Lodging and Flight Information

Getting to Alaska

Please note that our adventure trips do not include airfare to and from Alaska.  For your travel to Alaska, you will usually need to connect in Seattle, and then take a flight on Alaska Airlines to Petersburg or Sitka; some guests also fly via Anchorage to southeast Alaska.  We will do our best to help you locate transport from your airport to the boat.

To help you make your flight arrangements, you can visit the Alaska Airlines website by clicking HERE, or by calling (800) ALASKAAIR.

An additional option for travel to and from Alaska is the Alaska State Ferry/Alaska Marine Highway System.  Travel options include departures to Alaska from Bellingham, Washington, and multiple ports within the state of Alaska.  Various lodging options are available aboard the Alaska State Ferries, and differ between individual vessels.  For additional information, please visit the Alaska State Ferry/Alaska Marine Highway System website by clicking HERE, or by calling 1-800-642-0066.


Petersburg, AK Lodging Information

1.  Scandia House Hotel
(800) 722-5006; (907) 772-4281
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

2.  Nordic House Bed & Breakfast
(907) 772-3620
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

3.  Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
(866) 772-9301; (907) 772-9300
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

4.  Tides Inn
(800) 665-8433; (907) 772-4288
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

Petersburg, AK Activities

1.  Petersburg Chamber of Commerce: (866) 484-4700; (907) 772-4636

2.  Island Cab (local taxi service): (907) 518-1279

Sitka, AK Lodging Information

1.  Totem Square Hotel & Marina
(866) 300-1353; (907) 747-3693
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

2.  Westmark Hotel Sitka
(866) 544-0970; (907) 747-6241
**Offers complimentary shuttle service for guests**

3.  Aspen Suites Hotel Sitka
(907) 747-3477

Sitka, AK Activities

1.  Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau
(800) 557-4852; (907) 747-5940

2.  Hank’s Taxi & Tour Service: (907) 747-8888; drhankenstien@yahoo.com

3.  Big Blue Charters (fishing charters): (907) 747-5161

Suggested Packing for Your Alaska Charter Trip


Southeast Alaska is a temperate rain forest.  Annual rainfall amounts range from 150 inches in Ketchikan to 30 inches in Skagway.  May and June are the driest months, while July and August are a bit wetter but warmer as well.  Normal temperatures range from the mid-fifties to low seventies, with temps dropping about ten degrees at night.  Rarely, when the sun comes out, temps in the eighties can occur.  It is important to note that there can be up to 20 hours of daylight in early summer.   The weather in southeast Alaska can and does change with amazing frequency.  In order to stay comfortable, one needs to be prepared for these changes.



  • Soft day pack

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun block & lip balm

  • Hair dryers provided aboard.

  • Personal toiletries

  • When traveling in the skiff, we will be close to the water. Even on a sunny day in calm water, there is an “invisible” salt mist in the air. This is hard on camera equipment. Make sure to bring some kind of case for your equipment or at least a heavy plastic bag. Rubbing alcohol works great to remove salt spray from camera bodies. Lens cleaning fluid or a chamois cloth is best for cleaning lenses.


Casual clothing is the norm both on the boat as well as in towns, even in some of the better restaurants. Staying warm, dry, and comfortable will allow you to maximize the enjoyment of your experience. Layering for warmth is the best approach. If you plan to be outside in windy or rainy conditions, we recommend a long sleeve shirt, sweater, and waterproof (not water-resistant) and breathable windbreaker and rain pants.

  • Pants (Levi’s, denims, khakis)

  • Shirts (long & short sleeved cotton, one flannel-like, one turtle-neck)

  • Sweaters ( sweatshirts, wool or synthetic pile)

  • Sweatpants or other comfortable pants

  • Rain jacket/windbreaker – preferably with hood

  • Rain pants – lightweight waterproof/optional-some of us even go out on rainy days!

  • Shorts (it can be warm!)

  • Gloves – lightweight wool or acrylic gloves are the best

  • Bathing suit (in case we stop at a hot springs)

  • Hats – Rain hat and a sun visor, or ball cap

  • Shoes – Soft, with non-marking soles for the boat.

  • Knee-high rubber boots for hiking, beach landings and tide pooling.  Rubber boots can be easily cleaned of after a muddy hike.  If you don’t want to pack boots, you can buy inexpensive ones in Petersburg or Sitka.


Remember that you will be on a boat. Avoid bringing hard luggage.  The cabins have closets and drawers, but storage is limited. Soft luggage or duffel bags are preferred as they stow easily, and you will not be competing for space in your stateroom with your luggage.


In order to harvest crab and shrimp aboard Ursa Major, at least one guest per trip must be in possession of a valid Alaska fishing license, (which are available to non-residents on a temporary basis, ranging from 1 day to 1 year in length).

Fishing license fees in Alaska are priced depending on the duration of the license, and type of fish targeted. (King salmon fishing requires a stamp).  To purchase a non-resident temporary Alaskan fishing license for your trip with us, click HERE.

Suggested Reading List

Alaska & the Inside Passage

1.  Alaska’s Southeast, 9th Edition: Touring the Inside Passage – Sarah Eppenbach & Michelle Gurney

2.  The Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska Adventure Guide – Ed Readicker-Henderson & Lynn Readicker-Henderson

3.  The Inside Passage to Alaska: A Short History – Hugo Anderson

4.  Lonely Planet Alaska (Regional Guide) – Jim DuFresne, Robert Kelly, & Catherine Bodry

5.  Alaska’s Inside Passage:  National Geographic Destination Map


Local Culture & History

1.  Heroes and Heroines: Tlingit-Haida Legend – Mary Beck

2.  Shamans and Kushtakas: North Coast Tales of the Supernatural – Mary Beck

3.  Tlingit Indians: Results of a Trip to the Northwest Coast of America and the Bering Straits – Aurel Krause & Erna Gunther

4.  I Heard an Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

5.  Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist George Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska – Corey Ford

6. Good Time Girls of the Alaska-Yukon Gold Rush – Lael Morgan

7. O’ Rugged Land of Gold – Martha Martin


The Natural World

1.  Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats – Rita M. O’Clair, Robert H. Armstrong, & Richard Carstensen

2.  Geology of Southeast Alaska: Rock and Ice in Motion – Harold H. Stowell

3.  Guide to Marine Mammals of Alaska – Kate Wynne

4.  Guide to the Birds of Alaska – Robert H. Armstrong

5.  Familiar Plants of Coastal Alaska: A Guide to Identification – Stephen MacLean

6.  Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People – Natalie Fobes, Tom Jay, & Bradford Matsen


Travel Writing

1.  The Reader’s Companion to Alaska – Alan Ryan

2.  Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings – Jonathan Raban

3.  The Curve of Time: The Classic Memoir of a Woman and Her Children Who Explored the Coastal Waters of the Pacific Northwest – M. Wylie Blanchet

4.  The Last Wild Edge: One Woman’s Journey from the Arctic Circle to the Olympic Rain Forest – Susan Zwinger

5.  Spirited Waters: Soloing South Through the Inside Passage – Jennifer Hahn

6.  Travels in Alaska – John Muir

7. As the Sailor Loves the Sea – Ballard Hadman



1.   Exploring the Inside Passage to Alaska: A Cruising Guide from the San Juan Islands to Glacier Bay – Don Douglass & Reanne Hemingway-Douglass

2.  Charlie’s Charts: North to Alaska – Charles & Margo Wood

3.  The Coastal Companion: A Guide for the Alaska-Bound Traveler – Joe Upton

4.  Southeast Alaska Current Atlas – Randel Washbourne


Miscellaneous: Non-Fiction

1.  Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea – Donovan Hohn

2.  More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B – Christine Smith

3.  Working on the Edge: Surviving In the World’s Most Dangerous Profession: King Crab Fishing on Alaska’s High Seas – Spike Walker

4.  Coming Back Alive: The True Story of the Most Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Ever Attempted on Alaska’s High Seas – Spike Walker


Miscellaneous: Fiction

1.  Alaska: A Novel – James A. Michener

2.  The Sea Runners – Ivan Doig

3.  Raven Stole the Moon: A Novel – Garth Stein

4.  The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon

5.  The Alaskan Laundry – Brendan Jones