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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!


Discover the rich diversity of Sitka’s waters on this Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour! Sitka, Alaska presents an exceptional opportunity for whale watching and observing marine wildlife. Situated amidst the Tongass temperate rainforest and the Alexander Archipelago, the city boasts a unique location. Our waters teem with diverse marine creatures, including sea lions, otters, seals, and various bird species. Additionally, these rich waters serve as stopping points for whales and orcas, drawn to the abundant sea life.

Your Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour begins from the Harrigan Centennial Hall in downtown Sitka. Meet your local, knowledgeable guide who will lead you to your departure point a few steps away at Crescent Harbor. You’ll enjoy an unforgettable expedition through Alaska's southeastern waters aboard our 30-foot seaworthy vessel, equipped with both an inside cabin and an aft viewing deck. This setup ensures an intimate experience as we navigate through coves, islands, and search for an array of marine life. Be sure to have your cameras ready for sea lions relaxing on buoys, otters “rafting” together for a nap, a plethora of marine birds, and whale tails as they pass by! This tour is limited to 6 guests, giving it a personal and private feeling as your captain expertly navigates the waters to provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Your captain will also be your naturalist and historian, sharing stories and information about these amazing creatures and the history of the first capital of Alaska.

Following the tour, your captain will return you to Crescent Harbor where you can easily explore downtown Sitka before returning to your ship. The Whale Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour is an excellent opportunity to explore the wild side of Sitka and give you lots of stories to share back 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