Whales Classic

Spirit Walker's longest-running and most popular whale watching adventure, to world famous Point Adolphus!

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Whales Classic

Humpback Whales feed in the area throughout our entire kayaking season!

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Excellent opportunities for whale watching and photography!

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Location: Point Adolphus, Icy Strait – Trip starts and ends in Gustavus, Alaska.
Duration: 3 Days
Paddle Distance: 5-20 miles total
Activities: Paddling, whale watching, photography, fishing, rainforest 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.  We’ll also have the chance to spot orca whales, Stellar’s sea lions, seals, porpoises, bald eagles and much more. On shore you’ll enjoy delicious meals and have a chance to hike through a lush 10,000 year old rainforest.


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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 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 short boat ride, 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. Summer is a time when these animals are stocking up on the nutrient-rich abundance of the sea and forest. 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 hemlocks, and perhaps even sight a brown bear feasting on salmonberries.

Our three-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 Classic 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
07/08/2024 07/10/2024 Whales Classic 3 Day Trip 3-Days/2-Nights $1599 Open
08/21/2024 08/23/2024 Whales Classic 3 Day Trip 3-Days/2-Nights $1599 Open
  • experienced and professional guides,
  • all charter boat transportation,
  • high quality 2 person kayaks with paddling and safety accessories; emergency communication, signaling and first aid equipment;
  • all cooking gear, utensils and water bottles;
  • 3 excellent meals for each full day plus snacks;
  • camping equipment – 2 and 3 person tents, sleeping bags, inflatable mattresses that convert into chairs;
  • rain gear, rubber boots and dry bags.

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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