As Seen on Planet Earth

A Unique Natural Phenomenon

Hear the Whales via Hydrophone

Witness One of Nature’s Great Events

For the best of Alaska whale watching tours, the Bubble-Net Feeding Humpback Whales Tour is your best option. Sitka is the best place in the world to see this phenomenon! Professional photographer Dan Evans leads these amazing full-day tours as we witness one of Mother Nature’s greatest events. Capture frame-worthy images while witnessing this awe-inspiring group-feeding display that occurs as often as 70+ times per day.

Trip Details


$2359 per person

Departure time

7:00 AM

Meeting point

Non-cruise Ship Guests:
Our Vessel, Catdaddy, is located in Eliason Harbor. The harbor is located at 617 Katlian St. Head down the gangway and turn right on the first float. We are located on Finger #7 Slip 27.
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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.


  • April 9-11, 2022
  • April 5-7, 2023


3 days – 24 hours

Group size

Maximum 6 people


  • Personal mentoring and instruction from our photography experts.
  • Detailed booklets for the wildlife we often see on this tour.
  • Access to Coast-Guard recommended marine binoculars for all guests while onboard.
  • Beverages and snacks including coffee, hot chocolate, tea, water.

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/photography expert


See humpback whales simultaneously launch out of the water, throat grooves bulging with herring.

Watch the seawater come alive as gulls & bald eagles frantically converge, plucking leftovers seemingly from their open mouths.

Witness what Planet Earth called “One of nature’s great events.”

Learn about this unique event from an expert naturalist guide.

Only a hundred humpbacks in the world have learned to fish in this way & Sitka is the best place to see it!

What You'll See & Do

Join our professional photographer and Captain Neil McDermott to photograph one of nature’s most extraordinary events on a 3-day guided photography expedition with a minimum of 24 hours on the water.

During this expedition, we will make sure we are in the right spot at the right time for you to capture these fantastic moments. Imagine the shots you will get when up to 20 humpback whales simultaneously explode out of the water with their throat grooves bulging with herring and seawater, as gulls and bald eagles frantically converge, plucking leftovers seemingly from their open mouths. The leading female dives first and then the rest follow, diving in formation and in the same order each time.

This time of the year is the perfect season and Sitka is the best place to get stunning pictures of humpback whales bubble-net feeding. It was with good reason that the BBC chose Sitka during this timeframe to film the documentary Planet Earth’s bubble-net feeding content. We will witness this awe-inspiring group feeding display as often as 70+ times per day.

Good to Know

All our expeditions are subject to the realities of the natural world. A Whale’s Song Expeditions makes no guarantees of seeing any specific species. Although we will do everything in our power to find the species that are of interest to customers and stay on the itinerary, circumstances such as species location, weather, and ocean conditions may necessitate alteration of an itinerary. 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 is 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 motion sickness prone, take your remedies at least 1 hour in advance.

Please arrive at the vessel 15 minutes before departure.

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