Kodiak, Alaska, US
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Set out on a boat with a captain who is a Kodiak islander with more than 30 years of experience in these waters. His extensive knowledge of local history and the commercial fishing industry here will enhance your experience today.
Captain Dave steers you through harbor, where the famous king crab fleet from the Deadliest Catch show moors for the summer before heading out to the Bering Sea. You'll head out to the beautiful bird rookeries nearby, where you could see hundreds or even thousands of kittiwakes, and both tufted and horned puffins. These seabirds nest on the sheer, windswept cliffs of the Kodiak archipelago. Look up and you may see majestic bald eagles nesting in the tops of the Sitka spruce trees.
Passing some smaller islands, watch for historic sites and abundant marine mammals -- sea lions, otters and hopefully various whales including humpback and orcas.
You will also learn about Kodiak's early Native inhabitants, the days of the Russian colony and the fur trade, and beyond to World War II.
The present-day fishing industry is key to the survival of this small community.
Relax in the comfort of a high-speed boat that offers great visibility and the ability to get very close to wildlife for amazing photographic opportunities. An unstructured itinerary allows Captain Dave to be flexible and choose the locations that best suit your interests and the conditions of the day.
Please note: It is essential that you wear warm, layered clothing to fully enjoy and participate in this excursion; outer layer should be waterproof and windproof. Bring gloves, a warm hat and a scarf. Minimum age is 5 years. Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed