Haines Wilderness Safari Excursion Reviews

Haines is an extremely scenic Alaskan port that deserves to be explored fully on excursions like a wilderness safari that will take you right alongside some of Alaska's most incredible glaciers. Canoe on a lake where you might spot seals, whales and more -- even trek through the dense rainforest on foot.
Went to Portage glacier via boat, hiked and canoed to glacier.
Sail Date: September 2018
Went to Portage glacier via boat, hiked and canoed to glacier. Enjoyed it, wasn't our top excursion but we liked it.
Went to Portage glacier via boat, hiked and canoed to glacier. Enjoyed it, wasn't our top excursion but we liked it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Wonderful trip out to the Davidson Glacier via a ferry, bus, hike and canoe.
Sail Date: June 2018
Wonderful trip out to the Davidson Glacier via a ferry, bus, hike and canoe. The worst outhouses ever. It is a long hike to the Glacier in rubber boots they provide. It over rocks. Snack was provided before the trip to the Glacier.
Wonderful trip out to the Davidson Glacier via a ferry, bus, hike and canoe. The worst outhouses ever. It is a long hike to the Glacier in rubber boots they provide. It over rocks. Snack was provided before the trip to the Glacier. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Nice boat ride to Glacier Point, saw another glacier, eagles and sea lions.
Sail Date: July 2016
Nice boat ride to Glacier Point, saw another glacier, eagles and sea lions. Guide Ben was informative. Met on the beach by Sarah and Jake who gave us a sandwich and water while we waited for our turn to go to Davidson Glacier. A short ... Read More
Nice boat ride to Glacier Point, saw another glacier, eagles and sea lions. Guide Ben was informative. Met on the beach by Sarah and Jake who gave us a sandwich and water while we waited for our turn to go to Davidson Glacier. A short bus ride on a dirt road then they equipped us with rubber boots (no rain gear needed today.) A brief walk then we boarded a tem-man canoe guided by Sarah. A few strokes of the paddle and then the outboard was turned on. The view of the glacier is incredible. A fairly hard 1/2 mill walk across glacial till up to the face of the glacier and touched it. Pretty blue. A big chunk calved. A rushing torrent of water from the base. Lots of postcard type pictures. Then reverse. This is well worth the time and cost. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Ferry to an island.
Sail Date: June 2015
Ferry to an island. Hiked through rain forest. Canoed to Glacier. The guides were funny and knowledgable and so friendly. The only issue was the ferry ride back was rough.
Ferry to an island. Hiked through rain forest. Canoed to Glacier. The guides were funny and knowledgable and so friendly. The only issue was the ferry ride back was rough. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The bus ride with Mark to the launching site of the excursion was a lot of fun and had 91 curves in ...
Sail Date: May 2015
The bus ride with Mark to the launching site of the excursion was a lot of fun and had 91 curves in the road. He really personalized the trip as we drove by people’s houses including the Schnabel’s construction yard (Discovery ... Read More
The bus ride with Mark to the launching site of the excursion was a lot of fun and had 91 curves in the road. He really personalized the trip as we drove by people’s houses including the Schnabel’s construction yard (Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush) on the highway out of Haines. Grandpa just had his 94th birthday, so apparently his cancer is under control and he survived chemotherapy. Mark’s stories and descriptions of various buildings and landmarks as we drove up the road really brought home that small town feel. A graduating class of 20, with 14 going on to college, a friend of his has been building a house alongside the road for 5 years now, milk at over $6 per gallon, gas at over $4 per gallon (and they are happy about that compared to a year ago). Everyone loading up their vehicles and trailers, then heading to Juneau on the Alaskan Maritime Highway System for an overnight foraging trip to Costco! 6 months worth of supplies in two trips a year. The personalization made it feel special, like we were just swapping stories. Javier was our boat captain. 2-150 horsepower outboard jet drives on a flat bottomed, aluminum boat that probably seats around 20 passengers. Once up on plane this thing probably will go through inches of water, and we did hit several sticks, logs and the motors hit stuff as well as we went upstream through the various river channels. We saw two sitting female bald eagles on their nests, a mother moose and calf, and a yearling moose. A bunch of trumpeter swans, some ducks, but no bears – which seeing as how they are nocturnal and no salmon were running, I did not expect anyway. The entire ecosystem is just absolutely gorgeous. From the overflowing river to the green of the bush, to the flowering wild roses, to the green tips of the Sitka Spruce, everything was vibrant and alive. Hard to believe that only 3 weeks ago there wasn’t hardly any water in the river and no green on the trees. The eagle nest were pretty cool. Some were larger, older, than others, some were abandoned. The Murches were back this year after two eaglets last year, but Lucy and Ricky had not come back after their failed attempts two years ago. (Yes, they name all their eagles.) The mother moose and calf posed long enough for us all to get some great pictures. The Calf was about 3 weeks old. The yearling was a bit more camera shy, disappearing into the bush quickly as we slid past. It was a really good and fun excursion. Ally had a blast. She’d never done or seen anything like this before. Never seen an eagle in the wild, or a moose, or rode on a jet boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises