Lazy Otter is now operating tours in the winter. Call for more details.
About Lazy Otter Charters and Cafe
Water taxi And custom cruises in whittier, alaska since 1994
Lazy Otter Charters, Inc. is a family owned and operated charter and water taxi operation harbored in Whittier, Alaska. Captain Mike Bender has been operating Lazy Otter Charters Inc in Prince William Sound since 1994 and is pleased to be expanding our fleet and offering the same renowned reliability and customer service. NEW, we offer guided kayak trips, and we have added a third boat to our fleet!
Discover the calm waters and numerous protected isles and inlets of spectacular Prince William Sound with Lazy Otter Charters, Inc. Prince William Sound is one of Alaska’s precious jewels, with the largest collection of tidewater glaciers, mountains that careen strait up from the waters edge, and nutrient rich waters that support an abundance of sea life. Whether you are interested in a personalized day cruise, including glaciers, whales and wildlife viewing, need a trip to a public cabin in Prince William Sound, or an expedition using our kayak transport Lazy Otter Charters Inc. would love to help you with your Prince William Sound adventure.
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Oh Captain, my Captain!
Meet the Lazy Otter Captains:
Born and raised Alaskan, 4th generation tug boater. Been on the water all my life and even took my first step on a boat! Aspiring Pirate and outdoorsmen.
Currently hold a 100 ton masters license and an looking to further my career with a 500 ton license in the near future. When I'm not running around on boats I'm taking my adorable daughter on any Alaskan adventure I can!
Born in Alaska, raised in Prince William Sound, and the son of Lazy Otter Charters. Steven earliest memories are of exploring Prince William Sound with his family and helping his father with the boat in the early years of Lazy Otter Charters. Today, Steven is Firefighter and medic and on his days off comes to Whittier to run the boats for the family. Steven is the primary diver for the company and has experience salvaging vessels in Prince William Sound.
Thom is a true Alaskan at heart. He grew up in Anchorage, Alaska with an outdoorsy and adventurous family. His childhood was spent plying the waters of Cook Inlet in his family's boat, and exploring rural Alaska under the wings of a Cessna 182. Fishing, hunting and enjoying all this great state has to offer. Thom's passion for the sea runs as deep as the fjords. This desire drove him to move his family aboard their 33' sailboat. living the dream cruising South Central Alaska. Thom has worked extensively throughout the Pacific, and feels there is no greater place he'd rather be than South Central Alaska. He enjoys showing people the Alaska he has grown-up loving.
Thom's jovial and positive nature is infectious, and he will entertain you to no end recounting his many adventurous tales and exciting moments.
Ben grew up in the mountains of Golden, Colorado, and always harbored a deep love of the ocean. He moved to the Florida Keys to receive SCUBA, CPR and First Aid Instructor training, and then taught diving diving in Monterey, California. Ben then headed to Maui, Hawaii, where he led dives and captained dive and snorkel boats for the last nine years. He recently received a degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado, and is extremely excited to explore the beauty to be found in and around the Alaskan waters.
Leah Vanden Busch
Leah grew up fishing and boating in Wisconsin, but, after discovering Alaska's expansive wilderness, is here to stay. She is Lazy Otter's deckhand and sea kayak guide and has a wealth of information to share about the natural history of Prince William Sound. Leah has a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia where she studied Sockeye salmon and aquatic ecology. She is currently building up her sea service days in order to achieve a Boat Captains license.
Captain Mike Bender has been operating Lazy Otter Charters Inc in Prince William Sound since 1994 offering renowned reliability and customer service. Mike has extensive knowledge and passion for the Sound. Mike started sailing in PWS in 1980 and it is his love for the area that prompted him to start Lazy Otter Charters to share PWS with others. The biggest pleasure for Mike is raising his kids in the Sound and in the business and the numerous family memories created here. Mike works to protect Prince William Sound for all families.
Kelly is co-owner of Lazy Otter Charters with her husband Mike. Kelly started her career in Prince William Sound in the 80s working on tour boats between Valdez and Whittier. After working small cruise ships and tour boats throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southeast Alaska and Kenai Fjords, she returned to Whittier and her first love, Prince William Sound. Oh that’s also where she met her greatest love and joined Mike in the Lazy Otter Charter business. Kelly is the President Greater Whittier Chamber of Commerce, and has extensive knowledge of Whittier businesses and community and the Alaska tourism industry.
“I know, with absolute certainty, every time our guest go out into Prince William Sound they are going to have a spectacular experience. This place is so amazing. It thrills me that we get to be a part of their adventure. Sincerely that’s why we love this business.”