Sunday, June 23, 2013

Alaska Cruise: Sitka (OTTERS!)

The last stop of of Regent CruisesSeven Seas Navigator sailing the Inside Passage in Alaska was Sitka, where a catamaran took me to see Sea Otters! Here’s a link to My Photos.

Sea Otters waving hello
This Sea Otter and Wildlife Quest excursion was booked through Regent Cruises (one of Regent's complimentary tours operated by Allen Marine Tours). The catamaran was docked right at the Pier and it was a little chilly that early in the morning. We saw a bald eagle perched in the trees, and a nearby eagle’s nest.

Then we saw a deer swimming between the islands. 

And then we hit pay dirt- a raft of sea otters chilling together, floating on their backs, waving to us. They have such adorable faces and they like to hug and cuddle each other to stay warm which is ridiculously cute. 

We stayed with them for thirty minutes before continuing on, cruising through more sublime scenery. After spotting a couple whales, we came across another raft of sea otters, this one with a Mom carrying her kid on her belly as she back-stroked alongside our boat. So much cuteness!

Dress in layers because the temperature changes drastically when the sun hides behind a cloud or the wind picks up and remember your rain gear (this is a rainforest climate).  And of course, bring your binoculars and a camera with a good zoom lens. 

Mount Edgecumbe, Sitka