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Amazing Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Shore Excursion
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Amazing Whale Watching and Marine Wildlife Shore Excursion

By Baranof Tours
Recommended by 94% of travelers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 3-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Local guide
  • Tour escort/host
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
    Our stand is located right in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, in the vendor section. Please arrive at least 15 mins before scheduled for check-in.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 64781P16

    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Not recommended for people with mobility issues
    • Weight limit is 230lbs per person
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

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    • You'll start at
      Harrigan Centennial Hall
      330 Harbor Dr, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
      Our stand is located right in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, in the vendor section. Please arrive at least 15 mins before scheduled for check-in.
      See address & details
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      Harrigan Centennial Hall
    • You'll return to the starting point
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    • Baranof Tours
      163
      Sitka, Alaska
      Joined in May 2017
    • Stephanie D
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must for all animal lovers
      As an animal lover I was excited to do this tour and it exceeded all my expectations. The Raptor Centre was wonderful and it was great to get so close to these beautiful birds. The bear sanctuary was wonderful, especially as it is helping to save orphaned bear cubs.
      Written May 16, 2024
    • Flyer618034
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super excursion
      This was a wonderful trip to see the wildlife of Alaska ! The bears and the eagles were fantastic !This excursion met all our desires of what to see in Sitka
      Written May 12, 2024
    • Stephanie_France_79
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Excursion in Sitka
      We were on an Alaskan Cruise and had been advised by our Cruise operator to book any of our shore excursions with their recommended tour company which we did for Juneau and Ketchikan but the one we wanted for Sitka was not available so we decided to leave it until we were travelling to see what we could sort. We tried onboard with the Cruise's excursion department but they had nothing available that we had wanted and we didn't want to book anything else just for the sake of having a trip to do - anyhoo on the off chance we might get lucky my husband googled "Sitka Tours" and found this absolute gem that was everything we had wanted in the 1st place (Totem Park, Fortress of the Bears, The Raptor Park and a drive through downtown with a guide) We arrived and found the tour organiser and was assigned to to a guide and a lovely air conned mini bus. Our guide Christian was brilliant and so knowledgeable - we started off at the Totem park and saw the amazing carvings as well as having a wander to the river to see the Salmon spawning. Then as we had time he did a little detour for us to see the old WW2 base and get great views of the city bridge. Next stop up to the Raptor centre which was great and then to the Fortress of the Bears which was my fave by far as had wanted to go there ever since we booked the holiday. The last stop for some great panoramic pictures was Silver Bay then back into town for some explore time before getting back on our ship - we were very lucky as we had amazing weather too. I would highly recommend this tour company do do this trip - they were absolutely great - 10 out of 10
      Written September 28, 2023
    • daroldr131
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whales Galore!
      Capt. Ted Lara was the highlight of the day in Sitka. Very knowledgeable and took us right to the spot to enjoy seeing multiple whales in spite of rough waters. Very friendly!!! I would and will recommend him to friends and family that plan on visiting Sitka. It was a great day!
      Written September 25, 2023
    • Teresa S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Go with Captain Tad to See Beauty!
      Captain Tad was AWESOME! We were on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation and chose Baranof Tours through Shore Excursions. Our group were the only ones so Captain Tad asked us what we wanted to do. He took us in search of bears. We weren’t lucky enough to see one however we saw lots of salmon running in the most beautiful settings! We then went out to see whales and Captain Tad told us what to look for. We saw so many hump backs! Fabulous photos! Captain Tad was extremely knowledgeable, personable, excited to see our pleasure and just a fun person. We will definitely schedule again if in the area!
      Written September 24, 2023
    • suesW5671GT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Go with The Flo!
      I had initially planned to take the blue bus to Fortress of the Bear BUT since there were over 7,000 people arriving in port that day, individual travel was banded. Luckily, in front of the Visitor Centre we found Baranof Tours that had openings for small group travel (13 people in a small van). Flo (our guide) was extremely knowledgeable, punctual and very courteous. In 2 hours, we saw salmon spawning in Sitka National Historical Park, visited the Raptor Centre to witness a bald eagle being fed by her trainer and saw brown and black bears at the Fortress of the Bear. All of these places were definitely worth seeing !! The tour was cheaper to book individually than booking through the cruise line. Tip- If you are interested in taking the blue bus, check the cruise port to see how many cruise ships are arriving. Baranof Tours is a great alternative to individual travel.
      Written September 21, 2023
    • A5810ZQjackm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Going with the Flo
      Our driver, Flo, was incredible! Her long, rich knowledge and love for Sitka showed throughout the tour. All of our stops were equally wonderful and we would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sitka!
      Written September 19, 2023
    • E5652IIjeffb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Simply Amazing Sitka Tour
      All of the stops were amazing and very informative. Loved the fact that the sanctuaries can rescue and often rehab these wild animals.
      Written September 4, 2023
    • stevemE7914LU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Trip with Roy Baxter
      Great exposure for this gret source of Alaska's wildlife and way of life. Low key appoach to insure the experience is on point.
      Written September 1, 2023
    • ninatV2278KG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bear, raptor and totem tour
      We got to go c the bear, raptor and the salmon at the National Park. I wish we could got more time at each location. Feel like a bit rush. But we still have lots of fun. Price is reasonable.
      Written August 30, 2023
    • akush
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sitka tour
      Baranoff tour of the three things was great. It was 2.5 hours, but Mike (our tour guide) was so good that we would have been happy for the tour to be 4 hours of we had the time. Mike had information to keep the adults interested, as well as my 11 and 15 year old children. He had tons of knowledge and patience with all our questions. Would totally recommend
      Written August 29, 2023
    • Traveler47900024752
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whale tail slapping
      Fish,whale tails from humpback, coastal brown bear with cub. Well worth it on typical Alaska summer day.
      Written August 19, 2023
    • Jane B
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great way to see wildlife in Alaska
      It was nice to have a guide take us to all the highlighted areas in Sitka. We especially liked the Raptor emergency clinic. It was fun watching the bears being so active and playing with each other.
      Written August 11, 2023
    • tararM1715LN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent whale watching with Capt. Tad
      Captain Tad Lara led us on a beautiful and intimate whale watching experience! He was super knowledgeable about the animals and the scenery and we highly recommend taking a basically private whale watching tour with him. He was professional, boat was clean, they were timely, and checked in with our next excursion for us. We saw a mom and calf combo, as well as lots of otters and sea lions. Thanks Tad!
      Written August 7, 2023
    • Kyle K
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sitka
      It was great. Great driver. Great sites to visit. Would have liked to stay longer at each place, but I feel better getting back to the ship early.
      Written August 5, 2023
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    Linda R
    San Juan, Puerto Rico10 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip Advisor indicated this was fully refundable- until of course we purchased the outing. Then it says the vendor will not issue refunds. I reached out to the vendor who told me to talk to Trip Advisor. We had to cancel our whole trip because of COVID. Either the vendor, Trip Advisor, or both misled us concerning the ability to cancel. Strongly do NOT recommend this vendor
    Written September 2, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Hi, I’m surprised to see this review. Unfortunately I never received a call from you requesting cancellation. I’m I’m guessing you only contacted Viator/Trip Advisor. If this is the case, they never relayed any info to me. I wish you had contacted me as I could have resolved helped resolve this. I even called you on the day of the tour to let you know we were departing. I never recieved any call back. It’s still not too late to call as I’ll do my best to help you resolve this (907) 738-9135
    Written September 8, 2022
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    Kristi N
    Clayton, NC13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2022
    Unfortunately, we were unable to go on our tour due to the late docking time of our cruise ship. This company was very responsive to our situation and even refunded all of our money.
    Their customer service was excellent and I will not hesitate to rebook with them the next time I am in Alaska!
    Written July 6, 2022
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    edward m
    Florence, OR11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Captain Tad and a total of 4 whale watchers on a 27' boat. The trip was wonderful. We saw steller sea lion, sea otter, seals or sea lions on the navigational buoy. Lot of whales, humpbacks or grey, I'm no expert but we probably saw 50 as close as 100', they swim right by! We saw a juvenile whale jumping repeditatly. Tad was totally open to suggestions, if you see a spout just yell it out and he will adjust the boat position for great views. This is a tour better for active people, standing on deck taking pictures in the chop can be challenging! I recommend 100% Don't do the giant boats, too many heads in the way! Get on a small boat!
    Written September 3, 2023
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    Jim T
    Monroeville, OH13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    Couldn't ask for a better Capt. and tour guide than Tad Lara. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, On our trip we saw otters, seals, sea lions, eagles, and humpback whales. In fact, one whale had an interest in our 24 ft. boat and actually bumped us. (highly unusual) He continued to play around our boat for several minutes.
    Written July 16, 2022
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    OnAir00656860278
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were lucky enough to stumble on this company when were in Sitka with nothing planned. Missy went out of her way to accommodate us at short notice. They have a new 6 person boat for 2023 and captain Tad was fantastic. We saw sea lions, sea otters, and humpback whales, Tad made sure we all got a great view of everything. Thank you.
    Written May 17, 2023
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    Kevin S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was perfect, guide was super friendly and took us to the spots. Nice day out of the water, saw humpbacks and stayed with them for a while as they did wahle things. Also seal lions and sea otters. Tour length was perfect and felt like a private personal tour. Was just 4 of us.
    Written June 26, 2022
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    BrianT
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019 • Couples
    We loved our tour where we saw humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, seals and cormorants and were able to take so special photos. Our captain was very knowledgeable and flexible as we were able to track the whales when they appeared. The relatively small boat was an advantage as it brought us closer to the wildlife and it could manoeuvre quickly when needed. We would strongly recommend this experience to other visitors to Sitka.
    Written July 22, 2019
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    John D
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2018 • Couples
    My girlfriend and I took a cruise with a stop in Sitka. Rather than book a trip from the cruise line, we decided to see what was available at the dock. We found this tour and it was quite a bit less expensive than what was offered through Holland America.It was a 24' aluminum boat that was in very nice condition and although they wanted to have four passengers, we were the only ones to go. So basically we had a personal tour and we saw many whales and I got some great photos and videos. I was very impressed and kind of felt sorry for all the folks crammed onto the large whale watching vessels for more money. I would recommend this trip.
    Written September 30, 2018
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    Jean L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022 • Solo
    Small boat and passengers. Could get pretty close to whales, sea lions and otters. Really enjoyed being on the water
    Written May 31, 2022
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    Ed Chan
    Phoenix, AZ4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    We had an amazing tour guide/captain. He is extremely accommodating and knowledgable about the area. The captain turned off the engine of the boat so that the whales were not disturbed. We waited patiently for a few minutes, then 6 - 7 humpback whales surfaced around our boat. Some were very close, we got amazing picture and videos. We were able to stay out in the ocean for almost an hour to capture this amazing encounter.
    Excellent excursion, I highly recommend it.
    Written August 29, 2019
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