Certified Naturalist Guide

3/4/8 Hour Options

Completely Customizable Itinerary

Enjoy a Private Wildlife Boat Tour on Sitka Sound

A private boat charter is like a boat rental, except with a charter, you don’t have to worry about operating and cleaning the vessel. We do all the work while you sit back and relax! Explore the pristine islands, hidden coves, and sea caves from your own private boat. And, of course, the spectacular whales and the other abundant marine mammals! The ultimate personalized experience with flexible itineraries based on your interests.

Highlights

Get out on the water during the golden hours to capture wildlife in the best light.

Have the chance to spot orcas, porpoises, humpback, minke, and gray whales.

Observe seals, sea lions, sea otters, and colorful marine birds.

Explore the spectacular landscapes of Sitka Sound.

Enjoy commentary from a certified naturalist guide and witness fascinating wildlife behaviors.

Learn about each creature you see and gain insights into local history.

3-Hour Private Tour

3-Hour Private Tour

Price

$949 per boat


Departure time

  • 8:30 AM
  • 12:00 PM

Meeting point

Crescent Harbor, Sitka.

We can also pick you up from other harbors around the Sitka area. Please inquire before booking to arrange a custom pick-up.

Crescent Harbor Sitka


Availability

Monday to Sunday, year-round.


Duration

3 hours


Group size

Maximum 6 people


Included

  • 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.
  • 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

What to bring

  • Camera or cell phone with well-charged batteries – we have a limited number of USB outlets.
  • 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 expert

4-Hour Private Tour

Price

$1,299 per boat


Departure time

8:30 AM


Meeting point

Crescent Harbor, Sitka.

We can also pick you up from other harbors around the Sitka area. Please inquire before booking to arrange a custom pick-up.

Crescent Harbor Sitka


Availability

Monday to Sunday, year-round.


Duration

4 hours


Group size

Maximum 6 people


Included

  • 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.
  • 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

What to bring

  • Camera or cell phone with well-charged batteries – we have a limited number of USB outlets.
  • 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 expert

8-Hour Private Tour

Price

$1,999 per boat


Departure time

7:30 AM


Meeting point

Crescent Harbor, Sitka.

We can also pick you up from other harbors around the Sitka area. Please inquire before booking to arrange a custom pick-up.

Crescent Harbor Sitka


Availability

Monday to Sunday, year-round.


Duration

8 hours


Group size

Maximum 6 people


Included

  • 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.
  • 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

What to bring

  • Camera or cell phone with well-charged batteries – we have a limited number of USB outlets.
  • 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

Good to Know


As a part of our commitment to the environment, we negotiate rates for professional media productions and research activities on a case by case basis.

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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