From the airport, a private car will whisk you to meet your yacht at Auke Bay. In the afternoon, you’ll cruise west past Tongass National Forest. As one of the country’s largest national forests, you can expect some spectacular scenery, with pine-coated hills rolling on for miles, and mountains haloed by clouds. Head north to Neka Bay and moor overnight.
Cruise into Icy Straight Point, where you can expect a huge variety of wildlife; from sea lions basking on buoys to orcas breaching the surface of the sea during the summer months. After taking in the sights, head onwards Takatz Bay.
This region of Alaska is famed for its salmon and a perfect spot to try salmon fishing off the back of your yacht before heading onwards to Warm Springs. Or take an afternoon hike through the forests to the glacial blue Baranof Lake.
Cruise over to Redoubt Lake, where you’ll be able to see bears in their natural habitat. Many of them come down to the water to feed in the salmon-rich waters, and regularly paddle into the shallows for dinner.
Whales will be easy to spot here and humpback whales typically migrate along Frederick Sound between May to September. After seeing whales, head onwards to Seymour Canal, where you’ll see bears feeding in one of the most abundant salmon runs in southeast Alaska. Drop anchor at Windfall Harbor for the evening, and take part in a relaxing kayak session across the tranquil waters. Take in the sights of the rugged terrains, dramatic, snow-capped mountains and a blue sea.
The Tracy Arm is widely considered one of the most stunning examples of nature in Alaska. The Sawyer Glacier is one of the must-sees in these cruising grounds.
The waters around Port Hobart are scattered with islands that you can cruise past or take your yacht’s water toys out for a quick spin.