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Whales of Point Adolphus

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  • Paddle the shores of Chichagof Island, with its incredible opportunities for up-close marine mammal viewing (we're one of the few companies offering kayaking with the whales)
  • Enjoy scenic roundtrip boat charters to and from Point Adolphus (with more chances to spot orcas and humpback whales!)
  • Bird watching includes bald eagles, loons, and marbled murrelets
  • Hikes to lush rainforests and tide pools containing abundant sea life

Join us for this easy but exciting kayaking and camping adventure at Point Adolphus, where underwater land formations and strong tidal currents create Alaska’s most active whale feeding area. You’ll start with a scenic cruise aboard a charter boat from Gustavus to our wilderness camp at Point Adolphus, then, after a thorough kayak lesson, test your paddling skills in the calm waters.

Days are spent kayaking and watching for orcas, sea lions, eagles, sea birds, and humpback whales (we’re one of the few companies to offer the opportunity to see whales up close!), hiking the beaches, or exploring the old-growth rainforest of Chichagof Island. At night, enjoy scrumptious sit-down dinners, then fall asleep under the canopy of the Tongass National Forest while listening to the blows of whales just offshore. A charter boat returns you to Gustavus, wrapping an incredible journey with the original Alaska Discovery company.

Note: This trip is run with use under permit by the US Forest Service and the Tongass National Forest. Mountain Travel Sobek, including its subsidiary Alaska Discovery, is an equal opportunity employer.

Day 1: Point Adolphus

NOTE:  You will need to arrive in Gustavus on the day prior to day one.

On day one you will meet your guides and other guests at the Alaska Discovery warehouse. You’ll then have an orientation to the trip area, learn about bear-country camping techniques, and be issued rain gear, rubber boots, and water proof bags for you to pack your personal items (extra luggage may be stored in Gustavus). If you have any packing questions, your guides will be happy to assist you. 

After the meeting, we drive to the Gustavus dock and board our charter boat for the scenic cruise across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus on the north shore of Chichagof Island in the Tongass National Forest. This is an excellent time to begin looking for humpback whales. After off-loading our gear onto shore we’ll enjoy lunch, then set up camp for the next two evenings. We’ll camp both nights near Point Adolphus, sometimes within earshot of whales breathing offshore. You’ll set up your own tent (after a demonstration from the guide), and the guides will prepare all meals, but everyone is welcome to share in the tasks of wilderness living. After an introductory paddling orientation, we’ll go for an afternoon paddle. Our two-person kayaks are stable and easy to use: a foot-controlled rudder system allows the stern paddler to steer the boat in any direction, and each twosome will soon feel like old hands at this skill.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 2: Chichagof Island

Kayaking the productive waters along Chichagof is one of the best ways to see and experience Alaska’s Inside Passage. We paddle along the scenic shores, watching for wildlife and exploring the area, including beachcombing along the shore or hiking in the island’s rich forests. The area is noted for its humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and seals, and we may also see bald eagles, loons, marbled murrelets, and other birds that are rare in many parts of the world. We’ll travel four to five miles a day in the kayaks. The pace will be leisurely, but there may be more challenging times when we will encounter winds or ocean currents.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 3: Gustavus

After a hearty breakfast, we pack up camp and have the opportunity for a last paddle. After lunch, we meet the charter boat for a final cruise across Icy Strait, arriving back in Gustavus by the mid-afternoon. Once back, we can drop you off at your lodging (cost on your own), or at the Gustavus airport. We time our arrival in plenty of time for you to catch the late afternoon/evening Alaska Airlines flight departing daily from Gustavus to Juneau, or you may use a local air taxi to fly to Juneau or elsewhere in Southeast Alaska. The flight from Gustavus to Juneau is about a half hour, and lands at Juneau’s main airport where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 01, 2015

Aug 03 - 05, 2015

pricing

2015 Prices


$1195 + tax (3-10 members)

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MTS Private Camp

  • Paddle the shores of Chichagof Island, with its incredible opportunities for up-close marine mammal viewing (we're one of the few companies offering kayaking with the whales)
  • Enjoy scenic roundtrip boat charters to and from Point Adolphus (with more chances to spot orcas and humpback whales!)
  • Bird watching includes bald eagles, loons, and marbled murrelets
  • Hikes to lush rainforests and tide pools containing abundant sea life

Join us for this easy but exciting kayaking and camping adventure at Point Adolphus, where underwater land formations and strong tidal currents create Alaska’s most active whale feeding area. You’ll start with a scenic cruise aboard a charter boat from Gustavus to our wilderness camp at Point Adolphus, then, after a thorough kayak lesson, test your paddling skills in the calm waters.

Days are spent kayaking and watching for orcas, sea lions, eagles, sea birds, and humpback whales (we’re one of the few companies to offer the opportunity to see whales up close!), hiking the beaches, or exploring the old-growth rainforest of Chichagof Island. At night, enjoy scrumptious sit-down dinners, then fall asleep under the canopy of the Tongass National Forest while listening to the blows of whales just offshore. A charter boat returns you to Gustavus, wrapping an incredible journey with the original Alaska Discovery company.

Note: This trip is run with use under permit by the US Forest Service and the Tongass National Forest. Mountain Travel Sobek, including its subsidiary Alaska Discovery, is an equal opportunity employer.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Point Adolphus

NOTE:  You will need to arrive in Gustavus on the day prior to day one.

On day one you will meet your guides and other guests at the Alaska Discovery warehouse. You’ll then have an orientation to the trip area, learn about bear-country camping techniques, and be issued rain gear, rubber boots, and water proof bags for you to pack your personal items (extra luggage may be stored in Gustavus). If you have any packing questions, your guides will be happy to assist you. 

After the meeting, we drive to the Gustavus dock and board our charter boat for the scenic cruise across Icy Strait to Point Adolphus on the north shore of Chichagof Island in the Tongass National Forest. This is an excellent time to begin looking for humpback whales. After off-loading our gear onto shore we’ll enjoy lunch, then set up camp for the next two evenings. We’ll camp both nights near Point Adolphus, sometimes within earshot of whales breathing offshore. You’ll set up your own tent (after a demonstration from the guide), and the guides will prepare all meals, but everyone is welcome to share in the tasks of wilderness living. After an introductory paddling orientation, we’ll go for an afternoon paddle. Our two-person kayaks are stable and easy to use: a foot-controlled rudder system allows the stern paddler to steer the boat in any direction, and each twosome will soon feel like old hands at this skill.

  • Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 2: Chichagof Island

Kayaking the productive waters along Chichagof is one of the best ways to see and experience Alaska’s Inside Passage. We paddle along the scenic shores, watching for wildlife and exploring the area, including beachcombing along the shore or hiking in the island’s rich forests. The area is noted for its humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and seals, and we may also see bald eagles, loons, marbled murrelets, and other birds that are rare in many parts of the world. We’ll travel four to five miles a day in the kayaks. The pace will be leisurely, but there may be more challenging times when we will encounter winds or ocean currents.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accomodation:MTS Private Camp

Day 3: Gustavus

After a hearty breakfast, we pack up camp and have the opportunity for a last paddle. After lunch, we meet the charter boat for a final cruise across Icy Strait, arriving back in Gustavus by the mid-afternoon. Once back, we can drop you off at your lodging (cost on your own), or at the Gustavus airport. We time our arrival in plenty of time for you to catch the late afternoon/evening Alaska Airlines flight departing daily from Gustavus to Juneau, or you may use a local air taxi to fly to Juneau or elsewhere in Southeast Alaska. The flight from Gustavus to Juneau is about a half hour, and lands at Juneau’s main airport where you can connect with your homeward-bound flight.

  • Breakfast/Lunch

MTS Private Camp

Dates and Pricing

Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 01, 2015

Aug 03 - 05, 2015

pricing

2015 Prices


$1195 + tax (3-10 members)

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