Q:How long is this excursion, and is transportation included?
The total duration of this activity is 4 hours with about 1.75 hours on the water. Transportation is included. Of course, you'll receive detailed meeting instructions and planning information in a confirmation email upon booking.
Q:Do I need previous kayak experience? Is it safe?
This tour is a great entry-level kayak tour and perfect for first-timers or those with experience. The kayaks are tandem and incredibly stable in the water. We are never ‘out to sea’ or at any risk of drift or currents.
Q:What should I wear and how should I prepare for this tour?
We provide all kayaking gear for our guests! Even in the summer, we wear 2 layers on most days. Please wear 1 or 2 layers under your coat (on chilly days), and be sure to bring a waterproof jacket with you. Fleece, wool and technical fabrics are ideal, but jeans or sweatpants and a sweatshirt will work just fine. On cold or rainy days, it is a good idea to pack a warm hat, gloves and an extra layer to put on after you kayak. A baseball cap is helpful on both sunny and rainy days. Despite Ketchikan’s reputation for rain, there are many days when sunglasses and sunscreen are needed on the water. Sneakers, sport sandals or rubber boots are the best shoes for kayaking: your feet will not get wet. Hiking boots can be too bulky to fit in the kayak and make it difficult to use the rudders.
Q:What if it rains? Do the trips get canceled?
Ketchikan is in the heart of a temperate rainforest, and we would never do anything if we stopped for the rain. Please do not let the possibility of rain deter you from booking. Southeast Alaska is at its most beautiful on misty rainy days. And don't forget that the wildlife doesn't care about the rain. Of a greater concern to kayakers is strong wind, and if the conditions are unsafe, we will cancel trips with a full refund.
Q:Is there a weight limit for the kayaks?
This tour has a maximum weight limit of 285 pounds, and a maximum height of 6'7".
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.