Professional Photographer Guide

Spot Whales, Seabirds, & Sea Otters

Designed For Wildlife Photography Enthusiasts

Capture the Dawn Breaking Over Sitka Sound

Hop aboard for a Sitka photography tour at sunrise. Our professional photographer and naturalist guide will help you capture the perfect wildlife image. Observe humpbacks gathering in the waters of Baranof Island, hear bird songs from a wide range of birds, spot a tufted puffin, a Sitka black-tailed deer, or a bear hunting for breakfast along the shore.

Trip Details

Trip Details


$269 per person

Departure time

Times vary due to the change in sunrise times – inquire before booking to arrange a custom pick-up.

Meeting point

Non-cruise Ship Guests:
Our vessel “ Catdaddy” is in Thomsen harbor 617 Katlian. It’s the same parking lot as the Harbormaster. It’s across the street from the Petro One gas station. Go down the ramp and we are on the second finger. The boat is toward the end of that finger. Thank You. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled departure.

Cruise Ship Guests:
All cruise ship passengers are transported to Harrigan Hall either by liter or shuttle bus. We have a table set up in front of the building.. Please check in with one of our bright yellow jacket wearing team members. Our vessel is located just down the gangway in the harbor next to Harrigan Hall.


Monday to Sunday, year-round – please see our calendar.


4 hours

Group size

Maximum 6 people


  • Personal mentoring and instruction from our photography experts.
  • Access to Coast-Guard recommended marine binoculars for all guests while onboard.
  • Beverages and snacks including coffee, hot chocolate, tea, water.
  • Access to a state-of-the-art amplified hydrophone system to hear the whales’ calls and songs.
  • Detailed booklets for the wildlife we often see on this tour.

Not included

  • Flights to and from Sitka
  • Lodging
  • Transport to and from the meeting point
  • Meals
  • City and Borough of Sitka sales tax
  • Staff gratuities

Participation requirements

Suitable for ages 15 years and over.

What to bring

  • Camera or cell phone with well-charged batteries – we have a limited number of USB outlets.
  • Plenty of memory cards.
  • Patience – these are wild animals that abide by no man’s schedule.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe, rubber-sole, flat shoes. Boat (or non-marking) shoes are not necessary.
  • To reduce the number of items in the waste stream, personal water bottles are recommended.
  • Rain gear – just in case as Sitka is surrounded by temperate rainforest.
  • Temperatures on the water are cooler, come prepared and dress in layers.

About your guide

  • 1 US Coast Guard 25GT masters licensed captain
  • 1 certified naturalist guide


Have the chance to photograph humpbacks congregating in the waters surrounding Baranof Island.

Get on the water at the best times of day to see the wildlife & capture images in the ideal light.

Photograph a colorful tufted puffin, the rafts of sea otters with pups, or coastal brown bears foraging onshore.

Snap the graceful whales, orcas, and porpoises as they glide through Sound.

Observe eagles by the hundreds, Sitka black-tailed deer, Steller and California sea lions, and rhinoceros auklets.

Hear the songs and calls of the whales on our state-of-the-art amplified hydrophone system.

What You'll See & Do

See Alaska photography tours at their best with A Whale’s Song Expeditions’ Alaskan Sunrise Tour. Get out onto the water for the sunrise to encounter wildlife as they greet the day and start their morning routines. This tour is specifically created for natural wildlife photography enthusiasts and we will time our departure perfectly for you to capture the golden hour of morning light.

Our photography expert will help you gain a better understanding of photo composition, hands-on camera work, and equipment care in a marine environment and is eager to help you get the shot you will be proud to share with family and friends.

Enjoy a memorable expedition exploring the beautiful locations and waters surrounding Sitka, our guests routinely take photos of the many humpbacks congregating in the waters surrounding Baranof Island. Be sure to keep an eye out for the colorful tufted puffin, playful sea otters, coastal brown bears, gray whales, orcas, and porpoises. You may also get some shots of bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, Steller and California sea lions, and rhinoceros auklets.

This is a Sitka photography tour you don’t want to miss!

Good to Know

St Lazaria is located 20 miles from Sitka in the Gulf of Alaska, weather and sea conditions will dictate the status of the voyage.

All our expeditions are subject to the realities of the natural world. We make no guarantees of seeing any specific species. Although we will do everything in our power to find and view the species that are of interest to the customer and stay on the itinerary. Circumstances such as species location, weather, and ocean conditions may result in an itinerary alteration. Payments are not refundable for any itinerary change.

Unfortunately, our vessel is not wheelchair accessible.

Features of our vessel:

  • A spacious heated cabin
  • Deluxe comfortable seats for all guests
  • Restroom equipped
  • Large wrap-around windows for unobstructed viewing
  • Expansive deck space for multiple perspectives
  • Great stability to ensure safety and comfort

Smoking and the consumption of alcohol or any illegal drug while aboard are prohibited.

If the captain determines that you may be under the influence or may pose a hazard to yourself, the vessel, the crew, or other guests you will not be permitted to board, and no refund will be given.

If you are prone to motion sickness, take your remedies at least 1 hour in advance.

Please arrive at the vessel 15 minutes before departure.

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