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Your pilot chooses the best route on this helicopter tour that searches for whales, bears and other wildlife.
Begin the journey with a drive through the Tlingit village of Hoonah. Make a stop at the totem poles in town where your local guide will share traditional stories passed down from generation to generation. Continue on to the heliport for a short safety briefing before you lift off in your helicopter for a unique eagles-eye-view of the Tongass National Forest.
As you fly over the plentiful lush rainforest keep an eye out for bears and whales below. In the distance, the towering peaks of Glacier Bay National Park loom above the homeland of the Huna Tlingit. Your pilot will customize your experience based on weather conditions and recent wildlife sightings to showcase the best that Chichagof Island has to offer.
Then, your helicopter lands at a remote beach where you will explore and learn about local history and culture. Your local guide will teach traditional and current harvesting methods, hear the medicinal benefits of these foods and taste some local favorites. Learn about local sea life that support the Tlingit subsistence lifestyle. Also hear how the local fishing fleet thrives off the abundant seafood of the area and the importance of natural resources to the Tlingit diet.
After you have fully absorbed this incredible landscape, it will be time to climb back onto the helicopter for the equally awe-inspiring flight back to Hoonah. Keep your cameras at the ready, as you never know what wildlife you might spot from your aerial seat.
Approximately 2.5 Hours
Water, snack including smoked salmon, beach asparagus, and other local samples depending on season and availability. Allergy or dietary restriction? Please let us know at least 1 week in advance.
Minimum age is 5. Passengers must be physically fit and able to board and exit the helicopter on their own.
Closed-toe shoes required, no high heels. Tour order may vary.
Weight surcharge ($100) may apply on this flight. Due to weight and balance limitations, as well as passenger safety and comfort, guests weighing 250 lbs. or more (fully clothed) will be assessed the weight surcharge to reserve adequate space onboard the helicopter.
Carry-on bags are not allowed and there are complimentary secure storage lockers in our office - please note lockers may not be large enough for XL bags and backpacks.
For safety, extra-large telephoto lenses, iPads, iPad minis, tablets, drones and Go-Pro Sticks or other extendable items are not permitted on tour.
Aircraft fly no higher than 4,000 feet. Oxygen for personal use is allowed but must be in the form of an FAA approved portable oxygen concentrator that can be secured to the user’s body.