In 1907, a group of Norwegians started a whaling station on Akutan Island near Unalaska. Today, you can fly to Akutan and ride the Alaska Marine Highway ferry to Unalaska to watch for whales and sea lion haulouts. (This requires planning in advance, as the ferry only runs twice a month during summer).
A drive or walk up Mt. Ballyhoo is interesting for both birders and those interested in World War II history. It’s such as good view that you might even catch sight of whales in the distance. The view from the 1,634-foot mountain gives you an idea of how birds might see the area (that is, if you can imagine the view with a lot more color and super-sharp clarity)
If your travel group includes a WWII enthusiast, a wildlife devotee, a birder, and a kid who enjoys rolling around on the tundra, Bunker Hill is the perfect spot. Plus, it has the best photo ops, with a 360-degree view of the entire area: Captains Bay, Amaknak Island, Unalaska Bay and Iliuliuk Harbor.