Unique small ship cruise on calm waters – limited to 6 …
PHOTO TOUR 1
June 25 to July 3, 2020
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
Our 14th tour to beautiful Alaska, will offer you a unique holiday on board the Delphinus! At a touch over 50 feet long, this converted fishing vessel is the perfect base for our small group to explore bays and land where no other group can land. Stunning bear locations, whales, ice, seals and so much more. The group size is specifically limited to a maximum of 7 adventurers. This guarantees that we can optimise your experiences and offer you quality time for photographic assistance and the best timing at locations less visited.
Your cruise begins in Juneau. A special feature of this wildlife experience is bear experiences. We target bear locations and keep an eye out for other opportunistic encounters. Another important focus of this voyage is the incredible breaching, resting, lunging and bubble-net feeding humpback whales. In this area during the summer, there are an estimated 300 individually identified humpbacks, at one time, all actively feeding! As many as 800 have been photo identified using this area. Many bubble-net feed, together they swim in a circle, blowing a helix of bubbles underwater that rises to the surface as a wall, surrounding and entrapping the prey. At the surface it appears as a continuing ring of bubbles. The humpbacks are indicating exactly where they will appear next—right in the center of the circle—sometimes in an explosive leap!
“Each visit is unique and each visit offers our customers outstanding images. We are talking the true Wild Alaska Experience! You will love the quality time offered shooting fascinating nature and landscape subjects.” Darran
YOUR ITINERARY TO ADVENTURE…
DAY 1 – Juneau
The itinerary is kept flexible so that we can take advantage of opportunities that present themselves. Our goal each day is to put you in the right place or places to maximize your opportunities to enjoy Alaska’s magic.
The following description includes some logistical information and the rest is meant only as a general guide. Make time to explore this capital city, and purchase any essential items, such as a fishing license or rubber boots and rain gear. We meet at 5pm for departure information the next day. Optional chance to meet for dinner tonight.
DAY 2 – Juneau & Cruising
We transfer from our hotel to the Juneau port and board the Delphinus. We meet our skipper and crew and after an orientation aboard Delphinus, we depart for Stephens Passage and Holkham Bay, Endicott Arm and the Ice Kingdom. There may be orcas and whales on the journey! You will spend two days in this wildlife-rich official wilderness area.
There are a number of potential stops, including the unique Fords Terror vestibule and arm. The general area is a glacially carved granite fiord with dozens of waterfalls and cascades. It is like a flooded Yosemite, has 30 miles of floating ice sculptures, and a thunderously calving glacier at the end. It is a very active place and the home to much wildlife—humpbacks, black and brown bears, river otters, harbour seals pupping on the ice pans, porcupines, and large flocks of scoters and other birds. (L,D)
DAY 3 – Alaska Wilderness
Spend more time in Endicott Arm. Travel to Seymour Canal and possibly Pleasant Bay for the night. A fantastic day with whales and amazing scenery! Make sure you have your long lenses ready! Darran will also add another workshop, if nature allows. (B,L,D)
DAYs 4/5 – Alaska Wilderness
After years of private research, Ronn has a unique location that might offer us one of the best chances for watching brown bears. You will spend the entire day with the bears and other wildlife. We will depart each day to explore nearby forests and for our nightly anchorage. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – Alaska Wilderness
The next few days will be spent with the whales of Frederick Sound, numerous actively feeding humpbacks, occasional orcas and common bow-riding Dall’s porpoise. This is the centre of a large number—sometimes in the hundreds—of summer time feeding humpbacks. This is the same population that goes to Hawaii in the winter for breeding and calving. There are also other marine mammals including Steller sea lion rookeries and harbor seals. Both of these are sometimes the food of the so-called transient orcas.
Resident (fish eating) orcas also regularly use the area, so you need to always be on the look out for these exciting animals. You will also go ashore in some jewel-like temperate rain forest settings. Perhaps most importantly, you will have time to get lost in your own thoughts, feelings, and photography.
DAYs 7/8 – Alaska Wilderness
A continuation of Frederick Sound with many options. As always our goal is to put you in the place of maximum opportunity and to emphasize the things that most interest you. There are weeks and weeks—even a life-time—of opportunities here. You are moving out of Frederick Sound now, heading further south past Petersburg (a small fishing town with strong Norwegian heritage), the Wrangell Narrows (a major shipping lane and bottleneck due to its narrowness and numerous hazards), the town of Wrangell and the narrow passage between Wrangell Island and the mainland. We will probably anchor and spend the night in Berg Bay with possibilities to go ashore. (B,L,D)
DAY 9 – Alaska Wilderness – tour ends
This may be the last day, but it is a very busy and exciting one. At 8:00 AM we will depart for the Stikine River and Shakes Lake by shallow draft jet boat. Shakes Lake is visually one of the most exciting places I have experienced in Southeast, or the world.
The lake is created by the melting Shakes Glacier and is damned up by the shallow Stikine River and its sand bars. Large house size blocks of ice are usually trapped at the entrance. Once you round them, you enter another world. The lake is surrounded by high peaks with their own glaciers. Numerous glacier fed streams flow across the sides and into the lake. Boulder strewn meadows are coloured by numerous flowers. Following your return to Wrangell, you’ll have time to eat lunch in town, check out some of the sights, then get your luggage and catch a cab for the short ride to the airport and the end of the tour. (B)
(B,L,D) – Confirms if Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – are included that day.
Itinerary, price and details are subject to change.
PHOTO TOUR PRICE
AU$9,995.00 Twin Share per person
As per itinerary, with small motor vessel accommodation, meals, access to unique photo opportunities, small group size – local guide, expert skipper and professional photo guide.
EVENT DEPOSIT REQUIRED – AU$3,000 pp.
Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our booking form. You should now pay for travel insurance, including deposit protection insurance. Note that your deposit is refundable up to one year before departure, except for a $500 cancellation fee. After this time, deposits are non refundable.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – full price again.
We will try our best to find someone to share with you. However, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.
THE COST INCLUDES
• All tour costs as per itinerary.
• Accommodation is small ship cabins.
• All meals as detailed in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees to parks as per itinerary.
• Professional photo guide.
• Local expert skipper, cook and deck hand.
• International Air tickets
• Personal expenses
• Items not included in the itinerary
• Tips and drinks