Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest
This 3 hour wildlife guided tour is in a water jet-driven boat especially designed to navigate between closely situated islands, and you have plenty of opportunities to sight a variety of wildlife and marine life, including deer, eagles, brown bears, seals, sea lions, whales, and otters. Your naturalist guide will acquaint you with the sea otters' history, highlighting the otters' near extinction to recovery. This tour is also exceptional because the tour operator offers a $100 money back guarantee if you do NOT see a whale, otter, or bear! Another perk is the free admision you receive to visit the beautiful St. Michael's Orthodox Church (also considered a “must do” for many travelers to Sitka).
Price: Adults expect to pay from $99 to $120.
Booking Advice: This activity is rated as easy in terms of physical activity. It is one of the most popular tours in Sitka, so we do suggest early booking.
Walking City Tour, & the Raptor Center
This 3 tour combines the opportunity to view Sitka's historic highlights and explore nature at Sitka National Historic Park and the Raptor Center. Some tours visit St. Michael's Orthodox Church which houses religious artifacts dating back to the 1400's, and others offer a voucher for free admission instead. On this tour, other points of interest include viewing Totem Square, the Russian Blockhouse, the Russian Bishop's House, as well as birds of prey at the Raptor Center.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $55.
Booking Advice: If your tour of Sitka and the Raptor Center does not include a visit to St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church but you have a voucher because you have already prepaid for this excursion, you will likely be able to show your voucher and see the church before you begin this excursion. This activity has a moderate rating for physical exercise because it involves 2.5 miles of walking on stairs and uneven surfaces.
Sitka is regarded as a great place for sea kayaking because of the sheltered waters. This 3 hour excursion provides you the opportunity to do just that. You begin with your trip on a motorized Seahawk through Sitka Sound to the floating kayak base camp. After instruction, you begin your journey in a 2 person kayak, and journey in a guided group of 4 to 6 kayaks. You'll see forests of kelp and reef and may sight a variety of marine life and wildlife, including deer, bears, eagles, sea stars, sea urchins, and crabs.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $116 to $120.
Booking Advice: This excursion is ranges from moderate to difficult on activity rating scales. Because kayaking is so popular in the Sitka area, it's worth your while to consider the prices and variety offered by third party vendors.
4X4 Wilderness Excursions
For a total of 4.5 hours including transportation, you have that 4X4 experience in Alaska on a two person Yamaha RHINO off-road vehicle. You first take a boat ride through Sitka Sound to Kruzof Island where your 4X4 trip begins. You'll see rain forest eco-systems, Iris meadow Estuary, old growth forest, and black sand beaches. Deer and bear maight be sighted.
Price: Adults expect to pay from $230 to $245.
Booking Advice: This excursion is rated from moderate to difficult in terms of physical exercise.
Native Cultural & Historic Tour
Seeing some of Sitka's historic highlights, such as the Bishop's house and the church, combines with an entertaining yet educational experience about the history and culture of the Tlingit people on this 2.5 hour tour. This experience includes the option of a guided Totem Walk in Sitka National Historic Park, and traditional Tlingit dances in a clan house. Following the tour, there's opportunity to shop in town.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $54.
Booking Advice: When in the national forest, you have the option of visiting native artisans in the the Visitor's Center rather than going on the Totem Walk. That said, this activity is regarded as easy in terms of physical exercise.