Prince William Sound Cabins

Prince William Sound Activities: Wildlife Viewing

On the trip to and from the lodge as well as at Eshamy Bay Lodge, visitors  can expect to see, otters, seals, sea lions, Dahl Porpoise, eagles, as well as a variety of birds.

Whale Watching

As a result of the very rich waters of Prince William Sound, we are lucky to have an abundant population of humpback whales, some of which migrate here in the summer months to feed, and others which stay in the sound year round.

Humpback Whales average 40-45 feet long but can reach lengths of up to 55 feet.  Humpbacks weigh 20 to 40 tons, are greyish in color, and the average life expectancy for an adult is 45-50 years with some being found to live up to 95 years of age.

The Humpback is characterized by it’s tapered head and unusually long pectoral fins.  They have the largest scalloped, winglike flippers of any whale species. They typically submerge for as long as 30 minutes although most dives do not last longer than 15 minutes.

Humpback Whales can be exremely entertaining to watch because they can often be seen breaching, characterized by throwing themselves completely out of the water. You may also see Humpbacks swimming on their back with both flippers in the air or raising their huge fluke out of the water and slapping them on the water surface, also known as lobbing. Humpbacked whales are often sighted from the lodge and in nearby waters in May, June, July and August.

Orca Whales, sometimes known as “Killer Whales” are also found regularly in the water near Eshamy Bay Lodge throughout Prince William Sound. We have been fortunate enough to have them get up close and personal with us in the past! Some Orcas are known to stay in Alaska waters year round, but the summer months are exceptional for a chance to view these magnificent animals.

To get a closer look, you can reserve a half day or full day whale watching tour with Eshamy Bay Lodge Water Taxi.  On these tours, we also stand a good chance of seeing other wildlife such as black bears, sea otters, land otters, seals and sea lions as well as local and migratory birds.

Boat Tour Rates:
Glacier and Wildlife viewing are a combination tour. The boat departs out of Eshamy Bay for our Lodge guests and is a day rate of $1,800 for up to 6 passengers.

Call 907-440-7978 or email so we can arrange the trip of a lifetime just for you!