Land in Cordova where you will meet your yacht and begin your Alaskan experience. Once settled, travel by tender to spend the afternoon in Orca Inlet where you’ll observe the highest concentration of sea otters in the world. Later, take a bush plane to view the United States largest glacier, Bering Glacier. With its associated icefield, it stretches 126 miles in length and covers an area of more than 1,900 square miles. The sheer size and beauty of this glacier is astounding.
Fly north and land at the trailhead of Skookum Volcano Trail, a 2.5-mile route that climbs 1800-feet through an extinct, deeply eroded volcanic system and provides an opportunity to examine fascinating volcanic geology. Scenery along the way is nothing short of spectacular where bears, deer and bald eagles are all common sights. On reaching the crater, behold the spectacular views across the valley below, back-dropped by the multi-coloured mountains of the Wrangell-St. Elias.
Begin your day anchored in Boulder Bay. Here, your Pelorus dive master will brief you over breakfast on today’s encounter with Alaska’s most iconic shark species, the mighty salmon shark. Nowhere else in the world is it possible to get close to salmon sharks but during a very short window in the Alaskan summer from May to July. These mini great whites congregate in a couple of inlets in Prince William Sound to feast on the pink salmon that are waiting to go upriver to breed. Once kitted out in your 7mm wetsuit, dive in and observe these beautiful creatures and other iconic species, such as the giant pacific octopus and the wolf eel, in their natural habitat. Salmon sharks have been found to grow to lengths of 10 feet, weighing up to 900 pounds, but they don’t have a fierce reputation when it comes to humans, so you can relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
Access some of the best saltwater fishing in Alaska at Valdez, an area with one of the strongest silver salmon runs in the state and where ling cod and rockfish have been known to tip the scales at almost 300lbs. Local fisherman will guide you in a fully equipped fishing boat to deep sea spots where these species are known to thrive.
Later, you’ll spend an afternoon on land to explore the Chugach Mountains that surround Valdez by snowmobile. This vast terrain offers open flat glaciers, incredible climbs, frozen lakes and remote wooded trails.