Paddle with Whales!

Trip Details

2018 Cost:  $1,999 for private boat charter – up to 6 people (plus 5% local sales tax) 

Trip Duration: 8 -hours roundtrip


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What to Expect

Highlights: Whale Watching & Wildlife Viewing, Private Boat Charter, Sea Kayaking in Humpback Feeding Grounds, Gourmet Picnic

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Exploring uninhabited islands, sea kayaking in Alaska

Alaskan wildlife up close and personal!

The City of Juneau is an island of civilization surrounded by Wilderness; located just a short distance away from this civilization is the Channel Islands State Marine Park.  This area is composed of over a dozen uninhabited islands that provide unique recreational opportunities as well as a refuge for marine, terrestrial, and bird life.  In addition to the wildlife, the islands are part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world and are covered by the thick and varied vegetation.  These islands are best explored by boats and their close proximity to the mainland make them ideal for participants of all ages and abilities to discover the nature of wild Alaska and the world of sea kayaking.

CIK Humpback WhalesThis trip combines a boat transport to an uninhabited island, sea kayaking, and wildlife viewing for the ultimate eco-adventure!  You will be picked up near your cruise ship or hotel and taken to our six passenger vessel.  From there we will head out of the harbor into the waters of the Inside Passage to one of the Channel Islands where we will disembark from the boat and get into our kayaks.  The next two hours will be spent paddling along the forested shore-line searching for whales and other wildlife, and enjoying the scenery.  While on the water you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, steller sea lions, dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca, numerous bird species including bald eagles, and deer or river otters along the shore.  Throughout this trip our expert guides and boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area and interesting information about the wildlife and their behavior.

Explore extraordinary scenery and an array of wildlife by kayak!

The scenic paddling locations we have access to are breathtaking and offer the opportunity to see wildlife in a unique and intimate way – from the seat of a kayak.  It doesn’t stop there. Be prepared to take in the beauty of glaciers off in the distance and the majestic mountains of the Chilkat and Coast Ranges.

 We will end our paddle back at the island we started from and spend some time beach combing or exploring the intertidal zone until our water taxi arrives.  Following the cruise back to the harbor our van will be awaiting our return to drive you back to your cruise ship or local accommodations.


Trip Activities: Sea kayaking, motor boat shuttle, whale watching, wildlife viewing, beach combing

Trip Rating: Easy to Moderate  No paddling experience is required.  This is a Family Friendly Adventure

Sample Itinerary:

  • 1 hour – Van transport to harbor and paddling/rain gear outfitting
  • 1 hour – Boat ride and wildlife viewing
  • 30 minutes – Kayak orientation, outfitting, and safety briefing
  • 2.5 hours – Sea kayaking in the Marine Park
  • 30 minutes – Return kayaks and gear breakdown
  • 1 hour – Gourmet Picnic
  • 45 minutes – Water taxi, return to boat harbor
  • 30 minutes – Van transport to drop off locations
  • Cost: $1,999 for private boat charter – up to 6 people (plus 5% local sales tax)

  • Trip Duration: ~8 hours roundtrip

  • Bucket List:  Sea Kayaking in Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage, Wildlife Viewing, Whale Watching

  • Highlights/Trip Activities: Whale Watching & Wildlife Viewing,Private Boat Charter, Sea Kayaking, Gourmet Picnic

  • Trip Rating: Easy to Moderate

  • Age Requirements:

    • Minimum = 8 years old unless booking a private.
    • Maximum = None, however, you must meet the physical requirements of the trip
  • Fitness Requirements: Must be fit enough to paddle for 4 miles and be able to sit in a kayak for up to 2 hours

  • Boats: Kayaks used are stable double kayaks.  The motorized boats are for a maximum of 6 passengers and 2 crew.  For trips with 7-12 clients, two boats will be used.

  • Professional Guide

  • Licensed Boat Captain
  • Double Sit-in Kayak with Paddling Gear (paddle, life jacket, spray skirt, paddling mitts)

  • Rain Gear (Jacket/Pants)

  • Rubber Boots

  • Hearty Snack/Bottled Water

  • Roundtrip van transportation from near the cruise ship docks and many of the major hotels in Juneau

  • State Marine Park permits

We recommend you prepare for rain and hope for sunshine in regards to the weather.  Due to the cool, damp climate it is best NOT to wear cotton and instead, wear clothing made of polyester, wool, fleece, nylon, polypropylene, and/or capilene.


  • T-Shirt
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Insulating Layer (i.e. Fleece Jacket)
  • Gloves (fleece liner type)
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Long Underwear (weather dependent)
  • Comfortable Pants
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • A pair of socks for wearing in the rubber boots


  • Sun Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Camera
  • Extra Snacks
  • Rain Jacket
  • Rain Pants
  • Binoculars
  • Reusable Water Bottle (Pre-Filled)
  • Guide Gratuities
  • **WAIVER FORM**  Each individual on the trip must sign a waiver form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver is not permitted.
  • We outfit all clients in sit-in double kayaks with spray skirts.
  • ** NOTE ON KAYAKING SIZE/WEIGHT LIMITATIONS: Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of  55 inches (132cm). Maximum weight limits including gear are 300lbs (136kg) for single kayaks and 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) have a hard time operating the rudder because the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance. However, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle in our kayaks.




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  • About ABAK

    Above & Beyond Alaska, LLC is a local, employee-owned guiding company based in Juneau. We have been exploring the region from Ocean to Ice for over 25 years and guiding others since 2002. Our goal is to provide a complete Alaskan wilderness experience by sharing with clients our passion for the outdoors, technical know-how, and natural history knowledge.

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