Sitka, Alaska, US
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Approximately 5 Hours
This unforgettable tour provides the opportunity to experience all three of Sitka's most popular wildlife viewing experiences.
Board a deluxe, waterjet-powered catamaran and set out to explore the marine wilderness to observe sea otters, whales, Steller sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, brown bear, black-tail deer and a variety of marine birds. An onboard naturalist will explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem as your skilled skipper maneuvers the vessel to provide the best possible views.
Take a short coach ride to the renowned Alaska Raptor Center, where injured birds of prey, including the American bald eagle, receive medical treatment. A wildlife interpreter will guide you through the Bald Eagle Flight Center and introduce you to some of the raptors-in-residence perched in outdoor habitats. Enjoy some free time to explore the river trail and use the interactive exhibits.
Your adventure continues with a narrated drive along a winding coastal road to Silver Bay's Fortress of the Bear rescue facility. Here, you can view and photograph brown bears up close from a raised platform and learn about an Alaskan family's dream of offering a life-saving alternative for bears caught in conflict with their human neighbors.
You will have free time to explore beautiful Sitka on your own after the tour.
The tour operator guarantees your group will see an otter, a whale or a bear. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest vessel. Dress warmly in layers with a wind- and waterproof outer layer; bring gloves, a scarf and a warm hat.