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Private Wilds of Sitka Sound Expedition by Boat

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Embark on an unforgettable Sitka whale-watching journey through the majestic Alaskan wilderness aboard the Peregrine, a 30-foot coastal expedition vessel that will take you to explore the remote beauty of Sitka Sound as you explore its stunning coastlines and search for the diverse marine and aerial wildlife that inhabit the area. From majestic humpback whales to soaring bald eagles, you'll be sure to encounter a variety of wildlife during your voyage.

Surrounded by the majestic pine-covered Baranof Islands and Mount Edgecumbe, this awe-inspiring nature expedition will take you through the St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge, home to millions of wild birds, including tufted puffins, guillemots, murres, and rhinoceros auklets, which your guide will point out to you whenever possible. As the boat progresses along its route above the lush kelp forests and icy waters, keep an eye out for whales, porpoises, bald eagles, and more. You might even get to see black-tailed deer and brown bears foraging around the intertidal zone when you get close to the shore!

John, your experienced boat captain, and guide on this Sitka whale-watching expedition has over 35 years of expertise in taking guests on all kinds of marine adventures in Alaska. He knows the rugged wilderness like the back of his hand, and with his expert knowledge, he will not only guide you safely through the myriad of moss-covered islands but will also use his extensive knowledge and understanding of local wildlife and weather conditions to help you find wildlife and get a better look at them while still respecting the creatures' safety and well-being. So, pack your bags, and bring a camera and warm clothes to this once-in-a-lifetime Sitka whale-watching expedition, where you're sure to connect with the Alaskan wilderness in a completely new and unforgettable way.

What's Included

Your guides will provide binoculars, charts of the area & wildlife field guides, as well as a variety of sweet & savory snacks; chilled sodas, juice & bottled water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you guarantee that we will see wildlife?
While whale watching is one of this tour's main attractions, we will do our utmost to provide you with an unforgettable experience without compromising the welfare of the animals. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee close sightings of these majestic creatures. Some boat operators may be willing to risk the whales' well-being in order to give customers a closer look, but we will not do that. Instead, we prefer to wait for opportunities to whale watch without stressing the animals.
What should I bring to this tour?
Rain is a common occurrence in the Sitka Sound area, so make sure to dress appropriately. Long pants, closed-toed shoes, and a waterproof jacket are highly recommended. It's also wise to bring extra layers in case of a sudden drop in temperature, as well as a bottle of water and your camera. Please note that space is limited, so try to pack light.
What happens if there's bad weather?
Our tours run rain or shine, so be sure to pack accordingly and bring a waterproof jacket even if the forecast doesn't call for rain, as Alaska's weather can be unpredictable. If our tour guides deem the conditions too dangerous for the trip, your reservation will be canceled and we will provide a refund.
What kind of boat will we be on?
You will be aboard a 30-foot vessel offering comfort and stability to up to six passengers and additional crew. The boat features a drop bow, making it easy to board without getting wet, and there are two outdoor viewing areas and spacious seating inside. Enjoy the luxury of a smooth ride and the convenience of easy boarding with this state-of-the-art vessel.
Does the boat have a restroom?
Yes, there is a restroom on board, as well as the opportunity to use the restroom before boarding the boat.

Quick Facts


4h 00min

The minimum age for participants is 0 years old.

Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship’s schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees.