An awe-inspiring humpback whale breaches the ocean surface with a dramatic display of acrobatics.With its impeccable waters, ideal habitat, and proximity to prominent migratory corridors, Afognak Island is a magnificent destination to watch whales in Alaska. A wide variety of cetacean species—whales, dolphins, and porpoises—reside in the various inlets, fjords, and bays found throughout the Kodiaks. And Afognak Wilderness Lodge invites you to take a front-row seat to witness these magnificent ocean-dwelling mammals in their natural environment. Whether you’re an avid wildlife photographer or simply love nature, whale watching in Alaska is something you should consider adding to your bucket list. 

The Best Times to See Whales in Alaska

It goes without saying that being here for the Alaska whale watching season is necessary to see them. Whales in Alaska are so captivating that nature enthusiasts from Anchorage to Austin make their way to Afognak Island to observe these gigantic, majestic beasts show off their ocean acrobatics year after year. As the dog days of summer continue, the migration of whales from Mexico to Alaska will make May through September the best time to make the trek. Humpback whales will take up residence near the Kodiak Islands throughout summer, while gray whales show up a bit earlier, usually around April. What’s more, it’s not uncommon to see enormous fin and minke whales—as well as orcas—hunting down tasty morsels like seals and sea lions.

Endangered Whales in Alaska

Unfortunately, as with many treasured creatures, a few endangered whale species live off the coast of Alaska, including sperm, North Pacific right, blue, and fin whales. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of wildlife conservation organizations and professionals, there is a growing awareness regarding the plight of these cherished living wonders. As stewards of our wilderness, we’ll continue to do our part by ensuring a safe and respectful whale watching experience for everyone—including these beloved marine mammals.

All-Inclusive Alaska Resort Vacations on Afognak Island

Now that you better understand why whales in Alaska are so awe-inspiring, it’s time to start planning for the wilderness vacation of a lifetime! Whether you decide to embark on a guided whale watching tour or witness them amid a coastal stroll, Afognak Island will not disappoint! For more details to plan our Alaskan vacation, please reach out to us online or call 360-799-3250 today!