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Surrounded by the majestic snow-covered mountains of the Coast Range, which rise to 3,000 metres, these glacier-fed waters are abundant with krill and herring, making it one of the premier places to observe feeding humpback whales.

It's estimated that over half of the 1,000 humpback whales that migrate to Frederick Sound from Hawaii are visiting to feed on its super nutrient rich waters. Other marine animals seen here include orcas, Steller's sealions, Dall’s porpoise and harbour seals. Seabirds thrive in the sound and can be great indicators as to the location of humpbacks as they flock after the whale’s leftovers.

Frederick Sound is only accessible by boat or air.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Dall’s porpoise, Steller’s sealion, humpback whale, orca, sea otter
  • Where: Southeast Alaska, Alaska

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Bears & Whales in South East Alaska

Take an unforgettable voyage along the coast of South East Alaska to witness brown bears gorging on salmon, a majestic glacier spawning icebergs, and humpback whales bubble-net feeding. Travelling on board a small yacht, a flexible itinerary makes the most of wildlife sightings.

  • When to go: Jul-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Recommended cruise vessel:

Snow Goose

This comfortable and roomy 20-metre steel-hulled motor-vessel is ideal for expedition cruising in Alaskan waters. Perfect for research and educational programmes, she sleeps 12 passengers in six private cabins, has an expert naturalist on board and carries a motorised inflatable and kayaks for island excursions.