Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
4.5
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Dave S
    Omaha, Nebraska198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    This was a fill in excursion from our cruise trip when our first one was cancelled. We made an excellent choice by coming to the rainforest sanctuary. The bus picked us up at the dock and took us to the sanctuary. We wanted to see a rainforest and this tour did not disappoint. We were fortunate that we had good weather and no rain otherwise it would have been very muddy. We had a very knowledgeable guide who was very informative. The hike on the trail is not too difficult. We saw bald eagles in the trees and scratch marks from a bear on the trees. We also got to see a hawk, owl and bald Eagle up close at the raptor recovery center. The final part of the tour was seeing a genuine totem pole being made. If we had to pick excursions again for Ketchikan, the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary would be our first choice.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Ash
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gavin rocked!
    What an amazing afternoon we spent with Gavin as our guide! He was so friendly and knowledgeable and his passion for his job really stood out. We learned so much and also had the best luck to see a mama bear and her 3 cubs!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Joe G
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Princess Cruise tour of Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
    What a great time visiting the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary in Ketchikan. Our guide, Rina, was very impressive! She was personable and extremely knowledgeable about the rainforest and made the tour extremely interesting. We met Wesley who is the apprentice carving totem poles. He explained the process and showed examples.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Sharon S
    Houston, Texas103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A true flora/fauna sanctuary
    This gorgeous place needs a lot of praise for its sheer beauty and low crowds. This is an easy and simple walk through pristine forest. The guide was named BROLIN, and was excellent and could answer all questions. He seemed very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna. We thoroughly enjoyed doing this from our Holland America cruise ship. Sightings today included beats, eagles, deer and slugs!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Ella
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Tour of Rain Forest Sanctuary Walk, Totems & Eagles
    I recently visited the Rain Forest Sanctuary Walk, Totems & Eagles tour. I had a great experience, our tour guide Carter, was very informative and his jokes made the tour all the more enjoyable. His knowledge and explanations of the forest, animals, and totem poles were very interesting. Carter is native from Colorado but throughout the tour, you can see how deeply he's in love with Alaska's nature. I highly recommend anyone to visit and explore, you will not regret it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Claudia Brittes de Lima
    San Pablo, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
    Breathtaking!! Our tour guide was Gavin from Wisconsin!! He in himself was amazing. He is so knowledgeable, so caring for the environment and just a pleasure to be around. He made the tour for me so much more enjoyable. Of course the Sanctuary is amazing. I wanted to see bears and I did, although briefly, but I did see them. Worth every penny. We booked our tour right on the dock in the Visitor Center in Ketchikan.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • CherylStern
    Los Angeles, California105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience!
    We booked this excursion last minute just to do something on our shore day. I'm so glad we did! Our tour guide was Elijah, and he was so very knowledgeable. I learned a lot about trees and the forest ecosystem. I learned about wildlife and salmon. We saw a bear fishing in the stream! Cute little gift shop with good coffee and clean restrooms. Highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • Darcie O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Bears!
    We took this excursion from the Princess cruise we were on, the excursion was called Bear Country Wildlife & Nature Walk. This was one of the best excursions I have ever taken. Ben and Fletcher were our guides, they were very knowledgeable, pointed out bears, we saw about 6 bears, including a mama bear and her cub! Went down to the salmon nursery and heard some interesting information about that. On our way up to the raptor rescue, Ben pointed out what a bear den would look like, showed us slugs and different types of caterpillars. At the raptor rescue we got to see a great horned owl, red tailed hawk and a bald eagle. I would do this again.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 16, 2023
  • john k
    Stahlstown, Pennsylvania2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bears, bears, bears!
    We took the tour on 9/13/23 arranged by our cruise ship. It was incredible. There was a cub in a tree spotted before we even got to the platforms. Once there we saw numerous bears feasting on the salmon in the stream. Our guides Reese and Brolin were informative and personable. We got to experience the reason we went to Alaska--to see bears!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Cathy M
    Brisbane, Australia40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special experience
    We visited the sanctuary as part of our Royal Caribbean tour. You are picked up from the cruise terminal in a bus and taken to the sanctuary. Our driver was extremely informative and friendly. Once at the sanctuary we were greeted by Reese and Steve. They took us on a walkway that overlooks a stream. The stream was filled with salmon which were there to spawn. We saw four mother bears and their cubs who were fishing for the salmon. We were able to get good photos. It was so special to see wild animals in their own habitat, which is set in a beautiful rainforest. Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. We then saw seals frolicking in the water, saw a salmon hatchery, then visited a raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre. Here we saw a bald eagle and horny owl at close quarters. Then a local wood carver and artist gave us a talk about his family tradition of creating carvings and totem poles. ITV
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
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Tiffany L
Littleton, CO33 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Sailed Windstar to Ketchikan and chose this excursion. Paid $299 per person. We started down the platform and stopped a couple of times for a long period of time, looking for bears. The high number of spotters made me skeptical we’d see anything although there were clearly signs that bears had been there. I questioned if they’d come around with large groups of us hanging out. We made it out to the river by the loud fishery, which looked to be the highest likely place we’d see a bear. Across the street were crowds of people who came by bus or had walked over from the neighboring area. They were seeing the same river I was watching but didn’t pay the $299 I paid. Made it to the raptor center and I thought it was a misunderstanding. There, 3 beautiful birds sat in a small fenced area. One man asked one question about how long the young eagles stay with their parents and got a, “Ooo you stumped me, not sure” response from the caretaker. I thought to myself, I’m sure that is a very simple fact that any eagle program would include. Then we were dismissed. THAT is a raptor center? We headed to meet Kevin, artist of the totem poles. Beautiful. When he mentioned that he’d be seeking help in carrying out his latest piece, while innocent, the guides joked they’d be off that day (totem poles are heavy). Kevin corrected them in saying that it’s considered an honor to carry a totem pole, in which the whole thing got awkward. The whole thing felt like a total scam. It’s a large piece of beautiful land, prevalent with eagles and bears, and I felt like someone knew they could take advantage of a tourist like me and get me to pay $299 to see a bear. I admittedly fell for it but I’m hoping Windstar takes them off of their excursion options.
Written July 28, 2023
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wojo31849
Seville, Ohio6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is the first time I have given a negative review on any experience I have had. I will give the benefit of doubt or write it off as a bad day or try again but not this time.

Have been on 3 excursion on this trip this is the only one that we were disappointed with from the start.

This was to be a small group of 10 or less and we had 18 people in group compared to 10 in other group, Tour guide was very inexperienced anddid not wait for whole group to get together and no instruction or what to expect on tour and started walking up deck after 5 minutes asked oh did anyone need to use restroom. Blamed weather for no bears could have explained what old shacks were for only after I asked she said old trapper shacks end of conversation.
Written August 5, 2021
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Laura D
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Absolute worst excursion I've ever done. You're taken on a bus 25 minutes out to a woodsy area. You then spend the next hour walking on a short boardwalk through the woods and by a stream. We didn't see a single bear, though I understand it's not the tour company's fault. The boardwalk is short, so you cover very little area in the woods and very little area by the stream. It would have been nice to get to spend more time walking around in the woods and less time standing in one area as we slowly moved down the boardwalk. For $229 per person, I expect more. There was no value. After we gave up hope of seeing bears, we were corralled into a bird enclosure where someone spent a few minutes talking about three birds. We were then taken to a wood carving barn where someone talked to us for two minutes about carving totem poles. Then onto the gift shop. The total time in the woods was less than an hour. Please, save your money and book a different excursion. This is a terrible tour.
Written July 30, 2021
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Karen O
Staunton, VA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This sanctuary is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. After the bus trip you arrive at the staging area to meet your guides. Brea and Monique were knowledgeable and friendly. They "herded" the group to keep them safely together on the board walks. While we missed out on bears the "forest bath" was soothing. A visit to the Rapter Center and observing the totem carving topped off the day.
Written September 22, 2022
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Lijo C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We had extremely poor guide. He was kind of sleepy in explaining. (Trip was on Sep 04, 2021 at 12 PM. ) Much better scenic views can be seen at Ward Lake for free - 10 times better. This trip was just a waste of money for us.
Written September 4, 2021
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Cathy M
Brisbane, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited the sanctuary as part of our Royal Caribbean tour. You are picked up from the cruise terminal in a bus and taken to the sanctuary. Our driver was extremely informative and friendly. Once at the sanctuary we were greeted by Reese and Steve. They took us on a walkway that overlooks a stream. The stream was filled with salmon which were there to spawn. We saw four mother bears and their cubs who were fishing for the salmon. We were able to get good photos. It was so special to see wild animals in their own habitat, which is set in a beautiful rainforest.
Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.
We then saw seals frolicking in the water, saw a salmon hatchery, then visited a raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre. Here we saw a bald eagle and horny owl at close quarters. Then a local wood carver and artist gave us a talk about his family tradition of creating carvings and totem poles.
ITV
Written September 27, 2023
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Cynthia N
Port Orchard3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
So many bears! Our group was 23 people and was led by Savannah. She was funny and knowledgeable. Patrick and Nicole were great, too. Nicole was so helpful and pointed out several bears to me. It was a wonderful experience, worth the money and I would highly recommend it. Oh the Raptor Center is a nonprofit, so bring along a couple dollars to help them out! I didn’t have any cash so I made a donation online. Help these folks as they help the birds and educate others! Thanks Savannah, Nicole and Patrick!
Written August 26, 2021
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jkunk
Richmond, VA106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Despite the rain it was a fantastic walk through the rain forest. Our guides Loki and Mickey did a fantastic job keeping us informed and filling in gaps with wildlife and plant knowledge and some truly awful puns. As soon as we got on the boardwalk we saw some bears and saw a handful just doing their thing.
Written September 4, 2022
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Leslie A
Atlanta, GA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
This place is wonderous! It’s just beautiful and pristine. We went on a nature walk, and our guide, AJ, was just terrific! She was very knowledgeable, and showed us all of the indigenous plants and life around. We got to even sample some berries by picking them, and hold or touch a banana slug! The totems are beautiful as well, and the carver there is great and also knowledgeable. He explained all about the history and what he was currently carving. I will be excited to see the finished product. We also got to see a bald eagle up CLOSE! Just amazing!
Written August 6, 2022
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Ella
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I recently visited the Rain Forest Sanctuary Walk, Totems & Eagles tour. I had a great experience, our tour guide Carter, was very informative and his jokes made the tour all the more enjoyable. His knowledge and explanations of the forest, animals, and totem poles were very interesting. Carter is native from Colorado but throughout the tour, you can see how deeply he's in love with Alaska's nature.
I highly recommend anyone to visit and explore, you will not regret it.
Written July 19, 2023
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