This 8-day wilderness tour takes you through Alaska's most abundant wildlife areas while taking in the breathtaking glacier fjords. In the western Kuiu Island bay, you may kayak, hike, and explore by skiff. Explore beautiful waterfalls, towering icebergs, numerous harbor seals, and granite cliffs at Tracy Arm. Get to know a rarely-visited native village and a picturesque fishing town. You'll disembark having explored the true Alaska few travelers get to experience.
Search for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife
Enjoy a morning hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island
Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between Kuiu and Kupreanof
Experience private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay
Explore beautiful Sitka, the only community in Southeast Alaska that faces the open ocean waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Visit fascinating sites that highlight the community's rich Alaska Native and Russian history on an exclusive tour guided by an expedition leader. Embark for the winding narrows north of town while searching for bald eagles, sea otters, bears, whales, and other wildlife.
Enjoy a morning hike to Lake Eva on northern Baranof Island. This trail immerses guests in a beautiful rainforest setting of lush undergrowth and towering spruce and hemlock. During late summer and early fall, salmon run in the lake’s outlet stream. After sailing south along eastern Baranof Island—the “Waterfall Coast”—the vessel will stop in Kasnyku Bay to visit Hidden Falls. This area often provides an excellent opportunity to view Alaska’s coastal brown bears as they pursue salmon. Brown bears exist in various color phases, from dark brown to blonde, and can grow to 1,500 pounds. Alaska has over 98 percent of the United States’ population of brown bears.
Thus far on the itinerary, the vessel will have been among the Inside Passage’s “ABC” islands (Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof). These islands are home to a high density of brown bears. As your journey continues southward, beginning at Kuiu Island, be in black bear territory. Enjoy kayak and skiff exploration in a western Kuiu Island bay. Beachcomb and hike along the beautiful secluded coastline of the area. Options include Rowan Bay, Bay of Pillars, or Tebenkof Bay.
Sail between the beautiful Cape Decision lighthouse, perched atop wave beaten rocks on southern Kuiu Island, and the Spanish Islands. Explore Sumner Strait, a body of water nestled between Kuiu and Kupreanof Islands to the north and Zarembo and Prince of Wales to the south. This strait offers countless possibilities for in-depth exploration, and the Kruzof Explorer, with her expedition Zodiac, aluminum sportfishing boat, and kayaks, is the perfect vessel for adventure. The islands of this area play host to black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, and countless bald eagles. Destination options include Keku Strait, Red Bay, Totem Bay, and more. We may even call on the small community of Port Protection. This place gained national notoriety due to a popular television show, which chronicles the challenges and beauties of life in the remote town.
Today’s excursion will take you to the remote Anan Wildlife Observatory, renowned for offering some of the best brown and black bear viewing in the world. After docking in the picturesque town of Wrangell, board a high-speed jet boat for transport to the trailhead that leads to the observatory. Once ashore, a U.S. Forest Service representative provides an introduction and safety orientation; then, a 20-minute guided hike (rated moderately tricky) to the observatory. Guests are given several hours at the observatory deck, which overlooks a creek hosts a large run of pink salmon. Bears and eagles, all in pursuit of the wild salmon, are often viewed and photographed mere meters away. This is an exclusive, small-group experience with the necessary permitting handled before the voyage.
By way of an exclusive agreement with a local Alaska Native organization, guests have private access to the beautiful wilderness of Hobart Bay. Enjoy guided hiking, kayaking, skiff rides, or sipping your favorite beverage and enjoying Alaskan snacks near a campfire. A variety of marine life and birds frequent this area, as well as black bears and other terrestrial animals.
Journey through Tracy or Endicott Arm in the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, a place the famous naturalist, John Muir, referred to as “A wild, unfinished Yosemite.” Renowned for its pristine waterfalls, towering icebergs, abundant harbor seals, and granite cliffs that rise from sea level to 4,000 feet, this wilderness is often referred to by locals as one of the most scenic areas in the state. Both of these dramatic glacial fjords offer stunning views of tidewater glaciers. Traveling aboard the Kruzof Explorer provides the unique opportunity to kayak in this beautiful Alaska wilderness area.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.