Alaska Whale Watching
by Trish Williams
Alaska Whale Watching on the Rise
ALL ABOARD!! Travelers to Alaska, whether by cruise or by other means, are always looking for new adventures. Alaska whale watching is on the rise among large groups of tourists as the “sport” is fascinating, not to mention very memorable.
From a cruise ship, it’s not uncommon for Alaska whale watching to take place. On certain cruise lines, spending a large amount of time near the waters where whales congregate will allow for great photo shoots and “oohs and ahs.”
Most Alaskan waters are protected. Thanks to the save the whales campaigns that have taken place over the years, Alaskan whale watching can continue with no harm to the whales. Alaska offers one of the best whale watching venues one could ask for.
Humpback whales are most common in Southeast Alaska, especially during the summer feedings. The summer feeding season is between May and October. Their primary food source is a rich supply of krill and fish. Most tourists visiting Alaska during this time will have the best Alaska whale watching opportunities.
The Killer whales (like Orca) search for prey during these months as well. They feed on salmon and other marine life. It’s not uncommon to see Humpbacks and Killer whales swimming together, making for a truly magnificent Alaska whale watching experience.
On a tour of this high country, there’s more than just Alaska whale watching going on. You’re also likely to be astonished at the other sights you’ll take in: eagles, bears, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, endless vistas, pines and cedars, meadows, and the cleanest air around!
The serenity experienced in Alaska is what brings tourists back year after year. A great place to take in Alaska whale watching is in Kenai Fjords National Park. Not only will you see the whales, you’re likely to also see the seals, sea lions, porpoises and otters. The calving glaciers are cool to see, and some people also like to turn the event into a fishing expedition. Saltwater fishing is allowed, and if weather permits, you’re guaranteed to get quite a catch!
Alaska whale watching and fishing expeditions are a common combo package you can purchase. Tour operators can help you figure out what sort of package will be best for you and your family.
Most Alaska whale watching tours may include a boatload of 100 to 200 passengers, depending on the tour group, but your best bet might be a small group of fewer than 20. This allows the boat to be positioned so that everyone can have a great Alaska whale watching experience.
Your tour may take you to Alaska’s famed coastline where you can see Glacier Bay and College Fjord. The Kenai Peninsula is beautiful and filled with waterways, lakes and rivers. Fairbanks is very popular as well, and is known for their abandoned gold mine. From the mountains, to the many waters, Alaska whale watching tours will allow you to see it all. Pack a good pair of binoculars and dress warmly.
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