Steer your own four-passenger zodiac as the tour guide leads the way through the harbor and points out bears, eagles, whales and seals.
Best shore excursion we took in Alaska. It was incredible. Our wonderful captain, Reilly, took us out for an exciting adventure.
You ride in a zodiac-type raft. If you don't know what that is, google it. It has an inflated three foot diameter tube around the outside and a metal floor. Each of six passengers ride on straddle seats. It's kind of like sitting on a small motorcycle or something with your feet on the deck. There is a handle to hold onto and you can sit on or stand over the seat.
You shoot over the waves at 30 miles per hour for twenty minutes out and twenty minutes back with over an hour looking at wildlife and scenery. They take you out to a beautiful island bird sanctuary where you see millions of birds. It was completely amazing. The ocean undercuts the shore to make sea caves, one of which was large enough for the captain to float us into.
We saw dozens of sea otters on a large kelp bed in addition to all of the birds. On the way back our captain spotted a whale spout about a half mile away. He expertly moved us to and parked us in the perfect spot to see the whale when it resurfaced, up close and awesome.
You get bounced around quite a lot, which we found exhilarating. But, don't take this tour if you have serious back problems or bladder issues. Otherwise, don't miss this! It is phenomenal!
Provider: Holland America Line