Sitka Private Island Experience and Sightseeing Tour

Join the ultimate private adventure by land and sea throughout this beautiful region. Sitka is home to not only stunning views but wildlife at every turn. Your adventure begins with a mesmerizing 3-hour tour of Sitka Sound, where you'll be spellbound by the incredible wildlife that calls this area home. Keep your head on a swivel as you set out on the waters where you may encounter brown bears, whales, sea otters, sea lions, puffins, eagles, and more Alaskan wildlife. Witness the wonders of nature up close and personal on this intimate private excursion.

As your eyes feast upon nature's spectacle, a visit to a nearby private island awaits, offering you an oasis of tranquility amidst 4 acres of lush forest, two secluded beaches, enchanting hiking trails, and a secret emerald-colored cove.

Explore the island's hidden treasures, from the captivating tide pools teeming with starfish to the panoramic 360-degree views of Sitka Sound. Breathe in the fresh coastal air and let the serenity of this peaceful paradise envelop your senses. What's more, you'll have the entire island to yourself, far away from the crowded streets and tourist traffic in town.

Our team's commitment to your comfort and convenience is unwavering. Enjoy seamless transportation from your cruise dock or local accommodations, whisking you away to this untamed paradise. Delight in a gourmet boxed lunch, specially crafted by an award-winning local caterer to satisfy your taste buds while you soak in the nearby surroundings. Throughout the tour, a private guide will be at your side, sharing their wealth of knowledge and ensuring you don't miss a single highlight. They are available to assist with capturing every magical moment, serving as your personal photographer to preserve your memories with stunning views.

As the water tour comes to a close, return to Sitka, where a private 1-hour sightseeing guided tour awaits. Explore the town's local favorites, including Silver Bay and the Whale Park, immersing yourself in Sitka's vibrant culture and history. And to crown your journey, admission to the renowned Fortress of the Bears. Witness the raw power and grace of Alaska's brown bears, as they roam freely within their habitat. Feel your heart race as you observe these magnificent creatures up close, their sheer size and strength leaving you in awe. Marvel at their agile movements, as they fish, frolic, and play, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Please note that to avoid undue stress on the bears and staff, admission to the Fortress of the Bear is subject to availability.

The Fortress of the Bears is not merely a spectacle for the eyes; it is an immersive journey into understanding and conservation. The knowledgeable guides, true guardians of this wilderness, will share their expertise and insights, offering you a deeper understanding of these incredible animals and their vital role in the Alaskan ecosystem.

Please note: Maximum number of guests is 6

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship dock.)


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship dock or local accommodations 
  • Boxed gourmet lunch on a private island (lunch includes a sandwich, chips, drinnks and dessert)
  • Admission to the Fortress of the Bears (subject to availability)


  • Layered clothing, comfortable shoes, and a warm hat
  • Sunglasses, camera, binoculars, gloves, and rain gear


  • Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the ship.
  • Guests must me comfortable navigating the island's more rugged terrain. 

Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 3 hours - out on the waters of the Sitka Sound with a stop at a private island for lunch
  • 1 hour - guided tour of Sitka and a stop at the Fortress of the Bears (subject to availability)

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at your cruise ship dock or local accommodations.  Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • Due to the island's rugged terrain, this tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however, this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.  The Fortress of the Bears is home to several bears you'll encounter at this sanctuary. 

Can I bring a backpack?

Small bags and purses are allowed. 

Can I bring my own food or drink?

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

What is included with the boxed gourmet lunch?

Sandwich, chips, drinks and desserts are included. 

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions.  Due to coastguard regulations, the maximum number of guests on this excursion is 6 passengers.  Car seats are not available for this excursion. 

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the vessel.  The island terrain is more rugged so we recommend being comfortable traversing uneven surfaces.  Please leave a comment at checkout with any physical limitations or concerns.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing is always recommended.  Comfortable shoes, waterproof outer wear, hats, gloves, rain gear, sunglasses.  

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Duration: 4 hours

Number of Charters *

Private Charter (1 Guest): $2,300.00

Private Charter (2 Guests): $2,370.00

Private Charter (3 Guests): $2,445.00

Private Charter (4 Guests): $2,500.00

Private Charter (5 Guests): $2,575.00

Private Charter (6 guests): $2,640.00

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