Unsure what to write as it is possible our adventure simply had the luck of the Irish, as it was amazing.
Above and Beyond Alaska is an excellent, organized, high-quality company with skilled guides. Extremely responsive and friendly to my many questions. Had done two tours with them this trip, the other a bear excursion to Admiralty Island (which was fine, though not nearly as memorable).
This specific tour (5 guests) was guided by Kris, a personable and knowledgeable gal. Bused to a boat, there is then a fairly lengthy trip to where booted off. The ride offered gorgeous views, manned by a cordial captain. Saw plenty of humpback whales, and a couple of sea lions.
The whales did not breach. Also, boats not allowed to get within 100 yards, though the whales could come closer (I tried to entice one with peanut butter). Doubt any got within 300 yards. I believe Kris mentioned guests get closer to whales while in the boat as opposed to kayaking, which was a bit of a bummer.
Then we were dropped off for kayaking. Good thing Kris knew where we were as pretty secluded. (Swear I saw Bigfoot.)
We get in two person kayaks (suited and layered). Not for the feint of heart as when away from land the currents/wakes had some size.
As we are trolling along we see whales in the distance. Far, but still cool.
Then...dun Dun DUN!!!
Our kayaks a good distance from lan, at one point we were seeing a lot of whales, and they were coming closer and closer. Kris (fear in her voice???) ordered us to bunch our kayaks for safety and stability, a humpback headed our way, apparently in search of peanut butter. It easily got within 60’ .(Got one of those memorable trip videos, the whale fluking after it passed.
After a fair amount of time gathering ourselves, Kris said to head in.
Then...DUN DUN DUN...
Two massive whales appeared right in front of us, easily within 10-20’, from my view appearing to almost knock one kayak over.
Unknown how much Kris tipped the whales for this performance, but it was well worth it.
After this adrenaline rush, we paddled a looooong distance to land.
I don’t want to attempt to convey all will have this experience, as I sense this was very unique.
For our tiny lil group, what a memory.
If book this trip, I suggest bring some peanut butter as b