Cross Sound Express Whale Watching aka (The TAZ) as it is locally known is the best whales watching experience we’ve had yet. We enjoyed it so much we went twice.
Being from the East Coast we were skeptical, we weren’t accustomed to seeing Humpback whales in such numbers. We didn’t have to wait long before we heard and saw pods of Humpbacks swimming and diving along. Captain Tod and Biologist Amy were friendly and very knowledgeable; they kept us well informed about the nature and interactions of Humpbacks, Orcas and Minkes as we toured. The boat was just the right size – not too big and not too small and the cabin is comfortable, warm with cocoa, tea and snacks.
The “Taz” cruises the Icy Straits off of Gustavus where Humpbacks routinely migrate to and from Hawaii. The whales were plentiful and we easily took video and photographs of them. Although the prized breaching whale had escaped us during our stay, we will continue the search and we won’t hesitate to tour with The TAZ again.
Here is a clip of our trip with scenes from our tour of the TAZ on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2lIuPOM5H0
Or search YouTube for: Alaska Gustavus and Glacier Bay - by renfoto