Auklet Charter Services est.1995
Custom boat charters throughout
Prince William Sound, Alaska

Whittier - Cordova - Valdez
Chugach National Forest
Alaska Marine Parks

Specializing in scientific research and adventure cruises
in and around Prince William Sound, Alaska
all photographs © by David Janka

Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound
David and Annette Janka
Prince William Sound
East Branch of Columbia Glacier,
Prince William Sound in 2015
Returning to the Auklet from a Zodiac skiff excursion in Prince William Sound

Heart rocks and other beach treasures from Prince William Sound
Heart rocks and other beach treasures from Prince William Sound

  Auklet Charter Services

Wildflowers on a beach walk in Prince William Sound
Wildflowers on a beach walk in
Prince William Sound

Auklet Charter Services offers custom adventure cruises as well as vessel charter services supporting scientific research, film crews and work trips in and around Prince William Sound, Alaska including Whittier, Cordova, Valdez, the Chugach National Forest including the Nellie Juan/College Fjord Wilderness Study Area and Prince William Sound State Marine Parks.

Auklet Charter Services' quality multi-day sightseeing cruises in Alaska's famous Prince William Sound emphasize wildlife viewing, glaciers, hiking, natural history, photography, bird watching and skiff excursions.

Black oystercatcher in Prince William Sound
Black oystercatcher in
Prince William Sound

Chartering your own vessel and cruising Prince William Sound for a number of days, anchoring in quiet coves and bays each night, allows you to not just see Prince William Sound but truly experience it.

Our knowledge and understanding of Alaska’s natural history, it's ecology, glaciers, mammals, forest habitats, wildflowers, geology, marine environment, the 1964 earthquake as well as historical and cultural history including native history, early explorers, mining, fox farms, fishing, 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill is complimented by our involvement with research projects, an extensive onboard library as well as our personal experiences from living here in Prince William Sound for over 30 years.

Prince William Sound
Hiking near Shoup Glacier in
Prince William Sound
Iceberg, Columbia Glacier, Prince William Sound, Alaska
West branch of Columbia Glacier,
Prince William Sound in 2015

Our 58 foot (17.7m) classic wooden motor vessel Auklet provides a comfortable and safe vessel for your multi-day charter. Cruises are customized and personal with a maximum of six passengers. The Auklet is a US Coast Guard 5 Star Safety Rated vessel. US Coast Guard licensed captain. Fully insured. Families welcome.

Auklet Charter Services operates throughout Prince William Sound and is a State of Alaska, City of Cordova, Whittier and Valdez licensed business. We are members of the Cordova and Whittier Chambers of Commerce and the Valdez Convention and Visitors Bureau. We are permitted with the US Forest Service for guided hiking within the Chugach National Forest and with the State of Alaska for activities within the Prince William Sound State Marine Parks.


Victor Lundquist with the Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA Fisheries has recently posted his work on the history of Alaska fisheries research/agency vessels. Check out this link to the Auklet (originally the Auklet II). What a great history resource. I have a copy of the 1950's era photo of the Auklet II hanging in the galley. This is the first time I have seen a photo of the original Auklet from the early 1900's.


Possible specialty trips:
**Spring migration cruise before or after the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival.
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**Photography workshop cruise with Ron Niebrugge.
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**Artist workshop cruise with David Rosenthal.
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Auklet Charter Services is highlighted in a video travel guide for families. Travel With Kids,, is an award-winning family travel guide show. Their Travel with Kids Alaska video has a lovely segment on their trip out with Auklet Charter Services in 2008. The entire episode can be seen on Hulu at

Special Note:
The 2011 movie, The Big Year, with Steve Martin, has two scenes aboard a boat called "Auklet Tours". We really enjoyed the light hearted look at birdwatching unfortunately Auklet Charter Services had no involvement with the film.

See the trailer here


An art charter in late November of 2011 to Columbia Glacier turned into a 3 man show at Orca Books here in Cordova. David Rosenthal's oil paintings, Karl Becker's watercolors and my photography. Here's the link to a friends slideshow from opening night. I was not able to attend but they made sure my presence was felt. Great fun. I laughed so hard when I first saw it.

"Images of America - Cordova"  from Arcadia Publishing follows Cordova's history through 200 photographs. Nineteen of the thirty five present day photographs are by David Janka.


Annette and her hiking friend Carol have been hiking together and solo for years. They have put their stories and lessons the bears have taught them into a book.
A Handful of Idiots and a Bunch of Bears: Ursine Adventures and Misadventures in the Alaskan Wilderness by CJ Hernley and Annette Janka (Nov 29, 2012). Available on Amazon.

The Auklet is named after a small seabird related to the Puffin.
ocean and mountains
Wildflower meadows and mountain scenery, PWS
Whittier, Alaska boat charters
Prince William Sound research
58' motor vessel Auklet at her homeport slip in Cordova, Alaska
Auklet at anchor near Montague Island,
Prince William Sound
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