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Ranked #1 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Private tours; Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Are you looking for a fantastic time with your family and friends? Then look no further. Come join us for a day on the water... more » Owner description: Are you looking for a fantastic time with your family and friends? Then look no further. Come join us for a day on the water that will have you bragging to your family and friends for years to come. A typical day on Crazy Rays Adventures begins at the dock in a beautiful little town called Whittier which is located approximately 45 minutes south of Alaska's big city, Anchorage. Whittier is known as the western gateway to Prince William Sound. The Sound boasts one of the largest Pink salmon runs in the world which provides for an overabundant food supply for the Sounds vast ecosystem. Our clients typically catch the 6:30am Tunnel from Bear Valley to Whittier (Appx 2.5 Miles through a Mountain) then meeting up with the Captain and Crew at the boat at about 7:00am. The trip is an all day charter (10-12 hrs)reaching deep into the outer limits of Prince William Sound where we will target Barn Door Halibut, Trophy Lingcod, and succulent Rockfish. When in season Salmon will be added to the menu as well, so long as time permits. The fishing isn't the only fun to be had for the day, make sure you bring your camera along as there is a great chance to catch a snapshot of Whales, Sea Otters, Puffins, Sea Lions, Seals, and much much more. On arrival back at the dock, join our Captain and Crew for group photo's of the Catch then while the crew fillets your catch you can grab dinner at one of the local restaurants that are within walking distance. If you would like your catch vacuum sealed and frozen, arrangements can be made at the local fish processor. « less
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Phillips Cruises and Tours has been sharing the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince William Sound with visitors... more » Owner description: Phillips Cruises and Tours has been sharing the majestic glaciers and curious wildlife of Prince William Sound with visitors from around the world since the 1950's.
Every journey into Prince William Sound is unforgettable. The 26 Glacier Cruise travels 140-miles in 5-hours retracing the path of early explores John Muir and William Dall who were among the elite community of scientists, artists, photographers and naturalists who explored this area on the Harriman Expedition in 1899. Their discoveries were recorded in several sizable volumes of discoveries. Many of the animals we see were named after explorers on the Harriman Expedition; Dall porpoise, Dall sheep and more.
The Captain will set a course that travels through the serenity of Esther Passage and continues into narrow glacier carved fjords. There will be plenty of time to view the majestic alpine and tidewater glaciers of College and Harriman Fjord while traveling in luxurious comfort aboard the M/V Klondike Express, the fastest catamaran in Alaska. This state of the art vessel was built specifically for cruising in Alaska. Our double-plated bow provides a safe and stable cruise as we nudge our way past ice bergs that drift in front of the massive glaciers anchoring the end of the fjords with deep blue crevasses of towering ice. Our high speed catamaran is propelled with two diesel engines that drive water jets, each pumping 165,000 gallons of water per minute with an average cruising speed of 32 knots, allowing us to glide effortlessly through Prince William Sound.
If you prefer a shorter cruise, the Glacier Quest Cruise travels into magnificent Blackstone Bay, home to seven glaciers and Yosemite-scale waterfalls. Several terminal moraines are present in this region marking the retreat and advancement of the glaciers over time. Keep an eye on the navigation monitors on the vessel and you'll see how the sea floor shifts from 20 feet in depth to over 1100 feet in a short distance. Waterfalls line the rocky walls of Blackstone Bay with ribbons of shimmering cascades of glacier melt off trailing from 3,000 foot mountain peaks into the sea. Dense spruce forests line the shoreline down to craggy rock outcroppings which are some of our favorite places to spot the wildlife.
On both cruises, keep an eye out for playful sea otters, harbor seals, kittiwakes, bears, whales or mountain goats.
Both cruises include a complimentary hot lunch, narration provided by a U.S. Forest Service Ranger, reserved indoor seating, full-service bar and snacks available for purchase, restroom equipped, and we offer our exclusive no seasickness guarantee. « less
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Ranked #3 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: Major Marine Tours offers two thrilling day cruises into Prince William Sound, and the grandeur of its ever-changing... more » Owner description: Major Marine Tours offers two thrilling day cruises into Prince William Sound, and the grandeur of its ever-changing glaciers. Choose between the 5.25 hour Surprise Glacier Cruise and the 4.5 hour Blackstone Glacier Cruise. All trips are hosted by a Chugach National Forest Ranger. At the glaciers you'll often witness calving - a process by which glaciers shed giant blocks of ancient ice. This area is also home to a wide variety of animals including sea lions, seals, sea otters,and mountain goats; as well as an abundance of bird rookeries with many species including eagles and kittywakes. You can enhance your experience with our Alaska salmon and prime rib buffet, freshly prepared on board the vessel. All guests are guaranteed reserved seating inside our heated cabins. « less
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Boat Tours; Boat tours & water sports
Owner description: Saltwater Excursions, LLC provides memorable, exciting, and successful adventures in Prince William Sound for fishing and... more » Owner description: Saltwater Excursions, LLC provides memorable, exciting, and successful adventures in Prince William Sound for fishing and helicopter flight seeing. We operate out of Whittier, Alaska. Come fish or fly with Alaska's premier saltwater fishing charter and helicopter flight seeing tours! « less
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Ranked #5 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Boat Tours; Boat tours & water sports
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Ranked #6 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Tours; Water sports
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Ranked #7 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Kayaking & canoeing
Day Kayak Trip
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Ranked #8 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Sightseeing Tours
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Ranked #10 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Located away from the congestion of Harbor activities is SOUND PADDLER. Up in town at the N.W. corner of Billings and Eastern... more » Owner description: Located away from the congestion of Harbor activities is SOUND PADDLER. Up in town at the N.W. corner of Billings and Eastern Avenue is the "Old Gym" when the military occupied Whittier. Now its called the "Boathouse" and allows us lots of room for outfitting our clients for their Ocean Kayaking or SUP adventures. We then use our shuttle van & trailer to transport you to the beach or harbor. This flexibility allows for logistic preparations and planning, ALL out of the weather under our BIG roof. Great service and gear compliments a great facility for a trip of a lifetime!! « less
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Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Boat Tours; Boat tours & water sports
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Ranked #12 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Ranked #13 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Museums
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Ranked #14 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #15 of 16 attractions in Whittier
Category: Military Bases/ Facilities; Landmarks
A 14-story housing complex with shops, restaurants, a library, church and laundromat.
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