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Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

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Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Soak up gorgeous landscapes aboard a smooth-sailing 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran on this whale-watching shore excursion from Sitka. For two hours, a seasoned captain takes a small group limited to just six passengers to prime spots to watch for humpbacks, gray whales, porpoises, seals and an array of birds. Learn about the marine life you see, and return to your ship with memorable shots of wildlife in action.
  • 2-hour whale-watching tour from Sitka
  • Spot whales and other marine life on a tour from one of Alaska's most picturesque and historic communities
  • Travel in a comfortable catamaran specially designed to navigate these waters and view the wildlife from indoor and outdoor viewing decks
  • Look for humpback and gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoises, sea otters and more than 280 bird species
  • Learn from your expert local captain about the abundant marine life in the Pacific Ocean surrounding Sitka
  • Enjoy a customized tour in a small group with a maximum of six people
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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2-hour whale-watching and marine life tour by catamaran
18 years experience amazing visitors!
Live commentary on board
Custom, small-group tour
Snacks & bottled water
Local guide/captain
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities

Departure Point

330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835, USA

330 Harbor Drive

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Confirmation within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes as the weather in Sitka is always different. The boat is heated for your comfort, but you will want to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
  • ALL tours start at Harrigan Centennial Hall 330 Harbor Drive Sitka Alaska 99835.
  • A maximum of 6 people (children and babies included) per booking
  • Please note: Wildlife sightings are very likely but are not guaranteed
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Guests must be able to step on/off boat and depending on the tide, navigate a steep wooden gangway that leads to the dock. The boat is not wheelchair accessible. Due to seat availability, as well as guest safety and comfort, passengers weighing 250 pounds (113 kilograms or 18 stone) will have to purchase an additional seat to reserve adequate space onboard the ship
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sitka Wildlife Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Sitka Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching and Marine Life Tour.

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Being with Capt Sonny was...
Jonelle_H
, Sep 2021
Being with Capt Sonny was a great experience. As we found out through his introduction, our small group had a unique chance to be guided by a Tlingit native who knows these waters and respects these amazing mammals. His sense of humor and knowledge of the whales, eagle nesting sites and Sitka sound made this a complete joy. In his safety briefing, he asked us to help him "bring back the onboard safety vests in their unopened, unused packaging" and with his skills we safely did just that! The boat was modern, clean and comfortable. (Twin Yamaha outboards gave it plenty of get up and go when out in open water.) The tour coordinator at Centennial Hall was very well organized and checked to ensure she had us all ready to go when the boat and Capt did it was time. We definitely got our money's worth and Capt Sonny helped us all get our memory shots by telling us about the whale dive cycles so we knew when to be ready with our cameras. The fun part was trading shots with others on board! It was a great outing and we so appreciate Captain Sonny making it a great day!
star-5
Aloha in Alaska Whale Trip!
Ashley_D
, Sep 2021
We made last minute reservations & so stoked we did! Bruce & Rhonda were welcoming and helpful. Sonny our captain was just delightful, informative & playful. He showed us eagle nests, we saw probably 20 whales, and the scenery was absolutely stunning… even with rain on and off. We see many whales where we live on Maui, and it was great to see where they feed & call home. Awesome that the boat only seats six, very comfortable. Mahalo a nui loa, thank you for the aloha in Alaska!
star-5
Stunning
Peter_D
, Sep 2021
Stunning. Our guide perfectly positioned us to be in the course of a pod of a half dozen humpbacks. They were spouting, breathing in, breaching, feeding and tailing on every side of the boat. Close enough to smell their fish breath, have their sounds resonate in your chest and gain an appreciation of the grace of these giants. The tour also included nesting bald eagles, otters frolicking on their backs and sea lions. Totally pleased by the skill and knowledge of our guide and the results.
star-5
Great Tour, Great Tour Guide.
Tex_A
, Aug 2021
Sam was very knowledgeable and was kind and very professional. Sam took us to the whales, many whales plus eagles.
star-5
Great trip!
Lee_B
, Aug 2021
We were very comfortable in his enclosed cabin. He was funny! He has a rough job! He found whales, eagles and the cutest sea otter! I’d love to go again!
star-5
Wonderful tour
Darla_S
, Aug 2021
Sonny was wonderful! We saw lots and lots of whales, eagles and their nests. It was definitely a highlight of our trip!
star-5
Sunny can make the Adventure of Finding dozens of Whales VERY SPECIAL!!
Suz_M
, Jul 2021
We saw so many whales! Our boat driver, Sunny was FANTASTIC!! He helped make our day exciting. He was very personable. He also knew where the Eagle’s nests were and sea lions hang out.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself with Sonny! We sure are blessed to have him as our very own Captain. He is a gem for sure! Thank you for taking time out and leaving an amazing review for us while your still on your Alaska cruise! Hope you enjoy the rest of your cruise! Safe travels home!
star-4
The trip was awesome and our guide...
Eddie K
, May 2017
The trip was awesome and our guide was very knowledgeable though we saw no whales on our day......

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