- Air-conditioned/heated and licensed round-trip transportation from your Sitka Alaska cruise ship tender pier!
- English-speaking, local, and trained Sitka shore excursion guides!
- Two-hour boat ride (built for 10) with just a maximum of 6 guests!
- Whale watching, sea lions, otters, seals, dolphins, birds, and more are possible!
- USCG licensed captain and marine guide!
- Complimentary snacks and water!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Sitka and the surrounding area!
An exclusive small group excursion that offers you personal service and more time looking for whales, sea otters, sea lions, and other marine wildlife. Lots of room, comfortable and personalized customer service!
This is also available as a private excursion for just your group of friends or family - Sitka Private Whale Watching and Marine Life Excursion (S2201)
From the Sitka cruise ship tender pier, you will transfer to your 26-foot Glacier Bay Catamaran, a boat specifically designed for southeast Alaska's narrow island passages and coves. Inside there is a warm, comfortable cabin with large windows, while outside, there is a spacious deck for unlimited views.
Although the boat can hold 10 guests, you will be among an exclusive group of only six people per tour. Setting out from Sitka harbor, the catamaran design adds to the smooth ride for this marine life sightseeing excursion.
As you motor out to deeper waters, your captain will give you more information on the area and its marine inhabitants. Keep your eyes open, as this is the summer home of gray and humpback whales, porpoises, sea otters, sea lions, seals, and over 280 species of birds. Around every island and peninsula, there is another possibility of sightings in this wildlife-rich area of the Pacific Ocean.
Sea and weather conditions will determine the itinerary for the day, and your captain will try to customize the tour to your personal preferences. He will also be in contact with other captains to know where the most recent sightings have taken place.
Although wild and marine life sightings are never guaranteed, these waters are known to be the favorite feeding grounds of marine life that return to the same location each season. You might get a glimpse of migrating whales feeding on krill and herring in preparation for their journey south or playing with each other. Sea otters float by, lounging on their backs and then darting amongst the kelp. Seals and sea lions on nearby rocky shores bark a greeting. And even a bear might make an appearance on the shoreline. No matter what time of the year you visit, expect some great photo opportunities of the surrounding scenery. In addition to the marine life, you will be treated to some beautiful coastal scenery.
Total time on the water is approximately two hours after which time, you will be returned to the Sitka cruise tender pier.
Please note: A minimum of 2 guests is required to book this tour. The maximum per departure is 6 guests.