Charter The Private Yacht The Discovery To Kayak, View Whales, Sample Fresh Seafood, And See The Alaskan Wilderness

    Experience the wild side of Alaska. View whales, fjords, bears, eagles, and glaciers up close and personal in a lovingly restored and iconic private yacht. This amazing experience is possible aboard The Discovery that is one of only two yachts in all of Alaska with a permit to enter the Pack Creek and Anan Creek bear observatories. Getting up close and personal with the Brown and Black bears is all part of the journey.

    This is no mega cruise ship experience with distant views of whales on the horizon and cafeteria style buffets. Rather, it is a small private yacht where you get within feet of a whale as it swims in the icy waters, and where your chef prepares succulent dishes with the seafood caught each day by the guests, if they choose… right off the boat. With only six cabins, the crew of 5 provides outstanding and very personal service. Alaska Charters has been in operation since 1981. Captain Ben, and his father Captain John, have plied the waters of Alaska since the 1970s.

    The intimate setting allows Captain Ben, or his father Captain John, to do fun things like have contests to guess the number of shrimp in a given shrimp pot with the winner receiving a bottle of the Discovery’s private label wine as the prize. Or, if being on the yacht gets a little monotonous, you can get into one of the onboard sea kayaks to paddle yourself for a while. And, your ports of call will not be the overcrowded tourist traps of the cruise lines. Rather, you’ll anchor at small little “settlements” where you can hike along the shore and back into the woods.

    The season runs May – Sept, and guests can book a single cabin where they’ll join other travelers on the Discovery from around the world. The Discovery can also be chartered for things like corporate retreats or family reunions.

    By Leroy Worley

    Getting There:

    To book your adventure aboard the Discovery visit