Welcome to Sitka, the heart of the Tongass National Rainforest! Abundant with all kinds of wildlife, take to the Sika Sound on this finely curated tour by a private charter boat. Your US Coast Guard licensed Captain will take you aboard their 24' Hewescraft aluminum vessel for a 2-hour long adventure full of the animals Sitka has to offer.
In these nutrient rich North Pacific waters, you can expect to see humpback whales, sea lions, otters, seals, and an array of birds. If you're very lucky you may even see an orca or two! Your guide will take you through coves, islands, and the open ocean in search of a variety of wildlife.
This tour meets from Crescent Harbor in Downtown Alaska, which is directly adjacent to Harrigan Centennial Hall-- the main depot for cruise line passengers. This tour operator is a proud Whale SENSE participant. Please Note: Whale and wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Prices are per boat. This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
Duration: 2 hours (Roundtrip from Harrigan Centennial Hall.)
- Roundtrip transportation from Crescent Harbor
- Coast Guard Licensed Captain
- Private Coast Guard Licensed Vessel
- Whale SENSE Participating company
Duration: 2 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 2 hours duration on the coastal waters of Sitka, Alaska
- This tour meets from Crescent Harbor in Downtown Sitka, which is directly adjacent to Harrigan Centennial Hall-- the main depot for cruise line passengers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible. Due to vessel space, we cannot accommodate regular or collapsible wheelchairs, walkers, or motorized scooters.
How many passengers does the boat hold?
This boat can hold up to 5~6 passengers.
is there an inside seating area on the boat, is it heated?
Yes, our 24' Hewescraft Aluminum boat has an enclosed heated cabin and a forward & aft viewing deck.
Are there restrooms on the boat?
No, the boat does not have restrooms.
How close will we get to the whales?
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. We are a proud supporter and participant of Whale SENSE.
Are whale sightings guaranteed?
Although wildlife is abundant in SE Alaska, whale and wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
Children must be 3 or older to join this tour.
Are there any restrictions for adults?
This tour is not reccommended for pregnant guests.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
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Jul 2022 - Cindi H.
This was a great experience - we saw tons of wildlife and Tad, our captain, was very knowledgeable and the boat was clean and comfortable. We saw whales, otters, sea lions, seals... all so close!