Alaska Wildlife: Eagles, Whales, Sea Lions and More Aboard Luxury Yacht

April 1 – 8, 2024

Did you know that the majority of the land in Southeast Alaska lies within 3 miles of some of the most jaw-dropping coastline in North America? There is such an intimate relationship between land and sea in this region that the best way to see these magnificent waterways is by private yacht.

Aboard the Alaskan Story, you’ll explore the islands, waterways, and quiet natural harbors around Sitka and through to Juneau, including Admiralty, Baranof, and Chicagof Islands. If conditions permit, we’ll also venture into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. We have scheduled our workshop for springtime, historically the best time of year to see spawning herring and the abundance of wildlife that gathers to feed on them. We hope to see eagles i great numbers, humpback whales feeding, Dall’s porpoise riding our bow, vast haulouts of Steller sea lions, mountain goats on cliffs, and more. And it’s all complemented by a jaw-dropping backdrop of mountains, forests, glaciers, waterfalls, and even a sleeping volcano!

This is a very exclusive workshop. You’ll be joining a small group—only seven guests—of like-minded photographers and wildlife enthusiasts aboard one of the most outstanding small vessels in the region. You will learn and hone wildlife photography skills, easily capturing fast and slow-moving animals. We will work with you to make compelling compositions of the wildlife and the landscape it inhabits. We’ll have image reviews, and you will learn new techniques for post-processing in Lightroom. You’ll learn how to photograph swift eagles in flight or feeding humpbacks. We’ll teach the finer points of tracking, focusing, exposure, and composition. Expect warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, great food, and outstanding photographic opportunities!

Our stabilized luxury yacht is quite comfortable. The staterooms have luxurious beds, down comforters and pillows, and individual temperature controls for heat. Each stateroom has a private bathroom with a shower “ensuite.” There’s a huge salon with comfortable seating, and outside, you will find ample open and covered deck space for photography. Each night we will anchor in a quiet, secluded anchorage.

The food is a highlight of every trip. Our chef selects the freshest available produce and often combines it with the “catch of the day.” Gourmet meals can include king and silver salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, Alaskan spotted shrimp, and fresh produce! Top the meal off with a homemade dessert prepared daily. If seafood is not your favorite, fear not, the chef will work with you to accommodate any diet.

Your Pro


Alaska, USA




April 1 – 8, 2024


Open for Registration
Limited to 7 Guests


About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

April 1, 2024: Arrive in Sitka anytime this day, and take the shuttle to the hotel. We’ll meet for a group dinner to kick off our Alaskan Story!

April 2, 2024: We embark on our yacht in Sitka at 11:00 AM, and shortly after lunchtime, we head out.

April 3–8, 2024: We’re aboard Alaskan Story, sailing from Sitka to Juneau. We’ll be on the lookout for whales, eagles, sea lions, otters, seabirds, and more. No matter where we are, Southeast Alaska offers a jaw-dropping backdrop to the wildlife spectacle we hope to see.

Conditions permitting, we’ll also venture in to see tidewater glaciers, hopefully with spectacular calving while we are there. The steep channels carved by these glaciers are home to many mountain goats.

We’ll photograph from the yacht and use the skiff to get up close and personal with the action. We may also have the opportunity for a short hike in the forest.

April 8, 2024: We reach the port in Juneau at approximately 3:00 PM. It is OK to fly out on this day at 6:00 PM or later. We have rooms arranged in Juneau, as you might need to fly out on April 9, 2023.

Aboard the Alaskan Story


Easy: You will live on a small yacht for a week. You can climb up and down steep stairs on the yacht and get in and out of the zodiac. Short hikes on land.


Arrive Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT), Sitka, Alaska anytime on March 31, 2024. Depart Juneau International Airport (JNU), Juneau, Alaska after 6:00 PM on April 8, 2024.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $150 supplement. (Hotel only.)
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
  • All permits and park fees.
  • All transportation during the workshop.
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
  • Waterproof boots for shore excursions.
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Jeff Wendorff.
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
  • Beer and wine.

Not Included

  • Travel to Sitka, Alaska and from Juneau, Alaska.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $150 supplement. (Hotel only.)

Payment Terms

  • Your non-refundable deposit of $4,995 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • Further non-refundable payment of $4,000 is due by September 1, 2023.
  • The non-refundable balance is due not later than December 1, 2023.
  • In addition to our standard Terms and Conditions, for this workshop all payments are non-refundable, and this is why we recommend comprehensive travel insurance including trip cancelation.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.


“Thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. All of the wildlife photo opportunities were wonderful. The blue ice blocks below Lamplugh glacier were particularly amazing. ”

— Jim Reitz, Alaskan Story '21

“Could not have been better. Best I have experienced on any other photography workshop. We photographed great landscapes, Puffins, Eagles, Seals, Sea Lions, Whales, Bears, Mountain Goats, rainbows, and calving glaciers. ”

— D.C. Offutt, Alaskan Story '22