Whales 7-Day Expedition

An extended kayak trip observing humpback whales that explores the northern end of Chichagof Island and ends at world-famous Point Adolphus.

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Orca whales travel in Icy Strait too!

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Whale watching from kayaks

Anchored in the kelp watching Southeast Alaska's wildlife swim and fly by

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

Duration: Seven days. Custom trips by arrangement.

Paddle Distance: 15-50 miles total.

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

Highlights: This trip starts in the George Islands with views of the Gulf of Alaska and ends at Point Adolphus. From your kayak and from our wilderness campsites, you’ll observe humpback whales, as well as having the chance to spot puffins, marbled murrelets, 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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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 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.

Our seven-day Whales expedition start in the George Islands in looking out at the Gulf of Alaksa and ends at Point Adolphus and offers plenty of side-trips, forest hikes, and extended paddling among the nooks and inlets of Chichagof Island. These expeditions combine world-class wilderness kayaking, quiet forest 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.


Contact Spirit Walker for more information about our 7-day Whales expedition, and to arrange a custom trip.

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Departure Return Trip Name Trip Length Price Availability
08/05/2024 08/11/2024 Whales 7 Day Expedition 7-Days/6-Nights $2899/person Closed
  • 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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