Has anyone taken the Wilderness Exploration and crab feed out of Ketchikan? We can't seem to decide what to do in that port if not wanting to fly or have no interest in totom poles. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We are going first part of June and understand that is not a good time for viewing bears. Thanks for any info
We did the Misty Fjords National Monument cruise and floatplane for the second year in a row a couple of weeks ago....our favorite! Some of the folks did not want to go on a floatplane so made arrangements to cruise back to Ketchikan instead of flying. We saw several Humpback whales, lots of Orcas, otters, Dall porpoises and a nice cinnamon- colored Brown Bear. You'll see sheer cliffs and 3000' foot waterfalls.......it's so beautiful! Our itinerary this year was the reverse of last year where we flew into the Fjords and cruised back. The cruise is about 3 hours and the flight less than 30 minutes. It's a nice large boat with big windows,two decks, and a nice lunch consisting of clam chowder, salmon salad, crackers, cheeses, chips and dips, plus plenty of sodas, hot chocolate and coffee is included.
PS....I'm afraid of small planes, but you lose your fear when you see how beautiful it is!
I agree with Karen--I did the Misty Fjords cruise on the 16th of this month and saw no marine wildlife except sea lions, and one black bear speck that walked into the woods as soon as it heard us coming. It was still very beautiful, but your sightings were fantastic and not typical.
We were there on May 18th. I didn't need binoculars to see the Brown Bear and yes we were very lucky to see so much wildlife according to our guides on the boat.......it was wonderful. We did rent a car this year and took the road from Skagway to Emerald Lake and saw a Gray Wolf on the road....our friends in a separate car also saw him and they also encountered a Black Bear. I'll be posting a few photos on that later. It was really mild in Alaska this past winter, maybe that's why there were so many animals.
I may have misread. Did you see all that wildlife on the Ketchikan boat tour??? Or was that a total of your Alaska sightings? I am just back and humpbacks were in big numbers, probably over 50, (several hours before Juneau and Glacier Bay) plenty of pacific white sided dolphins, dall's porpoises, sea lions and 2 brown bear easily close up viewed in Glacier Bay. Brief view of black bear off the Klondike Highway.
For clairfication- this is the ONLY time of year for the bear viewing, without a tour and the only time you will see them out of Skagway. You have MAYBE another week before they head to higher ground.
We saw all that in one day (May 18th) during the Misty Fjords cruise & flight...that is why our guides were so amazed. (Goldbelt Cruises) We spotted the humpback first on the open water and then there were at least three Orcas swimming together...one quite large male according to our guides in one sighting and then two or three more in another sighting. The brown bear was walking around on the shore of a cove. The Dall porpoises swam along side our boat for quite awhile. The sea lions (not otters) were on this little rock island. Our weather was nearly perfect although it did cloud up a little on the return floatplane trip.
The wolf and the black bear was spotted on our drive to Carcross. We did not see the black bear, but our friends did and they took a couple of photos. We only saw the wolf. I took a couple of pictures that I will post.