Alaska Activities

Create your perfect Alaska vacation with activities that interest you most.

 

Many Alaska activities await you! Contact Sound Sailing to learn more.Sail Alaska

Treat yourself this summer to a sailing vacation along the scenic waters of Southeast Alaska! Enjoy the beauty of the endless Tongass National Forest–majestic mountains and undeveloped waterways. We will sail silently among the straits, bays, and inlets of the protected Inside Passage. S/V Bob is an efficient, powerful, modern 50 foot sloop which allows us to take advantage of any breeze to sail between the beautiful anchorages of Alaska. This is one of the most amazing Alaska activities you will not soon forget. Don’t miss the boat!

 

WildlifeWatching Wildlife

Wildlife abounds! While at anchor we may see bear, deer or moose wander down to browse along the shoreline. Seals, sea lions, otters, or harbor porpoise may play around. Majestic bald eagles swoop down to snatch up a fish. We often see humpback and orca whales while sailing. Dall’s porpoise might just choose entertain us as they race in our bow wave. We carry binoculars for everyone, and you’ll have a lot of opportunities to use them.

 

Fishing TownsQuaint Fishing Towns

You may want to experience the charms of small villages such as Elfin Cove, Pelican, Tenakee Springs, Baranof, Kake, or Hoonah. Several of these are built on boardwalks and have neither roads nor cars. The rich history of Alaska awaits you in the larger settlements of Sitka, Juneau, Petersburg, or Wrangell. For those who prefer wilderness, we can spend the entire trip with hardly a glimpse of civilization. There are plenty of Alaska activities that will satify every sailor.

 

HikingHiking Trails

Sound Sailing is permitted by the US Forest Service to lead hikes on the Tongass National Forest and in Alaska’s State Marine Parks. We include several great trail possibilities on each trip and love to explore the beaches, forests and muskeg of the world’s largest temperate rainforest. Trails vary between easy and strenuous. We love them all, and enjoy sharing the various plants and natural history of these gorgeous areas.

 

FishingFishing

The fishing is world class! Depending on the time of year, king salmon, silver salmon, halibut, rockfish, cod and shellfish are available from the landing net to your dinner plate. In addition to the saltwater fishing, we have access to remote lakes and streams for those of you who want to try fly-fishing; We carry spare rods and flies. Our freezer space is limited so we only keep enough fish to eat on our trip. For those interested in taking fish home, we can recommend a sportfishing charter after our sail. Alaska prides itself in its sustainable fisheries and proactive management, and we think sustainable fish taste the best. See our Galley Page for some of our mouthwatering menus.

 

Glacier Bay

We are one of the few companies authorized by Glacier Bay National Park to sail in Glacier Bay proper. Alaska’s oldest National Park – Glacier Bay has 16 tidewater glaciers and unique geology and incredible wildlife habitat due to the rapid retreat of ice over the last 200 years. Hear the roar of the icebergs as they calve off the towering spires of ice at the water’s edge. We are always astounded at the amount of wildlife we see in this magical place. Learn more about our Glacier Bay tour itinerary.

 

Kayaking

We carry one or two stable inflatable Aire kayaks.  You are welcome to use them to paddle and explore our beautiful, quiet anchorages, and explore the islands and beaches.  There’s something about gliding quietly along at the water level that brings you much closer to nature. No experience necessary.

 

PhotographyPhotography

There are lots of opportunities to take photos of scenery and wildlife.  Be sure you bring plenty of batteries (we have the capability to recharge batteries but bring at least two so you always have a full charge ready to shoot!), digital memory, etc.  Great shots of bears, whales, and our incredible anchorages will fill a photo album of your trip! We offer a stable platform for pros wishing to get whale, bear and bird shots. 

 

BirdingBirding

Bring your birding life-list, or if you don’t keep one, may consider starting one. Early summer brings hundreds of migrating bird species through the SE Alaska archipelago on the way north to their arctic nesting grounds. We have a soft spot in our hearts for shorebirds, particularly black oystercatchers and keep bird guides and a spotting scope handy to enjoy this world-class bird-watching region.

 

Hot SpringsHot Springs

Alaskans will do crazy things to soak outside in hot water. There are four unique hot springs in our general cruising area. One hot spring is in a natural rock pool next to a glacial fed waterfall. Two are remote and private bath houses overlooking the Gulf of Alaska. The last is Tenakee Springs,a small community of about 100 people with a bath house as the town. Let us know if this is of interest to you so we can plan accordingly.

 

ExplorationExploring History

We also seek out unique historic sites and interesting cultural areas. We offer a “War in the Pacific” history expedition to explore abandoned bunkers, secret bases, forgotten gun sites, and other defensive fortifications along this formerly strategic coast. Additionally, we love to explore the incredibly rich Native, Russian, and early frontier history of the region.