It seems that the Inian Islands always hold wonderful experiences. We started our morning with Zodiac cruises, where we encountered a large group of Steller sea lions, watched as sea otters laid wrapped in bull kelp, and took photographs of bald eagles perched on a low-hanging branch. We have certainly enjoyed the sunshine we’ve had all week, but it was great to give our guests a true taste of Southeast Alaskan weather today. The clouds seemed to pour over the mountains, creating a truly magical setting, and the rain held off, giving us near perfect conditions. We then filled the afternoon with more fun activities off the ship in Idaho Inlet. It proved to be the perfect place to explore by kayak, as well as on foot.
National Geographic Venture
We spent our first morning onboard National Geographic Venture getting to know the ship, cruising Peril Strait while looking for wildlife, and familiarizing ourselves with all the safety practices and exploration tools we will be using as we explore Southeast Alaska together. In the afternoon, we anchored in Sitkoh Bay to kayak and explore the forest. During our transit through Sitkoh Bay, we observed several coastal brown bears foraging in the intertidal zone. As we sat down to dinner, we were interrupted almost immediately by sightings of killer whales! It was a great first day, and everyone is excited to continue exploring this beautiful, wild place.