Explore the Wilds of Alaska!
The Tongass National Forest at 16.8 million acres, is the largest national forest in the United States and the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. Nearly 500 miles long with 11,000 miles of coastline, it is as much a seascape as a landscape: a world of islands, waterways and tide-washed beaches along which marine and terrestrial life overlap.
The Tongass covers most of Southeast Alaska surrounding the famous Inside Passage and offers unique chances to view eagles, bears, spawning salmon, and the all of the breath-taking vistas of “wild” Alaska.
The country’s largest national forest is a place to enjoy and share with friends and family; the quiet of undeveloped, and pristine places.
Beach Combing & Salmon Bake!
This is the time when you can just get away by yourself or with your family and friends to enjoy a quiet salmon bake on a secluded beach. Your guide will accompany you on any of hundreds of miles of beaches surrounding Whalers Cover Lodge, where hidden treasures are just waiting to be discovered. Beach hikes can be 1/2 or full days and mixed with other activities. Restrictions apply – call for details!
Take advantage of viewing the wildlife on their level while in the safety of a kayak. We are equipped with many models of Hobie sit on top paddle kayaks to accommodate any party size. These quiet boats offer an excellent opportunity for wildlife photography and interaction. Your guide will accompany you and interpret the amazing area that the local Tlingit Native Americans have called home for 10,000 years!
Hot Springs & Hidden Fall Hatchery
One of our more requested day trips is to explore the inner workings of Hidden Falls Hatchery then boat to a secluded bay and relax in the Baranof Warm Springs located 22 miles south of our lodge. While soaking next to a raging waterfall, relax looking at the pristine mountain range and wildlife overhead! Visitors to Hidden Falls Hatchery are limited each summer, so schedule now!
While on vacation, take time to view the wildlife of Southeast Alaska. Your guide will get you as close as possible and comfortable for optimum photo opportunities. While on your excursion you can view the largest population of brown bears in the world with one per square mile on Admiralty Island, humpback and killer whales, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, Sitka blacktail deer, mountain goats, otters, minks, and many other critters!
Humpbacks & Orca!
The Humpback whale interaction at Whaler’s Cove Lodge is world class and unmatched! Learn about and laugh with the most majestic mammals on the planet. Orca (the largest member of the dolphin family) frequent the area as well. The opportunity to see and learn about these gentle incredibly intelligent creatures is unparalleled. Each of our guided vessels is equipped with a hydrophone to let you hear the majestic songs of the Humpback as they cooperative feed (bubble net feeding) in the waters surrounding Whalers Cove lodge.
Ice Field Float Plane Tour from WCL*
Discover the ice fields bordering Southeast Alaska! Take a personalized float plane tour to the Juneau Ice-fields or Glacier Bay National Park. See the rare top end of these magnificent ice mountains and glaciers from your private float plane. Please note: Aircraft fees apply. All aircraft-based trips are based on availability of aircraft and guides at time of booking. Adverse weather conditions can prevent these trips from happening. *Aircraft fees are additional and only charged if used; it is based on flight time and stand by time (if any).
Mountain Top Heli-Hikes!*
Discover the land above the trees! Take a personalized helicopter trip to one of hundreds of mountains near Whalers Cove Lodge. From there you and your guide will hike and explore the mountains! Sitka Blacktail Deer and Alaskan Brown Bear roam these pristine mountain tops and can be spotted from miles away. Take your telephoto lens and tripod for epic once in a lifetime views available to few on the planet!
*Please note: Aircraft fees apply. All aircraft-based trips are based on availability of aircraft and guides at time of booking. Adverse weather conditions can prevent these trips from happening. Aircraft fees are only charged if used and is based on flight time and stand by time (if any).