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Glacier Wind Charters

Whale Watching and Wildlife Tours in Icy Strait

Join us for the trip we share with our family and friends.

Whale and Wildlife Excursion

3 hours | Small Groups | 360 ° views of wildlife | 9 yrs min age 

Your tour will be guided by Shawn or Casey and will focus on finding you the best whale and wildlife viewing available in Icy Strait on the day of your visit. You will be aboard a catamaran specifically designed to maximize your viewing experience and comfort with walk-around decks and plenty of room to spread out so you never have to miss a view. Icy Strait is home to a large summer population of feeding humpback whales as well as both resident and transient orca pods, sea lions, harbor seal, porpoise, sea otter and a myriad of sea birds as well as the occasional bear browsing the shoreline in search of food. Each tour offers a truly unique opportunity to encounter these animals in their wild setting.

From $195

Humpback whale jumping

About Glacier Wind Charters

Your visit to Alaska may be a once in a lifetime experience and assuring you a high quality and memorable whale watching and wildlife viewing experience has always been our top priority. Often this means going a little further to find that something special or staying a little longer to enjoy a whale that started breaching at what was to be the last minute.

We work very hard to make the very most of the time you choose to spend with us, starting with a prompt response from Teresa to your initial email or phone call and thorough answers to all questions you might have about our tours, the Icy Strait area or about Alaska in general.

We have refined and upgraded our boats and customer service through the years to make your time on the water with us as memorable, comfortable and safe as possible. APOGEE (up to 13 passengers) and CATABATIC (up to 6 guests) have been designed with one goal in mind; to maximize your small-group whale watching experience. Their design allows you to walk completely around the perimeter of the boat on a solid deck with sturdy rails so there is never a view that is obstructed or unavailable. The boats are the smoothest riding and most stable small-group vessels available. The cabins are fully enclosed, heated with comfortable forward-facing seats and have large windows on all sides to allow great visibility even while traveling and viewing from inside the cabin. Both boats are equipped with a fully-functional restroom.

We welcome the opportunity to be your personal point of contact in Alaska and are privileged to have made so many friends of our guests through the years.

Rave Reviews

"The small boat tour was so much better than the cattle boats that the cruise ships send people out on! We came away with National Geographic quality pictures from breaching whales and bubble net feeding whales!" -TripAdvisor Review

Rave Reviews

"We had the most amazing adventure with Captain Casey! He showed us a huge pod of humpback whales that were bubble feeding, breaching, slapping the water with their fins, and having a grand time in the water. I've never seen anything like it - even with multiple trips to Alaska "- TripAdvisor Review

Rave Reviews

"What an amazing and unforgettable experience!! Captain Shawn was fantastic, friendly and fun!! A "first class" skipper with a great knowledge of the sea and all the adventures that waited us. " -TripAdvisor Review

Look for our satisfied guest reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website where we have earned a certificate of excellence, and also on Cruise Critic a very well-respected source for Cruise Reviews and News. 

Glacier Wind Charters

Glacier Wind Charters
P.O. Box 184
Hoonah, Alaska 99829

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