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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this the right trip for me?

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 crew meet with guests each morning to discuss the day’s opportunities.  Yet there are no required activities.  You may happily spend your entire trip curled up in the salon with a good book—or watch it all go by from a chair up on the skiff deck while sipping coffee or a chilled glass of wine.

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 and sea otter are less common but also present.  We’ll pass Harbor seals with new pups resting on ice floes in Tracy Arm fjord.  We usually visit a sea lion rookery each trip.  Deer 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

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.

I don’t know anything about fishing—will someone help me?
Yes.  The deckhands and guides are happy to help novices.  They’ll get you started in any fishing excursion; however, their primary job while ashore in bear country is to ensure group safety, so fishing excursions do not allow for prolonged one-on-one individual attention.

Can I bring the fish I caught in Alaska home with me?
Yes!  The crew will clean; fillet & vacuum seal your fish before stowing it in the walk in freezer on board.  At the end of your trip, they will pack your catch in an insulated, easy to carry box for your flight home. 


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