Sitka Wildlife Tour Excursion Reviews

A Sitka Wildlife Tour is a great way to catch many of the elusive residents of the Alaskan wilderness.
Loved seeing the animals
Loved seeing the animals
Loved seeing the animals Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Birds were interesting, knowledgeable experts.
Birds were interesting, knowledgeable experts.
Birds were interesting, knowledgeable experts. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Visit to raptor center and national park included with city tour.
Visit to raptor center and national park included with city tour. National park is gorgeous and there’s an easy trail through the park to look at totem poles.
Visit to raptor center and national park included with city tour. National park is gorgeous and there’s an easy trail through the park to look at totem poles. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Also rained off and on during the excursion but we were able to see everything offered.
Also rained off and on during the excursion but we were able to see everything offered. Wildlife sanctuary was very informative and interesting.
Also rained off and on during the excursion but we were able to see everything offered. Wildlife sanctuary was very informative and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
This was a great visit which took us on a walk through Sitka ( extensive walk) to the raptor centre ...
This was a great visit which took us on a walk through Sitka ( extensive walk) to the raptor centre which was enjoyable. Knowledgeable guide and interesting facts about birds of prey. The raptor centre was also interesting.
This was a great visit which took us on a walk through Sitka ( extensive walk) to the raptor centre which was enjoyable. Knowledgeable guide and interesting facts about birds of prey. The raptor centre was also interesting. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Booked through Trip Advisor and the tour was excellent we toured downtown, the totem museum and ...
Booked through Trip Advisor and the tour was excellent we toured downtown, the totem museum and walked on the edge of a stream full of salmon heading up river. We also toured the raptor center and the Fortress of the bears. It was a great ... Read More
Booked through Trip Advisor and the tour was excellent we toured downtown, the totem museum and walked on the edge of a stream full of salmon heading up river. We also toured the raptor center and the Fortress of the bears. It was a great day with a delightful local guide Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Captain Paul Davis owner of Gallant Adventures does a great job!
Captain Paul Davis owner of Gallant Adventures does a great job! We took a private Extended Wildlife Adventure. His boat holds up to 6 and is very comfortable. Paul met us right where we came off the ship and we spent 5 hours getting up ... Read More
Captain Paul Davis owner of Gallant Adventures does a great job! We took a private Extended Wildlife Adventure. His boat holds up to 6 and is very comfortable. Paul met us right where we came off the ship and we spent 5 hours getting up close to whales, sea otters and seals! Excellent excursion! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
The bears are in a compound.
The bears are in a compound. Like going to a Zoo. No bueno. Eagles and birds of prey at Raptor Center was AWESOME.
The bears are in a compound. Like going to a Zoo. No bueno. Eagles and birds of prey at Raptor Center was AWESOME. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We took the Bears, Birds and Barnacles tour as we were most interested in visiting both the Raptor ...
We took the Bears, Birds and Barnacles tour as we were most interested in visiting both the Raptor Center and Fortress of the Bear. Both of these facillities are resuce centers, taking in injured and orphans. The Raptor Center was our ... Read More
We took the Bears, Birds and Barnacles tour as we were most interested in visiting both the Raptor Center and Fortress of the Bear. Both of these facillities are resuce centers, taking in injured and orphans. The Raptor Center was our first stop where we were able to see the rehabilitation program and facillities to care for many different species of raptors. Spirit, a juvenile bald eagle is the Center's official "representative" and while still learning her "role" was impressive. The next stop at the Fortress of the Bear, is less than impressive to see from the road, but what they are doing is just as important and worth visiting. Using facillities from a prior logging/lumber sight, they have been able to provide orphanned black and brown bear cubs with a safe environment that allows them the most natural setting possible. The bears do not seem to pay much attention to the visitors at all (which can be quite numerous at times) and we were able to observe many natural behaviours. The last stop was to the Sitka Science Center where we were able to learn about their salmon hatchery and explore the tide pool exhibit which was one of the most "hands on" wxhibits we have ever experienced. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Bears in a water tank, didn't impress me at all
Bears in a water tank, didn't impress me at all
Bears in a water tank, didn't impress me at all Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center ...
Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center and as the last tour took us back to the cruise port. Our guide stopped where there had been otter earlier in the day and whale sightings. ... Read More
Sitka Tribal Tours $30 pp included entrance to both the Fortress of the Bear and the Raptor Center and as the last tour took us back to the cruise port. Our guide stopped where there had been otter earlier in the day and whale sightings. The habitats for injured raptors and abandon bear cubs were both informative and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Birds, Bears and Barnacles Tour was very informative and it was great to see some of these majestic ...
Birds, Bears and Barnacles Tour was very informative and it was great to see some of these majestic animals up close.
Birds, Bears and Barnacles Tour was very informative and it was great to see some of these majestic animals up close. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Our guide was 81 years old, I understood, and a former school teacher.
Our guide was 81 years old, I understood, and a former school teacher. Very knowledgeable about his region - lots of annekdotes. We enjoyed every moment with him.
Our guide was 81 years old, I understood, and a former school teacher. Very knowledgeable about his region - lots of annekdotes. We enjoyed every moment with him. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Oceania Cruises
Went to Raptor Centre and bear sanctuary , this was an excellent tour where you get to see bald ...
Went to Raptor Centre and bear sanctuary , this was an excellent tour where you get to see bald eagles, owls and other birds of prey at a rescue centre, very informative and the birds are truly majestic. After that you drive to the bear ... Read More
Went to Raptor Centre and bear sanctuary , this was an excellent tour where you get to see bald eagles, owls and other birds of prey at a rescue centre, very informative and the birds are truly majestic. After that you drive to the bear sanctuary, which is small but very good as you see the bears and realise the hard work the staff do to try to keep the bears Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Paul Davis is fabulous!
Paul Davis is fabulous! Saw at least 30 whales and lots of bubble-nettings. Highlight!
Paul Davis is fabulous! Saw at least 30 whales and lots of bubble-nettings. Highlight! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Silversea Cruises
Fortress of the Bear and Raptor Center.
Fortress of the Bear and Raptor Center. These were available through HAL but only with other options that I didn't want. Both sites are very interesting - what I booked was just the ride to the facility and entry fee.
Fortress of the Bear and Raptor Center. These were available through HAL but only with other options that I didn't want. Both sites are very interesting - what I booked was just the ride to the facility and entry fee. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We visited both the Raptor Hospital and the Bear Recovery facility.
We visited both the Raptor Hospital and the Bear Recovery facility. I loved how close we could get to the various wild animals and birds. I learned a lot about the native Alaskan wildlife and how many Alaskans are attempting to support ... Read More
We visited both the Raptor Hospital and the Bear Recovery facility. I loved how close we could get to the various wild animals and birds. I learned a lot about the native Alaskan wildlife and how many Alaskans are attempting to support it versus the inroads of civilization. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We got into town and booked this tour with a local guide.
We got into town and booked this tour with a local guide. Sitka Wildlife Tours was one of the best tour I have ever been on. We went out on a small boat (7 people total including the driver). The driver was a local man and knew a lot of ... Read More
We got into town and booked this tour with a local guide. Sitka Wildlife Tours was one of the best tour I have ever been on. We went out on a small boat (7 people total including the driver). The driver was a local man and knew a lot of history. We started out by seeing sea lions and then moved out to seeing humpback whales. We must have seen 12 of them and close! We have so many pictures from this tour that we love. To see whales up that close is to amazing. We also saw a sea otter and a bald eagle. I would go on there excursion again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Saw lots of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and bald eagles.
Saw lots of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and bald eagles. Great experience!
Saw lots of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, and bald eagles. Great experience! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
This Sitka Wildlife Tour was a great experience!
This Sitka Wildlife Tour was a great experience! Our tour guide, Fran, was very knowledgeable and obviously prided herself on accurate history and facts about the nature, wildlife, and history of Sitka. She took us to places with the best ... Read More
This Sitka Wildlife Tour was a great experience! Our tour guide, Fran, was very knowledgeable and obviously prided herself on accurate history and facts about the nature, wildlife, and history of Sitka. She took us to places with the best views of Sitka for photos, warned us about harmful native plants, and took us to see an old growth forest and a salmon spawning ground. She also took us to Fortress of the Bear, a bear rehab and rescue facility. She had great info about the local foods, and we picked up Spruce Tip jellies and syrups, and Salal and Salmonberry jellies, after she described them (and they are delicious)! After the tour, she also helped us find the best places for Alaska-made and Native Alaskan art that we wanted to shop at. We definitely wanted authentic items and not the carved-in-Bali overpriced stuff sold in the tourist traps. Sitka and this tour by Fran was definitely one of the best parts of our trip! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Outstanding trip.
Outstanding trip. Provide binoculars--as did all of the other water excursions--and got to see eagles and rafts of male and female otters. The trips to the Fortress of the Bear and then to the Raptor Center were very good.
Outstanding trip. Provide binoculars--as did all of the other water excursions--and got to see eagles and rafts of male and female otters. The trips to the Fortress of the Bear and then to the Raptor Center were very good. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Did what was called 'Sitka's great adventure' i believe.
Did what was called 'Sitka's great adventure' i believe. Small group of 6, hiked to a lake, guide was great. One of the best excursions we have ever done. The terrain is rough & not for everybody.
Did what was called 'Sitka's great adventure' i believe. Small group of 6, hiked to a lake, guide was great. One of the best excursions we have ever done. The terrain is rough & not for everybody. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Here you actually saw lots of bears and birds among other wildlife.
Here you actually saw lots of bears and birds among other wildlife. You also got to see how humans are helping these animals thrive!
Here you actually saw lots of bears and birds among other wildlife. You also got to see how humans are helping these animals thrive! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Wrong time of year to see wildlife.
Wrong time of year to see wildlife. Pickings were slim. Not tour operators fault. They did as good a job as they could under the circumstances. We did get lucky and saw two wales, some sea otters and bald eagles.
Wrong time of year to see wildlife. Pickings were slim. Not tour operators fault. They did as good a job as they could under the circumstances. We did get lucky and saw two wales, some sea otters and bald eagles. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
What a culturally rich, historic and scenic city!
What a culturally rich, historic and scenic city! We self-toured here and walked to several key sites, including: The Russian Bishop House, St. Michael’s Cathedral/Russian Cathedral, Pioneer Home, Totem Square, Castle Hill (old fort, and ... Read More
What a culturally rich, historic and scenic city! We self-toured here and walked to several key sites, including: The Russian Bishop House, St. Michael’s Cathedral/Russian Cathedral, Pioneer Home, Totem Square, Castle Hill (old fort, and where the Alaska purchase from Russia was signed), and the Russian Cemetery. Everything was in easy walking distance, and it was a great city to walk through due to the abundant Russian architecture and influence. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises