Having done Kenai Fjords tours six times, the most recent being late August 2012, that pretty much tells you something. I never get sick of seeing great scenery and Kenai Fjords consistently offers terrific marine wildlife encounters.
Have done all of the larger tour ship companies, and can recommend them all without hesitation.
However, this time we went out on a small boat excursion through Alaska Saltwater Lodge & Tours. We had done a small boat whale watching trip out of Gustavus (southeast AK near Glacier Bay NP) back in 2009 and enjoyed the experience very much.
Being late in the season, many of the humpback whales had already departed for Hawaii (who wouldn't like to do that for the winter?). However, we did see a few humpbacks, as well as the usual great sightings of sea otters, sea lions, puffins and other sea birds, as well as the stunning scenery and glacier views.
The best part of this particular trip was something that we'd never experienced before, because it takes place late in the season. This is the time of year when the various pods of orca (killer whales) gather together so the bulls can "mingle" with the ladies from other pods.
At one point in the day, we were fortunate enough to be surrounded by 4 pods of orca that numbered around 50 individual animals! It was incredible, and a definite highlight among all of my trips to Kenai Fjords NP.
Every time I visit Alaska and spend time in Seward, and every time I speak with someone headed there and looking for things to do, a day on a boat in Kenai Fjords NP is always on the "must do" list.
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