Take advantage of trips including wildlife and history tours, sea kayaking in calm and untouched bays, relaxing in a natural hot spring, visit an active salmon hatchery, go clamming and tide pool exploring on a low tide, or beach comb with your family on an piece of isolated Alaskan coastline. The list of opportunities is endless!
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 breath-taking vistas of “wild” Alaska. Hike boardwalk trails, fish in streams or the ocean, and relax at a remote cabin.
The country’s largest national forest is a place to enjoy and share with friends and family; the quiet of undeveloped, and pristine places.
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 play 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.
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!
Jet Boat Tour & Crab Feed!
Take a unique once in a lifetime tour of the surrounding bays and inlets via jet boat. These full day trips accompany 2 to 4 guests and must be arranged at time of booking. Experience areas that few others see with an intimate tour. All outdoor gear is provided to keep you warm and safe with you get up close with nature. Stop for lunch and cook fresh Dungeness Crab over a fire!
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. All of the beaches in the area hold hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Your guide will accompany you on any of hundreds of miles of beaches surrounding Whalers Cover Lodge. A hot fire cooked meal is provided! Beach hikes can be 1/2 or full days and mixed with other activities. Restrictions apply - call for details!
Beach Combing & Hot Springs
One of our more requested day trips is to explore the beaches of Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands 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. Your guide will prepare a hot fire cooked meal at mid day as well!
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 usage is only charged if used and is based on flight time and stand by time (if any).
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 usage is only charged if used and is based on flight time and stand by time (if any).