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Ecology Tours

Wildlife Tours

    No trip to Alaska would be complete without taking the time to discover the wildlife that inhabits its unspoiled wilderness. Wildlife tours in Skagway put you in the middle of a chain of life that has gone unchanged for millennia.

Too close to the boat. Motoring to whales this close is illegal, but these whales surfaced right in front of us. These Killer whales are members of a transient pod that visit Skagway in their annual migration.
Click to enlarge Too close to the boat. Motoring to whales this close is illegal, but these whales surfaced right in front of us. These Killer whales are members of a transient pod that visit Skagway in their annual migration.
    The sights and sounds are part of the collective conscience of all who visit this rugged land. A bald eagle swooping from the sky to grip its unsuspecting prey in its talons returns to its nest to feed and share its catch with its lifelong family. A grizzly bear stumbles to the mouth of a stream and dines on schooling salmon to prepare for its winter slumber. Mountain goats balance precariously on snow covered peaks staring down at the terrain, which stretches endlessly in all directions. Humpback whales cruise the depths like submerged zeppelins and suddenly breach the surface in a display that forever stays imprinted on the minds eye.

    Wildlife tours in Skagway put you and your family in the middle of the action. From seals and sea lions to otters and bird species too numerous to mention, these tours are the finest for the family photographer, the casual enthusiast, bird watchers and anyone who wants to see untamed wildlife firsthand.

Skagway Wildlife Tours

Savor the timeless moment watching Bald Eagles hunt before your very eyes.
Click to enlarge Savor the timeless moment watching Bald Eagles hunt before your very eyes.
    Skagway wildlife tours begin in the small boat harbor located within walking distance of the cruise ships in the south end of town. Your cruise with Dockside Charters aboard the vessel Dock Holiday will be tailored to suit your interests and desires. Captain Greg has outfitted his vessel with binoculars, bathroom, snacks and beverages and has an elevated flying bridge where all can sit and enjoy an elevated view of the action.

    This allows 360-degree views of the Upper Lynn Canal and all of the flora and fauna that resides undersea and on the shoreline and mountaintops. Captain Greg has an intimate knowledge of Skagway wildlife and years of experience both fishing and observing the area. This has given him the experience to know where and when wildlife may be spotted.

Alaskan Black Bears may look cuddly, but do not let that fool you.
Click to enlarge Alaskan Black Bears may look cuddly, but do not let that fool you.
    Skagway wildlife tours are a fantastic and affordable way to spend the time you have while docked in port. Plan a day away from the crowds on the crystal waters around Skagway. Take a Skagway wildlife tour with the best in Skagway and let your dreams about Alaska come true.

Skagway Eco Tours

    Skagway Eco tours offer a unique perspective on Skagway, its geology and history, and its flora and fauna. From the fireweed that blooms magenta to the azure Harding glacier perched high atop Skagway's abundant peaks, the beauty of this area is as unique as it is grandiose.

Don't forget to look up. There's critters in those hills. Alaska mountain goats forage at low altitudes during the spring and fall.
Click to enlarge Don't forget to look up. There's critters in those hills. Alaska mountain goats forage at low altitudes during the spring and fall.
    Skagway eco tours afford views on a grand scale, from the 1000+ foot depths of the Upper Lynn Canal and its 28-foot tide differential to the towering mountains that rise from these depths. Skagway eco tours also focus on the microcosm, from the delicate wing structure of a bald eagle almost close enough to touch, to the tiny eyes of a sea otter fixed in a stare, these tours are educational while remaining exhilarating for all those who take part in them.



    Captain Greg of Dockside Charters offers only the very best in Skagway Eco tours. An intimate knowledge of Skagway's waters and its natural history sets Captain Greg apart. Special arrangements may be made for you and your party to enjoy a custom charter, focusing on the aspects of wildlife and nature that interest you the most. Take advantage of this opportunity to design a custom charter with the help of Captain Greg. It will be an experience you will cherish.

A very rare sighting of a wet moose.
Click to enlarge A very rare sighting of a wet moose.

Skagway Whale Watching Tours

    Skagway whale watching tours are the best way to get up close and personal with these giants of the deep. During the summer months both humpback and killer whales (orcas) cruise the waters of the Upper Lynn Canal.

    Humpback whales are commonly seen arching their backs above the water followed by their distinctive tails that are unique unto each individual animal and are used for identification purposes. Captain Greg's vessel the Dock Holiday is perfectly suited for observing these gentle behemoths. The flying bridge allows elevated views of the action and is the perfect place to sight the animals from a distance. When the whales surface water spouts are created from the whales breathing that can spout high into the air. On very calm days these spouts can be heard from miles away.


    Orcas traveling in packs come into these waters to look for food and some have seen these "killers" attacking prey of sea lions and seals, tossing them into the air and devouring them in a bloody display.

    More common on Skagway whale watching tours are the humpbacks. Often these marine mammals travel in packs with their young and sighting calves with their mothers or even nursing is a common sight. On many occasions these whales will disappear below the surface for some time, they reappear in an incredible burst skyward breaching completely from the water, turning in midair, and landing perpendicular to the water's surface, water from the splash tickling the faces of those lucky enough to witness this spectacle.

    On rare occasions, humpback whales will "bubble feed." This is a scenario when an entire pod of whales submerge simultaneously and dive deep toward the bottom.

    When they get beneath their prey the all release air bubbles at the same time. This forces food to the surface. An observer on a Skagway whale watching tour will notice the water boiling with air bubbles and struggling baitfish. Then, from out of nowhere, the entire pod will breach in unison, mouths agape, in a feeding display that is unforgettable and which words cannot describe.

    When coming to Alaska make plans for a Skagway whale watching tour with Captain Greg of Dockside charters. Plan for an unforgettable day on the water with Skagway's premier captain, and don't forget your camera.








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