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Whales 5-Day Trip

Wilderness paddling, forest hikes, and world-famous whale watching at Point Adolphus!

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Whales 5-Day Trip

Kayaking in view of the Fairweather Mountains

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Whales 5-Day Trip

Exploring an estuary by our campsite

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Location: Point Adolphus, Icy Strait. Trip begins and ends in Gustavus, Alaska.

Duration: Five days. Custom trips by arrangement.

Paddle Distance: 15 – 35 miles.

Activities: Paddling, fishing, photography, whale watching, rain forest hikes.

Highlights: Point Adolphus is a world-famous location for watching 50-ton humpback whales as they gather and feed. From your kayak and from our wilderness campsite, you’ll observe this awesome spectacle, as well as having the chance to spot Stellar’s sea lions, porpoises, bald eagles, and orcas. On shore you’ll enjoy delicious meals and have a chance to hike through a lush rainforest.

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This five-day trip includes fantastic paddling, numerous side trips to hidden coves and tiny islands, and plenty of opportunities on shore to wander the forests and explore tidepools. Those interested in fishing can try their luck with the salmon and trout in nearby streams.

There’s nothing quite like the first time you see a humpback whale from a kayak. Keeping a respectful distance, we’ll observe these impressive creatures as they spout, turn, feed, slap the surface with their fins, and sometimes erupt into a full-scale breach. It’s truly one of the most sublime wildlife displays on the planet.

Spirit Walker Expeditions first pioneered these trips to Point Adolphus and the north shore of Chichagof Island over thirty years ago, and these continue to be our most popular outings. Our experienced guides know every inch of the shoreline of Chichagof Island, and that experience helps ensure your kayak trip will be the experience of a lifetime. With a leisurely paddle schedule, this is  an ideal trip for families.

After a boat ride, we’ll set up camp near a large estuary for the first two days of the trip.  From here we will kayak in the quiet waters of Mud Bay, watch for bears from our kayaks, and explore the old growth forest.  When the salmon are running it is a great spot to watch massive schools of fish swim right under our boats. and you’ll be kayaking the rocky shores of Point Adolphus, world-renowned for viewing humpback whales. In camp, our skilled guides will provide you with gourmet meals as well as informed commentary about the abundant wildlife all around.

While out on the water, in addition to whales, keep an eye open for Stellar’s sea lions, harbor seals, and sea otters. On walks through the quiet rainforest, you’ll see bald eagles nesting high in the Sitka spruce, hear the croak of ravens echoing through the cedars, and perhaps even sight a brown bear feasting on salmonberries.

Our five-day Whales trips combine world-class wilderness kayaking, quiet hikes, and numerous opportunities to see the magnificent spectacle of humpback whales gathering and feeding  We’ll treat you to great meals, and in the evenings, be sure to listen for the sounds of whales offshore from the quiet of your tent. It’s an experience you won’t forget.

Our currently scheduled Whales 5 Day trips.  If you do not see a trip that fits your schedule contact us to arrange a custom trip.

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Departure Return Trip Name Trip Length Price Availability
06/29/2017 07/03/2017 Whales 5 Day Trip 5-Days/4-Nights $1899 Open
07/31/2017 08/04/2017 Whales 5 Day Trip 5-Days/4-Nights $1899 Open
08/15/2017 08/19/2017 Whales 5 Day Trip 5-Days/4-Nights $1899 Open

My trip with Spirit Walker Expeditions was amazing. My experience kayaking among the whales is something I will never forget! Go! You will love it.

Mandy L, visited Sept, 2015

We had a wonderful experience on a Spirit Walker trip this summer. Six nights, seven days in the Myriad Islands Wilderness. The trip was well organized, the gear was top quality and the guides were great! ... an experience I'll always remember.

Walt G, visited July, 2016

Hearing the whales and having them come up so close to you is a once in a lifetime feeling.

Jill T. August 2012

We booked the Whales tour to Point Adolphus for our family which includes a 6 year old and 9 year old... Great safety orientation for our boys who don't have a lot of experience kayaking. Thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Jonathan R, visited July 2016

It doesn't get any better than this. If you want to experience the real Alaska you must get out on the water... If we return to Alaska, we will make this expedition again.

Ernie B, visited August 2013

"Magic Family Holiday" I can't say enough about the wonderful trips that Spirit Walker puts together. The safety and equipment is great. The guides are great fun and knowledgeable about the areas we went. The food is incredible.

NIcondit, Visited August, 2015

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