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Discover the tranquil beauty of Sitka Sound by cruise and kayak on this 3-hour shore excursion. Spot eagles and maybe even whales from the comfort of a custom-built vessel, and pay attention to the shoreline for sightings of brown bears and black-tailed deer. Then, paddle a kayak and enjoy even closer views of the water and its marine wildlife like harbor seals. This family-friendly activity ends with a hearty snack before you’re returned to Sitka port.


  • 3-hour sea kayaking shore excursion from Sitka
  • Enjoy a sightseeing cruise on the Sitka Sound to a floating base camp
  • Kayak for 1.5 hours through pristine waters with your professional guide - no experience required!
  • Admire the stunning wilderness and abundant wildlife
  • Hot snack including clam chowder and hot cider
  • Tour begins and ends dockside at the Sitka cruise port
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Sitka Shore Excursion: Sea Kayaking Adventure

Sea Kayaking in Sitka

Your 3-hour shore excursion begins right at the Sitka port. Meet your guide dockside, and after slipping on the provided rain gear and life vest, step aboard a custom-built, fast-moving vessel. As your captain navigates the boat through Sitka Sound, watch for whales, eagles and harbor seals.

Arrive at the kayaking base camp and receive a safety briefing on maneuvering a tandem kayak. No prior experience is required and kayakers of all ages will enjoy this tour. Practice paddling techniques and then follow your guide’s lead into the water.

During the approx. 1.5-hour kayaking journey, admire the lush mountain scenery and see if you can spot bears and black-tailed deer along the shoreline.

Back at base camp, refuel with a delicious snack of clam chowder, crackers and hot apple cider, before enjoying transport back to Sitka port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Sitka port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Mann Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is really a good trip, hope the time can be longer. This is my first time kayaking and there is really no experiences needed. If you really have trouble with it, the guide will lead your way. Our guide Roy is really professional and HOT! The only disappointment is that we didn't see wildlife, but it is not there fault!


1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2015

Long story short - apparently there were 10 people ready to go and my ship got into port later so they left me behind! sad tale and very disappointing way to start my Alaska offered a whale watching trip in Juneau but the one trip offered didn't guarantee I'd be back in time to make my ship's departure so sadly I had to pass on that adventure. Too bad they couldn't have adjusted their departure time in Juneau in view of my Sitka problem, but oh well...

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