Professional Photographer Guide

Humpbacks & Gray Whales

Designed For Wildlife Photography Enthusiasts

3 Days Photographing Iconic Alaskan Wildlife

On this Sitka photography tour, we take you to the best locations to see humpback whales and transient killer whales performing athletics feats such as breaching, tail slapping, and if we’re lucky, the cooperative feeding behavior called “Bubble Netting.” Your expert guide will also help you snap bears, sea otters, eagles, and puffins in the wild! If one of your goals is to create original and impactful wildlife photos then this is the tour for you!

Trip Details

Trip Details


$2,609 per person


Fuel Surcharge:

Embracing transparency and service excellence, our dynamic fuel surcharge model correlates with Brent Crude Oil prices. With increased participation, expect a significant reduction in surcharges per additional traveler. The surcharge ranges between $10 and $30 per guest for every $5.00 rise in oil prices above $80 per gallon, ensuring competitive pricing and unparalleled travel experiences.

fuel surcharge

Departure time

Times vary due to the change in sunrise and sunset times – please inquire upon booking for the exact time.

Meeting point

Unless you’ve made special arrangements for a different meeting location, we kindly ask all passengers to gather at Harrigan Centennial Hall, conveniently situated at 330 Harbor Drive. Look out for our distinctive blue sign in front of the building it’s a beacon guiding you to the beginning of your tour. Once you arrive, be sure to check in with one of our friendly team members, easily recognizable in their bright yellow jackets. From there, your journey continues down the gangway, where you’ll find our vessel waiting in the harbor, just next to the hall.

Important Note for Cruise Ship Passengers: If you’re arriving via cruise ship, we’ve got your transportation covered! You’ll be transported to Harrigan Centennial Hall either by a convenient shuttle bus or a comfortable liter, ensuring a hassle-free start to your adventure.

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Year-round – please see our calendar


3 full days – 24 hours on the water

Group size

Maximum 6 people


  • 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 – Leave It To us Rather than shopping, preparing and packing your own food. When booking your tour 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

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


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

Photograph humpback whales, orcas, sea otters and brown bears at sunrise and sunset.

Spot tufted puffins, bald eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, and Steller and California sea lions.

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

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

Rest assured, these are Alaska photography tours with high chances of seeing diverse wildlife.

What You'll See & Do

Join your knowledgeable, accommodating captain and an expert wildlife photographer guide on this 3-day boat tour around Sitka Sound. We’ll take you to the best places to photograph whales breaching and tail slapping and bald eagles swooping down to snatch fish from the ocean. Enjoy incredible scenes of orca pods making their way through the deep blue waters of the Sound.

We’ll circle round the Tongass National Forest, a temperate rainforest, to catch sight of black-tailed deer and bears coming down to the shore for a bite to eat. We’ll head over to St. Lazaria Island, a birdwatching paradise where you can see tufted puffins, murres, black oystercatchers, and pigeon guillemots. You’ll be treated to our legendary Sitka sunrises and sunsets, where the dormant Mt. Edgecumbe volcano is bathed in pink and red light and the Alp-like peaks create a stunning backdrop for your wildlife pictures.

If you’re looking for Alaska wildlife tours with high chances of seeing a range of different creatures, this 3-day tour is the ideal option. With more time on the water, we can be more flexible with the itinerary and spend more time in different locations to ensure we capture frame-worthy images.

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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