For whale-watching, we boarded a catamaran that provided us with binoculars and a brochure promising "humpback whales, Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, Stellar sea lions, bald eagles, and more--all in their natural habitat!" The tour didn't quite live up to those promises, but the humpback whales were definitely in attendance.
It always began with a spout, and someone yelling "over there!" while pointing vigorously in the whale's direction.
First, we visited the Native Totems at Saxman Native Village. Generally, I find totems pretty fascinating, and the guide did, in fact, explain all the various purposes for totems, and provide stories about several of the totems there, including one of Abraham Lincoln. I think she simply wasn't dynamic enough to make the experience particularly interesting.