Posted August 8th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Help! I need your advice for our first cruise to Alaska! What would you recommend, Glacier or Bear viewing Floatplane trip? Our piggy bank won't allow us to do both.
The guys in my family want to do a fishing trip for halibut. What's the best port for fishing and which company should we go with?
Any suggestions or comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Ketchikan is your best bet for both halibut (and it is the "Salmon Capital of the World" and bear watching, although we met a groiup of 6 going halibut fishing in Juneau, so that might help. We went salmon fishing in Skagway last month and did ok, but they don't fish for halibut much in the skagway area itself.
As far as bear viewing in Ketchikan, Anan Creek will likely be done in terms of bear viewing, but trips to Traitors Cove should be in full swing. I'd suggest contact Island Wings in Ketchikan and seeing if they have availability, and if not they should be able to point you in the right direction to find another company that has room (if any do). There may be bear viewing trips in Juneau (or from Juneau elsewhere), but if so I'm not familiar with them.
You can do glacier viewing trip from both Junaeau and Skaway, so that offers you some flexibility as well. You didn't mention it but whale watching out of Juneau is excellent & very popular. We've been to Juneau twice, and whale watching there 3 times - twice last month
Have a great trip!