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Glacier Wind Charters

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Hoonah, AK 99829
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A great, professionally run experience

Like others, we researched online which tour company was the best for whale watching. Time and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
QueenMimi
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Cincinnati
THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME!!!!

By far, this was the best day I have ever spent with the whales - without exception. (and I have... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
tdb2013
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Glacier Wind Charters provides personalized, small-group whale watching tours departing from Hoonah, Alaska near Icy Strait Point. Icy Strait affords our guests a unique whale and wildlife watching experience which will be enjoyed aboard our specially designed catamaran, Kohola. With a lifetime of experience on the local waters, captain Shawn has been providing our guests with memories that will last a lifetime since 1995.
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Hoonah, AK 99829
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Like others, we researched online which tour company was the best for whale watching. Time and again, Glacier Wind Carters was listed as the best. The process of making the reservation was quick and easy. We were met at the Adventure Center and driven to...More

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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for doing your research, choosing us, and for taking the time to write a review recommending us! We really appreciate it. So glad your experience was great! We are very excited for another wonderful season!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

By far, this was the best day I have ever spent with the whales - without exception. (and I have done MANY whale watching tours - in Australia, Iceland, Maine, Massachusetts, Puerto Vallarta, and Hawaii). Glacier Wind Charters deserves all of the credit! Actually, Teresa...More

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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Wow! Your enthusiastic and descriptive review is very much appreciated! Thank you for sharing the details about your awesome experience with us, and for posting pictures. Getting to see a whale breach and be so active is incredible, as is watching them feeding! We are...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

My wife and went out whale watching with Glacier Wind Charters while in Hoonah, Alaska. We were 2 of 5 people on our small boat. I could see the other excursion that came off the Carnival ship - there were over 100 people on that...More

1  Thank Kevin G
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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a top notch review for us! We love taking small groups out to see the wonderful wildlife. That's great you were able to see humpbacks flipper flapping and porpoises playing with the boat and sea...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

I cannot say enough. Shawn is a great guy who knows how to find active whales.Beautiful and confottable boat with large windows and comfy seats. When we were watching whales breach,otters float or seals swim, we were outside in the bow. Teresa is charming. A...More

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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Getting to see the whales breach and the relaxing otters is very special! We appreciate you taking the time to write an excellent review for us.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Teresa and Shawn were a pleasure to work with, from beginning to end. Very clear instructions and what to expect. The boat was fantastic (my husband is already trying to figure out how to get one) and Capt Shawn put us right in the middle...More

1  Thank Karen J
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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you so much for writing such a fantastic review for us on TripAdvisor! That's great your husband loved our new boat - we do, too! Staying safe and being respectful of the whales is definitely a priority for us. We are glad you enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

A wonderful experience with Glacier Winds, starting with Teresa's friendly and clear communication when we booked. She picked us up in her van and drove us to the dock, where we boarded the 6-person boat for our tour with Captain Shawn. The boat is clean...More

1  Thank 1977Iowan
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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

Your recommendation is greatly appreciated! Having a wonderful experience from start to finish is what it's all about. Thank you very much for sharing about your day with us. Getting to see so many whales was terrific!

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

Booked independently of the cruise company and so glad that we did. This is a family business run by Shawn and Teresa. The attention to detail is outstanding, starting with excellent communication and instructions to the provision of home made snacks and hot drinks on...More

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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2017

We are also very glad you booked with an independent, locally owned and operated family business! Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience. Getting to watch those incredible whales and see some other wildlife as well is fantastic!

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Capt. Casey did a super job,very knowledgeable and professional. great experience and family, thanks . Would go again in a minute ! thanks for the salmon dip !

Thank Bob S
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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Thank you so much for posting a great review for us on TripAdvisor! We are glad you enjoyed your tour with Captain Casey!

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

The small boat tour was so much better than the cattle boats that the cruise ships send people out on! We came away with National Geographic quality pictures from breaching whales and bubble net feeding whales! We had clear directions on where to meet, transportation...More

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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

So glad you got such amazing pictures of the fantastic/active whales that day! We appreciate you booking a tour with us and so glad you enjoyed everything from meeting to returning to the ship. Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience!!

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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing trip with Captain Casey. We have been on 10 Alaska cruises and this was the best excursion we have taken in any port. So professional. Only 6 people is perfect. Saw amazing wildlife: bubble feeding with two different groups, Orcas and...More

1  Thank Wiesel S
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Shawn M, Owner at Glacier Wind Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Wow! Your "headline" is fabulous! We are so happy that you really enjoyed your excursion with us. We agree that just having six guests is perfect. That was great Casey was able to stay out longer with your tour. Getting to see the orcas and...More

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newanne
25 May 2017|
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Response from Shawn M | Property representative |
Please email us and let me know the date you'll be here. We can't take all 9 on one boat but we do have two boats this season, each taking six and maybe can work it out. Thanks!
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Marie A
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Response from Shawn M | Property representative |
Thanks for the great question! That's great you are planning your trip to Alaska. Our first tour is fully booked for your date but we do have space on our second tour for up to six guests. (I'm guessing you emailed us... More
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