- 3 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Embark on a small-group, 3-hour whale watching and wildlife sightseeing tour from Hoonah, Alaska. Every season humpback whales come in large numbers to Hoonah to feed on the nutrient-rich waters of Glacier Bay and Icy Strait before migrating south again for the winter. The whale population begins to arrive in Hoonah in May, and stays through September.
- Choice of several departures throughout the day
- Close encounter with wildlife
- Small-group tour
- Perfect for all ages and skill level
- Bottled water
- Round-trip shared transfer from Icy Strait Point
- Local guide
- National Park fee
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
Icy Strait Point
Returns to original departure point
The tour begins when you are picked up from the Excursions Hub at Icy Strait Point. A short drive along Shaman Point to the Hoonah City Commercial Dock will have you at the boat. Along the way, keep an eye out for local wildlife including bald eagles, blacktail deer, and more. Hoonah is home to the largest concentration of Alaskan Brown Bears in the world.
While traveling along the shorelines, sightings of bears, deer, coastal ducks and geese, blue heron, puffin, swans, terns, cormorants and more are common. In the water you may get a chance to spot humpback, Orca, sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, and seals. Your captains are knowledgeable guides who are happy to share their wealth of knowledge. The boats are built for speed and comfort, and perfectly suited for travel along Alaska’s waterways. With viewing decks and heated cabins, guests will stay warm and dry as they experience the wonder and beauty of the trip.
Humpbacks are amazingly active and typical whale sightings will include diving, blows, and flukes (tails). Lucky whale-watchers may get to see bubble-net feeding, a cooperative feeding method where a pod forms a circle and dives under the water. They then blow air to create a wall of bubbles that force krill and plankton to the surface where the whales can eat them.
You will return to the docks and enjoy transport back to Icy Strait Point with plenty of time to board your ship or explore downtown Hoonah.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name
- Departure times are dependent upon arrival and departure of your cruise ship
- No smoking allowed
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We had a first class skipper who was very entertaining and told us many interesting stories..About bears!,
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! We had been to Hoonah before. None of our other visits compared to this one. The captain of our boat was very experienced, his crew was very helpful, and the boat was comfortable with just the right number of guests. I got fabulous video shots with just my cell phone camera.
I plan to go again with this captain on future whale watching excursions.
Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We saw humpback and orca whales. Several came close to the boat and we got to see them very close. It was exciting!
The whale watch adventure was the highlight of all excursions. We were blessed with an amazing captain and incredible wildlife seen in the water and on the shore. Though we were in a covered vessel, we could walk on the bow or stern to get outside and take in a better view. We loved this!
Our guide was fantastic, the boat was very nice and we saw a ton of whales. And our guide was a local, rather than a seasonal worker, so he gave us a ton of information about Alaska and Hoonah. One of the best things we did during our trip!
We were concerned because we passed up the cruise ship tour looking for a smaller tour. This was small, but not as small as we had heard about 20 people, but it was AMAZING!!! I would book this same tour three times over. We easily found the gathering point and Angie was there waiting to take us to our boat. The guideI'm so sorry I forgot his name was SOOOO knowledgeable about the wildlife and even more so about the area. He worked hard to make sure we got to see as much as possible including but not limited to humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, seals, and sea otters. It really felt like he gave us a taste of what it is like to live there. This group also gave great service and allowed us the flexibility to explore the area before providing a shuttle back to the ship at our convenience. They also operated a bear tour and would allow you to combine the two together we wanted to walk around instead. I recommend this tour to anyone who is stopping at Icy Straight Point. Don't be afraid to skip the cruise provided tour. These guys do it better.
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed whale watching with Joardan and his beautiful family. It was such an intimate experience being able to share the waters with someone who's grown up on those seas most of his life. We saw several whales, sea lions, sea otters and bald eagles. Worth every penny if you are lucky enough to travel with Hoonah Whale Tours! Plus Mariah makes homemade blueberry muffins with blueberries Joardan picks himself! :
This trip was the very best with an experienced and well versed captain. We have been on nearly a half dozen whale watch trips but this was the best by far. I highly recommend the trip, the people and the experience! David
Great small boat experience, especially Cpt Paul. Saw many whales, including bubble feeding.
A good boat with a great Captain. We saw at least 8 Orca and several Humpback whales. The area information given by the Captain was worth the price of the trip. Beautiful scenery. Very professional.
What a magnificent experience! We saw 7 humpback whales, 2 pods of Orca, Sea Lions, a Sea Otter, Bear and more! Captain Paul was great and we would highly recommend this excursion to anyone!
The tour was great. Captain Paul was even better. He was very knowledgeable of the surroundings and knew how to approach whales and other sea life. Saw sea otters, sea lions and whales up close.
Great trip. Boat just the right size. Crew really worked to get an up close and personal experience. Boat captain was knowledgable and shared historical and natural information. I would strongly recommend this tour.
This small group tour was awesome!! We saw so many whales that day! I highly recommend it!
May 28, 2016. We used VIATOR for this tour. Our cruise line offered limited choices in this small Alaskan port. We had a mild, cloudless morning. Glass-smooth, quiet surface. Finest of Alaskan days made finer by our Captain, Herminio Ramos. This tour was cheaper than the monstrous tours through our cruise line and much more valuable. Herm coasted his fishing boat, gently and quietly, incredibly close to the Humpbacks and otters in the area. WHAT AN ASTONISHING EXPERIENCE.
Our Float Plane trip was wonderful.
I always book private tours instead of tours through the cruise ship.
Not only are they CHEAPER but it is smaller groups.
VIator is the best!!
This was an amazing adventure. Our boat driver and his assistant were so experienced at spotting whales. We spent some time, maybe an hour going to the area where they knew we would see whales. We then began to see some far away. We proceeded to get up closer and closer until just before we needed to return, we saw a pod of six whales right up close to the boat. They were right there! They spouted and then dove - 2 pairs dove in unison - like synchronized swimming!