Professional Photographer Guide

Photograph the Majestic Gray Whale

Hear the Whales via Hydrophone

Witness Gray Whales on Their Annual Migration

Witness and photograph the return of the Pacific Gray whales to their summer feeding grounds. Every year as many as 150 individual Gray whales are seen in our area. This 4-hour photography tour is an amazing opportunity to photograph these incredible giants as stop near Sitka during their annual migration from the Sea of Cortez to Alaska. During their feeding stop these magnificent creatures can congregate with up to 50 whales in a 1 square mile area, grazing in water as shallow as 10 feet deep. Join us to witness this spectacle of nature event! In addition to gray whales, you may also see Steller sea lions, sea otters, eagles, humpback whales, and orcas.

Trip Details

Trip Details

Price

$299 per person


Departure time

  • 8:30 AM
  • 1:30 PM

Meeting point

Our vessel “Catdaddy” is in Crescent Harbor. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to Harrigan Centennial Hall, (330 Harbor Drive). We will meet you under the pavilion. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled departure. Thank You.

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.


Availability

April 15th – May 5th


Duration

4 hours


Group size

Maximum 6 people


Included

  • 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.
  • Bathroom

Not included

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

***Meals -Avoid Crowded Restaurants! – Sitka’s restaurants get swamped during cruise ship season often leaving no seats open for enjoying meals while in port

Our Solution – Expedition Cuisine Menu – When booking look for the Optional Meal Add-Ons to have freshly prepared breakfast items, Sandwiches and Salads safely waiting for you to come aboard.


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

Highlights

See up to 150 gray whales congregating to feed in the Sitka Sound.

Learn about the annual migration - the longest of any mammal - from an expert naturalist guide.

Spot other wildlife such as sea otters, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, marine birds and brown bears.

Watch other whales such as humpbacks and orcas.

Explore the volcanic and rainforest landscapes of Sitka Sound and learn about the flora and fauna.

Gain a better understanding of photo composition, hands-on camera work, and equipment care in a marine environment.

What You'll See & Do

Join us for this fantastic season as we search for these magnificent creatures on their incredible annual migration. Every year, these whales migrate over 10,000 miles from the Sea of Cortez to the Bering and Chukchi Seas and back – Making theirs the longest migration route of any mammal. Sitka is a feeding stop for the gray whale and a place where as many as 50 congregate in a single square-mile area, grazing in water as shallow as 10 feet deep.

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.

Your Captain has over 1,200 hours at the helm maneuvering the boat in the best position to get that great shot. Our professional photographer will join all photo tours with over 3 guests.

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