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Boat excursions are some of the best ways to experience Sitka and the surrounding area, whether it's for sightseeing and wildlife viewing or exploring nearby beaches and islands. Book an adventure with us to make your stay even more memorable!


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


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/or 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.


ADDITIONAL NOTES

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: June 1 – September 30, 2020

Schedule: Tour timing based on guest’s preferences


WILDLIFE PHOTO – SAFARI, BEACHCOMBING & MORE

Experience Sitka Sound’s amazing scenery and wildlife by private boat, then go ashore on a remote island or stretch of wild coast to beach comb, take a leisurely soak in a hot spring or enjoy an Alaska-style beach fire and picnic prepared by your crew.

Price (USD): Variable, depending on duration and number of guests.
Tour Duration: As preferred by guests, with a minimum of 4 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.


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.

In addition to wildlife viewing and bird watching, this adventure allows time to take a break from cruising to step ashore for a wild coast adventure of your choosing – to beach comb, dabble about in colorful tide pools, trace the meandering tracks of a brown bear, or just sit and appreciate the beauty and solitude of your surroundings. The interface between rainforest and ocean is a photographer’s dream, and it provides unlimited opportunities for discovery.


You also have options to enjoy an Alaska-style beach fire and picnic prepared by your crew, or to be dropped off at Goddard hot springs for a relaxing soak. If you wish, we can even arrange to bring sea kayaks, to explore kelp forests & secluded estuaries, accompanied by a guide. Be sure to dress warmly in layers, wear sturdy footwear and bring along your raingear.


ADDITIONAL NOTES

The duration for this experience can be as short as 4-hours, or up to 8-hours. We recommend a duration of at least 5-hours to enjoy a truly unrushed wilderness adventure.

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: June 1 - September 30, 2020

Schedule: Tour timing based on guest’s preferences


ACCESS WILD ALASKA BY WATER TAXI SERVICE

The wilds of western Baranof Island, and the countless smaller islands of this outer coast wonderland, offer amazing recreational opportunities. Within a couple hours running time of Sitka, there are over a dozen Forest Service cabins and shelters available for public use. Several are situated in stunningly beautiful coves, right above the tide line. There are also remote hiking trails, such as the trail to the summit of Mt Edgecumbe or across Kruzof Island to spectacular outer coast beaches. Another popular destination is Goddard Hot Springs, about 17-miles south of Sitka. We know the entire area very well, and we welcome the opportunity to help you design the perfect day trip or multi-day sea kayak & camping expedition.

The boat, the Peregrine, has been specially designed for providing access to wild places. At 30-feet long and made from marine-grade, welded aluminum, she is big enough to provide a safe, comfortable ride in the more exposed waters found along the west coast of Baranof Island, but still small and nimble enough to explore the area’s countless shallow passages and coves.

Accommodations aboard the Peregrine include a spacious, heated cabin, comfortable seating for up to 6-passengers, and wrap-around windows. She is specially outfitted to transport kayaks or mountain bikes, plus enough gear and provisions to do a multi-week expedition. This purpose-built vessel is also equipped with a bow door & ramp to allow easy beach access.

Captain John has been operating sightseeing cruises and marine transportation in Alaska for over 35-years. In addition to being an expert mariner, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of the history, ecology, and wildlife of the area with all who ride with him. And with John, there is no such thing as “just transportation." Every trip – even a short water taxi run across the Sound – is an opportunity to explore with new friends and celebrate the beauty of Alaska’s wild coast.

Scheduling & Rates

We operate our marine transport service year-around, seven days per week. Departure and pick-up times are set according to the preferences of each party, with guidance on tide and weather considerations provided by Captain John. Our rates are based on a sliding scale that factors the round-trip running distance required and the number of passengers in your party. For group sizes larger than 6-persons we can arrange for consecutive runs or a second vessel. Please email or call to receive a price quote specific to your itinerary and group size. We will email or call within 24-hours to confirm your reservation.


BOOK A TOUR

Use the CONTACT page to request a reservation and to ask any questions you have about tour options & amenities. The CONTACT page can also be found under the ABOUT US tab.

The price for the tour or transportation service you are requesting will be based on the duration of the trip and any add-on services being requested. Prices quoted will include any applicable fees and Sitka’s 6% sales tax. Gratuity for the captain & crew is at the guests’ discretion and is not included. Unless arranged otherwise, payment will be made in full by credit card at time of booking. A receipt will be emailed within 24-hours to confirm your reservation.


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