The Point Retreat

This tour vessel provides a roomy, heated cabin with elevated booth seating for 13 passengers. She has ideal deck space for sightseeing and photography.

Choose from 3 journeys;

 Glacier Tour, Whale/Mammal Tour,  or book a Private Sailing. 

 

She's fast!
Roomy Seating
On the run
Out and about
Point Retreat interior
Out in God's country
Up on step
Point Retreat
13 passenger tour vessel
  • Leconte Glacier Tours

  • Whale and Marine Mammal Tours

  • Ecotourism

  • Water Taxi

  • Private Sailings

  • Comfortable Restroom

May 7 - September 8, 2021

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Photos courtsey of Jerry Whitethorn

Whiskers and Whales

As a child in the 1970's, I spent a lot of time on the ocean with family and friends whether commercially fishing or boating for fun. I have vivid memories of both humpback and killer whales, seals, sea lions, and porpoises during these trips.  It is truly spectacular to watch a fifty-foot, thirty-ton animal leap out of the water, a sealion "wolf down" a spiny rockfish, or a pod of killer whales hunting sea lions or salmon. Even though we saw these amazing creatures often, they've held my fascination. 

Over the four decades since then, the population of these animals has increased dramatically. Some would even say it has "exploded". What used to be an occasional sighting of one to a few whales or sea lions has turned into sometimes hundreds of them. I never saw sea otters as a child, but now they number by the tens of thousands. By encountering these animals in their natural environment we can gain insight into the balance between their inquisitive, sometimes playful nature and their primal, "survival of the fittest" reality. It remains fascinating and memorable.        - Rob Schwartz -

Video Courtsey of Scott Burt
Photo courtsey of Robyn Cardenas

"Ice, Ice, Baby"

Home to the southern most tidewater glacier in Northern Hemisphere, the mouth of LeConte Bay is approximately 15 miles Southwest of Petersburg, and the glacier itself is another 9 miles up the fjord.  

 

I’ve been there many times since my childhood, and I can honestly say that the trip never gets old.  When heading to the glacier, we often encounter an increasing number of icebergs, and it’s not unusual to see a seal taking a little breather up on a berg.  As we approach the inlet, there is excitement about the possibilities ahead.  During the dungeness crab season, we'll even cook some crab for you right on deck. 

 

Will the glacier be calving today?  Will we witness a “shooter” berg thrusting its way to the surface from below?  What we do know is that Mother Nature rarely lets us down in LeConte Bay.  I can’t speak for others, but I always know I’m going to be awestruck by the raw beauty of the place itself.

                                     - Rob Schwartz -

Video Courtesy of Katie Brock