ADMIRALTY ISLAND WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE
A wilderness experience in the luxury of your own motor yacht offers an introduction to the unique lands and waters of coastal Alaska. This area offers the most magnificent scenery on the planet - soothing hot springs, wildlife, whales and an abundance of active sea life, glaciers and floating icebergs. Absorb the history and stories of the Alaska as you enjoy the luxury of dining on freshly prepared seafood and listen to the songs of nature. Breathe the cleanest air on earth during this adventure into the wilderness of Alaska.
JUNEAU TO TAKU HARBOR
Depart Juneau with a southern heading through Gastineau Channel. As you immerge into Stephen's Passage the Taku Glacier will come into view. Take your heading up this inlet to the Taku Harbor where you can anchor up and set your crab pot to collect some appetizers for the evening. Keep your eyes peeled for black bears on the beach - especially when the tide is out!
TAKU HARBOR TO TRACY ARM & SAWYER GLACIERS
After checking the crab pot, head for Tracy Arm to experience the magnificent twin Sawyer Glaciers. View the floating icebergs, magnificent waterfalls, and active tidewater glaciers. Keep watch for the abundance of marine animals and other wildlife that includes seals, whales, birds and bears. An early arrival at Gambier Bay will allow for halibut fishing. If you're a diver, bring scuba gear, there's a 100 year old wreck to explore.
PYBUS BAY TO BARANOF WARM SPRINGS
Drink in the scenery as we approach Pybus Bay on Admiralty Island, known as the "Fortress of the Bears". Admiralty has one Brown bear per square mile. Then cruise on to Murder Cove, an old cannery site. Your destination is Baranof Warm Springs on Baranof Island. For those inspired to renew their vows or who are planning a marriage, this is the spot. Let the captain know ahead of time so he can be properly prepared to conduct the ceremony. There's a wonderful boardwalk that takes you through the flora and fauna to Baranof Lake for a memorable picnic and then a nice soak in the hot springs.
HOOD BAY & BEAR VIEWING
Native Alaskans have a saying, "When the tide is out...the table is set." As we move into Hood Bay, on Admiralty Island, you might possibly have an opportunity to view the diner table and those partaking - Brown bears. Watch intimately through binoculars as they avidly overturn rocks and look for tastey moresells with their adept noses.
KOOTZNAHOO INLET & ANGOON
A cultural experience will be the hallmark of the day as you are taken "inside" Kootznahoo Inlet with a Tlingit elder. As you skim along the pristine waters of Mitchell Bay and past the primeval forest you will be told stories and legends of the activities of Native Alaskans. Your day will end in Angoon, an authentic and rural native Indian fishing village.
Continue up Chatham Straight to one of the premier Humpback and Orca feeding areas. Watch for whale spouts and look for them as they travel through, play, hunt and feed in this unique area. A stop at nearby Funter Bay will allow you to view the old Aleut graveyard, catch a fish, do a little hiking.
RETURN TO JUNEAU
As your adventure comes to an end you will have time to reflect on the wildlife, your personal cultural experiencess, the glaciers, the marine life and the beauty of Southeast Alaska that remains. May your heart and mind be your guide as you return once again to experience the wonders of nature and all that it offers.