Alaska Wilderness Charters, Alaska Photography Workshop, Alaska Paddleboard

Planning Your Trip

Alaska Wilderness Charters, Alaska Photography Workshop, Alaska Paddleboard
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The Caledonia is perfect for individuals and couples who wish to participate in a kayak, paddleboard or photography expedition. Our most popular charters are "Family Charters" groups of up to eight adults and children.

We accommodate individuals, couples and children in four separate staterooms, each featuring a private bathroom.

  • Master Suite. Queen Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Master Stateroom. Queen Bed, Private Bathroom
  • Twin Stateroom. Two Twin Beds, Private Bathroom
  • Twin + One. Two Twin Beds, with a bonus Bunk Bed. Private Bathroom

Please complete the form below to start your Reservation.

Individuals or couples can join a guided Photography or Paddle Board adventure.

  Paddleboard Retreat. June 5 – June 12, 2018.
  Photography Expedition. July 8 – July 15, 2018.

What is your accommodation preference?

 Master Suite
 Master Stateroom
 Twin Stateroom
 Twin Plus One

Will you be traveling by yourself or with a companion?

 One adult
 Two adults

Families and friends can charter the Caledonia for one of Family and Friends sailings.

 Family and Friends. May 26 – June 2, 2018.
 Family and Friends. July 29 – August 4, 2018.

How many will be in your Family and Friends group?

 Six adults
 Seven adults
 Eight adults
 Family: six adults and children
 Family: seven adults and children
 Family: eight adults and children

Additional details:

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Trip Deposit

The Caledonia is perfect for couple who wish to join a kayak, paddleboard and photography expedition, and for "Family Charters" groups of up to eight adults and children.

What's Included?

Charters are all-inclusive, except for fishing licenses and crew gratuity (normally 15-18% of the charter fee). Here's what we normally include in each type of charter:

  • Family and Friends trips include the Vitamin Sea, our 27' fishing tender, which lets our guests fish and explore in locations that the Caledonia can't reach. These trips also include our 14' Lund skiff, two kayaks, and two paddleboards.
  • The Kayak Expedition, Paddle Board Retreat, and Photography Expedition charters include our 14' Lund skiff, two tandem kayaks, and two paddleboards.
  • Our 14' Lund skiff allows guests to set crab pots and shrimp pots, and lets us ferry guests to shore.
  • Gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus snacks and appetizers
  • A reasonable quantity of beer and wine
  • Your "catch of the day" superbly prepared
  • Processing and freezing of fish you've caught, for the flight back home
  • An experienced crew of four or five, depending on the requirements of the charter:
    • our captain
    • our chef
    • an engineer
    • a fishing guide
    • a kayak guide
    • a paddleboard guide
    • a photography guide
  • A hot tub!

Deposit

Trip Deposit: We require a deposit of 50% of the total trip cost at time of booking. The full balance is due 90 days prior to the trip departure date.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy: Please be sure to buy trip insurance at the time of your booking. A good option is www.insuremytrip.com. The majority of our trips are planned and booked several months in advance of departure. With the limited operating season in Alaska, we must strictly adhere to the following cancellation/refund policy:

  • Cancellation 151 days or more prior to scheduled departure date — You will receive a Refund of 80% of the Deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 10% of the total trip cost.
  • Cancellation 91-150 days prior to scheduled departure date — You will receive a Refund of 50% of the Deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 25% of the total trip cost.
  • Cancellation 31-89 days prior to scheduled departure date — Forfeiture of the entire Deposit. Your loss is equivalent to 50% of the total trip cost.
  • Cancellation 1-30 days prior to departure date — Forfeiture of the entire Cost of Charter.
How To Get to Juneau and Sitka

Remember that inclement weather can affect your travel plans in Alaska, occasionally causing delays of up to twenty-four hours. For this reason, please don't schedule your departure time too close to your required arrival time at your destination. Alaska Airlines serves all of our departure cities, including Juneau, Petersburg, and Sitka. The Alaska Marine Highway also provides regular scheduled ferry service between Juneau, Sitka, and Petersburg.

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By Air

Alaska Airlines (800-426-0333) provides daily jet service to Juneau and Sitka (from Seattle).

By Ferry

The Alaska Marine Highway System (800-642-0066) is a state-operated ferry. You can take the Alaska Ferry from Bellingham, Washington or Prince Rupert, British Columbia, all the way to Anchorage or Skagway.

The Alaska Ferry stops at several Southeast Alaska communities, including Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Juneau, Haines and Skagway. Each ferry operated by the Alaska Marine Highway System offers observation decks, food service, and vehicle decks. Please note that vehicle space is limited, and can often be completely booked several months in advance of departure dates. Plan accordingly.

What To Bring

We supply nearly everything necessary for your Alaska adventure. You'll need to bring outdoor clothing, including rain gear and rubber boots. While some of the items in this gear list are optional, others are essential for your comfort and safety. Your clothing should fit into two duffle bags, approximately 24" x 12" x 12", or into one larger duffle bag of equal volume. You should also consider bringing a small daypack or camera backpack, for your camera and personal items.

Recommended Gear

The quantity and combination of items you bring is up to you. Just be sure you bring enough warm clothes. Dress in layers for maximum flexibility — you should be able to wear every type of layer you bring at the same time! And it never hurts to bring an extra layer you don't really think you'll need.

Head, Hands, Feet
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  Baseball Cap. To help keep the sun out of your eyes.

  Gloves. Lightweight gloves with rubber grippers work well for paddling. Excellent gloves are available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

  Hiking Sandals. You'll appreciate a pair of sturdy hiking sandals. We recommend and wear Keen and Simms hiking sandals.

  Hiking Shoes. You'll need a pair of sturdy hiking shoes. We recommend and wear Keen and Simms hiking shoes.

  Rubber Boots. You'll need a pair of sturdy rubber boots. We recommend and wear Grundens Deck Boss Boots and XtraTuf Legacy 15" Boots.

  Wool Socks. The warmth, cushion, and absorbency of merino wool socks (or a wool/silk/polypropylene blend) is important. There is nothing worse than wet feet. Bring several pair — and change your socks each day. We like Darn Tough and SmartWool socks.

Next-To-Skin

  Long Underwear. Should be merino wool or synthetic. Excellent next-to-skin layers are available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

  Underwear. Your regular underwear is fine. But consider an upgrade to merino wool or a synthetic blend.

Insulation

  Merino Wool Sweater or Fleece Jacket. This is your primary insulation layer. If you tend to be cold, you should bring additional layers. Excellent insulation layers are available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

Outer Layers
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  Pants. Look for synthetic blends that are durable and quick-drying. Cotton soaks up water, and becomes cold and uncomfortable.

  Shirts. Look for synthetic blends that are durable and quick-drying. Cotton soaks up water, and becomes cold and uncomfortable.

  Shorts. For sunny days!

  T-Shirts. Short-sleeved or long-sleeved cotton shirts.

  Warm Jacket. This is your primary outer layer. Look for PrimaLoft insulation and WindStopper layers. Excellent outer layers are available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

  Warm Pants. This is your primary outer layer. Excellent outer layers are available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

  Warm Hat. Should be merino wool or synthetic, and cover your ears (not a baseball cap).

Rain Gear

  Rain Jacket. You'll need a packable GoreTex rain jacket. Thin, coated-nylon rain gear does not work well in Alaska. Excellent rain gear is available from Arc'teryx, Simms and Sitka Gear.

  Rain Pants. You'll need a good pair of packable GoreTex rain pants.

Sunglasses

  A great pair of polarized sunglasses allow you to see into the water. We prefer Costa, Maui Jim, Persol, Randolph Engineering, Revo, and Smith Optics sunglasses.

Recommended Equipment

The quantity and combination of equipment you bring is up to you. Just be sure to bring your favorite camera, plenty of spare batteries for the equipment you bring, appropriate charging cables, and your phone!

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Binoculars

  A great pair of binoculars allow you to experience nature closer than ever before. Look for binoculars that are 7x42 or 8x42 (a good magnification and a wide field of view), that also offer excellent low-light capability. We highly recommend Zeiss, Leica, and Swarovski binoculars.

Cameras

  DSLR Camera. Bring your Canon, Nikon or Sony DSLR camera, a telephoto lens, a wide angle lens, plus lots of memory cards and spare batteries. You can also rent everything you need (with full-coverage insurance) from LensRentals.com. We rent from them frequently. If you plan to edit your digital pictures and videos during your trip, bring your laptop computer.

  GoPro. It just doesn't get any better than GoPro for action photography and video — from your kayak or paddle board. Be sure to bring adjustable mounts with suction cups.

Communications

  iPhone and iPad. We often have cellphone coverage during our trip. Your iPhone and iPad each have cameras that are great for posting snapshots and video to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  inReach Explorer. The world's only truly global satellite communicator, the inReach Explorer now has built-in navigation with waypoints and routing. We've got one!

Where To Stay

Alaska Wilderness Charters is proud of our partnerships in Juneau and Sitka. We have great relationships with business associates and friends who live in these communities.

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Juneau

Sitka

Entertainment

We heartily recommend the fantastic menu at the Twisted Fish Company, on Franklin Street in downtown Juneau. Be sure to browse through the many art galleries in Juneau, Petersburg, and Sitka. A great selection of work by local artists is available. If you're looking for an off-the-beaten-path experience, two favorite hikes in Juneau are the Perseverance Trail (easy to moderate) and the Mt. Roberts Trail (moderate to strenuous).

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