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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

  • Small-group kayak tour from Ketchikan
  • Paddle through Clover Pass, surrounded by Tongass National Forest
  • Explore the unique ecology where northern rain forest meets the ocean
Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour
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Navigate the waterways and islands of Clover Pass on a small-group kayak eco-tour from Ketchikan. Along the way, spot native Alaskan wildlife that inhabit this protected region where the thick foliage of the Tongass National Forest meets the sea, from sea lions and migratory humpback whales to eagles' nests and exposed starfish colonies. Paddle with two guides and a small group of no more than eight people for a more personalized wildlife-watching journey.
What to Expect
This tour is very educational, and is about much more than just paddling a kayak. Your kayaking adventure starts with a paddle down a wall of sea stars. With the dramatic Alaskan tide swings, this large wall becomes exposed, and all its residents are then eye-level from your kayak. At high tide, the critters climb up the wall and are easily seen in the amazingly clear water.

Sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets, chitons, nudibranchs, etc. cling to the wall, living in the ebb and flow of the tide, just waiting for you to pull out your camera. Your guides will take the time to show you the different critters, what they're doing, and how they're interacting.

Your nature viewing eco-tour continues as you paddle by a large bald eagle nest with resident adults, and typically young baby eagles throughout summer. Continuing around other islands, you'll view another eagle's nest, and some great tide zones along the rainforest shoreline. Your tour concludes as you kayak back through the local Alaskan fishing boats, in the marina where you began.

Transportation from your cruise ship/hotel, and excellent gear is provided. After gearing up and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.The total tour time is about 4 hours from when your guide meets you to when you return downtown, with approximately 2¼ hours on the water.

Eco-tours are generally limited to 8 guests (with 2 guides). Private party tours for up to 16 guests are sometimes available upon request. Your guides will pick you up right at your ship or wherever you're staying.

You'll be using tandem sit-inside kayaks for their roominess and stability. Sit on top kayaks are available upon advanced request.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Must do in Ketchikan

Believe the hype. Incredible experience with some awesome guys. Very organized from start to finish.

Thank Rachel V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome Kayak Tour

We had a fantastic time on the water with 2 guides, Ryan and Tim. It was a small group, 8 total so it was really nice. We saw Eagles and Sea Lions. We were out on the water for 2 hours, they took us right...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just had the best time, The staff was super great and we saw some amazing creatures. On our way back to the dock, a whale literally breached right behind our boat! What a day we had!

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
So fun!

Kayaking in Ketchikan was definitely one of the highlights of our cruise. We had a really great experience seeing sea lions, seals, humpbacks, starfish, and jellies...our teens loved it. It was very peaceful, and Derek was a great guide who about dunked himself getting a...More

Thank dtars
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing Kayak Trip!

We booked a kayaking trip with Ketchikan Kayak Co while in Ketchikan for our Alaskan cruise. Our ship arrived in the afternoon as the other ships were leaving, which meant we were the only ship still around for afternoon tours. Tour groups are already limited...More

Thank K R
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Kelly N
August 2, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth Y | Reviewed this property |
Two and a half hours on the water, give or take. About a half hour drive each way from the office building to the dock where the kayaks are.
July 21, 2018|
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Someone in our group went solo
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