Frequently Asked Questions

What could I see on my trip?

Any number of animals could be seen during your 3-hour marine wildlife tour. Our tours view 3 species of whales, including Humpback, Gray, Orca and Minke, 2 types types of Porpoise, over 50 species of marine birds, plus Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Seals, and much, much more. We see whales on 99% of our tours

 

 

What is the best time for whale watching?

Anytime! Whales and Porpoise don’t worry about wearing watches. Every day is a new opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. To determine the best time to whale watch, we randomly polled whales and dolphins and received a unanimous response. There is no specific time! Morning trips tend to be calmer because there’s less wind, and disruptions in the water are easier to spot. But then again, later trips have the advantage of prior trip knowledge. So… it’s up to you!

 

What should I wear?

We are surrounded by the largest temperate rainforest in the world. Just thinking, rain gear might be a good thing to have on hand especially with how infrequently weather folks are correct around here. Layers since it’s always colder on the water. Soft soled shoes too in case a jelly fish flash mob breaks out!

 

What happens if there is bad weather?

If we must cancel because of weather or any other reason we really hate to, but we happily re-schedule your trip or refund all your monies paid!

 

What size is your boat?

Ride in comfort aboard our custom built 43-foot, expedition-style catamaran with a spacious, heated cabin, deluxe seating, restroom and galley. With the motion of the ocean size matters!

 

I am prone to motion sickness will I have a problem on your tours?

There are new and improved ways to avoid seasickness and they should be able to help you. If you plan on taking over-the-counter medication, please be sure to take them at least one full hour before the trip’s departure. (Because the colors blue and green belong in the sea and not on you, right?) Eat lightly beforehand, avoid spicy foods and alcohol and get plenty of sleep the night before. Ginger is a great natural remedy for what I call a qwieebe stomach. Yay - WE HAVE GINGER CHEWS ABOARD. Google ginger for more fun facts.

 

Should I tip the captain and crew?

Sure. But only if you would like to, and please know it’s never expected. If you have enjoyed your tour with us, gratuities are always appreciated.

 

What do you do in the winter?

We have some incredible wildlife activity in the off season and when we aren’t having fun taking out our guests on expeditions we do everything we can possibly think of and can afford to make our next seasons expeditions even more enchanting for our customers. And take a nice warm weather vacation with snorkeling, beaches and adult beverages.

 

How close are you allowed to get to the whales?

Our vessel adheres to the Alaska Humpback Whale Approach Regulations and does not intentionally approach whales within 100 yards. For the safety of the whales and our passengers, if a whale approaches our vessel within 100 yards, the vessel will place the engine in neutral and wait until the animal is located at a safe distance away from the vessel before reengaging the engines.

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A Whale's Song Expeditions

Sitka, Alaska

"Our vessel adheres to the Alaska Humpback Whale Approach regulations and does not intentionally approach whales within 100 yards"