Sitka

Small-Group Sitka Wildlife Cruise

Duration: 2.5 Hours
Overview: Discover amazing Pacific wildlife from your knowledgeable captain – an expert in marine and wildlife biology. Leave downtown Sitka and hop on a state-of-the-art, 27-foot (8.2-meter) boat and cruise out to Sitka Sound and the surrounding Pacific region. Stand on the outside decks for spectacular views or enjoy the heated cabin, indoor marine head and comfortable seating.

This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring a more personalized experience. Depending on the weather, you'll sail to the perfect viewing spot: head north into Nakwasina Sound, stop at St Lazaria Island or cruise south to the Goddard Hot Springs area. You'll enjoy amazing views of rare wildlife. Spot humpback whales, sea otters feasting on kelp, rare and spectacular puffins, sea lions and maybe even some bears on shore!

Sitka Sea Kayaking Adventure

Duration: 3 Hours
Overview: Meet your group at the Sitka downtown dock and suit up in quality rain gear and life jackets. Then, climb aboard a custom-built vessel for an exciting sightseeing tour on the Gulf of Alaska. Your captain will scan the sea for wildlife, including whales, and identify points of interest along the way. Then cruise out to a floating base camp, where you'll receive a safety instruction from your knowledgeable guide on how to use the two-person kayaks. Enjoy 1.5 hours of kayaking through the magnificent waters of the Gulf of Alaska. Your professional guide will point out the native wildlife that Sitka is famous for, including bald eagles and harbor seals. From the water, you may even spot land mammals, including black-tailed deer and brown bears! No prior kayaking experience is required and all ages are welcome. After kayaking, refuel with a hearty warm snack consisting of clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider.

Private Tour: Sitka Highlights Sightseeing Cruise

Duration: 60 Minutes
Overview: Experience the perfect introduction to Sitka on this private one-hour sightseeing cruise with a local boat captain. Your hour will be spent cruising the calm waters of Sitka Sound on a quiet, heated, 27-foot boat. The boat has a heated cabin, indoor marine head and comfortable seating, in addition to ample outside deck space. Your captain is not only licensed by the United States Coast Guard, but is also a fish and wildlife biologist. See Sitka's beautiful waterfront and learn about the town's colorful history. Originally settled by the Tlingit people, Sitka today is a culturally diverse town with deep Russian, Filipino and American roots. As a hotspot during the Gold Rush era, Sitka's population grew, but its role in World War II as a large US Navy base really helped to establish the city. Signs of the Gold Rush and World War II can still be seen today. This private cruise can hold up to six passengers.

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