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Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Excursion

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Small Group Tour
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Limited to 6 guests + your captain
Wildlife Sightings
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Look for whales, sea lions, otters & more!
Photography Opportunities
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Hidden coves, remote islands, wildlife, & mountains galore!


Embark on an immersive adventure with our Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour, where you'll uncover the vibrant tapestry of Sitka's waters. Nestled amidst the Tongass temperate rainforest and the Alexander Archipelago, Sitka, Alaska, offers an unparalleled setting for observing marine life. From sea lions and otters to seals and an array of bird species, our waters are alive with diversity. Moreover, these abundant waters serve as havens for whales and orcas, attracted by the bounty of sea life.

Your journey commences at the Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka, where you'll rendezvous with your knowledgeable local guide. A short stroll to Crescent Harbor leads to the departure point for our 30-foot seaworthy vessel. Equipped with both an inside cabin and an aft viewing deck, our vessel ensures an intimate experience as we traverse coves and islands in search of marine marvels. Keep your camera handy for encounters with lounging sea lions, rafting otters, and the majestic tails of passing whales

Limited to just six guests, our tour offers a personal and private atmosphere as our captain skillfully navigates the waters, maximizing wildlife viewing opportunities. As your captain doubles as a naturalist and historian, expect captivating tales and insights into the fascinating creatures and the rich history of Sitka, Alaska's first capital.

After the tour, return to Crescent Harbor, where you can explore downtown Sitka at your leisure before returning to your ship. The Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour promises an unforgettable glimpse into Sitka's untamed beauty, ensuring plenty of tales to share upon your return home!


What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guide
Guide Gratuities
Food & Drink

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this excursion, and is transportation included?

The total duration of this activity is 2 hours and transportation is provided from Harrigan Centennial Hall in downton Sitka.

What should I wear and how to prepare for this tour?

Layered clothing, comfortable shoes and a warm hat. Sun glasses, camera, binoculars, gloves, and rain gear are suggested.

Is this tour wheelchair accessible?

This tour is not wheelchair or motorized scooter accessible. 

What if it rains? Do the trips get canceled?

Southeast Alaska is known for rain, and we would never do anything if we stopped for the rain. Please do not let the possibility of rain deter you from booking. Southeast Alaska is at its most beautiful on misty rainy days.

What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will refund you.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 3 years old • Maximum Weight: 250 lbs
This tour is not wheelchair or motorized scooter accessible.
There is a weight limit of 250 lbs per person on this tour. Guests weighing over 250 lbs will need to purchase an additional seat.
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. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


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Guest Rate

Itinerary • 2h 00min • 3 activities

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Meet your guide at Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka, then walk to Crescent Harbor to board your boat.

10 minutes
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Spend nearly 2 hours on the water searching for whales, sea lions, otters and marine birds.

1 hour 40 minutes
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Return to Crescent Harbor to disembark and explore downtown Sitka before returning to ship.

10 minutes