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GMX Custom Expeditions offer a one-of-a-kind Alaskan experience for families and groups up to 11 people. Whether it's your family you're bringing along, or a special group of people of your choosing, we've done it before! Contact us with your needs for family/small group trip references.
Shuyak island is the northernmost island in the Kodiak archipelago. Situated at the intersection of Cook Inlet, the Shelikof Strait and the gulf of Alaska, the island is is adjacent to some of the richest feeding grounds in the north pacific. As a result, numerous species of whales and birds by the tens of thousands congregate here each summer.
Shuyak's extensive protected backwaters make for brilliant kayaking excursions, often assisted by tidal currents that accompany the over twenty-foot tidal range.
A main attraction of the Shuyak cruise is fin whales. These are the second largest of whale species, reaching an impressive eighty feet in length. Humpback whales also patrol these grounds, feeding opportunistically and usually in groups.
Prince William Sound
To see some of the last, greatest tidewater glaciers in the world, Prince William Sound is without parallel. Watching these giants calve into the sea is an unforgettable nature experience.
A PWS expedition typically spans 7 days and originates in Whittier or Seward, both just a short drive from Anchorage. Our itinerary will weave through passages of the southwest quadrant of the sound, where our favorite attractions are spaced closely enough to enjoy several each day, with all transits occurring in sheltered waters.
Your customized trip will feature a trip to a spawning salmon stream, numerous seals, sea otters and a particularly charismatic population of endangered Steller sealions. Bird species found throughout the North Pacific are in abundance here, including both species of puffin. Orca whales are frequently sighted throughout the summer, and the sound's population of humpbacks engage in bubble feeding, a creative and thrilling method of group feeding that is unique to a few locations in the North Pacific. Now and then, we'll deploy a hydrophone to listen to them vocalize to each other.
Aleutian Islands/Bering Sea Cruise
Feeling particularly adventurous? By custom charter only, you can meet the Island C for a one-way voyage rather than round trip, originating in Kodiak proceeding to the Aleutian island chain and ending in the Pribilof Islands, a small archipelago (with an air strip) in the centra Bering Sea.
The Aleutian/Bering sea ecosystem supports many of the same wildlife species found in the Gulf of Alaska, and more. A customized trip may feature Northern Fur Seal, Bowhead Whale, and otherwise rare birds species common to the Bering Sea region such as the red-legged kittiwake and crested auklet. by request, we can add a Walrus to the numerous exotic species we'll see.
Because of the distances involved, a typical Aleutian Islands/Bering Sea cruise is 14 days in duration, with the most favorable weather occurring from mid-June to late July.