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“Icy Strait Point” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Icy Strait Point
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$180.00*
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Hoonah Whale Watch Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Icy Strait Point is located in the town of Hoonah on Chichagof Island. We are a quick 20 minute flight from Juneau, Alaska. Icy Strait Point is the only private cruise ship destination in Alaska; we offer over 20 different shore excursions including ATVs, biking, kayaking, nature tours, the best whale watching in Alaska and the world's largest and highest zipline ride. We also have 3 waterfront restaurants with breathtaking views offering some of the freshest seafood you will ever eat. Don't miss our unique shopping center, a free museum, walking trails, etc.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Vancouver, Canada
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68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Icy Strait Point”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2011

Icy Strait Point is a destination that has been developed by Royal Caribbean as a destination that is used by both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. This is our second trip to this port and although quaint, there is not much there to do there. If you just want to get off the ship and stretch your legs, this is a good place to do so. A walk on the beach may allow you the opportunity to spot whales that swim close to the shore. If you want to spend the money, you can do the zipline tour (booked onboard). If you are afraid of heights (like me) you can view those participating in this attraction as they finish their descent from one of the fastest ziplines anywhere - supposedly reaching speeds of around 60 miles/hour. There are plenty of places to sample local seafood while there and you can grab a latte at the coffee shop. There is a cannery museum that you can wander around and take pictures as well as plenty of shopping for souvenirs. Next to the cannery buildings is a small graveyard where some of the first white settlers to that area are buried. It is surrounded by a white picket fence. A nice broad boardwalk around the waterfront starting at the dock hugging the beachfront and ends at the zipline area. However you can carry on the gravel trails and backtrack through the forest and that snakes it way back towards the ship. A Native American Longhouse offers a piece of local culture (booked onboard) at the end of the trail. This being our second time around wanted to take a trip into the nearest town of Hoonah to see if there was something different worth viewing or shopping for. We paid for the bus on shore, a short walk from the cruise ship dock. The bus driver was very friendly and funny. The cost of this bus was expensive for the distance travelled - you can walk to town as it is probably only about 2 kilometers distance. Once reaching Hoonah, there really was not much there to look at but a small fishing village with a marina - it was quaint, but very similar to the villages we were used to throughout the BC coast. It was interesting walking through the town and meeting locals who were very friendly and accommodating. There was a couple of shops and eateries in town, if you feel you haven't had enough of a seafood fix on the ship. The buses are fairly regular - about 1/2 - 3/4 hour between each bus (same driver). After 1/2 hour, we had seen pretty much all there was to so so we were able to catch the next bus back.

Visited August 2011
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IcyStraitPoint, General Manager at Icy Strait Point, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
Thanks for the very thorough review! One quick point of interest is that Icy Strait Point is 100% owned by Huna Totem Corporation. Huna Totem Corporation is an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Corporation owned by over 1,200 Alaska Native shareholders. 80% of our employees are Alaska Natives and shareholders of the corporation.
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Chino Hills, California
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“Why?????”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2011

Why do cruise ships go there???? There is nothing to do, very little to see, and the town looks like a gheto!!! What a waste of a cruise stop.

Visited September 2011
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IcyStraitPoint, General Manager at Icy Strait Point, responded to this review, February 1, 2012
One suggestion for anyone visiting Icy Strait Point is to get out on tour. Spending time with local guides who grew up in the area can make all the difference in the world. Icy Strait Point has 22 different tours available, 11 different unique retail stores, 3 waterfront restaurants to find fresh seafood, a free museum, walking trails with close access to a beautiful 2nd growth forest, a live Native Show and more. One simple, fun and free suggestion is to spend some time in front of the cannery on our amazing beach, you can even rent fishing poles and reel in a salmon right from the shore! As you can see from the review below, Mamie, one of our wonderful guides and can make a huge difference in your experience.
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Denver, Colorado
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2011

Icy Point was the highlight of our trip. Mamie, our guide, was wonderful and informative on our Hoonah sightseeing tour. It was refreshing to get away from the "touristy" feeling on the cruise ship and see some real Alaska from a native like Mamie. Can't recommend highly enough! Great crab bisque there too! Thank you Mamie for sharing some our your culture with us!

Visited August 2011
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Utah
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“The place to go whale watching”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2011

We were on a cruise ship. We went whale watching in Juneau and enjoyed it, but the people who went in Icy Strait Point had an awesome experience. Apparently there is an area there where the plankton are especially heavy and the whales go there to feed. The guides know this. This group saw about 40 whales, where we saw 6 or 7. I wish we had known this before since every stop on our cruise had whale watching as an option.

Visited July 2011
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“Sea Kayaking was just OK”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

The trip paddled from Icy Straight towards Hoonah. We went past the town, around an island and back.

We hoped to see some wildlife but other than ravens all we saw was a deer. As my wife said, we see bigger deer in our backyard.

If I was there again, I would do the whale watch (we had many tell us it was good)

Everyone that did the bear watch said it was a zero.

Back to the kayaking - on the positive side, the air was clear, the scenery was good, my son liked going fast an we came in first! We turned the lack of wildlife into a fun race.

Visited July 2011
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