Trip reference number: 23324

Trip Operator: Wildlife Worldwide

Alaska’S Humpback Bubble-Net Bonanza

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Join wildlife photographer Nick Garbutt in Alaska as we witness the phenomenon of humpbacks bubble-net feeding. We spend seven days on the water, searching for the humpback whales and other wildlife including Stellar's sea lion and bald eagle.

Compile a short list of top wildlife spectacles to photograph and chances are, mass humpback whale bubble-net feeding will feature. There can be few more pulse-racing sights than a group of ten or more whales simultaneously erupting through the surface of the ocean, mouths a-gape with throat grooves bulging and water cascading through baleen while thousands of fish tumble this way and that in the roiling sea and above, hundreds of sea birds gather to pick off the debris. The waters off the Pacific north-west of British Columbia and Alaska are renowned locations where this behaviour may be witnessed.

In addition, the waters around Baranoff Island are home to other migrating and resident cetaceans including Bigg's (transient) orcas, Dall's porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphins and other mammals like Stellar's sea lions, harbour seals and sea otters. The bird life is also prolific and includes hundreds of bald eagles, eight species of gull, common and hooded mergansers, numerous waterfowl like buffleheads, goldeneyes, longtailed ducks, harlequin ducks and surf scoters, and shore birds like blue herons, belted kingfishers, black oystercatchers and ruddy turnstones.

We have chartered a purpose-built small whale-watching vessel, with a highly experienced crew who specialise in whale and wildlife photography tours and will spend seven full days exploring the waters of Sitka Sound and the surrounds to maximise our interactions with and viewing of humpback whales and their bubble-net feeding antics and the other wildlife of the area.

Read more about this wildlife phenomenon in Nick's blog.

Typical itinerary

The full itinerary detail is available on our website.

  1. Day 1: Depart London & overnight in Seattle
  2. Day 2: Fly to Sitka
  3. Days 3-9: Private boat-based wildlife photography excursions
  4. Day 10: Depart Sitka
  5. Day 11: Free day in Seattle & overnight flight to UK
  6. Day 12: Arrive UK
  • Available*: Mar to Apr
  • Group size: 6
  • Price including flights from/to UK: From £7,095 pp
  • Price excluding international flights: From £6,595 pp
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Accommodation
    • Meals as indicated
    • Transfers
    • Guided activities
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Photography
    • Walking


This is a group trip with fixed departure dates. Please refer to our website for further information.

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