Humpback Whales return each year to their summer feeding grounds in Southeast Alaska. Frederick Sound, Stephens Passage and Chatham Strait provide a rich supply of krill and small bait fish that the whales rely on for their primary food source. Discovery’s Alaska Inside Passage cruises are based in this area and we’ll actively seek out these majestic creatures.
- We see whales breaching, lunge feeding and tail slapping. If we are lucky they’ll form a group cooperative feeding by utilising the unique ‘bubble net’ technique to corral and scoop up a bait ball of small fish.
- It is very common for Humpback Whales to approach the boat and swim underneath or pass alongside in a friendly encounter.…….. and with no set schedule we can spend an hour or the whole afternoon.
- Orca (Killer) Whales sightings seem to be as much fun for the whales as they are for our guests and crew. Orca are nomadic and often travel as far as 100 miles a day making them more difficult to spot.
Canada Inside Passage cruises from Seattle to Alaska (& reverse) journey right past the infamous Robson Bight Ecological Reserve. The surrounding waterways in British Columbia are one of the best places to see Orca whales.