It's hard not to like Sitka, with its eclectic blend of Alaska Native, Russian, and American history and its dramatic and beautiful open-ocean setting. This is one of the best Inside Passage towns to explore on foot, with such sights as St. Michael's Cathedral, Sheldon Jackson Museum, Castle Hill, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center topping the town's must-see list. View more
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Cruise by boat through the scenic islands of Sitka Sound, gear-up and board your 4X4 for an exhilarating ride through the temperate rainforest on this true Alaska adventure.
This exclusive, 4X4 off-road excursion allows you the chance to experience the Alaskan wilderness on Kruzof Island. A brief van transfer takes you to the dock to board a boat for a 30-minute ride through the scenic islands and channels of Sitka Sound. Along the way, listen as the captain narrates your journey and helps you to spot marine life such as whales, seals, sea otters, and sea birds. The captain will also add narrative to enhance the passing view.
Your guides greet you as the boat arrives at the landing on Kruzof Island and provide both your gear and a safety briefing, before you board a two-person, 4x4 off-road vehicle. Once instructed in the vehicle's operation, the guide leads the exhilarating ride through south east Alaska's lush temperate rainforest. Stop at Iris Meadows estuary, where the grounds are full of Alaska's beautiful vegetation and wild flowers, making it a great place to look for Alaskan brown bears and Sitka black tail deer, both common to the area. Take photographs and enjoy a beverage and a homemade snack. Then drivers will have the chance to switch positions re-board your RHINO and begin the ride back to the boat landing area.
Along the way, stop for a short walk on a bridge over a rushing river where salmon may be seen during spawning season.
The waiting boat will return you to town. Once in Sitka, a van transfers you back to the tender pier.
Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking, however 4X4 off-roading involves a bumpy ride that is jolting to the body. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, back/neck/hip problems, those who are pregnant or suffer from motion sickness or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Participants must sign a waiver and be a minimum of 9 years to participate; those wishing to drive the 4X4 vehicles must be a minimum of 18 years of age and possess a valid license. Guests ride two per 4X4 vehicle. The trails may be wet and muddy; wear suitable clothing that can get splashed with water and/or wet mud. Dress in layers, bring a jacket, and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. This tour operates in the Tongass National Forest under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Space is extremely limited. Guests should book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Animal sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Go on a scenic and strenuous hike on Kruzof Island, home to the impressive Mount Edgecumbe, a dormant volcano with a 3,400-foot summit that is often compared to Mt. Fuji for its breathtaking stature. Arrive by boat over a beautiful journey along the Sitka Sound with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. Hike until it is time to turn around, for a total of 6 to 10 miles (a total of four hours, more or less distance is based upon your pace), taking time for a snack and lunch at scenic viewpoints throughout your journey.
Boat to Kruzof Island
Board your ridged-haul transport boat, an adventurous mode of transportation that nimbly takes you out for a one-hour ride on the Sitka Sound. You are likely to have opportunities on this ride to get up close to the wildlife that is abundant along and within the Sound. Lucky guests may see eagles, sea otters, whales and Steller sea lions. Watch with awe as Mount Edgecumbe volcano looms larger and larger the closer you approach.
Island Hike to Mt. Edgecumbe
Arrive at Kruzof Island, named after a Russian Admiral (named Crooze) in the early 1800s. Once you disembark get prepared for your hike up the volcano, being sure to follow your guides as they set the pace for this challenging hike. Hike a total of 6 to 10 miles total along the volcano trail over a total of four-hours.
Hike on a trail that begins with a gentle grade and takes you across some boardwalks through a large muskeg area, a green and swampy, moss-covered terrain. Have your binoculars handy for this portion of the trip as the Muskeg is known for being a birder's dream. The trail builds to the most strenuous stage of climbing wood and rock stairs at a significant grade of 2,000 feet. Stop to rest at viewpoints and enjoy the panorama before you of the archipelago and the shining Pacific Ocean. Other wildlife that you may see include the Sitka black tail deer.
Enjoy a light lunch at the turnaround point and make your return hike back to the boat at the shore of Kruzof Island. Make the one-hour return boat ride back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves extensive, strenuous activity, with total walking of 7 to 8 miles up an elevation of more than 2,000 feet on uneven natural terrain as well as stairs to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair or for those with limited mobility. Guests must sign a waiver to participate on this excursion and must be at least 14 years old to participate and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if they are younger than 17 years old. Each participant is responsible for assessing their own level of fitness in determining whether this tour is appropriate for them. Guides provide a "turn-around" time so guest may hike as far as they like in the given period of time. Dress in light, warm layers, wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and a light backpack with rain gear as needed. Camera, a change of socks, binoculars, sunglasses, bug spray and a light hat and gloves are also recommended. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed.
Experience the spectacular coastline, wildlife and flavours of Alaska in a unique new way during this panoramic, half-day cruise excursion with lunch.
Sitka, Zodiac Boat-Ride
Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting Zodiac boat. These nimble vessels provide an opportunity for exploration of shallow-water areas not accessible to larger craft, and offer guests a unique and up-close view of Sitka's amazing biodiversity. Upon arrival, receive your safety and tour instructions, along with waterproof gear to help keep you dry during the expedition (this gear is not insulated, so guests are advised to dress in warm layers of synthetic materials or wools, regardless of the weather). Afterward, begin your scenic, approximately two-hour Zodiac exploration with a cruise along the Sitka coast.
Rainforest Islands, Reefs, Rock Pinnacles, Kelp Forest and Wildlife Search
Adjacent to Sitka lies a network of dozens of picturesque, rainforest islands that provide a barrier from the swell of the open Pacific Ocean. As your captain skilfully navigates these island groups, see reefs and rock pinnacles that jut out of the water, and provide lookout perches for bald eagles and beautiful seabirds. A look downward reveals rapidly growing kelp forests that disappear into the depths of the sound. In shallow water areas, inaccessible to larger craft, you may even notice sea stars, anemones, and other invertebrates. This area is teeming with wildlife, including sea otters, whales, and sea lions. Your captain is trained to approach animals in a way that does not disturb their natural behaviour, providing excellent photography and viewing opportunities.
Fin Island Lodge, Lunch, Beach and Campfire
Next, proceed for a 'Fin Island Feast' at the Fin Island Lodge. Upon arrival, disembark the zodiac and walk to the lodge. Here, indulge in Alaska king crab, wild salmon cooked over an alder wood-fired grill, prime rib, homemade side dishes, and dessert are included. In addition, coffee, tea, cocoa, lemonade, and water are all complimentary. Alaskan-brewed beers, wine, and soft drinks are available for purchase at the expense of each guest. After lunch, some free time is made available to explore the beach and beautiful grounds of this exclusive island, or simply relax next to a cosy beach fire and take in the stunning vistas of Sitka Sound. At the conclusion of your visit, embark your zodiac and commence the short cruise back to the boat-dock.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (about 0.8 kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, and slippery surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the Zodiac boat, 200 steps up the dock and stairs from the beach to the lodge. This tour is recommended for guests who are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with neck and/or back problems, guests suffering from motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers of synthetic materials or wool, with tall socks and sturdy, flat, closed-toe, and non-slip hiking boots. Raingear and a life vest are provided. Guests must be at least three years old to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. The tour might run in reverse order. If the lodge will be visited in the morning, a breakfast twist option will be offered.
Indulge your senses with the pristine natural beauty of the Tongass National Forest during this half-day, back-country hiking excursion.
Sitka, Boat-Ride, Camp Coogan Bay, Residential Float-House
Depart the pier aboard a boat for the scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to a residential floating house in scenic Camp Coogan Bay. Upon arrival, gear up at the float-house; rain suits, boots, backpacks, and snack lunches are provided.
Tongass National Forest Hike, Waterfall, Old Growth Forest, Muskeg, Lake, Campfire
Next, begin your guided hike in the Tongass National Forest. Hike past a lovely waterfall in an old growth forest, then through a muskeg (bog) to a beautiful, upper-elevation lake. Upon arrival, a temporary camp is set up for a snack, which includes an opportunity to cook hot dogs over a campfire and make s'mores, a favourite campfire treat. If time allows, inflatable kayaks are provided for optional lake paddling, as well as fishing gear for those wishing to try their luck for trout.
Wildlife, Boat-Ride, Float-House
Wildlife sightings may include whales, bear, deer, sea lions, sea otters, seals, eagles, spawning salmon, and a variety of seabirds and songbirds. At the conclusion of your tour, hike back to the float-house, then embark your boat for the approximately 30-minute ride back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of hiking for approximately 1.5 miles (about 2.4 kilometres), at times over uneven, steep, muddy, slippery, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable clothing in layers with tall socks and flat, closed-toe, and non-slip hiking boots, and bring sun protection, a towel, backpack, and raingear from the ship. Guests must be at least seven years old to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Take an active excursion through the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska on this six-hour tour that includes a 5.5-hour-long hike along Indian River Falls Trail. Enjoy scenic vistas of Three Sisters and other mountains as you walk along a trail that is still actively used by the local community and holds significant importance to those who live nearby.
Today's trail runs next to a salmon-spawning river that extends nearly five miles into Baranof Island. Walk through scenic muskeg terrain, hike rough-cut bridges to cross the river and as you climb reach viewpoints that allow you to take in the beauty of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Three Sisters. The highlight of this tour (for faster hikers who can make it here before the turnaround time) is the 70-foot waterfall and scenic viewing area.
Your trail today was first named Kaasda Héen (Tlingit), then renamed by the colonizing Russians in 1826 as Reka Koloshenka. This was translated to English is 1883 and is currently used today. Locals still use this hiking trail, which has important to the community. Indian River played a vital role in the battle between the Russians and Tlingit people in 1804 with the impenetrable Tlingit fort sitting just adjacent to the mouth of the river. Your guides can tell you all about the local culture, history, flora and fauna found along the hike.
Traverse through second and old-growth forest for approximately 4.5 mines, with a beautiful and clear river filled with deep green pools, rocky riffles and boulder rapids. Enjoy crossing log bridges across the river as it forks off along the trail.
The first three miles of the hike are appropriate for those not prepared for a very strenuous hike, as there is a low upward grade that, with the exception of a few more strenuous portions only gains a total of 400 feet in elevation. It is the last few hundred feet of the trail that takes hikers to the base of the falls that is the most strenuous and difficult, but this portion is optional and not all guests will make it to this section of the trail.
Please note that bear sightings are possible; guides are fully trained in bear safety protocols (materials provided by the US Forest Service). Other wildlife may also be seen.
Enjoy a light lunch approximately halfway through your hike. Return to your starting point after 5.5 hours of hiking and make the short transfer (15 minutes) back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves strenuous and extensive activity, with total walking of 5 to 9 miles of uneven trails, much of it up a moderate incline. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair or for those with limited mobility. Guests must sign a waiver to participate on this excursion and are responsible for assessing their own level of fitness to participate on this trip. Participants must be at least 12 years old to go on this excursion and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if they are younger than 17 years old. Guides provide a "turn-around" time so guest may hike as far as they like in the given period of time, stay together as a group for bear safety. Dress in light, warm layers, wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and a light backpack with rain gear. Camera, a change of socks, binoculars, sunglasses, bug spray and a light hat and gloves are also recommended. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed. This tours is operated under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service.
Take off on this high-speed adventure excursion aboard a specially-designed ocean raft. Gear up in Coast Guard-style exposure suits and explore the volcanic coast line of Kruzof Island, with towering cliffs where the sea birds are nesting and volcanic sea caves lurk. Race over ocean swells and look for marine wildlife such as whales and sea otters.
Once introduced to your guide, don your issued equipment which includes a Coast Guard-style exposure suit, balaclava, safety glasses and gloves. Board your open-seating Adventure Raft. Specially-designed straddle seats provide comfortable and secure seating for your exciting trip out into nature. This thrill ride takes you off shore in ocean waters where you travel at up to 40 miles per hour (80 kph) on the waves. Experience a blast of fresh air in the fly over the sea swells while watching seabirds glide past. Watch for whales and sea otters on your way to explore the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island. Your raft gets up close to towering cliffs, where sea birds nest and enters (weather permitting) the volcanic sea caves. At opportune times, the captain stops the boat and shuts down the engine so you can listen to the surf crashing off of volcanic cliffs and perhaps the songs of nesting seabirds or the sounds of whales breathing.
After an hour and forty-five minutes in your raft, return to 'terra firma', remove your gear and enjoy a quick snack before your return to the pier.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition. Although little walking is required, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of the raft which involves a high step. Ocean ride involves fast acceleration and a bumpy ride that is jolting to the body. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, back/neck/hip problems, those who are pregnant or suffer from motion sickness or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Participants must be a minimum of 9 years of age, at least 60" tall (153 cm), weigh less than 350 pounds (160 kilograms/25 stone) and be able to fit into exposure suits. Full flotation & cold weather suits are provided as well as hood, glasses and gloves. Dress in layers, bring a jacket and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. You may be splashed. Space is extremely limited. Guests must book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover Sitka's finest attractions and historic landmarks during this scenic introductory tour of the city.
Depart the pier with a local guide, who provides commentary and points out sites of interest during your scenic transfer to Sitka's raptor hospital. Pass by the Russian Bishop's House, St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church and a National Cemetery en route to a close-up encounter with Alaska's bald eagle.
Alaska Raptor Centre
The Alaska Raptor Centre is an educational facility that provides medical treatment to injured bald eagles and then releases them back into the wild. During your visit, the facility's trained staff escorts you through a variety of exhibits containing bald eagles and other birds of prey. The centre presents a rare opportunity to observe these majestic creatures at close range.
Next, depart for a visit to Alaska's oldest federally-designated cultural and historic park.
Sitka National Historical Park
Upon arrival at the park, you may opt to stroll around independently or join your guide on a short exploration of the rainforest within the park. Your guide will cover a variety of topics that may include edible and medicinal plants found here, totem history, salmon cycles and rain forest ecology. The walk leads into the park museum, where you can learn about the 1804 battle in which the Native Tlingit people fought unsuccessfully against the Russians to retain their ancestral home. Visit with park rangers and see Tlingit artwork in various traditional forms.
During the final transfer see the heart of Sitka, St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Sitka Pioneers Home, from your comfortable coach as you head to the city's community house, Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
Naa Kahidi Tlingit Native Community Clan House
Next you'll visit a traditional-style Tlingit clan house built on the site of a former native-only government school. The Naa Kahídi Community House features the largest carved housescreen in the Pacific Northwest-the perfect backdrop for capturing your Alaskan memories. Admire the intricate designs on displayed traditional carved paddles as well as a rare Raven's Tail ceremonial robe and even learn to speak a bit of Tlingit with your guide. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to the ship.
Guest on the first morning departure may choose to stay in town. This will allow you to experience a truly unique Alaskan main street on your own, perhaps entering St Michael's Cathedral-the first Russian Orthodox cathedral in America-to view priceless icons and religious artefacts.
Otherwise, following your visit, re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: A minimal amount of walking is required on this historic tour. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who use a manual wheelchair; however, all guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach via steps. The optional rainforest walk in the park along a gravel parkway is at your discretion. The order of sights may vary.
Experience the thrill of fly-fishing on remote southeast Alaskan rivers during this relaxing, full-day fishing excursion to the Tongass National Forest.
Depart the pier for a short drive to the fly-fishing shop where you will purchase your Alaska Sport Fishing License, receive your safety and tour instructions and fishing gear. Afterward, embark your awaiting, aluminum runabout boat, which was custom-built to ensure easy access to the shoreline and a fast, comfortable ride. After 30 minutes boat ride, get ashore then proceed to a remote river on the Tongass National Forest which almost no one else fishes. Depending upon the rivers with the best fishing for species that are in season, your guide decides which river is best to fish that day.
Fly-Fishing and Lunch
Upon arrival at the river selected, begin your approximately four-hour fly-fishing session. These excursions typically target steelhead, salmon, trout and char, depending on what is running, and there are always dollies available when there are salmon in the rivers. Possible wildlife sightings include Alaskan coastal brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer and eagles. This fishing trip includes all wading and fishing gear, snacks, beverages, and lunch served onshore. All fishing is catch-and-release only. At the conclusion of your fishing excursion, re-board the boat for the approximately 30 min ride back to town, return your gear and return back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times over uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with tall socks and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, a towel and weatherproof jacket from the ship. Waders up to Size 3XL, boots up to Size 14, raingear (if needed) and fishing equipment is provided. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. This tour operates in the Tongass National Forest under a Special Use Permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. Guests are required to pay a US$25 fishing license fee to participate on this tour. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Discover Alaska's abundant natural beauty and wildlife during this award-winning cruise through Sitka Sound, one of the world's most beautiful coastal environments. Search for local marine life on this half-day, scenic excursion.
Depart the pier or ship for a cruise through Sitka Sound. Your waterjet-driven tour vessel has been specially-designed to navigate south east Alaska's narrow island passages and bays, permitting spectacular wildlife viewing at close range. The vessel features a warm and comfortable cabin with indoor seating, large windows, a snack bar and restrooms. Or you may opt to visit the upper observation deck for unparalleled photo opportunities, and experience the surroundings with all of your senses.
Be on the lookout for sea otters and a variety of wildlife species during this excursion. Observe and photograph sea otters as you learn about their recovery following near extinction at the hands of Russian fur hunters in the 1800s. Your on-board naturalist guide will offer commentary about this remarkable ecosystem throughout the tour.
Your captain will vary the route to find the best wildlife viewing opportunities and guarantees you will see an otter, a whale, or a bear on the sea portion of your excursion. If not, you will receive $100 cash refund at the end of the voyage.
Your tour concludes back at the tender pier or directly to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach and the boat via steps. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Those sensitive to motion should take precautions at least 2-hours prior to tour departure. Vessel has main inside deck with panoramic windows; upper deck is an open observation deck. Tour-use binoculars are available on board as well as a take home souvenir route guide. Shopping is available on small on-board gift shop as well as after the tour (time permitting). USD cash and credit cards are accepted. Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket. This tour might be combined with SIT-D Sea Otters, Raptors & Bears.
Enjoy Sitka's "Triple Crown" of wildlife-viewing experiences: a cruise on the award-winning Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest, a guided tour through the world-renowned Alaska Raptor Centre, and a visit to Fortress of the Bear, a sanctuary for orphaned Alaska brown bears and black bears. The cruise portion of this tour features a $100 "cash back" wildlife sighting guarantee.
First, board a water jet-powered catamaran and set out to explore the marine wilderness, to observe sea otters and other marine and wildlife. An on-board naturalist will explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem as your skilled Captain manoeuvres the vessel to provide the best-possible views.
Next, take a short coach ride to the renowned Alaska Raptor Centre, where injured birds of prey receive medical treatment. A wildlife interpreter will guide you through the Bald Eagle Flight Building, and introduce you to some of the "raptors in residence" perched in outdoor habitats. You'll then have some time to explore the river trail and enjoy interactive exhibits.
Your adventure continues with a narrated drive along a winding, coastal road to visit the Fortress of the Bear rescue facility at Silver Bay. Here, you can view and photograph brown and black bears up-close from a raised platform, and learn about an Alaskan family's dream: offering a life-saving alternative for bears caught in conflict with their human neighbours.
The cruise portion of this tour guarantees you will observe sea otters, a whale or a bear. If not, you'll receive a $100 cash refund as you disembark the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest vessel. You will have free time to explore beautiful Sitka on your own after the tour.
Your tour concludes back at the tender pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 250-300 yards (228-275 metres) at the Raptor Centre and Fortress of the Bear. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the coach and the boat via steps. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Those affected by motion sickness should take precautions at least 2-hours prior to the tour. Vessel has main inside deck with restrooms and panoramic windows; second deck is an open observation deck. Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket. Participation is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Complimentary tour-use binoculars available on the vessel as well as a take home souvenir route guide. There is a small gift shop at the Raptor Centre and Fortress of the Bear as well as on the catamaran. Shopping in Sitka is available after the tour (time permitting). USD cash & credit cards are accepted. This tour might be combined with SIT-B Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest and may operate in reverse order.
Explore Alaska's abundant natural beauty and wildlife via private catamaran during this half-day private excursion. It is an ideal option for families and friends, or dinner companions looking for a unique sightseeing experience in one of the more picturesque ports in Alaska.
Depart for a cruise through Sitka Sound. Your 28-foot-long, expedition-style catamaran is specially-designed to navigate south east Alaska's narrow island passages and bays, and permit spectacular wildlife viewing at close range. The vessel features a spacious, heated cabin equipped with deluxe seating, a restroom, and galley. Large wrap-around windows and an expansive open-air deck offer excellent viewing opportunities. Light snacks including locally-made chocolate, pastries, smoked salmon, and beverages are included.
As the vessel navigates through the island-studded waters of Sitka Sound, be on the lookout for pristine coastal scenery and a stunning variety of wildlife species that includes whales, sea otters, sea lions, porpoise, seals, and bald eagles. Your captain understands their preferred habitats and patterns of movement, and also knows the best places to explore and photograph awe-inspiring glacier-carved peaks, secluded passages, and other natural wonders.Your Captain will provide commentary about this remarkable ecosystem throughout the tour. Weather permitting, you may wish to circumnavigate the rugged coast of St. Lazaria National Wildlife Refuge breeding grounds for thousands of seabirds, including puffins, auklets, and murres.
Your tour concludes at the pier to rejoin the ship.
Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle/vessel. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. The vessel can accommodate up to 6 guests. Although only a minimal amount of walking is required, guests must be able to embark/disembark the vessel via steps, requiring some manoeuvrability. If planning to go ashore, guests must be able to walk without difficulty on terrain that can be wet, rocky, and slippery in spots. This tour is not suitable for those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, wear sturdy, comfortable footgear, and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the vessel observation deck. Please remember to bring your camera. Vessel is a new 28-ft (8.5 metre), expedition catamaran designed especially for private-party cruising adventures. Cabin is heated with panoramic windows, snack bar, restroom, outside decks, and drop-front bow for beach landings. Complimentary tour-use binoculars are available on board. Availability is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Experience the outdoors of Sitka and its environs during this half-day bike and hike adventure. Your four-mile (6.4-kilometre) ride on a gently rolling coastal road is combined with a one-mile hike through the dramatic Tongass National Forest for a truly memorable outing.
After tendering ashore, a 15-minute drive takes you to Silver Bay where you are greeted by your guide. After being equipped with a mountain bike and mandatory helmet, listen to a short safety briefing. Begin pedalling along the gentle, coastal road for the approximately two-mile (three-kilometre) ride to Thimbleberry. Stop to admire the mountain views and the beautiful coastline and take photos of eagles and other wildlife you may encounter before arriving at Thimbleberry Trail.
At Thimbleberry, dismount your bike, remove your helmet and set-off on your hike of about one mile (1.5 kilometres) through Alaska's temperate rainforest, Tongass National Forest. This trek includes walking up a slight grade, crossing several low bridges, and passing a waterfall en route, with several stops along the lake's beach to look for wildlife and view the amazing surroundings. Return to your bike for the ride to Whale Park for a brief stop to admire the view from its beautiful overlooks. Scan for the blow of a humpback whale and the splash of a sea lion using fixed binoculars. See life-sized whale art and listen to live undersea sounds via a hydrophone.
Afterwards, peddle back to Silver Bay to re-board the coach for the drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Expect a gently rolling 4 mile (6.4 km) bicycle ride and 1 mile (1.6 km) of hiking. All riders are required to wear a provided helmet. The entrance to Whale Park is via steep stairways. Dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes. Rain gear, pants and jackets are provided when needed; it is recommended to bring a bottle of water from the ship (available at the gangway). This tour operates rain or shine. Storage is provided for items not needed during the tour. Guests must sign a waiver and be a minimum of 4'10" (148 cm) tall. The minimum participation age is 8 years. Space is limited.
Your adventure begins with an equipment and safety orientation by your guides on board. You'll then depart from the ship by zodiac, and embark your kayak in a sheltered location. You will set out to explore the bays, islands and coves of this truly spectacular coastline.
The dependence of this community on the sea is strikingly evident. Initially we will paddle through the harbor, where you may have the opportunity to see commercial fishing vessels up close, while fishermen tend to their gear and carry out their daily duties. Beyond the harbor we'll explore the shores of the many islands, while keeping an eye out for abundant wildlife above and below the water. A variety of species of Marine mammals are known to frequent this area, and you may just be lucky enough to spot the iconic Bald Eagle flying overhead or perched high up in a tree.
Your friendly, experienced guide will help to point out any wildlife that is spotted, and teach you about the ecology of the region including why it is incredibly rich in resources.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and requires up to 90-minutes of paddling. Although no walking is required, guests must be able to climb into the transfer zodiac and to lift their own weight to transfer from the zodiac into the kayak. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair, and for guests who suffer from bodily injuries which prevents the movement of all joints. Tour is conducted in 2-person kayaks, in groups of up to 6 kayaks. Lifejacket, dry suit, Neoprene booties, gloves, spray skirt and dry bags are provided. Maximum available dry suit size is XXL. We suggest you wear warm, comfortable, flexible clothing to wear under the dry suit. Wear long-sleeved thermal layers, a warm hat with a brim, sunglasses, propylene, wool, silk or synthetic clothing (not cotton as it has poor heat retention when it is damp or wet). The minimum age to participate is 16 years. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Total combined weight of a two person kayak cannot exceed 650lbs (300kg). Guests must be able to speak conversational English in order to understand safety instructions. Some prior kayaking experience is required to participate in this activity. Binoculars, cameras and UV protection are recommended. We strongly suggest to book well in advance as space is very limited. This kayak tour is operated and guided by a team of guides/naturalists who will be sailing with you onboard the Silver Muse.
Discover why Sitka is one of south east Alaska's best places for salmon fishing during this memorable fishing and wildlife-viewing experience.
Depart the pier for the short walk to your fishing boat. Upon embarkation, proceed to Sitka Sound and its adjacent waters, then commence fishing for king, silver, chum, and pink salmon, depending on the month. Chinook salmon, 'Kings', are at the height of their season May through July. Coho salmon, or 'Silvers', peak in August and September. Chum or 'Dog' salmon run June and July and are great smoked. Pink salmon, or 'Humpies' as they are commonly called, start arriving in June and are fished until August.
Salmon fishing is performed via 'trolling'. When trolling, two to four lines are fished off downriggers while the boat is underway and hooked fish are played on a rotational basis.
After approximately three hours of fishing, return to the dock. If you wish, meet with the local fish processor to have your catch sent to your home (within the continental U.S.A.) Your fishing excursion concludes at the pier.
Please note: Alaska State law requires a fishing license be purchased for $25 per person and an additional $15 is required for a king salmon stamp, to be paid directly to the boat captain in cash. Guests must be able to navigate ramps that can become steeper depending on the tide. Guests prone to motion sickness should take precautions. Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting this tour. Guests who are wheelchair users should notify Shore Concierge in advance so accommodations can be made. Guests who are wheelchair users should bring a companion for assistance. Wheelchairs are not permitted on the boat. The actual fishing time is approximately three hours. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable, closed-toe rubber-soled shoes, hat and sunglasses, wind/water resistant jackets are recommended. All equipment is provided. Bring the ship key card and photo identification, camera and sun protection. You may catch and release; however, fish processing (vacuum packing and shipment) is available for an additional charge (credit cards are accepted). The catching of fish is not guaranteed. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.
Explore the coast less-paddled on this exclusive sea kayak adventure for up to four guests**. Combining a one-way boat ride with an ample half-day of paddling gives you and your friends or family the opportunity to privately explore a variety of Sitka Sound's countless islands and seldom-travelled passages.
Tender ashore and meet your naturalist-guide, who will discuss with you factors to consider as you design together your unique float plan. Next, board your six-passenger vessel for an exciting 30 minute ride to the kayak 'put-in' site, a beach on a remote island. Once ashore, your guide will assist you in making adjustments to your paddle gear before presenting a short orientation on kayak and safety.
After shoving off from the beach, dabble about in the crystal clear shallows and get comfortable with your craft before setting out to glide through a maze of nameless islands. While paddling through kelp forest, areas accessible only by kayak, your knowledgeable guide will help identify the colourful marine life visible below, including crab, sea stars, anemones, sea urchins, and jellies. At the surface, watch for other wild inhabitants of the Sound, including curious seals, massive sea lions, perhaps even a passing whale.
At about the half-way point on your private trip; step ashore on a seldom-visited island to stretch your legs. Do a little beachcombing and enjoy a light picnic lunch while soaking in the majestic wilderness and amazing views of the Sound. Listen as your guide discusses some of the ecology of the area and regales you with stories about the Tlingit people, who still harvest the ocean's bounty using knowledge passed down since the last ice age.
Upon return to Sitka you may choose to stay in town to explore independently or if you prefer, catch the ship's tender and head back on-board.
**Additional Guests can be confirmed for an additional USD 150.00 per person up to a total of 6 guests. Please email ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com to confirm additional guests. Charges will be applied to your on board account and can be split between suites. Please be sure to advise the on board Shore Concierge desk.
Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle/vessel. Therefore only one guest in the partu needs to make a reservation. The price for this tour includes transportation and a naturalist guide for up to 4 guests (5th and 6th guest on request basis and subject to availability at the time of the request). This tour involves kayaking and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and able to paddle for up to 2.5 hours. Walking ashore involves beach landings and traversing unpaved, rocky, and uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those utilise a wheelchair. Guests must sign a waiver, be at least 6 years of age, weigh between 40-275 pounds (18-124 kg/3-19.5 stone), and not exceed 6'6" (198 cm) in height to participate. Kayaking itinerary, dependent on group's abilities and interests, is selected by the guide. Dress in warm layers, hat, and sunglasses and wear comfortable sturdy shoes with good ankle support. Paddles, safety gear, rain gear, waterproof gloves and dry bags are provided. This tour operates in rain and is only refundable due to weather and sea conditions if cancelled by the tour operator. This adventure is also conducted in reverse order, with the paddle outbound, followed by a cruise return to Sitka. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Availability is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Take a scenic boat ride to the Causeway Islands and a moderate hike up a rarely accessed 1.8-mile trail to explore the World War II ruins of Fort Rousseau. Get up close to wildlife along the Sitka Sound as you travel. Take a scenic hike in remote Alaskan terrain, exploring several sites with fort ruins from WWI and learn the impact of the war on the local population from your knowledgeable local guides.
Scenic Boat Ride on Sitka Sound
Board your transport boat that nimbly takes you out for a 30-minute ride on the Sitka Sound to the Causeway Islands. Bring your camera and enjoy the opportunities this ride offers to get up close to the wildlife that is abundant along and within the Sound. Lucky guests may see eagles, sea otters, whales and Steller sea lions.
Located by the sea, Sitka began as a Tlingit Village called Shee Atika, meaning "Village on the Outside." It existed as a Native village for centuries, long before recorded history. In 1804 it became a primary settling place for the Russians and was renamed the city of New Archangel. In WWII, it was home to more than 10,000 American troops who were stationed here, creating the city's largest population boom. Today's excursion provides a rare perspective upon the impact of the military presence on this community.
Historic Hike to Fort Rousseau
Arrive to the Causeway Islands and receive an introduction to the region and information about today's trail. The Causeways connect Japonski, Sasedni, Kirushkin, and Makhnait Islands. Once known as Fort Rousseau (1941-1946), these Islands are located just west of Sitka's airport runway. There is no land access to this State Park, meaning this excursion provides special access to the seldom utilized hiking trails through these beautiful islands.
Over 90 minutes, your group takes an exploratory hike along a 1.8-mile trail, passing important historic WWII sites including the ruins of headquarters and the command center, gun emplacements, underground bunkers, and panoramic lookout points. There are also beaches to explore with time for beachcombing.
Enjoy a picnic-style lunch and some time to relax on the beach, enjoying wildlife and water views until it is time to make the return boat trip back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves extensive activity, with total walking of 2 to 4 miles up an elevation of more than 2,000 feet on uneven natural terrain as well as stairs to climb. This tour is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair or for those with limited mobility. Guests must sign a waiver to participate on this excursion and must be at least 14 years old to participate and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian if they are younger than 17 years old. This tour is designed as a small group hike where guest set the pace of this excursion. Dress in light, warm layers, wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking, and a light backpack with rain gear as needed. Camera, a change of socks, binoculars, sunglasses, bug spray and a light hat and gloves are also recommended. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Wildlife sightings are likely but not guaranteed. Guides provide guidelines that must be adhered to as access to some areas are impassible at higher tides. Access to these areas is not available to all guests. Rocks are slippery and extreme care should be taken.
Explore the flora, fauna, and history of the Tongass National Forest, the world's largest temperate rain forest and the largest national forest in the United States, during this scenic hike.
Starrigavin Muskeg Trail
Depart the pier for the coach transfer to the trailhead of Starrigavin Muskeg Trail. Next, disembark the coach and proceed along the path during a gradual, half-mile (800-metre) walk to the surrounding muskeg, or peat bog area. Upon arrival, your guide offers insight into the abundance of plants that thrive in the moist, acidic soil. This site also offers splendid mountain views in clear weather.
Next, continue to Starrigavin Creek and proceed along the half-mile (800-metre) level boardwalk through the Starrigavin Estuary bird-viewing area. Keep your eyes peeled for great blue herons and other birds as you cross a stream that teems with salmon when they are in season.
Your walk then proceeds to the 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometre) Mosquito Cove Loop Trail, where the hiking path climbs approximately 300 feet (90 metres) to the highest point. The final trail provides mountain views and a variety of unique plant life that exists in Alaska's Muskegs. From here, follow the beach back to the campground and on to Old Sitka, the site of the first Russian encounter with Baranof Island.
At the end of the hike, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a hike of approximately 2-4 miles (3.2-6.4 kilometres), and is recommended only for guests in good physical condition. Participants set the pace of this tour, which means that the total distance covered may vary per group. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participants must sign a waiver. Dress warmly in layers and wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. This tour operates in all weather conditions; rain gear is provided. Space is limited.
Explore Sitka from a unique perspective as you travel by rigid hull inflatable to a floating kayaking base for your paddling expedition on this half-day adventure.
Meet your guide on the pier for a brief orientation before being outfitted with your protective raingear and life jacket. Climb aboard the fast, custom-built Seahawk vessel for an exciting sightseeing tour en route to a floating base camp. The knowledgeable captain will scan the sea for wildlife, including whales, and identify points of interest along the way.
Upon arrival at the floating base camp, your guide provides instruction in the use of safe, ocean-going, two-person kayaks. These stable yet manoeuvrable craft let you enjoy the beauty of the protected bays and inlets near Sitka from a serene, natural perspective. Take to the water for a 90-minute paddling excursion, interspersed with the guide's narration on the flora and fauna. Each of the waterways travelled holds unique attractions such as colourful inter-tidal invertebrates, eagle nests in the tree tops, and the lush rain forest. You may even see brown bear, harbour seal, or Sitka black-tailed deer.
Returning to the floating base camp, you are greeted with warm refreshments before re-boarding the Seahawk vessel for the 15-minute cruise back to the tender pier.
Please note: This tour is recommended only for guests in good physical condition and requires up to 90-minutes of paddling. Although a minimal amount of walking is required, guests must be able to climb into the boat and kayak. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Tour is conducted in 2-person kayaks in groups of up to 6 kayaks. We suggest you dress in layers and wear footwear that can get wet; rain gear & life jackets are provided. Bring extra pair of clean dry socks. Guests taller than 6'3" (190 centimetres) will not be able to steer with foot pedals and will be without a rudder. Guests must weigh between 40 and 250 pounds (18-113 kilograms/3-18 stone) and sign a waiver to participate. The minimum age to participate is 6 years. Children 6 to 12 years of age must to be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 13 to 17 must have a signed parental consent form to participate in the absence of a parent or guardian. We strongly suggest to book well in advance as space is very limited.