Extreme birders know where St. Paul Island is. So do Bering Sea crab fishermen. Most other travelers think St. Paul is the city next to Minneapolis. Think again. The island is home to the crested auklet, the tufted puffin, the red-legged kittiwake and an endless list of ducks, terns, seabirds and other winged creatures. St. Paul Island also hosts a huge migration of Northern Fur Seals. Fly one of PenAir’s 4x/weekly flights aboard the Saab 340. It takes about three hours from Anchorage.
The St. Paul Island Tour is the best way to see the island. Everything’s included: flights, naturalist guide (with a warm, dry van!!), three meals a day and accommodations. The 3-day/2-night tour (TDX300) is 25 percent off for the remainder of the 2018 season.
The community of St. Paul is very welcoming to visitors on the tour. The hotel (King Eider) is at the airport. It features shared baths–the rooms are clean and comfy. And the wi-fi is free. Take your meals at the Trident Seafoods cafeteria. Our guides, Claudia and Sulli, knew where all the critters were…and the best way to approach them for an up-close look. Check out the photos.
St. Paul Island
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