One of the mot awesome experiences of my life. Crew was friendly and knowledgeable, we saw many Eagles, Otters, Bears & Whales. The crew got a tip and took us to see something rarely seen before. We traveled back in to a cove and saw a ring of bubbles starting to form on the surface of the water. Shortly thereafter, a Whale lurched up through the center of the ring with his mouth open. This is called a "Bubble Net" where the Whale traps the fish inside of the bubbles and then captures them all in his mouth. We watched as this happened a dozen times. I'll never forget it.
Great boat ride. The motor catamaran is very stable and comfortable. They have free hot drinks and snacks for purchase. They also had free tastes of local smoked salmon. Saw lots of wildlife - California sea lion, sea otters, humpback whales, puffins, brown bears, lots of different sea birds, and eagles. Beautiful scenery. Great excursion.
Beautiful bay and cool houses on the bay. We saw bald eagles, sea lions, otters, and got a small glimpse of a hump back whale. Sitka has good shops and I was so glad we did a good bit of shopping there as some of the later ports were full of jewelry shops and nothing that really struck me as being made in Alaska.
This was an afternoon tour and conducted by a family owned tour boat company. Again, everyone on board was from the Navigator. It was very family oriented, and very hands-on (they had live starfish and other sea creatures to hold in your hands and examine). They provided binoculars to everyone, and there was food and facilities on board the ship. They went out of their way to make sure we saw as many otters, seals and whales as we could. We were running behind schedule at the end, so the boat simply cruised over to our ship and we got off right at the gangplank. Our boat sailed shortly after this.
The HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip!! Captain Paul was an exceptional tour guide -- extremely knowledgeable and very personable! It was truly like hanging out with an old friend. The boat is small and allows for a more personalized tour of the Sitka sights and Captain Paul is second-to-none! Even with the stormy weather we experienced that day, we still saw so much wildlife and were thoroughly entertained with Paul's stories of his own adventures in the region -- we greatly enjoyed ourselves and were not ready for the 4 hours to be over. This tour leaves you wanting more, which is why our family is returning and yes, we already booked again with Gallant! Best excursion Sitka has to offer!!
We saw sea otters swimming together, bald eagles, a bear from a distance on an island. Very enjoyable excursion. Also, saw Sitka from the water. Sitka in itself really isn't that impressive. However, we quickly walked to the National Park by the pier prior to the excursion, and would have liked to spend more time there if we could have.
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