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.
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
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.
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.
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!