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Yacht Experiences

Adventure through Majestic Alaska

This southwestern Alaskan yacht expedition takes you through extraordinary landscapes and near iconic wildlife. See bears fishing for salmon, orcas patrolling calm bays, and swim with sharks as you heli-raft, fat-bike, and skydive your way through the state’s pristine wildernesses. Get the blood pumping on an unforgettable adventure.

When to go:
April – September

BERING GLACIER & BALD EAGLES

Arrive in Cordova to meet your yacht and commence your incredible Alaskan adventure. After you’ve settled in, tender to Orca Inlet for an afternoon observing the world’s greatest concentration of sea otters.

Transfer to a bush plane for a scenic trip over the country’s largest glacier, the Bering Glacier, and its associated icefield. Fly north and arrive at the Skookum Volcano Trail—a 2.5-mile that climbs 1800ft through fascinating geology in this deeply eroded, extinct volcanic system.

Watch out for deer, bears, and bald eagles among the incredible scenery. At the crater, take in the sweeping views with the multi-colored Wrangell-St. Elias mountains as a dramatic backdrop.

SHARK SWIM & SNOWMOBILE

Anchored in Boulder Bay, begin your day with a briefing from your Pelorus dive master on your forthcoming swim with Alaska’s iconic salmon shark. With these mini-great whites feasting on pink salmon at Prince William Sound,  there is only a short window from May to July to get close to this species.

In your 7mm wetsuit, dive in to observe this graceful, sometimes 10ft-long species as well as giant pacific octopus and wolf eels. As their name suggests, the sharks are more interested in salmon than you, so relax and enjoy this singular experience.

At Valdez, where ling cod and rockfish have been known to weigh up to nearly 300lbs, enjoy some incredible saltwater fishing. With local fishermen to guide you, head out in a fully equipped fishing boat to an area with one of the strongest silver salmon runs in Alaska.

In the afternoon, explore the Chugach Mountains by snowmobile. This vast area surrounding Valdez offers frozen lakes, superb climbs, open flat glaciers, and serene wooded trails.

ORCAS & HELI-RAFTING

Take the morning to explore the quiet coastal waters of Squire Island and Mummy Bay by kayak. Located within Knight Island Passage, this is Alaska’s finest location for orca watching. Watch for the tall dark fins of killer whales—or even breaching humpback whales—as you glide past bald eagle nesting sites in the lush rainforest.

Later, take a twilight tender cruise to the four-mile-long Nassau Fjord. Home to the famous tidewater Chenega Glacier, exploring this glacially carved inlet by tender will allow you to discover the more narrow waterways. Finally, enjoy a picnic dinner while facing the glacier’s giant calving face.

Awaking in stunning Seward, transfer by tender to shore before a hop in a bush plane to the Fourth of July Glacier. Arriving on the icefield you’ll be met by your team of Alaskan huskies. Race through the valleys on your sled, before flying next to Cooper Landing in the heart of the remote Kenai Peninsula.

Here, at the confluence of the Kenai River and Kenai Lake, enjoy some off-grid heli-rafting. Raft Class II+ rapids through narrow gulleys and experience a part of Alaska rarely seen. Drift into Skilak Lake before leaving the raft behind to hike the Hidden Creek Trail.

On your next day in Seward, board a local dive boat and travel to Resurrection Bay. This deep fjord is one of the finest places to wreck dive in the state, and its sheltered waters are home to king, Dungeness, and decorator crabs, as well as wolf eels, schooling black rockfish, and immense lingcod.

Back at your yacht, climb into a float plane for an incredible scenic flight over Kenai Fjords National Park.

KATMAI PARK & SALMON FISHING

Now in Homer, your expedition’s westernmost point, begin the morning with a flight over Kachemak Bay. Land in Katmai National Park and, with your guide by your side, explore one of the regions of the world with the densest population of brown bears. Look out for them digging for clams or fishing for salmon, and keep an eye out for wolves as well.

With many of the islands in Kachemak Bay offering both open ocean swell and impressive surf breaks, it’s possible to head out on an expedition-style surf excursion. Often, it’ll just be you, your surf guide, and the endlessly peeling waves in sight.

Your vessel will navigate to Kustatan next, where you’ll transfer to a float plane for a flight to the West Forelands. Embark on a day’s salmon fishing with a local fisherman. Weave between the shores and sandbars of the remote Kustatan River to find the best spots. Returned by float plane to your vessel, you’ll enjoy your catch cooked to perfection by your onboard chef.

HELI-BIKING & SKYDIVE

Arrive in Tyonek, 25 miles north of Kustatan, and the protected Cook Inlet anchorage. Load your fat bike onto the helicopter for a morning of heli-biking. Discover remote Alaskan backcountry that would otherwise be beyond reach. Chase ridge lines that end at glassy alpine lakes or try a new snow biking experience and cycle on a glacier.

Take to the air again to tackle Alaska’s first Via Ferrata climbing route. Starting at 4000 feet above sea level, clip yourself on and climb the predetermined routes, all suitable for non-experts. Expect incredible panoramas across the Triumvirate Glacier to the Tordrillo Mountains. At the top, you’ll meet your helicopter for a swift transfer back to your yacht.

Your final cruise brings you to Anchorage. Begin another adrenaline-fuelled day on the Matanuska Glacier, ice-caving with your expert guide. Trace the path of glacial succession before exploring some of the world’s most mesmerizing ice caverns.

Your glacier trek will take you to Alaska’s only airstrip that allows for skydiving. Ending your Alaskan adventure on a literal and figurative high, soar through the crisp air with your instructor with the braids of the Matanuska River, the Knik Glacier, and the Chugach Mountains all laid out beneath you. It’s the epic finish suitable for this momentous yacht expedition.