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Alaska Whale Watching Tours
Welcome to Whale Watching in Alaska; if your
looking for any of the scheduled whale watching tours along
the coastlines of Alaska you will find them listed by region and location. If your looking
for more information on Alaska whales, please read through the information below for the
complete story about locations, timing and something's related to what you can expect
in the form of weather, seas and whale species. Find out when would be the best
times are to see the various whales found in Alaska.
No vacation to the Alaska Coastal Areas would be complete without taking the time to
view and photograph the spectacular sea life found in the nutrient rich waters of Alaska.
This is a Mecca of marine life from our beloved whales to the prized wild salmon that
thrive in abundance throughout these waters.
Whale Watching Alaska has evolved into a information portal dedicated to the preservation
of the marine environment. Today information on Alaska whale populations, distributions
and over-all health of the various species is being added for your pre-trip reading. We
also want to promote environmentally responsible whale watching trips featuring gray
whale, orcas (killer whale), humpback
whale and the beluga whales. Also being
listed for the first time are some of the smaller more intimate cruise lines that offer
cruises to Alaska with an emphasis placed on sustainable whale watching. These Small
Ship Cruises are best known as Alaska Yacht Charter or Alaska Small Boat Cruise. Most
of these tours operate within the Inside Passage. Southeast Alaska Yacht Charters that
normally have less then 100 passengers per voyage are based out of Seattle, and Vancouver
Where and When To See Whales In Alaska.
Plan on a whale watching tour in the Seward, Whittier, Homer
Alaska area. Every spring, Gray whales migrate through the waters off Alaska on
their way to their summer feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi seas. In the spring,
Seward AK Small Ship Cruises include day trips that offer Gray
Whale Watching combined with marine life & glacier tours in Kenai Fjords National
Park near Seward, AK. These are great combo trips that the whole family is sure to enjoy.
During the early spring, you are likely to see the gray whales on their annual migration
north to the rich feeding and calving grounds of the arctic ocean. As summer progresses,
frequent observations of humpback, minke,
and orcas,"killer whales", are present throughout
the waters of coastal Alaska. Resurrection Bay in Seward, the many bays off Kodiak AK,
Whittier in Prince William Sound, See Map
of Prince William Sound, Glacier Bay and Icy Straight, and the Inside Passage around
Juneau Alaska. These are some of the hot spots for Alaska whale watching trips.
Alaska Whale Watching Tours listed by area.
Whale Watching in Alaska ranks at the top in the most popular tours for visitors to the
coastal regions of Alaska. Every summer their are dedicated tour boats taking visitors
out whale watching in Alaska from Ketchikan to Barrow. While Juneau is the top location
for these tours, other cities offer outstanding whale watching in Alaska too. Below are
links to pages that list the best tour companies in each area. Check them out and find
the tour that's right for you.
- Southeast Alaska Tours The
area known as "The Inside Passage". Includes Craig, Elfin Cove, Glacier Bay,
Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Juneau, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway and
- South Central Alaska Tours:
Gulf of Alaska, Resurrection Bay, Kachemak Bay and Kodiak Island Tours. Includes the
cities of Homer, Seward, Kenai, Kodiak, Valdez and the area of Turnagain Arm.
- Bering Sea Whales: Areas
North of the Alaska Peninsula. Includes the Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Islands, Bristol
Bay, Pribilof Islands and Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.
- Discover the Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska through
one of the listed Alaska Cruise Packages and
don't forget to bring your camera along! Depending upon the season there are Gray, Humpback,
Orca (Killer whales), porpoises, seals, sea lions, & sea otters just a short boat
ride from the dock. Hike the spectacular rainforest trails of Prince of Wales Island,
explore the islands during a bear watching Eco tours by boat or vehicle. For bird watchers
there are Bald Eagles, Ospreys and Herons just to name a few. Back on shore, enjoy some
freshly made dishes from the bounty of the seas around you. This is not just a whale
watching tour but a complete Alaskan adventure.
Not unlike the Humpback whales that return
to Alaska each spring, the Gray whales migrate
long distances to the fertile waters Alaska each year. Thousands of Gray
whales migrate from their winter grounds in Baja California on their way to their
summer feeding and breading areas in the Bering and Chukchi seas of Northern Alaska. Each
spring, an estimated 20,000 Gray Whales will
travel along the outer coast of Southeast Alaska. If your along the coast of Southeast
or South Central Alaska in late March, all of April and well into May, plan on taking
a guided whale tour to see this spectacular event. Some of the best places to see Gray
Whales in Alaska include Ketchikan in the southern portion of the panhandle, Sitka
located on Baranof Island, both Yakutat and Cordova as well as Seward Alaska on the Kenai
Peninsula and the island of Kodiak Alaska. Spring whale watching tours are an excellent
way to clean out the cobwebs from a long Alaskan winter and kick off the summers excitement
with a Seward Alaska Gray Whale Tour in April and May.
See the Whales of Alaska: May
- September is great for killer whale viewing in Southeast Alaska and June - September
is the time to see the humpback whales that return to the Inland Passage of Alaska. If
nature viewing is enjoyable to you, consider the Bering Sea Crab Fishing Tour in Ketchikan.
It's one of the best hands on tours available with lots of marine life and the bald eagles
will be landing so close to you that their size will completely fill the viewfinder of
your cameras without the need for a zoom. Great tour for those arriving in Ketchikan on
any of the cruise ships during the summer. This tour can be booked through your cruise
line, from your travel agent or on the ship from the travel assistant available during
Glacier Bay is
where whale experts first studied humpback whales "bubble-netting" or blowing
bubbles to herd small fish into a tight ball before feeding on them. Also prevalent in
the Glacier Bay are pods of killer whales, orcas, that patrol the entrance to the bay,
while porpoises and dolphins are commonly seen inside the bay. Best time to see whales
is from June to early September.
Marine Mammals and Wildlife Cruises, view the large abundance of marine life in the cool
clear waters of the Alaska coastline. Steller sea lions, Walrus, Harbor Seals and more
can round off your whale watching trip. Alaska Marine Mammals include Bearded Seal, Harbor
Seal, Northern Fur Seal, Polar Bear, Ribbon Seal, Ringed Seal, Sea Otter, Spotted Seal,
Steller's Sea Lion, Walrus. Also See Where To See Alaska
What is happening to all the Beluga Whales in Cook Inlet?
For years now the numbers of Cook Inlet Beluga
whales has been on the decline and even with all the research being conducted, the
reasons still remain somewhat of a mystery. From the once 1300 strong, today the population
has declined to around 225 whales. Reasons for the decline are still unproven yet it
is believed that a combination of events could be a threat to the Cook
Inlet Beluga Whale habitat. There could also be other natural or unnatural causes
that are attributing to the decline that are yet to be discovered. What they do know
is the numbers have become serious and one wrong decision or accidental mishap could
mean it's to late. The time has come to get serious about this situation and get
the trends reversed.
Cook Inlet Critical Habitat for
the protection of the beluga whales and benefiting all species of fish and mammals in
these endangered waters.
Alaska Whales: species that you may see include Beluga
Whale, Blue Whale, Bottlenose
Whales, Gray Whale, Humpback
Whale, Orca (Killer Whale).
The term whale is ambiguous: it can refer to all mammals in the order of Cetacea (whales,
dolphins and porpoises). For the purposes of this web site, Whale will be interpreted
as being limited to the larger of the Cetacean order of mammals known to the Alaskan
coastline. Also we will be limiting the term Whales to those cetaceans which are neither
dolphins nor porpoises. This can lead to some confusion because Orcas ("Killer
Whales") and Pilot Whales have "whale" in their name, but for purpose
of classification, both are in the dolphins group yet we include the Orcas within the
content of this site mainly due to their popularity with whale watching groups of Alaska.
NOTE: Pilot Whales are not found in Alaskan waters.