Attu Island Bird Watching
Trips will be in May and only by special charter
In cooperation with High Lonesome Bird Tours and the Grand Aleutian Hotel, we are offering an exciting new, inaugural trip to Attu Island at the far western end of the Aleutian Chain. This birding-emphasis trip will depart in May 2006 and will be out for about one month.
For details and registration materials. Please contact:
High Lonesome Birdtours,
or phone: 800 743 2668
The Alaskan Island of Attu’s position (nearly 1,500 miles from the Alaskan mainland) gives it the designation of being the westernmost destination in the United States. Attu is every bird watcher’s dream come true, as it claims more first and second ABA Checklist records than any other location on the continent. Rare and unforgettable birding opportunities abound in this remote and rugged place, which has been called the end of the earth.
Attu has become increasingly inaccessible over the past decades. Its position as the last island of the Aleutians makes it a hard to reach destination, susceptible to Pacific Ocean swells and frequently harsh weather. Although a landing strip does exist on the island, flights are impractically expensive and virtually impossible to arrange.
Custom Alaska Cruises would like to put this remarkable and legendary birding destination back on the map. From May to early June of 2006, we would like to take part in planning and executing expeditions to this bird watcher’s paradise.
Our flagship, the M.V. Sikumi, is a sixty-seven foot luxury cruise ship, specifically designed and built to negotiate the harsh seas of Alaska. For the majority of the year the boat provides custom luxury cruising all the way from Seattle to Prince William Sound.
The Sikumi has the necessary facilities for hosting an expedition to Attu; state-of-the-art navigational equipment, adequate water and fuel capacities, plenty of storage space for equipment and bicycles for exploring the island, a full service galley and chef, comfortable staterooms, and a washer and dryer. His knowledge and experience of Alaskan waters make him an ideal candidate for skipper to this scarcely visited remote crowned-jewel of North American birding.
With the accompaniment of experienced and expert birding guides, our expeditions would offer birders unique experiences to navigate Attu island and it’s famed birding grounds. We would also offer many of the comforts of home in the form of the Sikumi. From her tough steel hull to her handsome wood-trimmed interior, the M.V. Sikumi combines the ruggedness of an ocean-going commercial trawler with the elegance of a luxury cruise ship.
Contact us today for information on this exciting Attu birding expedition opportunity.