South east Alaska sailing adventure

“Set out with a specialist crew in search of whale and bear through the vast, empty wilderness of southeastern Alaska.”

Highlights

Petersburg | Frederick Sound | Whale watching | Ana Creek | Pack Creek | Bear watching | Admiralty Island National Monument | Le Conte glacier | Prince Rupert |

Description of South east Alaska sailing adventure

Framed throughout by the barren beauty of Alaskan landscapes, this will be an unforgettable sailing adventure for wildlife and photography enthusiasts alike. Travelling aboard an Island Roamer craft, and accompanied by a naturalist as well as a professional photographer, Stig Brondbo, you’ll head into the Frederick Sound, a pristine stretch of water regularly visited by humpback whales.

What follows in nine days of flexible sailing according to where the animals are, mooring overnight in sheltered bays, and myriad opportunities to catch sight of whales and bears. Likely behaviours you will encounter include whales breaching, spouting and hunting, and Brown bears feeding on spawning salmon. In the evenings, onboard chefs prepare delicious buffet meals to enjoy as you bond with your fellow passengers, menus often featuring fresh seafood caught from the boat itself.

Icebergs float off in the distance, eagles soar in the skies above, and beyond the thrum of the boat’s engine there is endless silence. This part of Alaska has no roads, no docks and very few people - it’s a true wilderness.

A highlight will be the huge Le Conte glacier in a 12-mile long fjord, around which you may see harbour seals and Bald eagles. With a naturalist as a guide, and a master photographer at hand to help maximise your potential, you’ll return home with images and memories to treasure.

From watching bears catch pink salmon in their jaws at Anan Creek, to observing the fascinating ‘bubble net’ feeding technique of whales, and basking in the tranquility of this pristine environment, this is a tour made up of truly awe-inspiring moments.

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Accommodation & Meals:
The majority of this trip is spent on board the Island Roamer, a 68ft motor-sailer. Our first night will be spent in a small local hotel. We predominantly use small businesses for accommodation in order to keep investment local and benefit the communities we visit directly.

Almost all meals are provided and the cook on board the Island Roamer will endeavour to use local produce wherever possible. All meals are served buffet style allowing guests to take only what they wish to eat rather than a pre-determined amount. Our cooks have a great deal of experience providing accurate quantities of food and any leftovers are used the following day in soups and stews or reinvented in another manner to minimize waste as much as possible. Typically meals will include plenty of fresh seafood; one of the highlights of the trip is that we can catch our own!

Activity:
Being predominantly a wildlife based tour, we are very conscious of our effects on the environment and how we can reduce negative impact and aid conservation. We feature excellent naturalists that are able to share their knowledge about the rich biodiversity found in the areas we visit. Nature walks with interpretation by our naturalists occur daily, and a Nature Diary is kept detailing the flora and fauna seen on each trip. Our naturalist guides also identify and record whale sightings and share the information with whale researchers.

All of our local crew have received Bear Safety training. A briefing is conducted with guests prior to bear viewing excursions to ensure we do not cause stress to the bears and that we are not demonstrating any behaviour that could cause them to associate our presence with a food source.

Environment:
On board the Island Roamer Gojo Greenseal hand soap is provided in the bathrooms, an environmentally friendly product. There is also limited water capacity on board (with filling stations few and far between) and as a result guests and crew are actively encouraged to limit showering and conserve water.

Local Partner:
Our local partner belongs to 1% For the Planet, a global alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Each year they donate 1% of their profits to conservation organizations working to preserve the British Columbian coastline. In addition, our local partner is a Gold Member of Green Tourism Canada. They are a Carbon Neutral Company and have won awards based on their sustainability standards.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

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