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Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Wood Road, South Tongass Highway, Ketchikan, AK
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Ranked #11 of 18 Attractions in Ketchikan
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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423 reviews 423 reviews
253 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

It was GREAT. We were transferred by bus (with amusing and informative driver) to the sanctuary. Our guide met us and after an introduction and amusing do's and don'ts talk, took us in small groups of 12 into the sanctuary. A walkway has been constructed and you quietly walk along and stop when bears are sighted. There are MANY bears... More

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Melbourne, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This was the second of two day trips we booked from our ship Holland America's Zuiderdam & both were equally fantastic but entirely different. From the moment we awoke on this day we knew we were going to get wet - it was cold, rainy & I don't have a rain jacket - & I didn't care one little bit!... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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95 reviews 95 reviews
39 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

After watching whales in Juneau and hiking into the mountains in Skagway, we were looking for a quiet but interesting bus tour, and this fit the bill. The bus driver was full of information on the way out to the Tongass forest area. He explained how the area became a major salmon supplier, that the old trestle area of town... More

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Puyallup, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This tour of the Rainforest was not only beautiful, it was very informative. I really didn't expect to learn so much! A great tour for the entire family! In my opinion, the tour guide makes or breaks the tour. Sam Ortiz made this one of the best tours I have taken. His knowledge along with his great sense of humor... More

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Toronto, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

and it was a fabulous start! We really weren't sure what to expect but even starting with Marge, the bus driver, we got a lot of information, saw bald eagles nesting, saw totem poles and a lot of information about Ketchikan, not just the city itself but its geography. Then at the Sanctuary we were fortunate to have Sarah as... More

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Redondo Beach, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

When i booked this "Herring Cove Bear Adventure" Excursion aboard the Holland America Oosterdam, i was excited,but no idea how awesome it would really be. They picked us up right outside the ship, which was awesome. It was a good sized group- probably about 20 people from our ship. I did the excursion with one of my friends i was... More

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Mississauga, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

That was a great shore excursion. One can spot lots of dead salmon everywhere. What a waste!! It would have been a delicious sashimi meal.

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Hamilton, NJ
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79 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The tour is mostly a positive experience. Just the rain-forest by itself, walking up and down the suspended walkway-bridges, is worth your time. And then - contrary to the statements of the certain reviewers here - we actually did spot a Mama bear with two cubs feasting on salmon. Speaking about salmon - as a part of their life-cycle -... More

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Camborne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My family and I went on this excursion as a Disney port adventure. I have no idea how any cruise company supports this trip. We paid $80 each and feel it is quite honestly daylight robbery. The only positive was the tour guide, Sarah. The "hike" would have lasted about 5 minutes if we didn't stop to look at slugs,... More

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I loved this place and I wish I could have spent more time here, I loved the people here - everyone is so passionate about what they do and so knowledgeable. Loved it!

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