Dolphin & Whale Watching in Sitka

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Dolphin & Whale Watching in Sitka

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  • Dawn R
    Greenfield, IN1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best trip ever. Paul was a great communicator. We knew exactly where and how he was going to meet us. His boat is super clean and perfect for our wildlife adventure. Paul was extremely knowledgable about the area and the animals. We saw so many whales (very last boat of the season) we lost count, sea lions, sea otters, waterfalls, etc. Dont waste your money on a big boat excursion with lots of people, we are so glad we booked with Gallant Adventures. This was the highlight of our 7 day cruise. No regrets! Cant wait to go back and book again.
    Written 11 October 2023
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  • Cindymo116
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to see Sitka. Our guide was a fourth generation Sitka native, and had so much to offer around culture and history of the area. Saw salmon in the creek near the park, in addition the bears and raptors in the rescue centers.
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • Kurt S
    Melrose, MN79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Met Patrick and relight away we felt good about the day. He asked what we wanted. We asked if he could show us bears. 💥 we had an up close encounter w a momma and a cub getting salmon and had up close encounters w whales and sea lions.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • Sarah S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Roger S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The 2.5hr trip we had with Captain Rick to St Lazaria Island was one of the highlights of our 3-week time in Alaska. This island is part of a National Wildlife Refuge, and we had great views of seabirds including puffins, murres and guillemots. Also saw several sea otters on the ride out to the island. Captain Rick and Sitka Sound Tours are wonderful, and provided great commentary and an excellent boat for the job. We had calm seas and good weather, making the trip very comfortable. Captain Rick’s generosity will be long remembered!
    Written 14 July 2023
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  • Teresa S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Captain Tad was AWESOME! We were on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation and chose Baranof Tours through Shore Excursions.

    Our group were the only ones so Captain Tad asked us what we wanted to do. He took us in search of bears. We weren’t lucky enough to see one however we saw lots of salmon running in the most beautiful settings!

    We then went out to see whales and Captain Tad told us what to look for. We saw so many hump backs! Fabulous photos!

    Captain Tad was extremely knowledgeable, personable, excited to see our pleasure and just a fun person.

    We will definitely schedule again if in the area!
    Written 24 September 2023
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  • Peter T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had such a wonderful time. My daughter when asked said 11 out of 10. We saw a whale, sea lion and so much amazing scenery. I highly recommend doing this. We will definitely do this again.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Jennifer H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
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  • Pat P
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have twice sailed on Bob, and both trips were incredible adventures. Whales, otters, dolphins, bears . . . you name it; we saw it. The luxury of being able to watch whales breeching in Glacier Bay as the huge cruise ships sailed on, unaware, was so satisfying! Blain and Monique are exemplary hosts. Catching your own dinner is dining at its very best. Highly recommend sailing with these two.
    Written 1 November 2023
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  • Topher E
    Athens, GA49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    By far the best trip I have ever taken. Everything about the experience was over the top. The activites, the views, the food, and the crew were superb.
    Wake up to coffee and spectacular scenery. Take the skiff onshore and hike and fish. Fresh breakfast back on the boat. Cruise for a bit to a new spot. Light lunch. Fish off the boat, or drop some crab pots. Anchor in an amazing quiet bay. Get the Kayaks out and paddle around on a mountain lake. Fly fish for salmon. Relax in the natural hot springs. Watch humpback whales, dolphins, orca, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, bears. Paddle around icebergs in the shadow of a glacier. A spectacular dinner of fresh crab or salmon. Wash, rinse, repeat for 7 days. I did not want to go home.
    And just so you think I'm not blowing smoke, I will include one small compaint- I wish we could have surfed more. This was entirely dependend on the swell and weather. And we didn't come to Alaska just to surf.
    I'm going to nag Cameo and Brooks to do a warm water surf cruise in their off season, because there's no one else I would rather be on a boat adventure with.
    Written 12 September 2023
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  • Dawn S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our boat ride with Francois was the highlight of our trip! (All four of us agree, including the 23-year-old and 20-year-old!) He was awesome at pointing out interesting sites (like an otter with an octopus - really!) and, of course, whales! He got as close as he could to the whales without pursuing them. I loved that we got really close while at the same time respecting these amazing creatures.

    Francois is the soul of courtesy, and his main objective is create an amazing experience for his customers. Definitely worth it!!
    Written 17 August 2019
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