The Gyrfalcon has 4 stable kayaks, along with safety vests and radios. If you have never kayaked, we will provide instruction to get you started – kayaking is easy and a wonderful way to connect with the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Fishing, crabbing, and shrimping
There is a 12-foot custom aluminum skiff with an electric pot puller and a “landing-craft” bow for easy beach access. The skiff is used for crabbing, prawning, fishing, and access to remote, rocky shores.
We have a collection of fishing/crabbing/clamming gear on board. Get your Alaska, Canada, and/or WA State fishing licenses before the trip, and catch your own dinner! Open season for crabbing and fishing vary from year to year, so please check the appropriate website and locations before buying your license.
We have a 20 foot Zodiac inflatable with a Honda 135 hp motor (appropriately named the Go Fast Boat) which can quickly take you to view wildlife, hike, fish, shop, and sightsee or to catch a floatplane home.
During your trip, we can arrange for you to meet up with one of the many fishing guides in Alaska.
Opportunities for wildlife abound. We see humpback and orca whales, Stellar’s sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, seals, bears, goats, and innumerable species of birds. We have several pairs of binoculars and a spotting scope on board. You are encouraged to bring your own binoculars. Not sure of what type of binoculars might be appropriate? Feel free to contact us for advice as to the best optics for the trip.
Photography and photo instruction
There are endless opportunities for photography of landscapes, wildlife, and the interesting vegetation of the area. Bring your cameras and lenses to optimize great photos. There will be opportunities to share photos on the screen in the salon. Captain Nancy is a published wildlife photographer and will be happy to provide instructions as requested.
We will be going to shore frequently to hike through varied terrain and visit glaciers, waterfalls, and sites with cultural or historic significance. Each trip is different and we take you to the best locations depending on the prevailing weather and time of year. You should plan on bringing rubber boots (Alaskan sneakers: Xtratufs) due to wet or muddy conditions.
As the sun sets after a long day, there is nothing better than relaxing on one of our Adirondack chairs, with your beverage of choice, while your crew prepares a hearty delicious meal. Our meals consist of local fish, meats, and vegetables, homemade breads, and delectable desserts. Breakfasts include homemade muffins, eggs, oatmeal, granola and fresh fruit. Lunches include sandwiches, soups and pizza. Coffee and tea are always available. Wine or beer with dinner is included in the cost of your trip. Spirits are available at additional cost.
Itinerary planning is an essential part of our cruises. Within the limitations of the voyage, Peter tries to accommodate wishes of guests to explore the many wonderful secrets of SE Alaska and the Salish Sea.