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Whale-Watching Aboard the Sea Breeze
"Kodiak Island is one of Alaska's top whale-watching areas," says Kate Wynne, Marine Mammal Specialist for the University of Alaska. That's one of the main reasons we love to go whale-watching!
And because we conduct our dinner cruises on most evenings between May 15 to September 15, we do our whale-watching trips during the day. Makes sense, right? Since it's nice to have daylight to see whales!
- We usually depart at 7:30 AM and return around 2:00 PM. Please let us know if you need to adjust the time.
- We serve you a continental breakfast, followed later with a gourmet lunch.
- You'll enjoy viewing whales, sea otters, sea lions and other marine mammals, as well as puffins, and numerous species of seabirds... And let's not forget Kodiak's beautiful coastal scenery!
You'll travel in comfort with hosts Marty and Marion Owen, 20+ year residents of Kodiak. The Sea Breeze is a classic 42-foot motor yacht outfitted with walk-around decks, enclosed tophouse and large viewing windows. Paneled in teak on the inside, you'll enjoy the Sea Breeze's warm and cozy cabin--it's the ideal whale-watching boat.
Oh, and let's not forget the great food!
Why is Kodiak blessed with so many whales?
The nutrient-rich waters surrounding the Kodiak Island archipelago provide an ideal habitat for diverse populations of marine mammals, including Steller sea lions, sea otters, Dall's and white-sided porpoises--and whales.
Baleen whales, the largest marine mammals found in Kodiak waters include:
Spring whale migration to northern waters begins in April with the gray whale leading the parade followed by the fin, minke (pronounced MIN-key), humpback and sei (pronounced say) whales in June.
Fins and humpbacks can be seen in abundance from June through November and whale watching opportunities in Kodiak rival those offering similar activities in southern latitudes.
Please note: Though whales are common in Kodiak Island waters, their location on any given day can be unpredictable. Because they travel to where the food is, whale watching trips typically take you to Termination Point, Marmot Bay or Whale Pass (imagine that!). During the gray whale migration (April-May) we may go to Narrow Cape.
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Some days we may find dozens breaching close to town, other days we cruise to other bays to see them. Either way, there's always lots to see. That's what makes it exciting, so don't forget your binoculars, though we do have binoculars on board, as well as the Brunton Macroscope, the compact, easy to use monocular that's lets you focus from 18 inches to infinity in seconds!
The boat ride is always fun since the scenery is spectacular and there is lots of other wildlife along the route. When we do sight whales, it's an experience you will fondly remember for a long time.
A little about us
Marty is the harbormaster and Marion is a professional photographer (Sunset, TIME, National Geographic Traveler, Alaska magazine, Patagonia, Nature Conservancy, Associated Press) who enjoys sharing her 25 years of photography experience so you can take home beautiful memories and pictures.
How to book your whale watching trip
Whale watching is not only fun, it makes your heart go pitter-pat with joy and excitement! The best way to secure your reservation is to contact us directly. (Besides, we like talking with our guests.)
Call us at 907-486-5079. Our office hours are 9 AM to 5 PM (Pacific time), which means if you live on the East Coast and call us at 8 AM (your time) we'll still be in bed! Of course, we welcome your inquiries by phone, email and by postal mail. For more details, click here.
We hope to see you soon on one of our whale watching trips.
Wow! All those whales! Great food, great fun!--Greg and Candace Williams, Fairbanks, AK
--Douglas and Julianne Lovin, Saratoga, CA
I looked forwad to this for a long time. It exceeded expectations!--Barry Chapment, Las Vegas, NV
A bald eagle screams from a perch near the nest.
Wonderful! Happy to recommend. --Pat and Ken Rooney, Lake Orion, MI
Thank you for sharing Kodiak, Alaska!--Larry and Cindy Hebert, Olympia, WA