Sitka Marine Wildlife Boat and Cultural Land Tour Combo

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.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

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Duration: 4 hours

Number of Passengers *

Max of 6

Adult: $180.00

Child (Under 12): $180.00

  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489