Sitka’s unique position located on the outer coast of Baranof Island exposes it directly to the notoriously unforgiving Gulf of Alaska. This exposure creates the perfect marine environment for migrating humpback whales who feed on the nutrient rich waters of Sitka Sound. Other local wildlife sightings include 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 icefields, and ancient forests!
Sitka Sound Tours provides you with unforgettable memories of your once in a lifetime trip to Alaska. Sitka Sound Tours provides whale watching and wildlife boat tours that promote environmental stewardship through scientific education, sharing local knowledge, and demonstrating responsible wildlife viewing. Locally owned since 2004, our licensed Captain, who is also an accomplished Biologist and Commercial Fisherman, provides an intimate, Naturalist-guided experience. Our tours include viewing whales and other wildlife up-close in three unique Alaskan Ecosystems: Rain Forest, Ocean Marine, and Outer Coast Kelp Forest. Our boat is a 30 foot SeaSport Pilot and features a warm comfortable cabin, with large windows that open fully, has plenty of interior seating for 6 passengers and a large aft deck, as well as a private bathroom. We can also accommodate collapsible wheelchairs.
Founded in 2019 by Ketchikan locals Delaney Murphy & Eric Lunde, Out to Sea Expedition Company’s mission is to explore our world with an adventurous spirit in a sustainable way. The independent tour operator specializing in guided wildlife eco-tours, and custom outdoor expeditions, uses fully inflatable Zodiacs to explore the waters surrounding Ketchikan. In addition to operating environmentally conscious wildlife tours, Out to Sea provides marine transportation, and outdoor gear & rentals, helping locals and visitors alike craft their own adventures.
Inspired by their mutual love for the pristine wilderness and wildness of Alaska, the couple wanted to share their beautiful home with visitors from around the world in way that was both responsible and authentically Alaskan. The outdoor adventure company was established with the belief that we can have fun and explore our world, while also being good stewards of our environment and our community. Out to Sea strives to be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable, and avoid creating negative impacts wherever possible. In addition to their partnership with industry and community organizations, Out to Sea Expedition Company is Whale Sense certified, and a proud member of 1% for the Planet, donating 1% of all sales to the research and conservation efforts of Audubon Alaska.
With Hurtigruten Expeditions, the world leader in sustainable adventure travel, you can sail on small-ship expeditions that emphasize active exploration, science, and education. You can explore in small boats (RIBs) and participate in optional activities like hiking, kayaking, and more. Our handpicked Expedition Team of experts present relevant lectures in our state-of-the-art Science Center, and guide activities both on board and ashore. There are ample opportunities for participation in international Citizen Science research projects, too.
Since 1893, sustainability has been at the core of all our operations. Sail aboard hybrid electric-powered cruise ships and travel with the company who sets the highest sustainability standards for the industry. Contribute to the communities you visit, learn about local cultures, cuisine, and history, and return home as an ambassador for the places, people, wildlife, and ecosystems that you experience.
Leave the crowds behind, small group adventure is what we do. Never more than six guests per tour so you always get the VIP treatment. Our glacier and wildlife excursions travel deep into Kenai Fjords National Park, through majestic fjords right up to the face of a calving tidewater glacier. Resurrection Bay and Kenai Fjords National Park are great areas for seasonal whale watching. We encounter humpback whales, killer whales (orca), and tons of other Alaskan wildlife on a regular basis. Join us and see why a whale watching or glacier and wildlife cruise with Northern Latitude Adventures is one of the best things to do in Alaska.
Seward Ocean Excursions offers year-round, boat-based adventures in beautiful Seward including wildlife and whale viewing, glacier tours, water taxi, SCUBA diving, photography trips, custom trips, and more. We are a locally-owned and family-run business. We pride ourselves in providing custom, small group trips all year long!
Cruise the great rivers of Alaska! Your three-hour cruise will take you into the heart of Alaska and introduce you to a family who has made the rivers of Alaska a way of life for five generations. You will see a bush floatplane takeoff alongside the boat, visit the home and kennels of the late four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and see her champion sled dogs in action. Be immersed into the ancient Athabascan Indian culture when our Alaskan Native Guides take you on a personalized tour of the Chena Indian Village. The Binkley family invites you to experience a slice of Alaskan life!
Selected as an operator of “Best of the World” trips by National Geographic Traveler, Maple Leaf Adventures has pioneered conservation-focused, expedition cruises along the Inside Passage since 1986. With a reputation as one of the west coast’s top sustainable tour operators, its multi-day Alaska cruises give guests unique insight into the region’s natural wonders, often areas that were once under threat of destruction. Expeditions differ from your typical cruise ship; guests are immersed in the natural and cultural history of the world they are exploring, each day becoming more in tune with the rhythms of the coast. Small groups move between locations and live and dine aboard a classic, converted tugboat. She accommodates up to twelve guests with a crew of five, including a naturalist and chef.
Maple Leaf Adventures is an innovator in regenerative tourism. One of the first operators of small-boat travel in Alaska, BC’s Great Bear Rainforest and northwestern Vancouver Island, they allocate significant resources to support and build a conservation-based economy on the coast. Maple Leaf’s leaders are fuelled by their education in environmental studies and social responsibility. Their vision is to drive a made-on-the-coast, high-quality nature-based tourism industry, that has a symbiotic relationship with coastal ecosystems and cultures and integrates with both indigenous and western cultures along the coast.