These excursions are only offered at peak times during the summer. But there are NO GUARNTEE'S that you will see a shark, jellyfish bloom, eagle, bear, whale, salmon/halibut or other species. These are wild animals in the open ocean and on land. They are free to travel vast distances at any given time. Weather, food sources and other unknown factors may bring animals to arrive/depart the area sooner or arrive/depart later in the summer.
SPECIAL DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
Please give us advance notice if you have any food allergies. We will do our best to accommodate you within reason, but are limited to Valdez, AK for any special food items. With prior notice, we will be better able to serve you.
YOUR SAFETY IN A REMOTE AREA
Snorkeling and Diving in remote Alaska can be dangerous if divers to not adhere to their own safety. There is no decompression chamber in our area and medical services can be hours away depending on weather conditions. Divers looking for dangerous stunts or making deep dives are asked to stay home. Sharks can be unpredictable and guests choose to swim without the use of a cage of their own free will. Dive insurance and proof of "C" card dive certification is required for all divers. No exceptions.
We accept payment in the form of money orders, cashier's checks and/or credit cards. We request that any incidental purchases made while at the lodge or any gratuities, be made with cash.
Both the deposit, 2nd payment and final payment are non-refundable. Please safeguard your investment with trip cancellation insurance. In the event of a cancellation, payments will NOT be refunded. Upon making your deposit, you are committing to the confirmed trip dates. We HIGHLY recommend that each customer purchase trip cancellation insurance. North 60 Adventures will not be responsible for loss of personal property, cancellations or delays due to weather.
This Gold Rush town—located at the head of a fjord on the north shore of Port Valdez, a deep-water fjord in Prince William Sound. Whether you find yourself on land or sea, there’s always something to do in Valdez
There are only a few hotels in Valdez. So you'll want to book your room at the same time as booking your trip with us at the lodge. Some hotels are better then others and offer more amentities then another one. We recommend two hotels that provide shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Best Western Hotel and Mountain Sky Hotel offer this. Of the two, we recommend the Best Western since its location is directly on the harbor and provides easy access to loading and unloading from our boat. You can also rent a car from the airport for a day and have them pick up the car at the hotel when your done with it. Renting car will allow you to access some really neat area's that surround the area.
The Valdez Airport is host to one commercial company that has regular flights into Valdez. But time tables on arrivals and departures change throughout the week. The company is called RAVN Alaska and here is a link to their time tables. And they do partner with most other airlines. The flight from Anchorage to Valdez is a short 45 minute flight and the views are beautiful. Most days your fly over Columbia Glacier, giving you an unparalleled view of her reach across the mountains.
Ravn Air is the only company to offer regular scheduled trips to Valdez, AK. There are only a few flights per day. Click below to see time tables. Almost all commercial flight companies work with Ravn and automatically connect flights from Anchorage, AK.
BEST WESTERN (VALDEZ HARBOR INN)
This is your best choice when finding a hotel to stay in while visiting Valdez. They have a shuttle to and from the Airport for its guests. There is restaurant and bar located in the hotel. Its location is also great, allowing eash access for our guests to bring their luggage down to the boat where we pick you up. You are also close to other restaurants and tourist shops. Please see the link here to The Best Western.
SOLOMON GULCH HATCHERY
Road-accessible bear viewing at Solomon Gulch Hatchery, operated by the Valdez Fisheries Development Association Inc. Unlike the other locations in Alaska, bear viewing sites along Dayville Road, a few miles south of Valdez, are accessible to private vehicles. A dozen or more brown and black bears are frequently seen fishing for salmon in several streams near the road. Dayville Road connects Valdez with the trans-Alaska Pipeline terminal. The road skirts close to the Valdez Arm shoreline, crossing several small streams that support runs of pink salmon in mid-summer. One of the most predictable sites for bears is the Solomon Gulch Hatchery, which has the earliest run of pink salmon in the vicinity.