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“Wonderful Experience!”

Glacier Wind Charters
Ranked #1 of 18 Tours in Hoonah
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nice going out whale watching with 6 people while passing a huge boat packing in 150 people like sardines. The smaller boat captains work collaboratively in order to ensure that everyone has an amazing experience. The whales were a bit shy on the date that we went out, but we still managed to capture numerous beautiful pictures. Shawn and Teresa have the most amazing personalities and were extremely warm and welcoming. While taking us to the boat, she stopped the van by an eagle's nest which allowed for us to watch the baby eagles attempt their first flight! My husband and I LOVED it.

1  Thank heather020179
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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thanks for sharing about your wonderful experience! We are glad that you were able to get some great pictures even though the whales were in their more relaxed mode that day. The eaglets are now making short flights to nearby trees and so that's been fun to see their progress. Their "screeching" is getting more confident as welll - we can hear them from our house.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

From the moment Teresa picked us up we knew trip would be great. She was welcoming, knew our names and shared with us a little history of Hoonah while taking us the boat.
Shawn, the captain, was a terrific tour guide as we bounced along rough seas in search of whales. He grew up in Hoonah so was able to share not only his vast knowledge of the sea but also life growing up in very small Alaskan village. He could spot a whale despite the whitecaps and kept moving the boat to give us a better view.
In the end we were rewarded. Thirty minutes of a beautifully choreographed humpback flapping, wagging and breaching. Breathtaking!
When we were done Teresa toured us through town, showed us the bald eagle nest complete with eaglets and all the best Hoonah had to offer.
The entire experience was one we will remember.

2  Thank Linda W
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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Thank you for listening to my stories about growing up in Hoonah, I do love to tell them! I'm glad our patience was rewarded that day with a great show - the humpback whales here are truly incredible and when they decide to show off, they sure do. We are so glad your entire experience with us was wonderful and appreciate you sharing it on Trip Advisor.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This was the best excursion EVER! Teresa and Shawn were so awesome! We had such an amazing experience watching whales breach up close. Teresa was so nice to drop us wherever we wanted after the trip and show us around town! Everyone should book this!!

1  Thank Julie P
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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Your whale pictures are AMAZING times 10! Wow! That was an amazing day to be able to watch the breaching for so long. I think 45 minutes of that action has got to be the most I've ever seen as well. Thank you very much for taking the time to post your photos and recommend us!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Shawn and Theresa are wonderful hosts! Teresa met us right off the cruise ship and drove us to Hoonah to meet Shawn. We were on a beautiful boat Shawn had built himself and took a lovely whale watching trip. At one time we were so close to a whale that we got sprayed!! With just four of us, Shawn was able to share all kinds of information about Alaska and his experiences. Teresa packed us crackers and crab dip and there were chips and soda available also. Thanks to these two former teachers for an educational, fun experience!!

1  Thank MJT1976
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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

We are very pleased that your experience was wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with Trip Advisor users! Thank you for the compliment on my boat cabin building - it was quite a project. The whale that day must have been checking it out as well!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We had a wonderful experience with Teresa and Shawn. Theresa took care of our reservation and was great with follow up, providing information about two weeks prior to our trip. Her instructions were clear and we found her waiting for us at the meeting place. As we pulled onto the dock Shawn was just pulling in with the first group. We boarded quickly and we were off. The weather was very dreary as we began, with light showers off and on. There was room for all of us to sit inside the cabin, albeit cozy. There was plenty of room to move in and out as we wanted.

One of the other two couples was most interested in seeing orcas and as they are rarer to see and had been spotted on the earlier trip, Shawn set out to find them first. It wasn't long before he succeeded. We later saw a few humpbacks as well. We saw eagles, and even a baby bear. Shawn was in contact with colleagues and they informed each other of sightings. The size of his boat allowed him to maneuver and move more quickly than the 100+ passenger tour boats.

During our tour we enjoyed snacks, including homemade salmon spread ala Teresa. It was a true pleasure getting to know Shawn and Teresa - so genuine. I hope we are able to visit Hoonah again. Thanks again to both for a great experience.

1  Thank T M
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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Thank you so much for the Fantastic Trip Advisor Review! We very much appreciate the time you took to write about your great experience - from the easy reservation process to the snacks. Getting to share the orcas with both tours that day, made my day! The wildlife is incredible and everyone here wants their guests to have great experiences. We hope you can come back to Hoonah sometime!

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