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“Abundant whales, serene setting, listening to the whales, exhilirating”

Cross Sound Express Whale Watching
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Gustavus
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Owner description: To begin with...I do not delete, hide or edit ANY reviews on this page. That being said...our vessel is 50’ long with seating for 28 passengers and an open back deck with a rain awning for viewing and photography of the whales and wildlife. We depart from the Gustavus City dock which is approximately 9 miles from Glacier Bay Lodge and Glacier Bay. From there we generally take the 7.2 mile crossing in Icy Strait to an area by Chichigof Island known as Point Adolphus. The crossing takes about 35 minutes and quite often we will check out Sea Otters on the way over. Once we get to PA (Point Adolphus) we position ourselves near the whales and shut off the engines so we can drift with them and we place our Hydrophone in the water to hear their sounds over our speaker system. Although we always see whales (up close) we usually also see many Stellar Sea Lions, Bald Eagles and sometimes the occasional Alaska Brown Bear strolling the shores of Chichigof Island. During the course of the tour we offer information about the area, the whales, and the other wildlife we encounter. On the average we see Orca (Killer Whales) about a dozen times a season.
Reviewed 24 June 2013

This is a small boat, holds about 25 passengers, so you can move all around the boat as the whales swim on all sides of you. When we found a pod of whales, the captain would turn off the motor. There we were in the beautiful bay, with the mountains around us, listening to the whales blow and whistle like trains, and slap their pectorals or breach. Our captain had a sharp eye and spotted birds and wildlife on the beach. He was as enthusiastic as if it was his first trip.

It was glorious.

Thank mcubed48
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

An incredible whale watching experience! We were surrounded by whales. I can see why the locals refer to Capt. Todd as the "whale whisperer" He was able to put our boat in the perfect position to be approached by the whales. The small boat makes the experience extra special. Don't miss this trip.

Thank Jen R
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

Four of us (2 couples) spent 4 delightful hours with Captain Todd and Amy whale watching from The Taz one afternoon in the third week of Aug. '12. Even though we have taken other whale watching tours elsewhere, this surpassed them all. After a quick traverse of the Icy Strait to Point
Adolphus spotting the occasional sea otter, we arrived to find scores of humpbacks. Unlike the other times we've seen these magnificent creatures, the shear numbers and variety of behavior made the whole experience qualitatively different. The whales variously came as loners, synchronized swimming pods of about 10, breachers, tail bangers, or vociferous belchers. It was a continuous show, all in set in the sun drenched quiet of Icy Bay surrounded by a ring of snow capped mountains. The Taz is equipped with hydrophones, so guests can listen to a whale concert accompaniment to their virtuoso water ballet. The Taz graciously offers free drinks and snacks, though most of us were too engrossed by Nature to take time to try them. Our trip was complicated by The Taz having to go assist the Baranoff Wind, which runs the Glacier Bay tours. Baranoff Wind had struck a rock earlier that day and was taking on water. We sincerely appreciate Captain Todd for giving us such a tour under these unusual circumstances. The boat was always operated in a safe manner, yet the tour was very relaxed. Bookings can either be made directly or through your lodge (we stayed at the Glacier Bay N.P.Lodge).

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Reviewed 25 August 2012

What a wonderful trip................... We whale watched on Taz yesterday & just loved it.Small numbers so plenty of room for viewing & photo's. 40 + humpbacks, mums & calves playing,lots of breaching & splashing & the 'whale talking' was amazing. Best value for money in Alaska.We would do this tour again in a heartbeat Thank you Taz for a great trip

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We had an excellent whale watching experience with Captain Tod and Amy on the 'Taz' in July. The humpback whales were amazing. We saw many up close with a number of whales breaching too. Tod and Amy know a lot about whales. Highly recommend a trip on the 'Taz'

Thank MNBadger
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