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Glacier Wind Charters

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Hoonah, AK, USA
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About Glacier Wind Charters
Glacier Wind Charters provides personalized, small-group whale watching tours departing from Hoonah, Alaska near Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait affords our guests a unique whale and wildlife watching experience which will be enjoyed aboard our specially designed catamaran, Kohola. With a lifetime of experience on the local waters, captain Shawn has been providing our guests with memories that will last a lifetime since 1995.
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ParoDeeJay Cruise Vlogs wrote a review Apr 2020
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We visited Icy Strait Point/Hoonah in May 2019 on the Carnival Legend, and had perhaps the best excursion of our lives with Glacier Wind Charters! We loved the amazing hospitality from Teresa, the personal feel of the six-person vessel, and Captain Shawn kept us spotting whales and wildlife the entire time. We got up close and personal with breaching, playful whales, both adult and juvenile, who thoroughly enjoyed showing off for us. We can't wait to get back up that way again and will definitely book another tour with Glacier Wind!! ~Jay
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded Aug 5, 2020
Thank you very much for writing an amazing review for us! It seems like you guys were just here. It was so fun to watch your YouTube videos about your experience with us and we are thankful the whales were extra cooperative. Looking forward to seeing you both in September (2021) when your Carnival ship is here. We are so looking forward to next season, it's been a quiet summer here! Stay safe and healthy, take care!
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LIMom2016 wrote a review Oct 2019
Port Jefferson, New York162 contributions10 helpful votes
We booked a whale watch tour with Glacier Wind Charters for our Icy Strait Point excursion. I did a lot of research and decided we wanted the small boat experience that they offered. Service by Theresa and Sean was excellent from the time of booking until they returned us to the ship. Theresa gave us a quick, interesting tour of town before we got to the boat. Sean greeted us and took us right out on the water. There were 5 of us on the boat and we were very comfortable. Sean was in constant contact with other boats and sharing location of wildlife. Before long we started seeing the spray of humpbacks in all directions. We also saw seals and sea otters. He had hot chocolate and delicious salmon spread for us, too. We followed a baby humpback and the mom for a while and saw many tail flips. But the most amazing site was an adult humpback breaching. The highlight of the tour and my whole cruise!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded Nov 7, 2019
Thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write a fantastic review! We are glad you did the research and chose us! It is really appreciated. Seeing the humpback whale breaching was incredible! We are already looking forward to the 2020 season and sharing our part of the world with our guests.
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hartman1945 wrote a review Sep 2019
Cheney, Washington2 contributions
Sept. 5 2019, went on a awesome Whale Watching Trip with Captian Shawn! This was our 5th whale watching in SE Alaska over last 8 years. We had 6 persons in our group on their boat for 6. This was the first whale watching trip for 4 of our group, they are still talking abo+ut the trip, the sightings and quality of tour. We always book smaller boats 6-8 person boats which allow for best unconfined viewing. Captian Shawn was very knowledgable about the local area and culture, Alaska in general and the wild life, giving our group great instruction and insight as the trip began. We sighted whales within the first 10 minutes and continuosly within sight for balance of the trip. He showed great skill and experience in boat handling to provide best and optimum viewing. The boat was well design and out fitted for whale watching as well as clean and well maintained. We booked about 16 months in advance.. The booking process, follow up, scheduling, pick up and drop off by this family ran operation was the best and smoothest we've every had. It was an experience we hope to book again and highly recommend booking this tour if want whale watching in Hoonah.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded Oct 4, 2019
We'd love to have you join us again sometime! Booking early is a great suggestion and we are so glad your experience was awesome. Thank you for taking the time to share on TripAdvisor about your whale watching tour with us, it means a lot.
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sbsmutoni wrote a review Sep 2019
Jacksonville, FL21 contributions9 helpful votes
I booked this whale watch as a shore excursion while in ISP/Honnah. Theresa made the booking process very easy. As instructed, we met at the meeting point, and Theresa was there waiting. Once everyone was gathered, she drove us to the marina, where two boats waited. We, along with four other people, we put on Casey's boat. Casey immediately found whales, and for the next few hours, we found a LOT of whales - both singles and in groups. We were able to get some great photos, and had a very good trip. The reason I selected this tour was because they only have 6 people per boat, making for a more intimate tour (we saw some of the larger whale watch tours, and there were WAY too many people on the boats for us!). The boats were clean and very safe, they provided water and snacks, and a clean restroom. I'd definitely recommend this company for a whale watch. Thanks Glacier Wind Charters for the hospitality!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded Oct 4, 2019
Thank you very much for your fantastic TripAdvisor review for us! We are so glad booking and meeting that day was easy, and there were a lot of whales, and you were able to get some great pictures! We are very glad you chose us and really appreciate your recommendation.
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barbara r wrote a review Sep 2019
Reno, Nevada40 contributions14 helpful votes
We went on our whale watch trip on August 30. Teresa met us near the ship and drove us to the dock where Captain Shawn was waiting. The boat is custom-built for small tours and was very comfortable with plenty of room to move around to watch for whales. At first the sea was like glass and there didn’t seem to be much activity, but Captain Shawn kept going farther out into the bay, scanning with his binoculars. He also was in radio contact with one or two other captains who kept him informed of where they were seeing whales. We were able to get close to a pod of orcas, and saw several humpbacks off in the distance. Captain Shawn cut the engine and we drifted in silence for a bit and the humpbacks came closer. It was an amazing experience seeing these creatures up close. On the return trip we saw a mother and calf. Captain Shawn is extremely knowledgeable about the waters and the Hoonah area, and it was interesting to talk about Alaska life in the downtime between whale sightings. Highly recommend booking a tour with this family-run business and enjoy a small personal experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters
Responded Sep 30, 2019
We are glad that everyone was patient and had the time to wait a bit for the whales! Getting to see the humpbacks and a pod of orcas come close IS really amazing. Thank you for writing an outstanding TripAdvisor review and recommending booking with us - it is very much appreciated.
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