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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the right trip for me?

Alaskan Song is a perfect size for a private Alaska experience. Each departure is shaped by your personal interests combined with the great variety of activities available in Southeast Alaska, including hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, fishing, whale watching and wildlife viewing. The Captain meets with guests to discuss the day’s opportunities. There are no required activities.

What will I see?

There are no wildlife “guarantees,” however you will see a variety of species each day. Brown and black bear are present on shore throughout the summer and can be spotted stream fishing in fall. Dolphins and whales, especially humpbacks, abound. Orca, Minke whale and sea otter are also present. Sea lions are common and Harbor seals with new pups rests on ice floes in the fjords. Deer, fox, beaver dams, and different kinds of birds—notably Bald Eagles, hawks and other raptors—may be observed on hikes or along the shores. Tide pools reveal a plethora of smaller creatures. Sitka and Juneau host impressive museums of native history, culture and art, which should not be missed.

When is the best time to go?

The season is between May and September, with July the most popular month.  When you choose to go depends on your schedule and your interests. 

Humpback and Minke Whales, Orcas, Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Dall's and Harbor Porpoises can all be seen in Alaska's waters generally between June and early September. Spring is an excellent time to see wildflowers in bloom and the fall is known for its colorful fall foliage.  The warmest and longest days of the year are in June and July.

Best fishing times in the Sitka-Juneau area
Species Peak Season
King Salmon May through July
Sockeye Salmon July
Coho Salmon Mid july through Mid September
Pink Salmon Mid July through Mid September
Chum Salmon June through Mid September
Dolly Vardon June through Mid July
Cutthroat Trout June
Halibut June through Mid September
Rockfish June through Mid September
Lingcod Year Round

Dining

The menu for each group is planned after gathering information about the tastes, preferences, and special needs of each guest in the charter group. The menu can and does change during the charter depending on availability of ingredients and whatever is the fresh catch of the day.

Climate and Weather

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a temperate rain forest. Rainfall averages about 3½“ during May and June, trending upward to 7½“ in September. Rainfall is usually intermittent and it is rare to have an entire week of blue skies. Temperatures average in the mid-60s during the day and mid-40s at night, but range from 80s to 30s—layers are the key to comfort!

Should I worry about seasickness?

You’ll be traveling on the sheltered, often mirror-calm waters of the Inside Passage.  Each night will be at anchor in a sheltered cove.  If you are prone to motion sickness, it’s best to consult your physician beforehand and choose either a prescription or OTC remedy.

What about bugs—do I need to bring bug spray?
Biting insects are not as prevalent in the Inside Passage—the famous “Alaskan State Bird” mosquitoes are very rare—and they peak in July.  Pack your preferred brand of insect repellent and we will also have head nets and a variety of sprays, lotions and creams aboard.

 
 

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