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About Harv and Marv’s

Long-time friends Captains Jay Beedle and Pete Nelson bring together over 60 years of combined experience on the waters and in the forest of Southeast Alaska to offer the most personal and memorable experience available. These two residents of Juneau have grown up on the waters of Alaska and have both earned a living in and around this environment. To their operation, they bring experience as commercial fishermen, tour operators, charter fishermen, divers, surveyors, patrol vessel captain, and pilots. They have an unprecedented amount of local knowledge and untold experiences to share with those lucky enough to join them on their tours.

Business Philosophy

Harv and Marv’s business philosophy has steered us away from a large passenger operation in favor of a smaller, more personal experience. We are dedicated to this approach as it allows us to completely customize each and every trip to suit the interest of our guests. We thoroughly enjoy this approach as it allows us to get to know and personally engage each passenger, thus providing an up-close and personal experience for guests. The smaller operation also awards us the luxury of operating smaller more efficient vessels that produce less of an impact on the environment. A trip with Harv and Marv’s Outback Alaska provides each guest a glimpse and adventure into Southeast Alaska’s wilderness, and its wildlife guided by knowledgeable and experienced local guides that call Alaska their home and playground.

Our Tours

Joining USCG licensed captains on any one of our customizable tours is an adventure beyond the crowds and into the outback of Alaska. These local guides/captains have logged more hours on the water than most people do in their cars. From Whale watching, salmon fishing, viewing wildlife like, humpback whales, killer whales, sea lions to bald eagles we pride ourselves in offering a personal trip, which remains flexible to ensure that our tours meet and exceed the expectations of our guests.

Environmental Awareness Pledge

We believe that making smart energy decisions is important to protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources for the future. The actions we take could potentially change the world, and we are committed to doing what we can to promote change for the better. Therefore we pledge to continuously research new methods while utilizing current technologies and managing our daily operations in an effort to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.


We are quick to point out that we did not enter this business to get rich but did so to work in the environment that we love, to share our love of Alaska with others, and to provide tours in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. By sticking to the philosophy of catering to smaller groups, we can offer our guests the most up-close and personal Southeast Alaska experience available. This experience is heightened by our knowledge, enthusiasm, and experiences of living and knowing Alaska. We feel that we have brought together the elements in a company that will give each one of our guests an in-depth view of SE Alaska’s wilderness and wildlife in a low impact approach. One in which the visitor will take away a whole different view and appreciation for Alaska’s Outback and its residents.