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Address: 105 Monastery St Ste B, Sitka, AK 99835-7669
Phone Number:
+1 907-966-2301
07:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Explore the volcanic coastline of St Lazaria and Kruzof Islands aboard...

Explore the volcanic coastline of St Lazaria and Kruzof Islands aboard specially designed ocean rafts. These small boat tours prove that bigger isn't always better and sometimes less is definitely more. We provide you with special outdoor gear so you will be comfortable on the raft. Your Ocean Raft Adventure begins and ends at our outfitting shop at 105 B Monastery St. where you will be outfitted for the trip. The secure open air seating makes for a fun ride and gets you out into nature where you can appreciate the the unique volcanic geography and abundant wildlife that lives in these special places. On the volcano coast tour you are likely encounters Grey and Humpback whales, Sea Otters, Puffins, and a multitude of other sea birds. The sea cliffs and caves of St Lazaria island are prime nesting habitat for many different species of sea birds the ocean raft is the perfect way to explore the island without disturbing the nesting birds. This excursion is 3 hours long with approximately 2 hours spent on the ocean raft. On this excursion you should expect to be bounced around on the boat it is not appropriate for people who have problems with back neck or joints, Recent surgeries that are not completely healed or late term pregnancies. Even tho the ride can be bumpy people rarely suffer from motion sickness on these excursions due to the special open air seating.

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"Overall a great experience"

We were well-suited up for the iffy weather. Unfortunately the hoods we wore (can't remember the name) made it difficult to hear Captain Ken's narration when we were going fast... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2016
Issaquah, Washington

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Issaquah, Washington
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

We were well-suited up for the iffy weather. Unfortunately the hoods we wore (can't remember the name) made it difficult to hear Captain Ken's narration when we were going fast, maybe because we were sitting in the front. He grew up in the area and is very knowlegeable about the area and sea life. We were nice and dry although... More 

Thank MamabearN
Santa Barbara, California
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96 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Thank you for making our Alaskan cruise vacation even more special than what we had already experienced. Seeing Orca's, Whales, and Sea Otters was amazing. Thank you.

Thank mickmankowski
Westford, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Captain Dick was great! Pleasant ,informative and gave all of a very memorable excursion while in beautiful Sitka! We explored the volcano was able to see puffins , sea otters and Captain Dick spent alot of time allowing us to see whales UP CLOSE and Personal! Raft was comfortable just overall a great day!

Thank suecurran6
Alpharetta, Georgia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016

I'm pretty sure I'm reviewing the correct company, since this was booked as a shore excursion through a cruise ship. But we loved this, unfortunately I can't remember the name of our great caption who was an older gentleman with a beard. If it's raining like it did on us at first, it will sting your face bit since you... More 

Thank GTjamone
Dallas, Texas
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73 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

The raft was comfortable. Captain Dick was great! Got to spot whales and saw the volcano. This was a memorable adventure.

Thank Drun007
Fort Worth, Texas
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162 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Raft will sit 6 passengers. Suited up for rain and wind protection. Driver pointed out nature sites and wildlife. Ride was about 2 hours.

Thank traveljim007
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159 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

What a wonderful experience. I know you cannot guarantee what wildlife you see but the captain does everything in his power to make the most of the experience. We were so lucky and saw Orca Whales, Hump-Back Whales, Sea Otters etc... it really was one of the best days ever!

Thank 85JonathanP
Grand Lake, Colorado
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

What a blast we had!! The boat ride to St. Lazaria, the bird sanctuary, was awesome! Our teenage boys especially enjoyed it and we also found the trip around the sanctuary island fascinating. Very informative guide who was quick to find birds and marine animals to photograph. Would do it again in a heart beat!!

Thank SitkaPlexus
Park Rapids, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

This trip provided a view of not only volcanic caves - but wildlife, our guide took us by whales, seals/otters, and a number of seabirds... seeing it all from water level gives you a whole new perspective. Our guide offered insight to what we were seeing, while providing an exhilarating ride in the process. A once in a lifetime experience.

Thank OliverandLisa
Sitka, Alaska
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3 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2015

You will enjoy this. Fun and knowledgeable boat pilot and guide. Neat caves and great scenery. Many seals and great views of the mountains from the water.

Thank Nobody811

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