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Sitka Marine Wildlife Exploration by Boat

33 reviews

Excursion Overview

Have a whale of a time on this marine wildlife excursion!

The crystal clear Sitka waters are home to more than 280 bird species as well as seals, sea lions, sea otters, porpoises, gray whales, and humpback whales. This marine life and whale watching tour is sure to give guests ample opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Guests will board a safe 26-foot Glacier Bay catamaran for their whale-watching tour. Specifically designed for smooth sailing and safe travel, the twin-engine vessel will transport guests to the action swiftly. The warm cabin with full windows allows guests to take in the views comfortably from indoors, while a sizable deck is available for open-air viewing.

This 2-hour marine and whale-watching tour takes a maximum of 6 guests to some of the most stunning settings and habitats around. The conditions of the sea and weather will determine the day's itinerary. Whale watching will undoubtedly be the focus, but a smaller group allows the captain to adjust the tour to incorporate what guests want to see most. Those interested in viewing marine wildlife like roaring sea lions, otters reclining in kelp, whales feeding in pods, or even a bear roaming the nearby beaches won't be disappointed on this tour.

Things You Need to Know


  • Life jackets


  • Maximum of 6 passengers.

Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Sitka.)

  • 2 hour - guided marine wildlife boat tour

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets on the cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a maximum capacity of 6 guests.

Every boat has open seating as well as outside viewing areas when permitted.

The interior of the boat is heated when needed due to weather conditions to keep a comfortable environment.

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.

Air temperature can drop as much as 20°F with the wind chill factor when viewing whales outside.

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Food and drink are not included.


Guest Reviews


33 total


Katherine G

On May 2024

What a terrific experience! Our captain, Frank, was extremely knowledgeable, and took us to the exact places to find Stellar Sea Lions, Sea Otters, and Gray Whales. I managed to get a video of a sea lion pushing another one off the buoy they were sunning on, and it was really funny! We must have seen at least a half dozen Gray Whales - and they were magnificent. Frank seemed to know exactly where they would surface with some coming up within less than 75 feet from the boat. Having only six of us onboard was really terrific - there was plenty of room for all of us to see, and most of us were able to be outside the entire time. We all got to know each other, and enjoyed each other s company. If we ever come back to Alaska, we would absolutely for sure take this tour again!

Cara M

On May 2024

This excursion was INCREDIBLE! We saw seals, sea otters, dolphins, and a ton of grey whales. Our captain wasn't sure if we would see any whales, but we got lucky! He found a cove where at least 20 grey whales came through while we were there. It was magical. There were even more spouts out in the distance we could see. The scenery was beautiful. I loved that there were only 6 of us on the boat. We also had blue skies and no rain. It was a perfect day!

Amanda S

On Sep 2023

Brilliantly organized and lovely day whale watching

Jaime B

On Aug 2023

Captain Frank was really nice and courteous and we understand it wasn't his fault but we did not see one whale. Since our Juneau excursion was canceled due to weather we went on a local tour and saw a bunch of whales.

Craig W

On Sep 2022

This was such a fun excursion! Sonny, the boat operator, was great. He knew all the places to go, and we got to see eagles, whales, sea otters and sea lions. I highly recommend doing this excursion with this company.


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Duration: 2 hours

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Duration: 2 hours

Max of 6

Passenger: $179.00

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