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About Lighthouse Excursions
Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles Excursion is a 3-hour expedition (dock-to-dock). Our dock representative or van driver greets the passengers as they get off of their ship and guides them to their transportation. After a short, narrated bus or van ride out to our rustic Ward Cove location, guests board one of our 60 foot passenger vessels (either the M/V Totem Princess or the M/V Lighthouse Endeavor) to embark on an interactive, educational, and entertaining voyage to Guard Island Lighthouse and back. Notable locations along the tour route include the historic site of the Ward Cove Pulp Mill, Ward Cove Packing Company, Refuge Cove and its outlying islands, Totem Bight State Park, Guard Island Lighthouse, and Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing area. Our primary wildlife viewing is eagles and their nests, but sightings also include seals, sea lions, blue heron and other seabirds, and even humpback and orca whales. We follow a circuitous route, which ensures there is no redundancy in scenery.
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Travel92253 wrote a review Sep 26
Rancho Mirage, California653 contributions93 helpful votes
This was a great excursion. The crew was attentive and friendly and Captain Kyle was a great tour guide. His commentary was informative and entertaining. Snacks and drinks were served and the snacks were tasty and unique. I would recommend this tour to anyone who wanted a beautiful, relaxing tour of this lovely area.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Merle U wrote a review Sep 25
Honolulu, Hawaii16 contributions4 helpful votes
This was the best excursion that we took on our Hawaii through Alaska Cruise on NCL Spirit this past summer. What a surprise! Our Captain & Tour guide was Captain Kelsey McNeil a native of Ketchican. She & her crew were outstanding. She is very knowledgeable & experienced. They even provided some delicious snacks while we were on the excursion. The entire excursion from beginning to end was outstanding. They also provided very good quality binoculars for the guest to use while on their cruise to better view the totems, the lighthouse and especially the eagles. It felt more like an enrichment experience verse an adventurous activity.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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JD10367 wrote a review Sep 25
Providence, Rhode Island164 contributions52 helpful votes
Staff was great and it's nice to support small local business. Hot chocolate and little salmon sampler snack were tasty and appreciated. We saw a few humpbacks in the distance, and some sea lions on a beach, and a couple of eagles in a tree. We cruised by Totem Bight's totems, and the lighthouse. Not exactly a bonanza of wildlife but you can't expect too much on these tours. Bus ride from town was nice.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Colleen M wrote a review Sep 23
Ocala, Florida8 contributions
I hadn’t planned to do this excursion. Traveling with my adult son, who was so excited to do a hovercraft ride, my plan had been to relax onboard. He wouldn’t hear of it, however. I chose this boat ride and am SO glad I did. Our bus driver, a trucker from Texas whose name has left me, did an excellent job of balancing history and humor as she took us to the dock. The boat was comfortable, and binoculars were provided. The crew were helpful and kind. Although we saw a few eagles, we didn’t get close enough to the lighthouse or the totems to see them well. Narration was good. Salmon spread was excellent, and I don’t like salmon. They even shared the recipe. The weather was excellent. Not a captain, I can’t comment on why we didn’t get close to two of the three things we paid to see. Sure wish we had, though.
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Robert M wrote a review Sep 22
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Getting to Lighthouse adventures made you wonder about what you had signed up for. For us it was a school bus, last 300 yards was a dirt road, abandoned buildings and a spray painted ‘Slow Down’ sign. But the excursion was great. Lighthouse has great staff, bright and clean operations and equipment, and the crew was fun to be around. Capitan Mike was very knowledgeable and was raised in the area. Though his jokes were sometimes corny…it was always fun. I highly recommend this excursion
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Date of experience: September 2022
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