary continues…