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Alaska Vistas

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Local company that specializes in providing guests with bear viewing trips to the Anan Wildlife Observatory. Our experienced local guides love to share their world with guests. We also offer trips to the Stikine River and glacier and Le Conte...more
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City Dock, Wrangell, AK 99929
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Alaska Vistas provided a wonderful trip to LeConte Glacier, with a stop in Petersberg. We also went to Anan Observatory with Alaska Vistas. Sylvia, our boat captain, is full of knowledge and stories about anything and everything you want to know about the area. Robert,...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018

Teaching guests about this, our home, is part of the package that keeps us excited and interested in learning more each day. 30 years later and we still find new things every day. Part of the adventure of travel is the thrill of discovery. Thanks...More

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Just completed a week-long float down the Stikine River from Shakes Lake to Blaquiere Point. We stayed at Shakes Slough cabin and were bothered by a boatload of tourists from a Vistas group that insisted on using the outhouse at the cabin we had paid...More

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Johninak1, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2016

Thanks for your comments. Our captains respect the privacy of other groups and take action to ensure paddler's safety when on the river. Our boats carry DeLorme tracking devices and after questioning captains and reviewing track lines, none of our boats were at Twin Lakes...More

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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Had a day out to see the Bears at Anan with Alaska Vistas guides. One of the best excursions I have taken with Oceania(Aug 30). Our guides Bruce and Denny were knowledgeable and safety conscious. Our boat captain (John?) did a great job of getting...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Our Anan trip is designed to be informative and complete bout more than only the bears. In order to appreciate the experience completely, it's important to understand how it is a piece, albeit a large one, of life in SE Alaska....More

Reviewed 25 September 2018

One of the most amazing and exciting things we have ever done....Sylvia and the entire crew at Alaska Vistas treat you right and take great care of you....wish there were more than 5 stars to rate them!! Thanks!!More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your 6 star review. We'll take it. It was our pleasure having you aboard and spending the day. We look forward to seeing you again, not only for Anan but also more trips like Le Conte Glacier, whale watching or the Stikine River....More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

We did a 7 day followed by an 11 day back to back Oceania Regatta cruises and went on multiple bear and whale watching excursions in many ports. The Alaska Vistas Anan Wildlife Observatory trip was the highlight of our entire trip by a long...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your Alaskan size review. We certainly don't want guests to be hungry, so the sandwiches better be BIG. It's not only the main course, but the details that make the difference. Our team is never satisfied with average, ergo we all pay...More

Reviewed 15 September 2018

A boat ride through the wilderness, seeing a whale and sea lions and beautiful scenery and then an exciting walk through a gorgeous forest, dodging bear scat. Our guides were informative and knowledgeable and we felt protected in the blind although we were literally inches...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. One of the exciting aspects of the Anan tour is the chance of seeing more than just bears. Whales, dolphins, porpoise, orca, seals, sea lions, deer, wolves, eagles and a myriad of birds help paint a more complex picture of...More

Reviewed 13 September 2018

We were on an 11 day cruise from Seattle to the Hubbard Glacier and return - inside passage on the way north, outside passage on the trip back to Seattle. Alaska Vistas (AV) was the second of our seven shore excursions. It turned out to...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you for your review. Also, thank you for recognizing the effort our team puts into providing a quality, safe experience for guests. Our hope is that those spending time with us, walk away with lifetime memories and a better understanding of the world around...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018

Our guide (Denny) was great. He told the group what to expect on our bear tour. Boy..., was he right on. As we traversed the trail and prior to getting to the observation deck, we saw a big brown bear in the stream catching salmon....More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks for the review. Denny is our lead guide for good reason. As the retired manager of the second largest US Fish and Wildlife Refuges in the country - Yukon Delta Nation Wildlife Refuge- he has vast experience and knowledge about wildlife in Alaska. We...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

John and Sylvia of Alaska Vistas treated us with a jet boat trip to Prince of Wales Island near Coffman Cove for sightseeing and whale watching. What an amazing day it was! We saw whales galore! The whales were in pods of four or five,...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks for your great review. Also thanks for joining us in our trip to develop and perfect our whale watching tour. Our plan is to offer this tour to guests once they arrive in Wrangell. Bubble feeding was once unique to SE Alaska and is...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

The opportunity to spend hours watching Black Bears catching salmon in the wild was amazing. We saw so many different bears, some with cubs! We even saw a grizzly. The whole tour was very professional and our guides were very experienced. I would HIGHLY recommend...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thanks for the review. We enjoyed having you on our tour. Anan is one of our most popular tours and it's great to have guests acknowledge the quality of the guides in our team. Hopefully you'll visit again and join us in our other wildlife...More

Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Wow Wow Wow! Do not hesitate. Book a tour with these guys to see the bears. Phenomenal. Awesome guides (thanks Robert!) and such good opportunities to get up close with the bears!! Do it!More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you for your review. Reviews help us modify our tours to better serve our guests. We're glad we were able to provide you with a great tour. Thanks for choosing us. Robert sends regards. Please come visit again, Sylvia, John and the Alaska Vistas...More

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Our ship had arranged our Anan Bear & Wildlife Observatory excursion while we were docked in Wrangell. I did not know beforehand what the name of the tour company was and afterwards I were so pleased with our tour that I asked for the guide's...More

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John V, Owner at Alaska Vistas, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you for your wonderful and detailed review. It is always great to know that our guests enjoyed our services and that our team was successful in sharing their enthusiasm and love for SE Alaska and Anan. Our goal is to provide a safe and...More

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jazz15
7 June 2015|
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Response from John V | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer - Alaska Vistas is one of the providers for the Regatta. We provide the following tours: John Muir Hike Sea and Sky Kayak High Country Hike Shakes Canoe Stikine River Jet Boat (yes, we will go to the glacier... More
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CameronReed
19 May 2015|
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Hi Cameron. Wrangell is a small town with a very limited number of cruise ship visits. In fact we don't have any stops by the large ships. Our tour operators are set up mainly for independent travelers. This is what... More
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