Ketchikan Outdoors
Ketchikan Outdoors
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Board a 14-foot inflatable boat to explore one of the most beautiful places in the Southeast Alaska Inside Passage. Feel, smell, and get up close and personal with the rugged Southeast Alaska coastlines that you marvel at from a distance on your cruise ship. As an added bonus, you may see seals, whales, sea lions, and maybe even a bald eagle on your voyage. Parties of four have their own boat (one passenger must be 25 or over to drive). Parties of two or three share with other guests. Our Zodiac Adventure is located in Saxman Native Village, which gets us out in the wild fast and allows more time on the water. We provide all necessary gear to keep you warm and dry; just make sure you wear comfortable, appropriate outdoor wear. Gear provided includes rain gear, boots, face masks, gloves, PFDs, dry bags, and safety glasses. This expedition takes place in Alaskan coastal waters, not calm lakes, ponds, or rivers. Expect the water to be rough! Anyone over 350 pounds, pregnant, elderly,
Ketchikan, Alaska
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Sharon M
Columbia, SC2 contributions
Jul 2022
We had a fantastic time on the Zodiac boats with Justin our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about where to take us to see the wildlife and to navigate the waters which were a bit choppy that day.
Would definitely schedule again if we go back to Ketchikan..
Written July 15, 2022
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Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again!
Written August 3, 2022
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ubiquitous7
Portsmouth, UK31 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
Went on a seaplane from Ketchikan to remote landing, then walked for about 15 minutes through woodland. There was then a hide overlooking a river where we watched black bears catching salmon in the river buy a small waterfall, absolutely magical. Loved that they only let small groups in, we were very quiet and watched, got great video of a bear actually catching a salmon. The seaplane flight was amazing too as weather was sunny and clear, could see for miles.
Would recommend this trip for anyone who loves to see animals in their natural habitat, we booked it whilst on cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.
Written January 7, 2020
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Kbwhat
Denver, CO203 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Fantastic excursion. Jordan was knowledgeable about the zodiac and the wildlife of Alaska. We saw whales, seals and eagles. One of the best excursions I’ve done on my seven Alaskan cruises - we did luck out on good weather and calm seas. Everyone we dealt with at Ketchikan Outdoors were great!
Written May 29, 2022
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Thank you so much! We hope you come back to see us soon!
Written June 29, 2022
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David M
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Our family of 5 had a great time on this excursion. I saw it offered by the cruise line, but it disappeared before I could book. I found it on trip advisor and I am so glad we decided to do it. We saw whales, a sea lion, seals and eagles as well as breath-taking beauty of Alaska coast. Jordan was great at leading our group and Emery from Tennessee was great helping us get all our gear on. One of the best excursions I have done, not stuck in the crowds of the big whale watching boats and a more personalized experience. Our entire family loved it and would highly recommend it.
Written June 10, 2022
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Wow, thank you! We are proud of our staff. Thanks for the great shout out.
Written June 29, 2022
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Danielle E
Mansfield, TX1 contribution
Sep 2022 • Couples
Zodiac boat trip : we were promptly greeted from cruise boat by Will & our guide Davo. They equipped us with gear, trained us on how to use our boat and we were off on our eagle watching adventure. Saw male & female with their huge nest. Witnessed one catching a salmon, amongst other very interesting sights and tales. Excellent guide and staff!
Written October 4, 2022
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kristykinzer22
1 contribution
Jun 2022
My husband and I booked a morning excursion and this one directly after. They worked our trip around that and they made sure to get us back in plenty of time to get back to the ship. It was out of the same dock as our ship so it was very convenient. They were very friendly and a nice family business.
Written June 15, 2022
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We are so please you could join us! Hope we see you again soon.
Written June 29, 2022
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Erin4279
18 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Terrific experience with Ketchikan Outdoors/Alaska Coastal Expedition Zodiac Boats! Met us right at the end of the dock, quick walk to their boat where they outfitted us in rain gear and life jackets and taught us how to drive the zodiac boats. Easy enough to drive, plenty of room for kids to sit and amazing scenic views - we saw eagles diving for fish, giant eagles nests, seals napping and fish jumping out of the water. Favorite excursion to date! Great locally owned company that was super easy and fun to work with - highly recommend!
Written August 3, 2022
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Thank you so much for taking the time for some great feedback. We hope you come back and see us soon.
Written August 3, 2022
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joshorensten
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Family
This was our first stop on the cruise. And this excursion was the highlight of our trip. It was the perfect way to first experience Alaska. We saw deer,seals, and eagles were just about everywhere. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Ketchikan.
Written July 24, 2022
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I'm so glad you got to view so much wildlife! I hope you come see us again soon.
Written August 3, 2022
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Pippi011
Virginia81 contributions
Jul 2011
We were traveling on a cruise with a big family reunion, our group of four was the only ones to pick this excursion. It is very expensive, particularly when compared other excursions. We were attracted by the promises of wildlife and the small group atmosphere. On the day we did this excursion, the weather was worse than usual for Ketchikan (we didn't know that at the time). The weather was so bad that the float planes cancelled their excursions and at least one other boat excursion that another part of our group was on also turned back midway before even getting into truly open seas. If they had told us that the weather was bad and could turn worse, we would at least have been prepared and woudl have had the option to make other plans. But they chose to not disclose that. Despite being warned by their own "safety" boat in our presence after the excursion started and by another that the weather was turning worse and not to go to certain areas, they plowed ahead. We got soaked because the swells were 3-4 -5 feet (per the company) and winds 35-40 mph (per the company). It was a horrible and expensive trip. On our return back over open waters we were tossed around like tennis balls and (tellingly) there wasn't one of the many fishing boats still out that were on the water when we first started.

We complained to the cruise company, who refunded their portion of the fees, but the company's response was first to say that we told them we like the excursion (not true and we told them it wasn't a good trip) so you can see where their ethics are. The company's follow-on response was that "in their safety expereince" it was ok to proceed - even though their own quide expressed concerns, he told us that at 45 mph winds they don't even go out (and he told us it was 40 mph winds on our way back - don't they check the weather reports??), local fishing ships were completely absent from the area and they had to call another boat to "smooth out" the swells and the guide boat also went in front of us to try to bank down the waves. At no time did the guide offer us the option to go into the safety boat while we were on the trip even though there was a radio he could have used to contact us - so we assumed that it was only temporary (plus they ridiculed their own safety boat tag-along saying it gives some sea sick prone customers peace of mind).

It was a wasted day when we only had one day in this port, we were lucky we didn't get sick because we were so cold and wet from the water spashing into our boat and the high winds/rain, I am surprised that the family members in the front of the 12 foot inflatable didn't hurt their backs or get tossed overboard and we were luckly that we got back safely. To top it off, one of the guides at the so-called camp they have you stop at midway said that there isn't any wildlife at this time of year, that the whales aren't there, the bears are more inland and its too populated for the other sea related creatures. I imagine its a pretty ride when the seas aren't so rough but its was inexcusable how we were treated so cavalierly and how they had no regard for our vacation or our safety - particularly when other tour operators did not operate or turned back that day.

Save your money and go see Misty Fjords by float plane or do the whale watching excursions (both of which were cancelled that day but which I hear are otherwise terrific). Our cruise line expressed much dismay over how this excursion went and this company's written response back to us. As a business owner, I would never be so caustic to a customer. You can disagree but you should value customers over the money they bring and your go to response should never be "but they told us they had fun" when we did no such thing or that "they could have used a safety boat" when you should never put your guests in a situation to use a safety boat and they couldn't explain how you could even board such a boat in open, rolling seas with pelting down rain and high winds.
Written July 16, 2011
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I’m very glad this customer chose to write this review because it provides us with an opportunity to remind potential customers of what our tour is about. We are a “strenuous” level activity designed for people who are interested in having an adventure. This tour does not take place on a tranquil lake or calm waters. This is coastal waters in Southeast Alaska. It does get rough, you do get wet and for adventurous people, you do have fun. If you are uncomfortable with small boats and open water, this is obviously not a tour you need to take. We operate with strict safety guidelines and pay close attention to weather at all times. At no time were any of our passengers in any danger in any way. Even the kayak companies were running regular tours that day in the same area. Float planes canceled because of low ceilings, not wind. We had multiple tours out that morning that came back with enthusiastic reviews. This was the only complaint received. Please keep this review in mind when booking this tour. This tour is for people, as we advertise, who are not afraid of being cold and wet. We often experience rough water…as well as calm waters. If you are an adventure seeker, this is right up your alley. If not, please think hard before booking this excursion.
Written July 19, 2011
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Chip A
San Diego, CA35 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
This is a good hike to begin or end your exploration of Alaska, as Ketchikan is the first or last Alaskan port-of-call on many inside passage cruises. It offers a good way to experience the coastal rain forest with spectacular views of city of Ketchikan and the Tongass Narrows. Getting to the trail is easy by foot or by taxi. Taxis are available at the dock. If you walk, take Water St. which is right next to the docks to Schoenbar Rd. Follow Schoenbar up the hill (we were told it’s the steepest street in the state and after walking it we believe it). Continue up Schoenbar to the first left turn, which is 3rd Ave. Follow 3rd around the bend and a 100 yards or so after the bend there are stairs up the face of a rock cliff. These 200 stairs will lead you to the trail. Turn left at the top of the stairs and you are on Rainbow trail.
It’s an improved trail with gravel paths, stone and log steps and stairs, and some wooden bridges. You will soon find yourself walking in a lush rainforest environment with beautiful trees, ferns, and many small streams making their way down the mountain side. There are a few overlooks along 1.3 mile-long trail where you can experience breathtaking views and photo opportunities of the city of Ketchikan and the adjacent Tongass Narrows. Bald Eagles are plentiful in Ketchikan and from these viewing places you can watch them fish in the Narrows and hear their calls. We also accidentally flushed a very large bald eagle while walking the trail and watched as it gracefully flew among the trees.
The trail ends at the campus of the University of Alaska SE. From there it’s an easy downhill walk back to Tongass Ave. By turning left on Tongass you can stroll leisurely through the city back to your ship.
Elevation Gain: 300 ft/90 m
Recommed: Yes.
Written July 28, 2013
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