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Glacier Wind Charters

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Address: Hoonah, AK 99829
Phone Number: +1 907-978-9651
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Glacier Wind Charters provides personalized, small-group whale watching...

Glacier Wind Charters provides personalized, small-group whale watching tours departing from Hoonah, Alaska near Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait affords our guests a unique whale and wildlife watching experience which will be enjoyed aboard our specially designed catamaran, Kohola. With a lifetime of experience on the local waters, captain Shawn has been providing our guests with memories that will last a lifetime since 1995.

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Outstanding Whale Watching Tour!!!

What a class act! Teresa and Shawn are the nicest folks and we had the best time when we visited in August. Beginning months before our cruise when we first decided on Glacier... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Robin G
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Irvine, California

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Irvine, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a class act! Teresa and Shawn are the nicest folks and we had the best time when we visited in August. Beginning months before our cruise when we first decided on Glacier Wind Charters it was such a pleasure to work with Teresa. She handles all the admin part of the business and is prompt on replying to emails... More 

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Thank Robin G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I cant say enough about Teresa and Shawn. They were so helpful with picking us up and getting us back to the airport on time. The Whale watching was awesome, we were lucky and saw Humpback and Orcas. Shawn went out of his way to find us Whales. Just an overall wonderful time and a wonderful couple. I cant recommend... More 

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Thank Michelle W
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

That was so awesome that you wanted to come all the way to Hoonah and flew here for the day. So glad you were able to see orcas and humpbacks! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a great review for us. More 

Wickford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent whale watching trip with Shawn when visiting from England in mid September. The arrangements were perfect with Theresa being the first to inform us the ship had changed the itinerary and then she picked us up as arranged from the cruise port. Our decision to go with G-Wind was due to the small group size and... More 

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Thank Nick C
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review and we are very glad everything wen well from beginning to end. Only taking six guests is really a benefit and we're so glad you appreciated that and also all the time on the water. Hope you enjoy the book! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

After considering many whale watching excursions,we choose Glacier Wind Charters. The boat held a total of 6 passengers. We saw humpbacks bubble net feeding and breaching many times. Since the boat was small we were able to get from one side to the other and never missed an opportunity to view these beautiful animals. Shawn was so knowledgeable and Teresa... More 

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1 Thank beccaspapa2016
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing us! We appreciate you sharing about your fantastic experience whale watching with us on TripAdvisor and are so glad that you got to see both bubble net feeding AND breaching!!! WOW! More 

Newcastle
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

There were 6 of us on this whale watching tour which was ideal as it gave us plenty of room to move around the boat. The boat itself is very comfortable with protection inside if cold or rainy and plenty of area outside to view the nature. Sean our captain was very welcoming and informative and supplied good quality binoculars... More 

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Thank lovescruising
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your excellent review of your tour with us. We love having small groups so that all six of you are able to move around everywhere - inside and outside - to see everything. Glad the binoculars came in handy to see the bear on the beach! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

To be honest I was a little apprehensive about this activity, but from the get-go Theresa and Shawn put those fears to rest. A nicer or more engaging person and sweetheart than Theresa you won't find. She will pick you up at the pick up point and from that moment you feel the anticipation and joy of your time in... More 

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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an incredible review of your experience with us! We very much appreciate the many details you've described and thank you for all the compliments. Getting to see two pods of orcas, that HUGE sea lion, as well as humpbacks nearby is really wonderful. We are so glad you had... More 

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Teresa and Shawn are fantastic! Such personalized service. Teresa picked us up and gave us the scoop on Hoonah and what to expect. We had a great time whale watching with Shawn - saw humpbacks, orcas, porpoises and even a bear on the shore. It was so nice to be on a small tour with such a knowledgeable host (only... More 

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Thank LJW63
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

We are so glad your day was amazing and you had a wonderful time seeing so many critters! We love taking out such small groups and glad you loved every minute of your tour. Your TAdvisor review is very much appreciated! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Personalized customer service such as the one that Terese and Sean give you during your planning/adventure is out of this world. This was by far the best experience ever, from the pre-trip phone call from Therese, to the homemade salmon dip as a snack, to the extreme professionalism and talent by Capt. Sean and even the handwritten thank you note... More 

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Thank paddlegirl2016
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a great TripAdvisor review for us. We are so glad you appreciated all our efforts to make the day the best experience ever! More 

Clinton, Tennessee
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We came to Icy Strait Point on a Holland America Cruise. We booked with Glacier Wind Charters because of the small group size and all the positive reviews. We were not disappointed! Teresa was so kind and helpful right from my first conversation with her. She gave us perfect instructions on where to meet and picked us up right on... More 

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captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

We are so happy that the day went well! Such a surprise for us to have to change boats with 10 min. notice. It was quite fortunate that Capt. Joardan/Hoonah Whale Tours was available to help out so we didn't have to delay our start by even 1/2 hr. Having two captains and getting to see all those whales and... More 

NJ
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We booked a whale watching tour with Shawn and Teresa after reading reviews on TA and we were very happy and had a great time. My son and husband went on the boat, it was an unusually low tide and the boat ramp was too steep for me to walk down so Teresa drove me back to the dock area... More 

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Thank lisabdh1
captain_shawn, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this review

Thank you so much for doing your research and choosing us! We're so glad the guys had a great time and you got to enjoy the pictures and videos of the wildlife! The ramp WAS extremely steep that morning - wow! Glad plan B worked out so well. We really appreciate you writing an awesome review for us! More 

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