Sitka Wildlife Discovery Water Taxi & Scenic Expedition

Make the most of your precious time in Sitka with our exclusive Wildlife Discovery Taxi Tour. Say goodbye to long shuttle bus lines and step aboard your private water taxi, awaiting you right at your ship or finish your day in style with a return trip to meet your fellow travelers at the cruise terminal.

Set off on a captivating water taxi ride and a breathtaking scenic expedition. Immerse yourself in the wonders of nature while uncovering the hidden gems of Sitka. For the first hour, navigate the pristine waters of Sitka Sound. The Wildlife Discovery begins as you sail through the Islands providing ample opportunities to encounter awe-inspiring wildlife, such as whales, otters, and sea lions along the way.

A heated and covered vessel ensures your comfort, allowing you to relax and savor every moment of this extraordinary journey. As you arrive in downtown Sitka, the adventure continues with the scenic expedition. Join knowledgeable guides on a two-hour exploration, as you traverse the breathtaking landscapes and iconic landmarks of Sitka. Prepare to be captivated by the stunning views at Silver Bay, and Thimbleberry Waterfall Hike, or the serene ambiance of the Whale Park.

To add an extra touch of wonder to your experience, choose between visiting The Fortress of the Bears or The Alaska Raptor Center (admission included), where you can witness the majesty of these incredible creatures up close. Please note that to avoid undue stress on the bears and staff, admission to the Fortress of the Bear is subject to availability.

Expert guides have carefully timed your trip to avoid the busiest periods, ensuring a serene and optimized experience. And, for those seeking personalized stops within the two-hour window, our accommodating guides are more than happy to assist, whether it's for local culinary delights, shopping, or any other specific request you may have.

Conclude your Wildlife Discovery in downtown Sitka, where you can further explore the charming shops, check out Sitka National Historical Park, or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the picturesque harbor. With our scheduled pickup and return to the ship, you can relax and relish in the memories of an unforgettable day, knowing that you've maximized your time in Sitka.

Pricing is per private charter for up to 6 guests

Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship dock.)


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship dock or local accommodations 
  • Admission to The Fortress of the Bears (subject to availability) OR The Alaska Raptor Center 


  • 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/ground transportation.

Duration: 3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 1 hour - Water Taxi charter 
  • 2 hours - Guided exploration of downtown Sitka and admission to The Fortress of the Bears (subject to availability) or The Alaska Raptor Center

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:

  • 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.

Are there any age restrictions?

There are no age restrictions.  Due to Coast Guard 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 and ground transportation.

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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Customer Reviews
Aug 2023 - Deborah S.

Very informative!! Enjoyed the experience!

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Duration: 3 hours

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Private Charter (up to 6 guests): $1,875.00

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