Embark on an enthralling whale-watching experience from Sitka where you spot these magnificent mammals and other marine animals in the waters of Alaska! You'll discover the beauty of the ocean on this 2-hour tour that offers an exciting and intimate nature encounter in the comfort of a warm 26-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran. Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a more personalized experience.
You'll head to the Sitka cruise ship dock and board the 26-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran, designed for navigating southeast Alaska's narrow island passages and bays. Featuring a warm, comfortable cabin with large windows and a spacious deck, the boat is constructed specifically to ride smoothly in most conditions. With only six people per tour, the captain aims to make the 2-hour trip as comfortable and informative as possible.
Be on the lookout for humpback whales, gray whales, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, seals, and more than 280 species of birds as you cruise around this wildlife-rich area of the Pacific Ocean. Each tour is customized for the best wildlife viewing for the time of your visit.
Sea and weather conditions will determine the itinerary for the day, and your captain will try to customize the tour to your personal preferences. You might get a glimpse of whales feeding on herring, otters lounging in the kelp, sea lions barking, or possibly even a bear patrolling the beach. No matter what time of the year you visit, expect some great photo opportunities of the surrounding scenery.
You'll also board one of our vans for a 2-hour tour of the Best Of Sitka! You will learn the stories of Sitka from our experienced, fun and professional tour guides. You'll see the place where Alaska was purchased from Russia and find out why Sitka was so important to the Russians. You'll also get up close and personal with Sitka's resident bears at Fortress of the Bear, before heading back to your cruise ship pier.
Included: Snacks and bottled water.
Please note: Maximum of 6 passengers.
Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Whale Watching: 2 hours. Scenic Tour: 2 hours.)
- Snacks and bottled water
- Life jackets for the boating portion of tour
Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 2 hours guided narrated bus tour with multiple scenic stops
- 2 hours guided marine boat tour
How many passengers does the boat hold?
There is a maximum capacity of 6 guests.
What is the seating arrangement in the boat?
Every boat has open seating as well as outside viewing areas when permitted.
Is there an inside seating area on the boat, is it heated?
The interior of the boat is heated when needed due to weather conditions to keep a comfortable environment.
How close can we get to the whales?
Humpback whales and other sea animals are protected species and a safe distance of at least 100 yards must be maintained at all times according to NOAA regulations.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears will be viewable at the Fortress of the Bears stop during the tour.
What is the temperature on the water?
Air temperature can drop as much as 20°F with the wind chill factor when viewing whales outside.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
Snacks and bottled water are included during the tour.
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