This Southeast Alaska-based tour operator will leave you with a new definition of what it means to have a once-in-a-lifetime Alaska cruise: You sail on an intimate vessel—often getting to steer yourself, under the supervision of an experienced licensed captain—while exploring away from the crowds, and getting a wonderfully up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sailings from Juneau and Sitka.
Late April-early October
Begin in downtown Sitka, where you’ll take a motorized, rigid-hull inflatable on a 15- to 20-minute ride across beautiful Sitka Sound, with the massive volcano Mt. Edgecumbe providing a dramatic backdrop. Look for marine wildlife on your way to a unique float house in a small, protected bay where you’ll kayak across shimmering water.
Watch brown bears in their natural habitat as they swim, play, sleep, or eat in a 3/4 acre enclosure near Sitka. The Fortress of the Bear takes in abandoned or orphaned cubs and then works to find new homes for them, sending them to zoos around the country. You’ll view these creatures from raised platforms while a guide shares information about bear safety, nutrition, and biology.
Dip your paddle into the clear saltwater of Southeast’s only outer-coast sea kayaking destination. Explore kelp forests and tidepools as you float over giant, fuzzy starfish and bright green sea anemones. Paddle past sea otters or sea lions and explore remote islands and coves. You can do it all with Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures. This family-run company limits its trips to More...