Misty Fjords National Monument

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Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument
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Apex, NC30 contributions
May 2022
My wife and I took a cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument from Ketchikan on May 18, 2022. I arranged the trip through Alaska Hummer Adventures. We were staying in the Inn At Creek Street in Ketchikan, not on a cruise ship. The communication with boat captain Kirk Bosco prior to our excursion was excellent. Via texts and voicemail, he made sure we knew exactly when and where to meet him and his boat. The Misty Fjords Expedition was scheduled for 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM on a Wednesday. The boat had seats for captain Kirk and three couples. None of us arrived on a cruise ship which worked out in our favor. Misty Fjords is 58 miles from Ketchikan via the water. So it is two hours to the fjord and 2 hours back. That leaves only 1/2 an hour to cruise the fjord. However, since none of us were in a hurry to get back to a cruise ship, captain Kirk took his time and slowly cruised every cove in the Misty Fjords. On the way to the fjord, another passenger spotted a whale and the captain got us closer. We were able to see the whale's tail fin. A couple times he veered toward a group of porpoises so we could get a closer look. The twenty minutes prior to entering the calmer waters of Misty Fjords, we experienced an extremely rough ride as wind and currents caused white caps in the Behm Channel. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride the choppy water provided. But just be aware that the boat ride over and back to Misty Fjords is very weather dependent. By visiting in mid May, we were able to witness Misty Fjords National Monument at it's finest. There was snow on the peaks of the mountains. There were plenty of waterfalls due to the melting snow. There were low hanging clouds but they didn't obscure the peaks of the mountains. The ride back through the Behm Channel was a lot calmer. We arrived back at the Ketchikan dock at 1:30. Despite it being a drizzly day, I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion to Misty Fjord National Monument with Captain Kirk.
Written June 2, 2022
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Mitch S
Kailua, HI2 contributions
Jun 2021
I took my daughter on a flight from Ketchikan on a seaplane to Misty Fjords. This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! It was a wet and overcast day in Ketchikan but once we got over to the Fjords, we had blue skies and lots of waterfalls. The wet weather actually made it more of a wonderful sight as the waterfalls were coming down fast. Our pilot came in for a landing on a gorgeous lake. We took a lot of pictures standing on the pontoon.

I would highly recommend Southeast Aviation who had a great plane and a friendly and knowledgeable pilot named Rolf.
Written June 10, 2021
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jtbarndt
Missoula, MT4 contributions
Aug 2021
As we had taken a previous Alaska Inland Passage cruise, we decided to do a different excursion out of Ketchikan this time. We went to the Misty Fjords. We were the only tour boat there. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The captain went slow giving plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. The crew even provided refreshments on the return trip. I wish I had written down the name of the excursion company. It was booked through Holland America.
Written August 31, 2021
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Flyer508688
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Whagt can I say about this place? Nothing that would do it justice. It ts yosemite valley without all of the tourists. The fishing is amazing, halibut lingcod shrimp, and crabs. Can't forget the bears!

World class destination.
Written July 4, 2021
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Kelley V
11 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
It was amazing! I went on a tour with Allen Marine. Good tour with great narration of the wildlife and rock formations. I was able to see orcas, humpback whales, seals, and a variety of birds. Would recommend visiting Misty Fjords to anyone!
Written August 26, 2020
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robinmnjones
Baltimore, MD45 contributions
Jun 2022
Explored this area on a boat tour. The scenery was beautiful but we didn't see wild life. We hoped to see whales, bears and mountain goats. We did see goats but they were so far away that they looked like white dots even through binoculars. Other sights in southern Alaska were more impressive if you have to pick and choose.
Written July 3, 2022
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170bradr
Ketchikan, AK130 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
What can you say about a place that sums it all up in its name. The most is near constant but when the sun does come out it is incredible. Finding Bear scat just outside your cantonment is thrilling in a sort of terrified reality. Didn’t see the bear. Just a steaming pile of leftovers. He’s been eating berries. Not for the weak or faint of heart but such an incredible place. You’ll go back many time in your mind.
Written March 22, 2020
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Budda-USA
USA12 contributions
About 6 months before leaving for our cruise to alaska, I looked up a number of companies that did the Misty Fjords tour by seaplane. We decided to go with Seawind Aviation with owners Steve and Lesley Kamm. Let me say this, these are two of the nicest and most honest people you'll ever meet. We were picked up at the cruise pier by Lesley and brought to the plane, a short ride away. Steve grew up in Alaska and he knows the area very well, and as our pilot he was excellent and very informative. We were fortunate that day because it was partly cloudy and the views from the seaplane were absolutely fabulous. Steve also landed on a lake where we seen a bear feeding. In all we had a GREAT flight and there are several things everyone should know about Seawind Aviation: 1. Steve is the only pilot and grew up in Alaska
2. Everyone on the plane has a window seat
3. Everyone on the plane has a headset to wear
This was the first time we had met Steve and Lesley, but we felt like we had known them for many years. They are very good to their customers, and we would HIGHLY recommend Seawind Aviation to anyone wanting to see the Misty Fjords
Written December 6, 2009
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Irvingtonbaby
Irvington, NJ60 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
I did extensive research ahead of time looking for a better price on the tours since the cruise ships are high priced. A very informative young woman told me that the cruise ships buy up the spaces on these tours and it is almost impossible to buy your own tickets on site. I called the tour companies in Alaska. That being said book the Misty Fjords Explorer tour. You travel to the area on a high speed boat. It is 2,000,000 acres of pristine woodlands and water. Breathtaking cliffs and scenery. We were there on a rare sunny day in 2015. We also had the luck to encounter whales who breached not just once but twice. Awesome. We cancelled whale watching in Skagway because we didn't think we could match what we saw. . We saw eagles and porpoises and whales spouting and swimming not far from our boat. The guides were great and we arrived back with enough time to walk through the small downtown and in a few shops. Felt like I was on a National Geographic special.
Written February 26, 2017
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napamike
Napa, CA129 contributions
Recently returned from a cruise to Alaska and this float plane trip was one of the great highlights. We booked it in the tours terminal upon docking and not through the cruise ship.
Got a substantial savings from the ships price. Of course you do risk no space available if you wait however that wasn't a problem this early in the season.
David Doyon II flew us over snow covered mountains, past sheer cliffs, over wildlife and let us appreciate the silence of a beautiful lake after we landed for a short while. He narrated the tour just enough and answered all questions completely. His aircraft is new and in great shape. Very comfortable. His support staff is top notch- friendly and professional. I highly recommend this company and an air tour of the Misty Fjords National Monument.
Written May 25, 2010
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