Allen Marine Tours depart from Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau for day trip excursions on board wildlife-viewing vessels. Guaranteed wildlife sightings!
We experienced an Allen Marine tour in Sitka as part of our longer Alaskan Dream small-ship cruise, but this experience can be booked by families vacationing in Sitka or as a day excursion from several large cruise ships. (They are also offered in Juneau and Ketchikan.)
Allen Marine has been operating for 40 years in Alaska, is Alaskan-owned and operated, and extremely well-run. On our three hour tour of Sitka Sound, we saw a bear, sea otters, a Stellar sea lion, and sea birds. The naturalist onboard could point everything out to us (she even spotted a bald eaglet in a nest!) and there are binoculars for guest use. The vessel has both indoor seating with windows and an upper sun deck (partly covered in case of rain or cold). We were free to ask questions, and the captain gave us much information as well. Definitely a great way to get on the water in Sitka!