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Beautiful Sitka Marine Wildlife Photo Tour
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Beautiful Sitka Marine Wildlife Photo Tour

By A Whale's Song Expeditions
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
This excursion is designed explicitly for the photography enthusiasts desiring a full day’s immersion capturing compelling images of the creatures and stunning landscapes on the waters of Sitka. Your expedition is limited to just 6 guests and led by our Professional photographer / naturalist who will mentor and provide personal attention throughout the excursion. Snap frame worthy photos as you create new memories of a lifetime! Imagine the Alp-like peaks of the Tongass National Forest and the crimson streaked dormant Mt Edgecumbe volcano as the background in your view finder as you photograph Whales, Puffins, Sea Otters, Eagles, Coastal Brown Bears and other Alaskan wildlife on this exclusive Expedition.

Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Local taxes
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Hydrophone to hear whale communication
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • 330 F-99, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
    If arriving in Sitka on a cruise ship we will pick you up at Crescent Harbor / Harrigan Centennial Hall where the shuttle buses drop ff all passengers. Not on a cruise ship please call 907-738-9890
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 63943P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 63943P2

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      330 F-99
      330 F-99, Sitka, AK 99835, USA
      If arriving in Sitka on a cruise ship we will pick you up at Crescent Harbor / Harrigan Centennial Hall where the shuttle buses drop ff all passengers. Not on a cruise ship please call 907-738-9890
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      Sitka
      Stop: 4 hours
      Our captain and professional photographer will greet you and direct you to our vessel. After a short orientation and safety briefing, we will head out into the Sitka Sound comfortably aboard our very stable and heated 43’ catamaran that features 360-degree viewing, complete walk around deck and spacious restroom. Whether a seasoned pro or a budding wildlife photographer you will receive world class guidance. They will help refine your wildlife photography skills to capture fast- and slow-moving marine wildlife in beautifully composed images with ease. The muse of your 4 hour tour will be Whales, Otters, Porpoise, Seals, Sealions, Bears, Puffins and plethora of marine birds.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • A Whale's Song Expeditions
      90
      Sitka, United States
      Joined in December 2017
    • H4780DPjenniferh
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Alaska Whale Watching Boat Excursion
      This excursion was excellent! We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, eagles, even a bear! It was more than I had imagined. The captain, Neil, was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend A Whale's Song Expedition to all my family and friends...as matter of fact we already have! Thank you Captain Neil for a great experience.
      Written 7 September 2023
    • mamabearonthego
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect day
      We spent a wonderful afternoon with Neil and highly recommend booking with him. We saw a mother humpback and her baby, seals, otters, and tons of birds including puffins. Plus, the scenery around Sitka is amazing! It was my favorite day of our entire cruise. Thank you again Neil!
      Written 10 August 2023
    • Dgori1973
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic
      The trip was excellent, the captain is really polite and we can only say really positive opinion on everything. I suggest everybody to book this amazing experience with Neil. Tks again, we will bring this amazing experience into our hearts.
      Written 7 August 2023
    • r0bert870
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wildlife viewing at its very best!
      Simply superb! Neil is an amazing captain, friendly, personable, extremely knowledgeable about Alaska, wildlife and the environment. The catamaran is an ideal boat for wildlife viewing and photgraphy as it is stable and manoeuvrable. Neil is adept at putting the boat in the best place for wildlife encounters whilst obeying all the rules when near whales and other wildlife. We have had the experience of a lifetime, humpbacks bubblenetting, literally in front of the boat! Witnessing orcas chase and kill a porpoise, getting superb views of a raft of over 200 sea otters.
      Written 28 July 2023
    • SandyZ358
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An EPIC adventure!
      Can't say enough about Neil and his dedication to creating an EPIC adventure of watching humpback whales bubble net feed. I would book A Whales Songs Expeditions again and recommend this company to others!
      Written 6 April 2023
    • Q6136MSlisam
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful Experience
      Amazing experience! Captain Neil was knowledgeable and found locations for us to observe several bears and many whales…a dream come true!
      Written 5 October 2022
    • jenniferpuffin
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience and great Captain!
      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 13 August 2022
    • NTTha
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience!
      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 29 July 2022
    • Exploration81953
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lifetime memories
      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 18 July 2022
    • lazrvein
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Day out in Sitka Bay with Captain Neil
      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 9 July 2022
    • 1105carriek
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      3 Hour Tour
      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 7 July 2022
    • grandsexplore
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Super wildlife tour
      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 3 July 2022
    • LuftSchaf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Superb!
      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 27 June 2022
    • Griffin M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A must in Sitka
      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 15 June 2022
    • Trail64389614121
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This is a must to do.
      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 13 June 2022
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    Mark W
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Family
    I normally do not write reviews, but I really enjoyed my tour. So comfortable and accommodating. We were given the choice on what we saw and how long we stayed at each spot. We watched one whale for close to an hour. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
    Written 11 June 2023
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    whoa3050
    midwest117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    This was our second time in Sitka touring with Neil and Lione. They are the perfect combination of informative, fun and caring guides for your sea adventures. Neil is respectful of the wildlife and caters to your interests whether it be whales, puffins, otters etc. He may go further and stay out longer to show you all the spectacular wildlife and scenery he can. If you want the personalized small boat (6 people) experience then this tour is perfect. He and Lione are so knowledgeable about each species they see and share in an interesting and fun way.
    We are photographers and Lione is excellent at making sure the boat is positioned for the best photo lighting. You couldn't ask for a better or nicer captain and naturalist/photographer in Sitka. We've gotten some of the best whale pics we've ever taken so whether you're a pro, semi pro, phone photographer or just want to observe wildlife, this is the tour for you. We have so many unforgettable memories AND photos!!!! Thank you again Neil and Lione!! J&K
    Written 19 August 2019
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    You guys are wonderful! It was so great having you aboard again with us and thanks for the wonderful compliments!
    Written 21 August 2019
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    JGA
    Beckenham, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    A big thank you to Captain Neil and Leone for the great trip you provided for us in July.
    Both worked hard to be as informative as possible and visit as many sites as would allow with out 3 hour window to get back to our cruise. We saw humpbacks , puffins, sea otters , bald eagles and a host of other sea birds .
    Highlight for me was the sea otters all wrapped in kelp forming a raft.
    Neil even dropped us back to our cruise ship to save us the bus ride from the town.
    A truly personal service!
    Written 8 August 2019
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    Thanks for such a great review. We are so glad you had a wonderful trip and hope the rest of the cruise was fantastic!
    Written 9 August 2019
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    Alisha F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    We booked a last minute tour for my family of four with Neil while visiting the port of Sitka. The tour far exceeded our expectations. We saw whales, sea lions, sea otters, and bald eagles. Neil was knowledgeable and friendly. Upon returning to the cruise ship, we spoke with several people who did not see any whales while on their "cruise booked" excursion. I highly recommend using Neil if traveling to Sitka.
    Written 9 May 2023
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    Retire-n-5
    Port Angeles, WA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021
    Excellent – A photographer's dream come true - bring your camera, you won't be disappointed! The wildlife was abundant and easily photographed. Plenty of seabirds, otters, sea lions and more bald eagles and whales than I could count. Captain Neil is a great host and guide, from the welcoming pot of hot coffee to the on-going narrative about the wildlife and sea life to adjusting plans on-the-fly based on where the wildlife could be seen. I will be coming back and I am recommending Captain Neil and the Catdaddy to friends and family.
    Written 28 March 2021
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    Jessica C
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • Couples
    Wow, what a fabulous tour! Neil was very knowledgeable of the area and we saw a lot of marine wildlife! The boat was comfortable and he even had coffee and hot cocoa on board! Thank you for a fantastic experience.
    Written 28 September 2020
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    Johan M
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2019
    We stayed at Sitka over a week end, thus no Cruise ships and lots of tourists. Some tours then does not operate, but owner Neil was prepared to take me on a photographic tour nevertheless.

    It was only me and him, on his smaller boat of the two and without the photographic expert. But all was explained en accepted.

    I enjoyed being the only guest on the four hour trip and thus had the Skippers full attention and guidance to the see life available the particular morning and photograping it.

    I enjoyed the trip severely and appreciate Neil's willingness to not let me be disappointed about no availability over a week end. We enjoyed having some personal conversations, and I could see Neil's passion, knowledge and professionalism for his tours that he present.

    The price is a bit steep, but in the end all worth it and I got some pretty pictures. I wish him well and do recommend his tours!
    Written 15 August 2019
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    It was such a great pleasure having you aboard and so exciting to watch the fantastic show all the birds put on for us. If I visit South Africa I would very much like to see you again.
    Written 25 August 2019
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    Paul B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hired Neil for a 3hr wildlife tour of the surrounding waters. Great experience for my two kids (5 & 8). We got lucky and had a calm/sunny day on the water. Staff was so kind and super nice to our kids. We saw whales, puffins and other wildlife. Thanks for the experience. Ps. Don’t bring bananas on the boat!
    Written 21 July 2019
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    That was such a beautiful day. Charlie and Lucy are great! Imagine how epic it could have been if only the bananas didn't come aboard lol. Thanks Paul!
    Written 22 July 2019
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    Heidei R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019 • Couples
    We picked this tour due to the humor of the author on their disclaimer regarding wildlife. Visiting friends in Sitka, we had a day to ourselves and wanted to go exploring. We ended up on the boat with Neil and Elona (sp?) and what a treat!

    They were very knowledgable, it wasn't scripted and we had a wonderful time. Worth every penny! We highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to get some history, see wildlife and enjoy 3-4 hours one day while visiting Sitka.

    Thank you,
    Heidei Reynolds
    Written 14 July 2019
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    Heidie that was a fantastic day so glad we had you onboard.Thanks for your fantastic review!
    Written 22 July 2019
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