First, you’ll 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 bears, black-tail deer and a variety of marine birds.
An on-board naturalist will explain the workings of this remarkable ecosystem as your skilled captain maneuvers the vessel to provide the best possible views. Next, 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.
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 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 neighbors. You will have free time to explore beautiful Sitka on your own after the tour.
NOTE: 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. Dress warmly and bring a rainproof jacket to wear on the boat's observation deck.