You should know that inclement weather can affect your travel plans while in Alaska, occasionally causing delays of up to twenty-four hours. For this reason, we advise that you don't schedule your flight arrival too closely to your TAZ Whale Wathing trip departure. Alaska Airlines serves both Juneau and Gustavus. The Alaska Marine Highway also provides regular scheduled ferry service between Juneau and Gustavus.
Alaska Airlines (800-426-0333) and Delta (800-221-1212) offer several daily flights to/from Juneau, Alaska (connecting from Seattle). Each airline has many travel partners. Check the details of your frequent flyer travel program to determine your best option.
For flights continuing to Gustavus, keep in mind that only Alaska Airlines (800-426-0333) provides daily commercial jet service to/from Gustavus (connecting from Juneau). An alternate air travel option from Juneau to Gustavus (and for connecting flights anywhere within Alaska to your next great adventure) is Alaska Seaplanes. The breathtaking flight goes from Juneau Airport directly to Bartlett Cove (within walking distance of Glacier Bay Lodge in Glacier Bay National Park), and only takes about 35 minutes.
The Alaska Marine Highway System (800-642-0066) is a state-operated ferry. You can take the Alaska Ferry from Bellingham, Washington or Prince Rupert, British Columbia, all the way to Juneau, Anchorage or Skagway. The Alaska Ferry stops at several smaller Southeast Alaska communities, including Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Hoonah, Gustavus, Yakutat, Haines and Skagway. Each ferry operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System offers observation decks, food service, and vehicle decks.
For connections to Gustavus, there are twice-weekly sailings to/from Juneau. Please note that vehicle space is limited, and can sometimes be completely booked well in advance of departure dates. Plan accordingly.
Gustavus has a variety of full-service inns for visitors. Many serve three meals each day to guests and sometimes, meals are available (by reservation only) to the public. Please check the individual listings and contact proprietors for more information. Many hosts will help plan your Gustavus visit, reserve tours and offer suggestions for activities.
A range of bed-and-breakfasts and guest houses are also available in Gustavus. Please contact the individual proprietors for information and bookings or for help in planning your time here. Visit the individual web pages for more details. In Glacier Bay National Park, the only accommodation is the Glacier Bay Lodge, operated by Aramark. Please view their web page for more information.
Plan for a lovely dinner with fine cuisine at the Annie Mae Lodge or Beartrack Inn (by advance reservation). Or take a drive out to Bartlett Cove and enjoy views of the sunset over the Fairweather Mountains, in the full service restaurant at the Glacier Bay Lodge. The Glacier Bay Lodge is also open for breakfast and lunch. Wild harvest opportunities exist on the beach, and are for all to enjoy. Pick wild strawberries, blueberries, and mushrooms, or cast a line in the river by the small boat harbor, Salmon River Park or the old Gustavus Pier. The abundance of Gustavus is part of the rich local heritage. Gardening is very popular in Gustavus.
Visitors can easily spend a day exploring the Nature Conservancy’s Forelands Preserve, the beach, the dock and the back roads of Gustavus. Imagine walking the beach at tide line for many miles, crossing low-tide rivers and following the curve of Icy Strait. Gustavus also has trails that lead to river banks, upstream fishing holes, Lake Gustavus and the wild beach at the end of the runway at the airport. Many local accommodations provide bikes. The flat and open terrain makes for pleasant biking.
For your dining pleasure, there are a variety of locations that provide good food and convenience. Plan for a lovely dinner with fine cuisine (by reservation) at some of the local Inns, including the Annie Mae Lodge and the Beartrack Inn. Dinner reservations can also be made by your lodging hosts at various inns, bed and breakfasts, and at the guesthouses for the Anglers Inn and Glacier Bay Country Inn.
Charter fishing boats await from the Gustavus dock, located in Icy Strait, known for its protected calm waters and abundant marine resources. Marine mammals in the area include humpback whales, orcas, seals, sea lions and sea otters, and expect to see a number of marine birds. Fish in the area include king and Coho salmon, herring, and large halibut. Book through your accomodation or with the operators, usually in advance.
Your Glacier Bay National Park awaits! A catamaran boat tour of Glacier Bay National Park, operated by Aramark, departs the Bartlett Cove Dock every day. The eight-hour trips depart at 7:30 a.m. and head into the West Arm of Glacier Bay. (This is the only day trip available during the summer months.) During the shoulder season, charters by the day are available with advance reservations.
The rugged Alaska coast offers limitless opportunities for uncrowded, pristine kayaking and paddleboard adventure. You'll enjoy an amazing experience paddling in the astonishing blue-green waters of calm coves and bays, and among haunting icebergs adrift in mystical fjords. You'll observe the amazing wildlife and breathtaking wilderness of Southeast Alaska, home to eagles, black and brown bears, humpback whales, orcas, stellar sea lions, sea otters, porpoises and harbor seals. Visitors can spend a day or several days paddling the waters of Icy Strait and Glacier Bay National Park.
Alaska and photography... it's a perfect fusion of wilderness and wildlife — with outstanding photography, aerial photography, and photo-video opportunities. Wildlife photographers can expect to observe Alaska Brown Bears, Stellar Sea Lions, Humpback Whales, and Bald Eagles. Landscape photographers will enjoy numerous wilderness hikes. There simply is no better way to share the joy of the mesmerizing Alaskan wilderness..
Gustavus has a clinic, several churches, library, a grocery store, gas station, trade members including realtors, electricians and our local utilities including our new electric company Alaska Power & Telephone. Taxi services are a phone call away.
Gustavus boasts a handful of gift shops. For a unique selection of art visit the Fireweed Art Gallery at Four Corners (with an organic coffee and tea shop, also serving sweet and savory crepes). The Alaska Geographic bookstore at the National Park in Bartlett Cove carries local authors and natural history books.
We offer one daily excursion into Southeast Alaska's fabulous Humpback whale feeding grounds. Icy Strait and Point Adolphus (near Glacier Bay) are world-famous for the gathering of these gentle giants. Their unique feeding techniques, vocalizations and acrobatics make every tour unforgettable.