Explore Prince William Sound—and do so at your own pace, with an eye toward your own interests, thanks to this family-run water taxi and tour operator based in Whittier.
Whittier’s Wow Factor
Captain Mike and his staff know and love Whittier and Prince William Sound—and with good reason. This is a dynamic area, with the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers you’ll find anywhere. In less than an hour, you can be at the base of two different tidewater glaciers. The calm waters are also perfect for kayaking, with a gorgeous backdrop of the Chugach Mountains’ serrated peaks. Keep an eye out for the creatures that walk the shores and swim in the sea: orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, puffins, seals, sea otters, eagles, goats, and bears.
Your Tour, Made to Order
Lazy Otter does offer some classic tours, but this is water taxi, so they’ll also take you anywhere you want to go within Price William Sound—or just customize a tour to whatever you want to see. Maybe that's glaciers, or whales,—or maybe it’s quiet time on a secluded beach, or a peaceful morning kayak among sea life such as otters and puffins. Lazy Otter can also help facilitate taking you and your family on a camping trip to a public use Forest Service cabin. You're not held to any strict schedule, either: if, on a day tour, you can spend more time in one spot if you want to see if a glacier will calve.
Sit Back, Paddle or Order an Espresso
You’ll ride on one of Lazy Otter's two water taxis which feature comfortable indoor seating and an outside deck space for photography. One vessel holds just six passengers, making it ideal for small groups. These tours stay intimate: Lazy Otter will do trips for groups as small as four (and for a party of less than four, they’ll try to match you with another group). The other vessel can hold up to 22 passengers, making it ideal for larger groups.
You can also book an escorted sea kayaking trip—great for those with little experience—which includes single or double kayak rentals with life jacket, a safety and paddling lesson, and all other necessary gear. Whichever option you choose, the Lazy Otter folks will also keep you caffeinated and happy at their onshore café.
Here are the basic tours that you can choose from—and then perhaps make your own:
Blackstone Glacier Cruise
This 4-to-5-hour journey ($185 per person) up Blackstone Bay takes you by sheer cliff walls and tumbling waterfalls in route to two tidewater glaciers, Beloit and Blackstone. You’ll eat lunch tucked up in a safe nook between Blackstone and Northland glacier, then spend the rest of the day exploring a kittiwake rookery and bald eagle nests—this is a great seabird and wildlife tour. There's also time to step ashore to experience the natural geology of this glacial carved fjord.
Best Of Prince William Sound Cruise
Capt. Mike asks your personal priorities and design the 8-to-9-hour day ($250 per person) accordingly: cruising among the numerous glaciers in Harriman Fjord and seeing ancient icebergs and the faces of towering tidewater glaciers. Or you can cruise deep into the heart of Prince William Sound looking for humpback and killer whales—as well as seeing Dalls porpoise, large rafts of sea otters, and rookeries of fascinating sea birds. There’s also room for beach combing, hiking or tidepooling, and capped off with a delicious Alaskan style lunch.
Whenever Lazy Otter is already going out to drop of kayakers at some location, you can ride along at a per-person price for the 3-to-5-hour trip. You‘ll get to places where your normally wouldn’t on a sightseeing trip. Prices are based on destination, call in advance for pricing. You can also check availability on the ride-along calendar.