For incredible wildlife viewing and scenic adventures, we dropped our small landing craft in Pavlof Harbor and escorted intrepid individuals on a long overland bushwalk. Others took shorter walks for more in-depth exploration. We also deployed kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for some peaceful self-propelled time on the water. During the afternoon we found feeding humpback whales off Morris Reef, and after dinner, we were treated to an epic waterfall on Admiralty Island.
National Geographic Quest
National Geographic Quest arose amidst light clouds within the protected waters of Ushk Bay. This area is known for a salmon stream and yields plenty of opportunity for kayaking and exploring the vast meadows of its inner waterways. On this day’s occasion, guests were able to hike and paddle their way along the coast of Ushk Bay and witness firsthand the life cycle of Pacific salmon making their way upstream. As we transited through Peril Strait, we were lucky to see humpback whales. These immense mammals were “lunge feeding” very near our ship. Being able to witness this event was unique for guests and staff. Lunge feeding is process through which individual whales push their gaping mouths through the surface and collect any fish or planktonic invertebrates in the process. Witnessing this behavior was truly a remarkable experience for all. We will cherish this moment for a lifetime.