Tours and services on Prince of Wales Island Alaska

Thank you for your interest in exploring Prince of Wales Island with us! Please review the following options and let us know what most interests you. All tours can be customized to fit your needs. If you don’t see what you are looking for, please ask.
The F/V Luna Sea Landing-craft

The F/V Luna Sea

The F/V Luna Sea is a 21’ aluminum Landing-craft with an open forward deck for viewing, and a smaller cabin aft. Unless otherwise determined ahead of time, your tour will be custom and private with no other guests on board. Rates listed below are for the whole boat (except during herring spawn when rate are per person) regardless of numbers of passengers. If you are a solo individual, please contact us to determine if there are other individuals or a couple who are willing to share the tour and cost with you during the dates of your visit. This will only be done upon approval by all parties.

Tours & Rates

Select from a tour below or call us to discuss your needs!

Craig Alaska Wildlife Tour - 3 Hours

$500 (4 person max, 5 if some are children)

Our Craig Alaska wildlife tour stays within about 5 miles of Craig and allows for the most affordable option to get out on the water. Features include beautiful scenery, seals, sea otters, sea birds and sea ducks, a high likelihood of humpback whales, and a possibility of killer whales. Craig is uniquely positioned on the west coast of POW to provide for excellent marine wildlife viewing opportunities, even just a short distance from town.  This shorter more affordable tour is perfect for  those with a busy schedule or traveling alone.  The rate is good for up to 4 passengers, 5 if some are children.

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Whales and Waterfall - 4 hours


This tour will spend some time looking for humpback whales among beautiful forested islands. It includes a short hike through the rainforest to the Canoe Point Waterfall which is only accessible by boat. It is best viewed after heavy rainfall, but always fun to see. Dramatic basalt formations create this 130-foot waterfall tucked into the rainforest. This hike takes less than half an hour, and the rest of the time can be spent looking for wildlife. The area near the waterfall has a higher likelihood of seeing killer whales, and especially black bears and sea lions from late July through mid-August when the salmon are starting to go upriver to spawn. Humpback whales can be seen in the area at any time of the year, as well as seals, and a few sea otters.

Price is for the boat with a maximum of 4 adults

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Outer Coast Wildlife Excursion - 6 hours

$975 (3 adult maximum)

This longer tour goes farther away from town, and can cover a lot of water looking for wildlife. This amount of time allows for a lot of flexibility and customization. We will look for humpback whales, seals, sea lions, sea otters, bears, killer whales, wolves, sea birds and other wildlife. This tour allows for the possibility to visit Cape Addington, which juts out into the ocean and is a sea lion haul-out where hundreds of Steller’s Sea Lions reside. The dramatic cliffs are also home to tufted and horned puffins, and many other sea birds. While access to Cape Addington is weather dependent, this 6.5 -hour excursion can be very exciting even without a visit to the cape.

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Whale Watching Tour- 4 hours

$800 (3-4 person)

This tour has no geographic restrictions and allows for greater flexibility to travel farther out from town and cover a lot of water to look for whales, sea otters, seals, sea birds, and other wildlife. Other possible sightings include killer whales, porpoises, sea lions, bears and wolves. This popular tour allows for a long loop route on the west side of Prince of Wales Island Alaska (weather permitting) which does not back track and allows for a lot of potential wildlife sightings and new scenery along the entire route.  This is the most popular tour we offer.  The rate is for the boat regardless of the number of passengers, so the rate is good for 1-4 people; it is NOT a per person rate.

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Herring Spawn Spring Wildlife Viewing (March 15-April 10 only)

$450 2-4 people

The spring herring spawn in the Craig area is one of the most spectacular wildlife events in the region. Dozens of humpback whales, scores of sea lions and seals, hundreds of eagles, and thousands of other birds all converge in the area to gorge on the herring which return to the shallows to spawn. This is some of the best wildlife viewing all year. Whales often bubble feed, lunge feed and can be seen feeding in very shallow waters as they gorge on herring after returning from their Hawaiian breeding grounds. The weather may be cold to cool, but it's worth braving the weather for the amazing activity that takes place!

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Transport Rates
(no hunting transports allowed)

Rates for remote transport are flat rates based on distance radius from departure point (usually Craig). Any departures
from locations other than Craig require trailer transport for $500 .
10 miles-$300
20 miles-$600
30 miles-$1200
40 miles-$1800
50 miles-$2500
If you have questions or would like help planning your trip please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Choosing a Tour
We look forward to talking with you about what kind of tour adventure you would like to have. Each days tour will be customized for you based on weather and ocean conditions, tides, location of whales and sea otters, and other factors, but if we know ahead of time what you are looking to do, we can better plan the day when it arrives.

Departure times will be 8 AM unless all parties agree to a different departure time. (Anywhere from 6-9 AM will usually work, but we will coordinate with you  a day or two ahead of time once we have a short term weather forecast). Meet at the North Cove Harbor in Craig; the Luna Sea will be waiting for you at the bottom of the ramp. North Cove Harbor is the larger of the two harbors and is the one with more big fishing boats.

We are permitted by the USFS to go ashore at certain locations to go beach-combing, picnicking, hiking or tide-pooling. If you wish to do any of these activities, let us know!
The weather along the outer coast of Prince of Wales Island can vary from wet, windy, and rainy to sunny and warm. The summer temperatures range from highs of high 50s to the low 70s. Rarely it will get into the 80s-but don't count on it! The prevailing summer weather patterns are wet, grey storms blowing from the southeast off of the Pacific Ocean, or sunny skies with west winds building in the afternoons with occasional fog in the morning. The town of Craig gets 90 inches of rain a year; so make sure you are prepared for rain!
When it comes to short term planning for your tour; we will rely more on a marine forecast than the typical sky forecast that most people are accustomed to.  Seeing sun in the  forecast does not neccesarily mean "good" weather, as it can often bring strong winds which kick up wind waves .  Conversely, overcast skies do not always make for "bad" weather at all; it may be calm and tranquil when overcast!
What to Wear and Bring
Boating in southeast Alaska means being prepared for varying conditions. It is often cooler on the water than it is on land, especially if there is wind or rain. Bring or wear layers (warmer layers than you think you'll need), a raincoat and boots (preferably mid-height rubber boots.) Bring a hat and sunglasses, as well as sunscreen. Sturdy sandals are handy on a hot sunny day for stepping off of the boat into the water, but knee high rubber boots are usually the best option. Synthetic and wool clothing are much warmer in the cool moist weather and will keep you much warmer than cotton if you get wet.

Bring your cameras and spare batteries and memory cards!! You might easily burn through cards and batteries if the whales are putting on a show. It is a great idea to have a waterproof point and shoot camera and a waterproof case for your smartphone if you plan on using it to take photos or video. Pentax Optio WG and Olympus Stylus TG cameras are both waterproof and affordable point and shoot digital cameras that are recommended. The locals almost all use Lifeproof cases for their smartphones; it is wet around here and these cases provide excellent protection for your expensive phone in our inclement weather.  *PLEASE* hang on tightly to your phone, or considere just using a camera with a strap.  If a phone falls overboard; its gone. 

Binoculars are handy to have as well, especially if you like birds, but they will give a closer look at whales, sea lions, sea otters, and other animals we might see. There will be at least two pairs of quality binoculars on board, but feel free to bring your own if you'd like. 

We suggest bringing snacks and drinks if you'd like.  
Seasickness and Other Important Info
Our goal is to conduct our tours in locations where no one will be subject to seasickness, but occasionally the ride might be a little rough and sensitive individuals may feel a bit queasy. If you are prone to seasickness or suspect you might be, you might want to consider taking steps to make sure you have an enjoyable day and don't get sick. The following are remedies that work well for many people. Be sure to know how to use them beforehand if you think you might need them. Some do not work if taken once you are already on the water. Consumption of coffee or alcohol are not recommended within 12 hours of departure for individuals prone to seasickness.
Scopolomine (prescription only)
Is there a bathroom ("head" in boat-speak) onboard? 
Well, no there isn't.  We Alakans are used to this "problem", and sometimes forget that it makes those unused to boat travel a big squeamish.  While it is occasionally possible to go ashore for a bathroom break, most passengers opt to hop onto the stern swim-step for some privacy.  This is normal and maybe even adds to the adventure so no need to be shy about  it!
Confirmation and Cancellation
Once you contact us to secure a date, we will request a 25% deposit be paid in advance to secure your tour date.

Cancellations will be fully refunded within one week of your tour. Inside of one week, 50% of deposit will be refunded, until 2 days before the tour. If you cancel within two days you will forfeit the entire deposit.

If Emerald Island Adventures cancels for any reason at any time, a full refund will be issued.