Sitka Wildlife Adventures
Sitka Wildlife Adventures
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Marine Wildlife Tours, Wilderness Guiding, Coastal Transportation and Research Logistics in the Ocean Waters and Remote Shores of Sitka, Alaska
Sitka, United States
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Sarah S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Captain Davey might just be the greatest spokesperson for the wild paradise that is Sitka.
Throughout our tour of the Sitka Sound on the Esther G II, Davey shared his extensive knowledge of the geography, biology, ecology and history of this wonderland.

Davey is also a thoughtful, kind and caring host, who has hot tea on board, so you can feel cozy in the inner cabin with a nice cup or pop out onto the deck and out in the ocean air for a closer look at the wildlife and the land + ocean scapes.

Seeing spouting whales was an incredible thrill and I was simply awestruck. The majestic beauty of the eagles holding court from high in their roosts was humbling. This was a truly transformative experience that I will carry with me always.

If you’re planning a trip to Sitka, do yourself a favor and book a trip on the Esther G II with Captain Davey!
Written 1 December 2023
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Richard L
Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
6 of us from New Zealand joined Davey on a day we will never forget. Arriving at his home, we were welcomed aboard his comfortable boat and our adventure started almost immediately after when a whale surfaced nearby. Davey's superb knowledge of the wildlife took us to amazing places, mixing time of quiet relaxation with excitement as we explored his playground. Davey - one of the very best. We loved our day with you.
Richard
Written 4 September 2023
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Christine S
Seattle, WA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Business
We had an amazing tour this evening, seeing otters, humpback whales bears, eagles, and so many salmon leaping out of the water. The captain is an excellent tour guide. I can't recommend this highly enough!!
Written 16 August 2022
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Stevex19
Lecanto, FL25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Really an excellent boat tour of Sitka sound. Relatively large boat with both enclosed and open areas. The Captain was obviously very experienced and knew all of the best spots to go to. The seasonal tour guide was excellent, knowledgable and very enthusiastic about her job. Saw quite a few whales (even a grey whale that is not common in these waters). Also got a close-up look at a Sea Otter colony. Well worth the time and probably one of the best things to do in Sitka.
Written 21 July 2022
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ACinSF
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
**Full disclosure: Captain Davey is a friend but I stand by my review. It would be the same if he were a stranger**

I have been to Sitka 3 times and it has always been an amazing experience. Each time I was lucky enough to have gone on a Sitka Wildlife Adventures tour. The Sitka Sound is a stunningly beautiful environment, filled with incredible wildlife. I can't imagine a better way to see it than with Captain Davey on his amazing boat, the Esther G II. Captain, Davey is an awesome, fun, funny and extremely knowledgable expert on the region and its wildlife and history. We saw whales, seals, sea lions, otters, eagles and more. This past trip Davey asked us if we wanted to be surrounded by whales. Of course we all said yes, not really expecting what was about to unfold. Shortly after, we began to see the spouts of many gray whales. Before long we were indeed surrounded by them, dozens of them. The were everywhere, near and far. Many whales breaking the surface to catch a breath, some so close it felt almost as if you could reach out and touch them (you couldn't, of course). We broke out our picnic lunch and ate while we drifted surrounded by these magnificent creatures.

I cannot recommend this experience highly enough! Each time, and especially this last time, offered experiences that I will never forget. Truly an experience of a lifetime! Don't forget your camera! If I could give it more that 5 stars, I certainly would.
Written 19 April 2022
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Dave J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My wife and I went out with Davey in mid October and had the best time imaginable. Davey took us out in the sound and immediately put us in a pod of whales that were breaching, spy hopping and doing all the stuff that whales do best. This experience, dubbed 'whaleness' by Davey, was spectacular. Davey then proceeded to give us some natural history lessons and even pointed out a brown bear on the beach. We couldn't recommend Captain Davey enough - awesome guy, comfortable boat, and great tour!
Written 28 February 2020
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shakeyscientist
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I came to Sitka for a month and my trip with Davie was definitely one of the highlights. It is so worth the tour of the sound and his knowledge of the wildlife and community. He is super considerate of everyone, doing his best to keep passengers from getting seasick and providing warm drinks so we can keep standing on the deck and freaking out about the whales. Super nice guy, was a great time to hang out with, and was just as stoked about all the wildlife as anyone else on the boat. Thank you so much for taking us out!
Written 22 February 2020
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phelpsphan10
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Hands down, this is the best wildlife tour and captain in Sitka.

It was a beautiful October morning in Sitka and Captain Davey picked us up in his warm, cozy boat with fresh muffins and coffee. We headed out to the Sound and saw a sea lion, dozens of humpback whales, local birds, seals, a bear, and even more.

Davey is incredibly kind and knowledgable and truly made our experience unforgettable! If you're considering a tour in Sitka, this is definitely the one you want. We'll be back soon!
Written 10 November 2019
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Paul S
Ellicott City, MD21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We’d heard about Sitka Wildlife Adventures from some fellow travelers, and so we splurged and booked a 4-hour tour with Davey Lupin about a month before heading to Sitka. We met up with Davey on an overcast day in July, and spent the next 4 hours with him on his custom-designed “Ester G 2”. This proved to be a super-comfortable and exceptionally well-designed water craft for the purpose of his guiding sightseeing customers around. It is fast and safe and completely fine regardless of whether it is raining or shining. We spent the next 4 hours watching humpback whales, orcas, and all manner of seabirds (Merls, Puffins, Gulls, Cormorants, etc.) nesting, frolicking, etc. We watched Falcons chasing after Bald Eagles and even a Falcon devouring a catch (another unlucky bird). And through it all we enjoyed learning so much from Davey about the history of this place and (when I asked) the Latin names of plants and even animals. Davey’s knowledge is simply encyclopedic and his manner super-friendly and enthusiastic. This is a journey for both young and old. Bring your camera, but no need for binoculars as Davey provides these. And invest in the 4 hour experience; 3 hours might not be quite enough.

Simply a fantastic experience.
Written 7 August 2019
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Jeff & Michelle
Baton Rouge, LA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Davey is a wealth of knowledge on local history, geology, & sea life. Picked us up right on the cruise dock. A great guy, what a pleasure to spend the morning with him. We saw Black Tail Deer, Otters, Sea Lions, Eagles, and of course Humpbacks (at least a dozen). Ella’s homemade cookies brought smiles to us and the whales to the surface. Esther (Davey’s Boat) is Fantastic - smooth ride, handles well with plenty of power and speed when needed. Davey couldn’t be a better host - Book your trip here!
Written 30 July 2019
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