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“Excellent boat tour”
Review of Sitka Sound Tours

Sitka Sound Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sitka Sound Tours will guide you through a bevy of majestic mountains, ancient volcanoes, towering caves, and miles of ocean teaming with phenomenal wildlife, providing you with unforgettable memories of your once in a lifetime trip to Alaska. Sitka Sound Tours customizes your tour based on what you want to do and see while in Sitka. Sitka Sound Tours will take you to see migrating humpback whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, rafts of sea otters, lumbering brown bears, and perched bald eagles. Also be prepared to see up close Sitka’s commercial fishing activities, the culture and lifestyle of Southeast Alaska, remnants from World War II, majestic mountain vistas, hanging glaciers and ice fields, and ancient forests!
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Reviewed August 21, 2017

Individualized tour on a small (27') but safe, comfortable boat. Very knowledgeable captain. My wife and I visited Sitka on Oceania Regatta cruise ship. We had arranged for the tour directly with Brian by phone. Comparing notes with other ship passengers later, it was clear that our tour was much better and less expensive than the excursions booked through the cruise line.

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

We were on a cruise to Alaska. Booked this excursion on our own. We saw virtually nothing. Maybe a few seals, a couple of eagles. and a few otters swimming. We would have been better off booking an excursion with the ship or when we got off the ship in Sitka. Other cruise passengers did that and saw much more including whales for a lot less money. Very disappointing.

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SitkaSoundTours, Owner at Sitka Sound Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 9, 2017

This review is very disappointing. You were able to see endangered Steller Sea Lions - those weren't seals...sea otters and eagles! Not a bad array of wildlife to see in just a few hours! We apologize the whales didn't make it on cue for you, however we've seen whales all this week. We can't guarantee wildlife sightings, as this is not a zoo. Just to let you know, the Captain did his best to find you wildlife in the weather/sea conditions. The ship shore excursion you refer to packs 100+ people on a boat, while our boat offers a small intimate setting for those who are not interested in being packed in like sardines.

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Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

Experiencing Sitka wildlife was the best ever. We got to see otters, sea lions, whales, and bold Eagles. Everything went smooth, nice and the captain was a local from Sitka that knew his way around. It was really worthy. Love the experience and the ride.

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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Brian was very knowledgeable about the marine and wildlife in the area. It was fun to get offshore and view the area from the water. We saw deer, sea otters and sea lions. I highly recommend the relaxing tour.

Thank Ann H
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Reviewed July 12, 2015

Sitka Sound Tours is a family run business that can take you to such places as the ferry dock to depart, the Alaska Raptor Center, and the Fortress of the Bears. We used their bus service to ride out to the Fortress of the Bears and the Raptor Center. I would rate them as a 5, but it was a bit difficult to get information out of them from home. They did not answer questions that were directly posed to them about how to find where to catch the bus, and just very general questions. I had to keep pursuing answers and details. Really clean bus driven by Andrew, the son of the owners took us both out to the Fortress of the Bears and came to pick us up to transport us to the ferry dock. We awoke at 4:00am, he arrived on time. Shortly before arriving to the dock, we got word over their radio that our ferry that we planned all of our Alaska trip around (We wanted to sail on the Taku, a slow moving ferry to Juneau because we heard that this trip was beautiful through the inside passage) was possibly cancelled. Andrew took us past the ferry dock anyways, and sure enough, it was CANCELLED WITHOUT receiving any notification. We were a little concerned we would not be able to find a hotel room for the night, but Andrew took us back to town. He took us to a different hotel than our original stay and personally walked in with us to encourage that we got a room. We did, and we so happy that we went there. Andrew made what could have been a very bad experience, as they say, "lemons into lemonade!" Thanks, Andrew for the above and beyond service!!!!!! His service gets a 5 out of 6, if there was a 6!!!!

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SitkaSoundTours, Owner at Sitka Sound Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2017

Hello this review seems to be for the wrong wildlife tour. We operate Sitka Sound Tours, a vessel based business. This review seems to be for a business offering bus tours with someone named Andrew - which has nothing to do with Sitka Sound Tours. Disregard this person's ill-advised review. Thanks, Sitka Sound Tours!

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