We are often asked if we charter the Endeavour for eco-tours. We do not (and we cannot, given the boat's status as a research vessel). But here are charter operations we know personally and recommend. We don't have a financial relationship with any of these outfits. If you have a particularly good or bad experience with any of them, please let us know.
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Based in Petersburg, Scott and Julie Hursey run their fast 28-foot landing craft, the Pelican, to La Conte and Baird Glaciers and all over Frederick Sound and Kupreanof and Mitkof Islands, and up into Stephens Passage for perhaps the best whale watching in the world. They do full- and half-day trips. Scott has been running boats in the area since 1973, and both he and Julie are accredited naturalists.
Neal Nickerson captains the 95-foot yacht Glacier Bear out of Juneau and Sitka. He specializes in week-long grand tours of Southeast Alaska, including glaciers, bears, whales, and lots of fishing and crabbing. The accommodations for up to eight people are first class. There's a professional chef and a fishing guide on board. In the off-season, Neal teaches captain classes at the University of Alaska.
Captain Tanya runs the Outright, a 47-foot high-speed aluminum catamaran out of Seward. If you are looking for a personalized tour of the Kenai glaciers for sight-seeing, birding, photography, or anything else for your family or group of 30 people or fewer, this is the outfit. She can also get you to incredibly remote beaches and drop you and your kayaks off for a night or a month of camping and, of course, come pick you up.
Captains Trevor Jones and Andy Schroeder operate three boats out of Kodiak. The largest is the Steadfast, a 108-foot converted crabber, rebuilt for research in 2005 and 2006. It’s heavy-duty and comes with a helicopter. The company has a strong environmental ethic. If you need a research vessel anywhere in Alaska outside of the scope or capabilities of the Endeavour, we recommend you talk to Alaska Pelagic.