Southeast Alaska Island Roamer Charter

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

Whales and bears of Southeast Alaska on board the Island Roamer

"In 2015 and 2017 I guided in Alaska. All clients were unanimous: this was one of the very best ever! Alaska is beautiful, the food sumptuous, the crew the best maritime crew I have worked with. Whales in their hundreds and Brown and Black bears performing every trick imaginable, but, crucially, seen sensitively and also compassionately. Frankly sensational, I think it would be impossible to do Alaska better" Paul Goldstein

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 Stig Brondbo

Key information

  • Photography departure accompanied by Stig Brondbo
  • Travel by private yacht and Zodiac
  • Group normally 6 to 12 plus local crew and Stig Brondbo. 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)

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:
+47-22 41 30 30
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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

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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

Petersburg, Alaska
to
Prince Rupert, Canada
  • Day 1

    Start Petersburg, Alaska

    Land only clients start in Petersburg, Alaska, today and are advised to make their own way to our start hotel this afternoon/evening. Petersburg is a small town with Scandanavian influences, often referred to by locals as 'Little Norway'.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Board Island Roamer in Petersburg

    Check in at the Petersburg Harbour Master's office at 10:30 ready to board the Island Roamer. Petersburg harbour has one of the most impressive fishing fleets in Alaska, and there is a continual buzz of activity as boats come in and out. 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. On departure from Petersburg we navigate north towards the wilderness of Frederick Sound - prime whale watching territory, especially for Humpbacks.
    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 Prince Rupert. Disembark the Island Roamer; depart Prince Rupert.

    This itinerary concludes with our arrival in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Expect to dock in Prince Rupert in the early afternoon, with enough time to cross customs before flight inclusive clients make their way to Digby Island where Prince Rupert Airport is situated. Services for land only clients end today, you are free to make onward arrangements from Prince Rupert from around 3:30pm (please check with us to confirm timings of the group flight as this will dictate your arrival time into Prince Rupert).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
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.

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 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, 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:
+47-22 41 30 30
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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 Petersburg we stay in a centrally located hotel. Flight inclusive clients also have one night in Seattle as part of their outward journey.

Call for general departures:
+47-22 41 30 30
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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