Coast tour

Alaska Land and Sea Photography Adventure

This tour is packed with wildlife and focuses on combination photo tour of both land animals and sea animals during the week.  At the end of the week, you'll be amazed at how many different species of animals you were able to capture while in Prince William Sound. 

The week takes you to varying landscapes that include towing mountains that are often referred to as the "mini alps of north america" by travelers.  You'll also be witness to the mighty Columbia Glacier that stretches across across 5 mountain valley's and stands 30 stories high at its face. Its in catastrophic retreat like most glaciers in Alaska and the face of this icy blue behemoth regularly gives an impressive show, calving chunks from its face throughout the day. 

Throughout the week you'll see black and brown bears either feeding on salmon or cruising the coastline foraging on grass.  Eagles flying over head and watching from a moss covered tree's.  Sea and Land Otters in coves gorging themselves on shellfish.  Whales and orca's riding the currents that circulate the inlets.  Sea lions thats bark and play, dipping in and out of the surf as they pass by the lodge.  And many other small birds and creatures that call Prince William Sound home. 

You'll also have opportunities to try many other activities while visiting the lodge on this tour.  For adventure seekers that want to swim with salmon schooling in creeks or mass jellyfish blooms (non stinging), the lodge has wetsuits for photographers that bring underwater gear with their kit.  Make sure to let us know ahead of time that you'd like to try this and we'll ensure that we have the exact size you'll need to try these adventures.  Kayaks and paddleboards are available for evening trips into Irish Cove to catch land otters feeding in large groups from 6-12 in size.   See our activity page to learn more.

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The tour utilizes a large vessel for trips further from the lodge, while smaller skiffs are used to get in close for intimite bear encounters.  Both are ideal for certain situations and your hosts will talk with everyone the night before on what to expect for the next days adventure.  If you'd like to watch bears more during the week.  Just let them know and the tour can be changed to fit your schedule of animals that you'd most want to see.  We're very flexible and want to ensure you're not only having fun but spending enough time with your favorite wildlife.

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Columbia glacier Day trip

Spend the day in search of whales while traveling to see the mighty Columbia Glacier.  We'll stop at Bull's Head to see the sea lion rookery and nesting Puffins.  While at the glacier, you'll look for sea otters and harbor seals resting on floating ice.  Finishing up with an epic display of mother nature's brute force calving massice glaciers 30 stories high into the ocean!

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Day 1 - Travel to Anchorage, AK and then onto Valdez, AK (Valdez has a commercial airport, so book tickets all the way to Valdez, AK). We will pick you up at airport with our 12 person passenger van. Then on to the local grocery/liqueur store for last minute items. After that we will head over to the harbor to the water-taxi boat and travel out to lodge and settle in for first night. Water-taxi/sightseeing trip is roughly around 3 hours transit using 46’ vessel and 2 hours with 32’ vessel, to the lodge. Enjoy mountainous scenery and animals such as whales, birds and sea lions.  Arriving in time for dinner. Unpack and get settled in your rooms.  Best Lens - Telephoto

Day 2 - We'll start off in skiffs in search of both black and brown bears at known hot spots where salmon spawning is taking place.  But keep your eye's open, because these bears love to travel the coastline as well and make for expectacular shots when standing on rugged rocky, pine tree covered spits of land.  You'll also be introduced to sea otters and eagles.  We'll be hiking through creeks to get an up front view of bears catching their next salmon meal.  Waterproof boots are best this day.  For large groups, multiple skiffs are used to ensure everyone gets a great spot to shoot from.  Best Lens -
Macro & Telephoto

Day 3 - Open ocean in a large vessel in search for whales that include Minke, Grey and Humpback.  We'll also be looking for Orca's that frequent the inlet in search of their next meal.  Dall Porpoise may swing by and ride the boats wake, having fun riding the boats waves as we travel from and to the lodge. 
Best Lens - Telephoto

Day 4 - Glaciers, whales and Rookery's!  We'll board the large vessel and head for Bull's Head to see a very large population of sea lions and nesting colony of Puffins.  While in transit, we'll be crossing known hot spots for whale action.  Wrapping up the day at Columbia Glacier.  At the glacier you'll also see harbor seals and sea otters resting on floating ice.
 Best Lens - Telephoto

Day 5 - We'll start the day off hiking through various eco systems that include high elevation plant life with amazing landscape photography and old mining equipment.  Then down to lush meadows that hold micro worlds like Alaska's version of a venus fly trap along with other beautiful flowering foliage. 
Best Lens - Macro

Day 6 - Another day with bears in the morning.  Then back to the lodge to dawn on wetsuits.  You can opt out of this adventure, but no experience except the ability to swim is needed.  These wetsuits of 7mm and don't allow you to get cold or sink.  We'll start off with a quick dip off the lodge dock and then over to a salmon pool with thousands of fish preparing to make the big migration up stream.  Finishing the day off looking for a massive moon jellyfish bloom to snorkel in.  There are only a hand full of places on earth were such blooms take place and Alaska is one!  Its an amazing experience and don't worry, these jellyfish don't sting.  You'll want some type of underwater gear for this adventure. 
Best Lens - GoPro or underwater housing with wide angle lens

Day 7 - After breakfast at the lodge, we will travel back to Valdez. Water-taxi/sightseeing trip is roughly around 2-3 hour's transit to Valdez. Expect to arrive at Valdez around 1pm, so please plan your travel accordingly. Once in Valdez we will take you to the airport via our 12 person passenger van. 
Best Lens - Telephoto

**Any day can be switched to focus on a specific animal.  We are very flexible, just let us know the night before and we'll make a plan.
**Make sure to let us know your size wetsuit to ensure we have what you need when you arrive at the lodge.