My sister, brother-in-law and I had been planning our Alaskan Cruise for 2 years. I was hoping that our tour with Jim would be as special as I had envisioned that it would be....and it was!
Jim was delightful. He knows the Sitka area like only a long time resident can. He adjusted our tour to accommodate what we wanted to see. My brother-in-law is particularly interested in bald eagles and we sure saw them on this trip. We saw about 15 and an active nest (from a comfortable for the eagles distance).
We also saw gray whales, otters, starfish, and a few other miscellaneous birds. Jim narrated our tour with lots of knowledgeable facts about what we were seeing interlaced with stories of previous encounters.
Now if you are reluctant about going out on the water, don't be. I told Jim I sometimes had a sensitive stomach when on the water and he assured me he could adjust the tour to accommodate me. Fortunately, the day was calm and there were no issues. Jim had great binoculars sitting within ready reach. Water and snacks were available for us too. There is a "head" on the boat, but I didn't visit it. Before leaving the dock, Jim went through a short, necessary safety briefing.
Jim's tours have a max of 6 people, so you will have a great personal experience on your Sitka Tour. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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