Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska Port Reviews

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by JR3

Have been to Icy Straight Point several times. Take a walk around the gravel walkway you will discover a entrance to a piece of Boreal Forest and when you step into it you will know there is something special about it. On one trip they gave us two little pieces of cedar an a coin. While walking around there is a native guarding a fire if you make a wish an burn your cedar it might come true. The old cannery was neat an you can get a can fill it with whatever trinkets toys that on this big table an pay 16.00 they seal the can and you mail it from there to your kids.grandkids or yourself. You will need a can opener to get in. There is a restaurant with a 6 ft log or two burning an good food. Fishing is great from the shore where u will find me. There is a village about one an a half mile walk through the forest if you care. The cannery has artisans in it also. An killer whales come by all the time. Hope this helps

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by WileyE

This review is specifically for the Ziprider at Icy Straight Point. I reviewed ISP separately yesterday. Ok, if you aren't afraid of heights, you MUST do the Ziprider. I reserved my ticket through the NCL website a couple months before cruising. I dont know how many "walk-in" tickets they sell, but I guess it is possible they could be fully booked if you wait. Anyways, sign your waiver form (you know the one that says if you get slung into the forest, it's your fault), and put your belongings in a free locker there if you need to. Then when your time is called, they take you through the village of Hoonah and up the mountain in a school bus. When you get to the top, you have to walk about 200 yards the rest of the way as a group to the drop zone. It's not reassuring as you pass the piles of fresh bear droppings in the road (seriously). Anyways, dont worry about the bears, worry about being dropped off the mountain. ๐Ÿ˜ Woah, some whales just surfaced off the balcony as I'm typing this. Anyways, you watch others go as you wait your turn, then you are past the point of no return. They strap 6 riders into their respective seats, and do the countdown. The initial drop out the gate gives you butterflies, but from then on, its all about hollering and enjoying the ride. I had my phone strapped to me and recorded all the way. What a way to spend 90 seconds in Alaska!! You'll love it! ๐Ÿน๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‘โœˆ

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by jlj1953

This was my fifth cruise to Alaska and my first visit to this port. This is by far my favorite Alaskan port! We took the Hoonah Sightseeing and Tribal Dance excursion. We made a bathroom stop beside a wonderful playground that the children loved. The Tribal dance was wonderful and my granddaughter went on stage to dance at the end of the presentation! I was impressed that the dancers were all high school students except for the drummer. They are passing on their culture to the next generation! I appreciate that the port is owned and operated by the Tlingit tribe. It is nice to know that the funds spent are supporting them. Our other group could not get a fishing excursion at the last minute, so they bought fishing poles and fished off of the pier in Hoonah. They caught 3 halibut, many sculpin and flounder and a starfish๐Ÿ˜‚. They had a great time! Be sure to book your shore excursions early for this port. They fill up quickly, especially if there are two ships in port at the same time.

by kingpin318

We were invited to go whale watching with the Discovery film crew . WOW it was an amazing experience and plenty of whales,dolphin and sea otters. This is one day I will not forget.

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by foodmaven

One of our favorite ports! We wandered into the big lodge that houses the Smokehouse. We got a drink and warmed up by the big fireplace. Free wifi. We walked the Nature trail and collected shells and rocks. We took the bus to Hoonah and had a beer at the ISP Brewing company. (The local bar looked sketchy.) we walked back to ISP area. It is so cute! We walked through old cannery... make sure to get some SalvationArmy mini donuts! A great low-budget fab day!

Visited: May 26, 2017

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by matthewthamm

Absolutely the best stop on the cruise. It is what you make of it! We went halibut fishing with Tok River Outfitters. Caught our limit of halibut, and had them shipped home. Waiting on FedEx now. Did the first trip of the day, and was back to the dock by 10 am. Can't say enough good about Chris, Tami, and Tok River Outfitters. Great boat and equipment. We were not the first out of the harbor. But were the first in the fishing hole. My wife had a fish on within five minutes of dropping her line in. The shops are from local craftsmen. Many unique wares. Not much "made in china". Lunch was King and Dungeness crab, and a cold Alaskan beer. Best lunch of the week. Would like to spend more time here in Hoonah

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by Shasta125

We loved this port. Friendly and clean. A shuttle runs from Icy Strait Point into the little town of Hoonah for $2 one way. Not a lot to see there but it was interesting to watch a totem being carved which will represent the story of how the native people settled in Hoonah. Icy Strait Point has lots of gift shops in the old cannery and a huge zip line which we didn't try.

Visited: Jul 24, 2017

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by Indy1

We really liked it but you should get some excursion here as it's pretty remote. We booked the ATV ride but i didn't book it soon enough and the 11 a.m. ride was cancelled and so we went on the bear tour. Here you take a ride on a bus through town and then to some remote area and you go for a very asy walk on a maintained trail through the woods. There we saw 4 bears, one lone older male coastal bear coming up from the water into the woods, and we also saw a mother bear with 2 cubs. On the way back to the ship we went over a bridge and stopped because there was a bear in the river up a aways from us that someone spotted... We sat there for a bit and that bear came closer and closer to the bridge and finally went beneath us. There was another bear also that was a bit downriver from us. If you want to see bears meandering around, this is a good your for that. Watch your step on the trail...bears do poop in the woods and profusely. Very pleased with the tour.

Visited: Jul 30, 2018

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by awilms08

Walked into town along the well-maintained sidewalks overlooking the water. Stopped by Icy Strait Brewing for a beer and tried the salmon cakes, which were both delicious! Charming town. Definitely worth the stroll into town to see some of the real Alaska.

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