Glacier Bay Tour Boat
Map of the Day Tour
One of the first highlights of the day is a stop at South Marble Island. The vessel cruises very close to the small isolated island to observe seabirds and marine mammals. Be sure you are outside to see, hear and even smell the creatures that live here. Tufted and Horned Puffins and their cousins the Common Murre nest here alongside Pelagic Cormorants and Black-legged Kittiwakes. Steller Sea Lions haul out here between feeding because of the convenient location, flat, smooth rocks, and nearby feeding grounds. There may be over 300 sea lions clustered on the rocks together, growling and roaring as they wrestle for the best resting spot.
Be prepared. Bring warm clothes and rain gear. Bring binoculars and cameras. And, don’t forget to bring your sense of wonder. By the end of your day you will have sailed by nearly eight hundred miles of coastline in one of the wildest places left on our planet. Be prepared to be captivated by the beauty and abundance of Glacier Bay.
Did You Know?
A 2013 study identified 560 species of lichen in Glacier Bay National Park, with 44 species that appear to be new to science.