Wildlife Tours

Here, on the extreme western edge of the primeval Tongass National Forest, stretches the mighty Gulf of Alaska and the nutrient-rich waters of Sitka Sound. This is an amazing place…one that is literally teeming with wildlife!  Whales, sea lions, seals, sea otters, porpoises and fish, as well as puffins, murrelets, eagles, brown bears and much more are our closest neighbors. Those interested in truly wild places and in photographing, listing, or simply experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of wildlife will be absolutely delighted with our trips.

Three and four-hour excursions, as well as other more extensive trips, are available. Join us for up close and personal whale watching and bird watching. On our four-hour trips we routinely visit Saint Lazaria Island National Wildlife Refuge, the “center of the universe”, in my mind!  Here we immerse ourselves amongst incredible congregations of seabirds, as well as birds of prey, colorful inter-tidal organisms and marine mammals all in the setting of a dramatic volcanic island, steadfast, at the edge of the wide pacific and in the shadow of majestic Mount Edgecumbe. For those who love the natural world, especially bird watching, Saint Lazaria Island, with its surrounds, is a pinnacle of perfection!

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Saint Lazaria Island

You can also ask us about fully customized tours and unique combinations… The sky’s the limit! For example, add on a guided hike, up a 3200’ sleeping volcano, along a uniquely designed trail with some of the most incredible views on Earth, or step off the boat and onto a float-plane for a flight-seeing trip, walk along a wilderness beach, breath in the rainforest or take a tour of downtown Sitka and the Sitka Sound Science Center. We can even arrange for on-board dining with rustic-gourmet authentic local Alaska cuisine!  Ask us for ideas!

A pair of Black Oystercatchers at Saint Lazaria Island.