Planning for Your Sitka Shore Excursion

Thank you for booking a Sitka shore excursion with Sitka Wildlife Tours!

Rhonda and Bruce Conine


We are a family-owned and -operated business founded in 2001 by Sitka residents and Alaska natives, Bruce and Rhonda Conine. Rhonda and Bruce meet and greet every guest as you arrive at the tour departure point.

We look forward to showing you this amazing place we call home! There are two different ways passengers on cruise ships visit our amazing city of Sitka.

Rhonda and Bruce, the owners

Old Sitka Dock


If your cruise ship docks at the terminal north of town, Old Sitka Dock, then take the free Green Buses to downtown Sitka to the visitor drop-off point, Harrigan Centennial Hall. Bruce and Rhonda will wait for you at the vendor selling area with yellow signs and blue jackets.

Tendering


If your cruise ship anchors offshore, you will be tendered from the ship to Sitka’s tender dock downtown. Bruce and Rhonda will meet you in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, 330 Harbor Dr. Sitka, AK in the vendor selling area. You will notice them because of their bright blue jackets and yellow colored signs.

Meet at the visitor center, Harrigan Hall


Please make sure to depart the ship at least one hour before tour departure time to ensure you don’t miss your tour! Arrive at the tour staging area 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. We will give you further instructions for boarding at that time.

You usually have some time either before or after your Sitka shore excursion to see downtown Sitka. There are many things to see and, of course, you’ll want to find a special souvenir to take home with you. Just remember, if you are walking around downtown before the tour, you need to be back at the visitor center, Harrigan Centennial Hall, 15 minutes before your departure time.

Helpful tips before your tour


  • Please use the restroom prior to boarding. There is a small lavatory on the boat, and there are restrooms available at the halfway point during the van tour.
  • Dress in layers: The weather in Sitka is always different, so please dress in layers so you can remove clothing if we have a warm day. Both the van and the boat have heated cabins for your comfort, but you will want to get out and enjoy the fresh air.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will be walking a short distance for part of the tour. The tour is not wheelchair-accessible.
  • Bring a light waterproof jacket in case of rain and to wear on the boat.
  • Don’t forget your camera with plenty of batteries to take pictures of the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and historic sites.