Depart the Juneau Ferry Terminal for a three-hour-and-fifteen-minute voyage to Hoonah. The ferry route wends through Icy Strait, where underwater land formations and strong tidal currents create Alaska’s most active whale feeding area. Keep your binoculars handy for the chance to see a variety of marine mammals, including Humpback whales, Minke whales, Orcas, Stellar sea lions, sea otters, Dall porpoises, and harbor porpoises. In the summer of 2007, a record 161 individual humpback whales were identified near Hoonah in the Point Adolphus and Glacier Bay Area.
Hoonah - The Little City with a Big Heart (+)
Hoonah - The Little City with a Big Heart (-)
Arrive in Hoonah and spend approximately six hours exploring this breathtakingly beautiful community. Hire a local guide to take you out into the wilderness for the chance to see some amazing wildlife. More than 250 species of waterfowl, shorebirds and common birds inhabit this area. Chichagof Island has the largest brown bear population in the world, approximately three per square mile! Other land animals include Sitka black-tail deer, land otter, marten, beaver, mink, and red squirrel may also be observed. There are five species of salmon which migrate to their spawning rivers and streams in these world-class fishing grounds. The current sport-caught, record-holding Coho weighing 26 pounds was caught here; and speaking of records, just around the corner from Hoonah, a 440 pound world-record halibut was caught. Freshwater fishing is also superb. Streams abound in season with cutthroat and rainbow trout, dolly varden char and steelhead, as well as salmon.
If you are looking for a little more adventure, Icy Strait Point located nearby is the only private cruise ship destination in Alaska. They offer 20 different shore excursions including ATV's, Biking, Kayaking, Nature Tours, whale watching, and the world's largest and highest Zipline ride. When there are no cruise ships in port all visitors are welcome to use the walking paths and trails, beach areas and the picnic area at the point for recreation and gatherings. When cruise ships are in port, all venues are open to the public. After your day of exploring Hoonah, depart on the ferry and enjoy the trip through Alaska's famously beautiful forest- and mountain-shrouded Inside Passage en route to Juneau.