Kodiak or the Great Island, as the natives call it, is about seventy miles long and fifty wide, and is separated from the main-land by the Straits of Chelikoff. The mountains crossing the central portion, from north-east to southwest, are covered with perpetual snow; foot-hills, high and precipitous, cover the remainder; and nowhere on the island can any great extent of level land be seen. Surrounding Kodiak are numerous smaller islands, many of which are nothing but immense bolders, elevated above the water The navigation is extremely dangerous. The tides, which sometimes rise to the height of thirty feet, rush with great velocity and irresistible force through the numerous channels, creating ‘tide rips,’ which the sailors dread. The south face of Kodiak is exposed to the swell of the Pacific, unresisted for thousands of miles; and, during the storms that frequently rage, the thunder of the surf can be heard far inland.”
“Kodiak and Southern Alaska,” Overland Monthly, June 1872, an article found among the papers of Charles Melville Scammon.
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The Ten Bears is a very special charter vessel, providing wonderful opportunities to observe and photograph a wide variety of wildlife with an excellent, unrestricted 360-degree view. Our single day journeys take us through the rich waters of Chiniak and Marmot Bays, or westward to Whale Pass and Kupreanof Strait where our guests can experience Scammon’s description from over 100 years ago.

We’ll visit seabird rookeries and marine mammal haulout areas. Opportunities abound, puffins, shearwaters, kittiwakes, murrelets, Steller sea lions and sea otters all comon visitors. Whales, such as fin whales, gray whales, and humpback whales all frequent the Kodiak Island archipelago.
And if you are looking for something special, pack your bags and let's explore the rest of the Kodiak Archipelago. Weather dictates the route but whether it is a short overnight trip or a five day excursion the possibilities are nearly endless. These longer trips we routinely get to see the elusive Kodiak brown bear.
So pack up your cameras, warm cloths, and come see for yourself!
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