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Lu Lu Belle Tours

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Address: Kobuk Drive, Valdez, AK
Phone Number: +1 800-411-0090
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Great way to see the Columbia Glacier

We had originally planned our own overnight kayak trip to the Columbia Glacier as we are not big on tours.... But we were VERY glad we chose to take the Lulu Belle instead as the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had originally planned our own overnight kayak trip to the Columbia Glacier as we are not big on tours.... But we were VERY glad we chose to take the Lulu Belle instead as the weather wasn't so nice and you'll see once you get into the inlet it is super cold. The Lulu Belle is a smaller boat so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

No ship gets closer to the Columbia Glacier than the Lu Lu Belle. Captain Fred's commentary also added to the experience. If you want a touristy guide that reads facts like an encyclopedia, go with someone else. Captain Fred is original and entertaining. Prepare for the cold even if its warm in Valdez. The temperature near the glacier dropped 30+... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We traveled to Alaska specifically to see the glaciers and visited Matnuska glacier before heading to Valdez. When we had asked a kayak guide from another company about which boat to go out on he didn't hesitate and said the LuLu Belle. It's a great tour and it's really all because of Capt Fred. There are other boats out there... More 

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I really can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our day. It was pouring down rain and freezing, but one of our best days while in Alaska for 2 months. I went to their office to see if they had any openings for the day and the captain of the ship helped me. He really did a great job... More 

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Battle Ground, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I would recommend a shorter tour, they have several. I took the 9 hour tour and it was too much. We saw lots and lots of birds. Seals, sea lions, glaciers, waterfalls, and a few whales. Fewer whales and less time watching them than I would have liked.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

My husband and I took the Lu-Lu Belle Wildlife and Glacier Tour on June 16, 2016, and it was one of the highlights of our time in Alaska. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day. We saw puffins, guillemots, eagles, sea lion colonies (smelly), sea otters, harbor seals, Dall's porpoises, humpback whales, the enormous Columbia Glacier and its... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing day on Lu Lu Belle boat. The captain was great with lots of stories on Alaska, sealife, fishing in Alaska, etc. We had the chance to see sea otters, seals , sea lions, bald eagles and a humpback. We got really close to the glaciers (about 300 feet) and there were not too many icebergs, maybe... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The LuLu Belle offers a great glacier and wildlife tour on a nice boat. Captain Fred will get a lot closer to the face of Columbia Glacier than most cruises and is always conscious that he is not too close to put anyone into danger. They also do a Sunday sermon for about an hour that's highly recommended. Chapel of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I highly recommend a trip to Columbia Glacier to anyone visiting Valdez! We went on a rainy day and it was still wonderful! We saw wildlife, beautiful waterfalls, and spent almost an hour at the base of Columbia Glacier. The only strange thing about the trip was the captain's non-stop, rambling commentary that one could not escape because there are... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Do you want to see the face of Columbia Glacier? Take Lu-Lu Belle. My main purpose to visit Valdez is seeing the face of Columbia Glacier. I have long been looking forward to experiencing a calving of a tide glacier. However, I chose a wrong boat at first in Valdez. When our boat cruised in the Columbia Bay, I saw... More 

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