A Whale's Song Expeditions
A Whale's Song Expeditions
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Ever wanted to witness one of nature’s great events? Want to watch humpback whales and hear them communicating with each other? Do you think Puffins and Otters are adorable? Look no further, we got the tours for you. Get courtside seats while whale’s supply the play by play announcing as you eavesdrop on their communication with our amplified hydrophone. Our whale & wildlife tours are naturalists led and designed to enhance your awareness of whales, marine wildlife life and their habitat. Is nature photography your passion? Join one of our customized photography tours where our photo experts help you capture inspiring and frame worthy images. Imagine the Alp-like peaks of the Tongass Forest and the crimson streaked Mt Edgecumbe volcano as the background while you photo iconic Alaskan wildlife. Attain tack sharp images with the right composition that communicates the story of that moment in time. Savor the solitude and the most plentiful wildlife that Sitkans treasure!
Sitka, Alaska
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2022

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Lisa M
United States3 contributions
Sep 2022
Amazing experience! Captain Neil was knowledgeable and found locations for us to observe several bears and many whales…a dream come true!
Written October 5, 2022
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Jennifer C
Miami, FL1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Neil made our trip to Sitka! His private charter was the highlight of our Alaskan trip. We arrived on a cruise. The cruise ship had a shuttle service to Crescent Harbor and Neil was waiting for us next to a sign with his company name. We saw eagles, puffins, whales, and harbor seals. Neil’s sense of humor and personality made our trip even better. He had hot cocoa, coffee, tea and snacks. He also gave explanations related to the animals and habitat. The three hours passed by so fast and it was magical seeing whales. My favorite part was St Lucia Island aka Bird Island. We passed by caves and bird nests, starfishes and many puffins! Puffins are my favorite bird and it was wonderful seeing them in the wild. We went in August and enjoyed it immensely. However, next time we will go in March to see the Bubble Net feeding, which is supposed to be amazing! By the way, the Catdaddy was the largest vessel in Crescent Harbor and we felt safe in it. It also has a bathroom.
Written August 13, 2022
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N T
3 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
My son and I did a morning wildlife photography tour with Captain Neil. He went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of! We saw impressive wildlife and really enjoyed the boat experience. The Catdaddy is a great vessel! This experience was the highlight of our 4 days in Sitka!
Written July 29, 2022
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Exploration81953
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Capt Neil and his boat Catdaddy are both top notch. Capt. Neil is very knowledgeable the the boat is clean, comfortable and easily navigated to get the best sightings. This is a must do if you want a small group personal experience. We spent a lot a lot of money on various excursions and this was by far the best. You may see whales (of course), otters, seals, puffins and any other wildlife Neil can find and point out. You can be outside basically 360 for viewing or the inside cabin is warm and very comfortable. I believe the maximum he takes is 6 (we had 5) so this is a million times better than a huge group tour. He also delivered us literally right back to our cruise ship so we didn’t have to worry about catching the busses. Though every tour will be different bc the wildlife doesn’t take reservations lol-Neil seems to know how and where to find whatever happens to be hanging out at the time!
Written July 18, 2022
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lazrvein
Bridgewater, NJ2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This was my son’s last weekend in Sitka after being there for eight years, moving East to the Detroit area to be closers to his wife’s family. I’ve visited him multiple time, but never adventured out of the surrounding foot trails.
As a farewell gift, I offered to go out on a whale watching trip with him.
Having gone out on captain’s Neil boat once before and loving it, he made a last minute call to Whale Song Expeditions Captain Neil answered and accommodated us.
Upon arrival he remembered my son from the last trip and made us feel at home.
There were four people on the tour and plenty of room to spare.
Capital Neil was super knowledgeable, pleasant and made sure we saw all the high points Sitka bay. I was able to see more wildlife during this tour than I ever expected. The only sad part was that the whales didn’t cooperate, hiding from the beautiful sunny day. They seem to like overcast sky. Capital Neil made every effort to find spots in the bay where the whales are often seen and even contacted others in the bay, but to no avail.
At the end of the tour he was apologetic for being in that 1% of his tours where no whales came out to greet us.
Capital Neil thank you for the effort. I had a great time during the tour and if I ever visit Sitka again I will certainly go out on your boat again, specially now knowing that you are from Point Pleasant, NJ. My home state.
Written July 9, 2022
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1105carriek
Nolanville, TX2 contributions
Jun 2022
Had a wonderful day wildlife watching with Neil! We had a party of 6 and everyone had such a good time. We were able to see everything we went out to see. Neil was so knowledgeable about the area, the animals and history of the area. Being on a smaller boat made the trip so much better. I have been on one of those large whale watching tours before. This experience was so much more personal. Highly recommend!
Written July 7, 2022
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grandsexplore
Spokane, WA23 contributions
Jun 2022
We had a fantastic wildlife tour with A Whale's Song. We had been on an expedition cruise just prior to this tour and saw nearly as much in the several hours with Neil as we'd seen in more than a week on the inland passage. Among the many birds we saw and learned about from Neil were Puffins which was a thrill. Whales were elusive during much of our time but Neil was persistent and near what would have been the end of our trip we returned to an area we'd been to earlier. We were scanning for blows when a whale surfaced near the boat. We spent nearly another hour in the area watching the whale dive and surface. A great experience!
Written July 3, 2022
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Mike
San Antonio, TX8 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Booked this tour because it mentioned birding on the website and I was not disappointed. We went out to the NWR and saw a ton of puffins, cormorants, murres, murrelets, rhinoceros auklets, eagles, gulls (various), and more. Also managed to see a few whales, lots of otters, sea lions, and other marine life. But the best part was Captain Neil and his knowledge. He had tons of info - both local and about the wildlife. His boat (Catdaddy) was super comfortable. The snacks and coffee were great and it was an all-around amazing experience, and when we were done we got dropped off right at the cruise ship! I’d recommend this as a must-do - 10/10 in every category!
Written June 28, 2022
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Griffin M
Houston, TX31 contributions
Jun 2022
We had a party of five on the boat. The instructions for meeting Neil were extremely easy and we were quickly on our way. We saw whales, puffins, sea otters, and sea lions! Great photos and sightseeing and Neil was super friendly and informative. I highly recommend!
Written June 15, 2022
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Trail64389614121
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
Captain Neal was just awesome! He was completely committed to our having a fabulous experience. And addition to whales we saw seals up close, sea otters and other wildlife up-close. An absolutely fabulous excursion.
Written June 13, 2022
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