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This is our 3rd photography tour with Capt. Neil McDermott along with Tyler Eddy, resident... read more

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Alaska Whale Watching Boat Excursion

This excursion was excellent! We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, seals, eagles, even a bear... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 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

Date of experience: July 2019
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NeilM3452, Owner at A Whale's Song Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2019

You guys are wonderful! It was so great having you aboard again with us and thanks for the wonderful compliments!

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Reviewed 16 August 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!

Date of experience: August 2019
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NeilM3452, Owner at A Whale's Song Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2019

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.

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Reviewed 8 August 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!

Date of experience: July 2019
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NeilM3452, Owner at A Whale's Song Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2019

Thanks for such a great review. We are so glad you had a wonderful trip and hope the rest of the cruise was fantastic!

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Reviewed 21 July 2019 via mobile

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!

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NeilM3452, Owner at A Whale's Song Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

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!

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Reviewed 15 July 2019

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

Date of experience: July 2019
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NeilM3452, Owner at A Whale's Song Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2019

Heidie that was a fantastic day so glad we had you onboard.Thanks for your fantastic review!

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