WILDS OF SITKA SOUND –
by Expedition Boat
This hand-crafted adventure, aboard your own private expedition boat led by one of the most knowledgeable and experienced captains in Southeast Alaska, offers the best way to explore the natural wonders of Sitka Sound in a day.
Price (USD): Variable, depending on duration and number of guests
Tour Duration: As preferred by guests, with a minimum of 3 hours
Guest Capacity: One private party of up to 6 guests
Provided for Use: Binoculars, charts of the area, wildlife field guides
Snacks/Beverages: Variety of sweet & savory snacks; chilled sodas, juice & bottled water
Recommended: Sunglasses, camera, gloves, comfortable walking shoes and rain gear
FULL DESCRIPTION: Sitka Sound, framed between the snow-capped peaks of Baranof Island and the solitary grandeur of the dormant volcano Mount Edgecumbe, is one of the most dynamic coastal wilderness environments on Earth. The secret passages, golden kelp forests and myriad islands of this charismatically beautiful place nurtures an amazing variety and abundance of wildlife.
While cruising the pristine waters of the Sound, you will have the opportunity to view and learn about humpback & other species of whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoise and seals. With bald eagles reeling overhead, we will skirt islands of moss-draped trees and trace remote stretches of coastline in search of brown bears and black-tailed deer.
Sea conditions permitting, a circumnavigation of the St Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge is a highlight for bird watchers. The island’s sea caves and rugged cliffs are home to almost half-a-million nesting seabirds, including tufted puffins, rhinoceros auklets, murres and guillemots. The intertidal zone is adorned with colorful anemones, sea stars and cold-water sponges.
Your Boat Captain & Guide, John, has over 35-years of experience sharing marine wilderness adventures with visitors to Alaska. He will make itinerary recommendations based on his extensive knowledge of the area, recent sightings and the conditions of the day, but John’s ultimate goal is to craft the expedition to suit your preferences and abilities.
The duration for this experience can be as short as 3-hours, or up to 6-hours. We recommend a duration of at least 4-hours to enjoy a more comprehensive exploration of the Sound.
Unless arrangements have been made to start the trip from an alternate location, please meet John at the Big Shelter at Crescent Harbor 15 minutes prior to your tour time.
Guest safety is our highest priority. Your tour will be cancelled if the captain determines
that conditions are unsafe. A full refund shall be made if the tour is cancelled.
Season: April 1 – September 30
Schedule: Tour timing based on guest’s preferences