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Alaska Wildlife Tour

Katmai National Park

It’s an opportunity of a lifetime. We have managed to secure and plan for a limited number of our guests an outstanding Alaskan wildlife tour and it’s available to you in June 2021. When we will cruise and explore the Katmai and Kodiak coastline of Alaska.

Bear Viewing Alaska

Explore one of the worlds truly last frontier’s. On this tour, we cruise the Katmai and Kodiak coast aboard our ‘privately’ chartered boat. Using our boat as a base is the ideal way to explore the fjords, inlets and coves of this stunning coastline.

To view stunning landscapes, be able to experience and photograph Alaska’s giant brown bears and a plethora of other spectacular wildlife at exceptionally close range is an opportunity everybody should have in their lifetime.

Alaska Wildlife Tour – We Go Where Others Can’t

Immerse yourself in an ‘Alaskan’ adventure that promises incredible views and unparalleled wildlife viewing of the Katmai National Park. Our cruise vessel has the ability to safely explore and navigate through the many Alaskan passageways, channels, inlets and coves that are off-limits to the larger cruise ships.

Limited Berths

With only 10 berths available, it’s a very limited opportunity, but with this imposed limit comes a warm camaraderie, a camaraderie that only a small group expedition like this of like-minded people can create. Explore the Katmai National Park from your ‘home base’ onboard our ‘luxury’ cruise vessel, a  vessel that gets you close to all the action while providing comfortable lodging and delicious meals.

 Alaska Wildlfe Tour – Highlights

Alaska wildlife tour - Breaching Blue Whale
'Breaching Blue Whale' the largest mammal on earth
Alaska wildlife tour - Brown Bear on a beach with boat in background - Wildlife Tours Bears of Katmai
Brown Bear - Katmai Coast

VERY EARLY BOOKING REQUIRED

Alaska Wildlife Tour – Privately Chartered Boat

 Please click on individual tabs below for more detailed information. 
  • Tour
  • Itinerary
  • Costs
  • Country
  • General

ALASKA WILDLIFE TOUR - KATMAI & KODIAK EXPEDITION

During this Alaska wildlife tour, you will stay with us aboard our privately chartered vessel, we will spend several days of coastal exploration, cruising around rocky islands, deep fjords, and lagoons, which are the abundant feeding grounds of 'Shelikof Strait' (between Kodiak Island & Katmai National Park) the magical bays and harbours of the Katmai coast.

RICH IN WILDLIFE

It becomes quickly evident to all those aboard that this part of the world is 'teeming' with marine life and land mammals, of all shapes and sizes. Guests will take in a plethora of Alaskan wildlife – from Otters, Whales, Seals, Sea Lions, and Seabirds by the thousands. Of course, let's not forget to the protein-obsessed Brown Bears of Katmai. You might even spot Fox or Wolves on the hunt on this epic wildlife tour, you have been warned.

OUR GUIDES

Onboard we provide both a 'naturalists guide' and specialist photography guide.

Our certified naturalist/guide provides information about the surrounding geology, wildlife and history of the cruising areas of Alaska while also offering guided sea kayaking, beachcombing and hiking excursions. 

Our professional photography guides will be on hand to ensure you don't miss any shots, giving advice on camera settings for wildlife photography, prefered lenses and composition. For those who are not sure what is a photography safari or tour, you may be interested in popping along to our workshops, as we may be able to arrange these small photographic workshops on-board to help improve your wildlife photography during your trip.

WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER

Often people ask what is the best time to visit Alaska? I have written a post about this very subject and it's well worth a read. But suffice it to say, June has the longest day with 19hrs of daylight in Anchorage. So we have planned our trip accordingly. You will find that all the larger cruise ship run through June, July and August, so we explore at a prime time both as far as weather and hours of daylight are concerned and of course, wildlife is at its peak.

However, should we experience any unsettled misty weather you can continue enjoying Alaska’s wonders by using the covered wrap-around companion-ways and after deck area. Whatever the time, temperature or weather, cruising vessel provides multiple options for continuing to enjoy the stunning sights and sounds of Alaska.

 

ALASKA WILDLIFE TOUR

8 DAYS /7NIGHTS

This is an 8 day/7 night Alaskan wildlife tour, staying aboard a privately chartered vessel, while we cruise along and explore the Katmai National Park coast and around Kodiak Island.

WHO IS THE TOUR FOR?

If you always wanted to cruise the Alaskan coastline in a small select group aboard a luxury cruiser, see bears catching Salmon, or a colony of sea lions basking on the rocks, learn all about why whales breach, witness stunning landscapes, sunrises and sunsets, then this Alaska tour is for you.

PHOTOGRAPHY

You perhaps want to capture the wildlife or stunning natural landscapes you see but have never quite known how to go about it, then you have found the right place as this is the tour for you.

On this Alaskan cruise and wildlife tour we cater for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers of all abilities, however non-photographers or videographers, spouses/travel companions will also have fun on this 'Alaskan Tour'.  The wildlife and birds we will encounter will appeal to anyone with a love for animals and nature while in the company of like-minded people.

WHAT TO EXPECT

As a privileged small private wildlife group, you will be part of an all-inclusive Alaska vacation package starting and finishing from Kodiak. Our tour includes multiple cruising days of world-class wildlife viewing, stunning rugged landscapes, expert nature guidance, photo tuition with world-class photo and video opportunities not to be missed.

ALASKA TOUR AND TRAVEL

On this Alaska tour, we’ll all meet in Kodiak, Kodiak is one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska.

From Kodiak, we board our private cruise boat

Let the tour begin!

DAY 1 – ITINERARY

Meet in Kodiak hotel, opening dinner, tour brief and introductions - Night at the hotel.

DAY 2  ITINERARY

Morning at leisure in Kodiak. We board our cruise vessel in the afternoon and set off. Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 3  ITINERARY

Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 4  ITINERARY

Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 5  ITINERARY

Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 6  ITINERARY

Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 7  ITINERARY

Cruise the Katmai National Park Coast

DAY 8 ITINERARY

Return Kodiak - End of tour (No hotel provided)

Contact us for a full and detailed itinerary of this Alaska Tour.

ADDITIONAL EXCURSIONS

Additional excursions and extensions are available on this trip at an extra cost and clients should advise us at the time of booking your main tour should they wish to partake on any extension or excursion.

  1. ** Optional boat tour on Kachemak Bay**
  2.  Extension - 3 days Seward Excursion -  Including boat excursion in Kenai Fjords National Park chance to see whales, otters, seals, tidewater glaciers and icebergs.

COSTS & INCLUSIONS/EXCLUSIONS FOR THIS ALASKA WILDLIFE TOUR

(Tour Update - 8th March 2020)

Prices: From $9,125 per person

  • $500 non-refundable deposit is required to book your place on the trip.

  • 50% of the outstanding balance is required no later than the end of November 2020 with the balance required 6th April 2021

 

Prices are in ($US) dollars the exact price will be confirmed via invoice at the time of booking. A booking deposit will be required for this tour as above.

This 'Alaska Wildlife Tour' will run with a minimum of 8 guests and a maximum of 10 guests. 

Please be advised:

This Alaska wildlife tour will run in June 2021 (5th-12th)

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • 1 Night Kodiak Hotel (Dinner Included)
  • 6 Nights Cruise Boat
  • Photo Tuition (Host)
  • Nature Guide
  • All Meals & Drinks (During Boat Tour)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights 
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Purchases of a Personal Nature
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls

USA

In the very Northwest extremity of the USA coast lies the state of Alaska, with its capital Juneau, with a population of around 33,300.

Alaska is an enclave of the US, it borders the Canadian province of British Columbia and territory of Yukon to the East and Southeast has a maritime border with Russia's Chukotka Autonomous Okrug to the West. To the North are the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the Arctic Ocean, while the Pacific Ocean lies to the South and Southwest.

To learn more about the state of Alaska then read more

GENERAL INFORMATION

ALASKA WILDLIFE TOUR - USA

Our cruise vessel is a 1965 classic cruising yacht, which represents the epitome of comfort, style and safety. A delightful blend of the past and the present provides numerous comfortable and cosy locations to stretch out both inside and on deck, allowing you ample room to experience Alaska at your own pace and on your own terms.

Wherever you might be on board, we invite you to slow down and take a private moment to appreciate the glory and beauty that is Alaska.

BOAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • A mix of modern and yesteryear eloquently finished for your comfort 
  • 4 guest cabins, each with private en-suite bathrooms
  • Ample space above and below decks, including covered companionways with teak decks
  • Large open bow area with teak decks and a large cushioned settee for wildlife and glacier viewing, enjoying a private moment or even group viewing sessions
  • Equipped with ocean-voyaging stabilizers that make for a smoother ride
  • Twin Caterpillar diesel engines that cruise along at 10-12 knots, maximum speed 16 knots
  • Ability to safely explore and navigate through the many Alaskan passageways, channels, inlets and coves that are off-limits to the larger cruise ships
(Generators are turned off at night for a quiet and peaceful night’s sleep)

OTHER GENERAL TOUR INFORMATION

  • While physical demands are not high on this tour, you may need to be able to walk a couple of miles (3km) over mostly smooth trails when hiking if we come ashore for any reason While you don’t need to be an athlete, good physical condition will greatly improve your enjoyment of the trip.
  • Please read our Safari Safety and Etiquette to ensure you have an enjoyable and trouble-free tour experience with us.
  • Wifi access and mobile phone reception may be limited
  • Long days are the norm; we may be away from our cruise vessel for long periods, several hours if the day's photography is excellent or the nature guided hikes are long and interesting.

WHAT TO BRING ON THIS ALASKAN WILDLIFE TOUR

  • Hiking Boots (With Good Ankle Protection)
  • Hiking Socks - Wool or synthetic. Your feet WILL get wet on our hikes 
  • Long Underwear - Tops and Bottoms, Synthetic or Wool.
  • Sweater - Fleece or Wool
  • Rain jacket - A good quality, waterproof, or waterproof/breathable (Gore-tex) rain jacket is a necessity.
  • Pants - We choose durable nylon hiking pants on most days.
  • Rain Pants - Sturdy and Comfortable.
  • Light-weight Puy Coat or Vest - Down or Synthetic Insulation.
  • Mornings and evenings are cold to cool (even in the summer), bring a fleece and a windbreaker jacket
  • A warm hat, Cap or Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Light Gloves
  • Sunblock
  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Spare batteries for your camera
  • Torch
  • Camera/video camera & flash
  • For those looking to better wildlife and nature photo's a 300 – 400mm lens is ideal. A 24mm-70mm wide would also be beneficial to cover landscapes.  There are, however, opportunities for wildlife and nature images for all sizes of lenses.

To ensure all guests who book travel destinations through us have a memorable experience we ask you to read and fully understand our Payment Terms and Conditions, Copyright & Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.   If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact us

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