Southeast Alaska Island Roamer Charter

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Trip code: 
WFXA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Wildlife Holidays
Group size:
10–12
Min age:
18

Experience the magic of Southeast Alaska as few ever get the chance to.

Vast, beautiful, and truly wild, this thrilling boat charter brings you to the far reaches of Alaska, where brown bears reign supreme, icebergs float along the coastline, and humpbacks can be seen making a splash on the horizon. With no roads, no docks, and few inhabitants in this part of Alaska, the wildlife and photographic opportunities are endless! Led by photographer Paul Goldstein, you’ll have ample opportunity to perfect your photography skills. Prepare for what is sure to be the trip of a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Black and Brown bear viewing at Anan Creek and Pack Creek 
  • Observe bears feeding during the famous Alaskan Salmon Run 
  • Humpback whales in Frederick Sound
  • Travel by yacht on the comfortable Island Roamer - first class service and cuisine
  • Photography departure accompanied by Paul Goldstein

Key information

  • Photography departure accompanied by Paul Goldstein
  • Travel by private yacht and Zodiac
  • Group normally 6 to 12 plus local crew and Paul Goldstein. Min age 18 years
  • 10 nights in twin or double cabins with shared facilities on board the Island Roamer, 2 nights hotel (land only clients have 1 night hotel)
  • Countries visited: Canada, United States

What's included

  • All food included whilst on board
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Photographic tuition by Paul Goldstein
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival and departure transfers (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (not available on this departure)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Prince Rupert, Canada
to
Petersburg, Alaska
  • Day 1

    Start Prince Rupert, Canada

    Land only clients start in Prince Rupert, Canada, today and are advised to make their own way to our start hotel this afternoon/evening. 

    Accommodation: Inn on the Harbour (or similar)

  • Day 2

    Board Island Roamer in Prince Rupert

    Meet at the gate to the Cow Bay Marina at 10:00am ready to board the Island Roamer.Once on board there is a get together for introductions to the crew, to learn about the ship and its layout, talk about the itinerary and have a safety briefing. 
    Island Roamer

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 3-11

    Voyage in Southeast Alaska onboard the Island Roamer observing Humpback whales, Black and Brown bears.

    Over the course of the next nine days our principal focus will be on viewing whales and bears with a flexible itinerary. Southeast Alaska has a remarkable concentration of wildlife; the Brown bear population is thought to be higher in this area than the rest of the USA. We concentrate on the sites of Anan Creek and Pack Creek (two of the best bear viewing areas in the world) and Admiralty Island National Monument, where it is quite common to view bears along the beach from one of our beautiful evening anchorages. At Anan Creek there is a US Forest Service wildlife observatory where Black and Brown bears, eagles, seals, and ravens are all attracted to the largest pink salmon run in Southeastern Alaska. It is a classic Alaskan experience to watch bears feeding on spawning salmon in a rushing river.

    Southeast Alaska is a core feeding area for Humpback whales and we spend around five days in the Frederick Sound-Chatham Strait where we hope to observe some spectacular whale behaviour, such as spouting, breaching and 'bubble net' feeding. This co-ordinated feeding technique is where a whale circles under the water letting out a stream of rising bubbles. The bubbles act as a solid wall or net to concentrate krill or small fish in the centre, then an entire group of whales explodes up through the centre of the ‘net’ (and concentration of food) with their mouths wide open before they surface with a roar. Groups of up to twelve whales have been observed bubble-net feeding together in this region.

    The Le Conte Glacier is another spectacular region to explore on a tour of the Le Conte Valley. Le Conte is the southern-most tidewater glacier in North America and resides within a 12 mile-long fjord. Harbour seals are found amongst the icebergs, with Bald eagles often circling overhead.

    Guided by the Island Roamer's own naturalist, this itinerary will maximise the wildlife and photographic opportunities in the area. In the wilderness areas visited there are few inhabitants, no roads and no docks. Each evening we stop for the night by anchoring in a protected bay.
    Island Roamer

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Arrive Petersburg. Disembark the Island Roamer; end Petersburg

    This itinerary concludes with our arrival in Petersburg, Alaska. Expect to dock in Petersburg in the early morning. Those booked Flight Inclusive will make their way to the Petersburg Airport for the flight to Seattle via Juneau.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Essential Info

Visas

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Vaccinations

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included onboard the Island Roamer.

Meals are served in buffet style and most dietary requirements can be catered for provided advance notice is given. A modest amount of wine is served with dinner. If you wish, you can bring your own alcohol on board for before dinner drinks, but please be aware that for safety reasons, the Island Roamer operates an 'anchor down' policy (no alcohol during the day).

Weather

Usually on the Pacific Coast there is a variety of constantly changing weather. You should expect a mixture of sunshine, rain and wind! Near glaciers, expect cool temperatures - wearing a hat, gloves, and warm jacket is appropriate. The Island Roamer travels in protected areas most of the time. For most of the summer the west coast is like sailing on a lake - flat and calm. Sometimes we cross into open water for short periods of time where we may experience greater motion.

Is this trip for you?

This trip has been graded 1, Leisurely, with a Safari Rating of 5.

Clients need to be amenable to live in the close quarters of a motor-sailer, healthy and fit enough to enjoy long, relatively active days in the outdoors and able to climb into and out of Zodiacs and up and down a small ladder at the aft of the vessel, along slippery shorelines and over the uneven terrain of coastal forests. A certain amount of agility is necessary to enjoy the trip, although specific shore activities are always optional. Sea kayaking is a possibility, it requires agility to get into and out of the boat - most excursions focus on exploring the shore in protected waters and do not venture too far from the main ship.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Boat & Hotels

10 nights in twin or double cabins with shared facilities on board the Island Roamer, 2 nights hotel (land only clients have 1 night hotel)

The motor-sailer Island Roamer is a Canadian-licensed passenger vessel. At 68 feet long, she was designed specifically for remote wildlife tours, providing 7 private cabins (double occupancy, some with double bunks but most with two single bunks, often lower and upper style) for a maximum group size of 13 passengers including the leader. There are three shared bathrooms with showers.

In addition to the spacious salon, which has an excellent natural history library, the wheelhouse provides protection from any weather. There are two large zodiacs for frequent access to shore and the Island Roamer also carries two double kayaks and three single kayaks for use in protected waters. There is a strict no smoking policy on-board the vessel for the enjoyment of all.

In Prince Rupert we stay in a centrally located hotel. Flight inclusive clients also have one night in Seattle as part of their return journey.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

Paul Goldstein is one of very few people that has spent time with all five of the BBC's ‘Dynasty’ luminaries.

Here at Exodus we are incredibly passionate about wildlife and the conservation efforts to save it.

  • Reviewed July 2018
    Diana Lester

    Wild Alaska

    Sailing aboard Island Roamer to explore the Alaskan Wilderness was an adventure beyond my wildest dreams, a truly magical, unforgettable experience. It was a privilege to share this stunningly beautiful wild place and its spectacular wildlife with an outstanding crew and group leader, all passionate about the environment and keen to share their knowledge and passion with us. Quite simply the best trip I have ever done.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I hoped to see bears catching salmon, I didn't expect to be able to watch both brown and black bears catching salmon all day long! And when a big brown bear looked me straight in the face I was mind blown!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Stig Brondbo is a first class leader, calm, enthusiastic, patient and good fun! He is a great encourager and excellent teacher willing to share his expertise with everyone.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of warm layers as well as 'summer' gear - you might need both! And waterproof gear is essential.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Michael Hellier

    Island Roamer Charter

    An outstanding trip in all ways. The yacht was beautiful, very spacious and comfortable. The crew were extremely knowledgeable, professional and great people to be with. The food was delicious and the cook Annie a joy, full of fun keeping us all laughing and singing to us on her ukulele. The wild life got better and better and can only be described as spectacular. At various times we were surrounded by breaching humpback whales and whales bubble netting seen both from the yacht or at closes quarters from the zodiacs. We had great views of grizzly (brown) bears and a day watching black bears catching salmon. Wow, what more can I say.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Impossible to limit to one moment but perhaps the breaching whales.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We really had two group leaders. On the yacht the leader was the skipper Brien. He had huge sailing experience and was clearly an outstanding skipper. In addition he was a mine of information about Alaska and more broadly conservation issues world wide. Our other leader was Stig out Norwegian Photographic expert. Stig was excellent in all aspects of his job. He was hugely attentive to all of us and made a point of looking at all our photos regularly. I learnt a great deal from him. He was a charming and humorous leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just get ahead and book

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No

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