Day 1: Ketchikan Embarkation
In the afternoon transfer from the airport or hospitality area to the vessel for embarkation. (Flight arrival should be no later than 2:30pm/ 14:30H today.)
Days 2: Tongass National Forest
Wake in a remote cove surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest—the largest national forest in the US. Spend the morning paddling a kayak, paddle boarding, or exploring by skiff. Then settle in as you cruise the northern tip of Prince of Wales Island, nestled right in the heart of the Tongass.
Days 3: El Capitan Caves / Prince of Wales Island
Take a walk on the wild side winding through high forest on an old logging trail, and find your way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in the Americas. Learn from Forest Service Rangers about karst and the geologic forces that created this intricate cave system. Watch for bears, harbor seals and humpbacks, deer, eagles.
Day 4: Chatham Strait
It is Captains Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Island. Join your expedition team on the water. Conditions permitting, take to the water by kayak, skiff, or snorkel (optional - amazing array of sea life can be discovered when snorkeling). Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.
Day 5: Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time and wildlife are today's agenda. Watch for birds, wolves and also black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the waters of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay. Explore by skiff, kayak or snorkel or hike today!
Day 6: The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage
The Brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen's Passage and Frederick Sound are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife. The area is the summer feeding ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the Northern hemisphere. Watch for orca, humpbacks and porpoise.
Day 7: Tracy Arm Wilderness
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all of Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers—Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to brown and black bears, deer, mountain goats, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots.
Day 8: Juneau Disembarkation
Disembark at about 9:00H. Transfer provided to the airport or the Un-Cruise hospitality area. (Flight departure must be later than 11:30am/11:30H.)