Pair two of Ketchikan's signature attractions into one comprehensive excursion with the Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast Tour. Experience the thrill of a floatplane tour for a bird's eye view of Ketchikan, and soar over Tongass Narrows on the way out to the George Inlet Lodge for an all-you-can-eat crab meal in a picturesque and remote Alaskan setting. A truly Alaskan experience from start to finish, you can mark two activities off your bucket list: a seaplane tour topped off with fresh, Alaskan crab!
What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion
With dock-to-dock transportation included, a short van ride from your cruise ship takes you over to the floatplane base area, where you will meet your pilot-guide and receive a short video orientation to prepare for the flight. If you've never been on a seaplane before, you'll find the water take-off exhilarating as the pilot navigates out into the open waters, brings it up to speed and lifts the pontoons out of the water. You can begin to understand this diverse landscape from the air: a plethora of islands, inlets, and seemingly endless lush forests as far as the eye can see.
A scenic floatplane tour to a remote, historic lodge
All-you-can-eat Dungeness crab feast
Relax and enjoy the George Inlet Fjord surrounding the lodge
3 hour duration dock-to-dock
The approximate 22-minute one-way flight will take you to the far reaches of Revillagigedo Island, over breathtaking peaks with deep glacial fjords below. Then prepare for landing as the pilot brings down the plane right into the crisp waters of George Inlet Fjord and navigates right up to the dock of the George Inlet Lodge, a historic outpost situated in a surreal landscape. Your host will greet you and invite you in for appetizers and Alaskan beer or white wine while the last touches are put on the main course.
Start with a fresh romaine salad adorned with mandarin oranges and a homemade oriental dressing. And soon to follow is a steaming plate of Dungeness crab paired with clarified butter and baby red potatoes - a staple Alaskan meal with fresh crab from local Ketchikan waters. Save room for a smooth cheesecake topped with Alaskan blueberries. Relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery before returning back to the cruise docks via vehicle.
Please note: Tour may operate in reverse, with the drive to the lodge and the flight back to town.
Restrictions: This is a family-friendly tour and all ages are welcome. Lap children under 24 months fly for free.
Accessibility: This tour is rated 'Easy' in regards to activity level. There are a few steps to get in and out of the plane, so a certain level of mobility is required. Please contact us in advance if you require assistance and we will do our best to accommodate! Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure aircraft weight and balance is within operating parameters, guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may need to pay an additional surcharge of $150 upon arrival.
In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we will issue a refund. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are non-refundable.
What to Wear: We recommend hoping for sunshine but preparing for rain for all of our tours. Drizzles are common in this area, so we recommend wearing non-slip shoes, layered clothing, and a waterproof jacket.
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Infant Rate: Lap children under 24 months fly for free.
Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure aircraft weight and balance is within operating parameters, guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may need to pay an additional surcharge of $150 upon arrival.
+ 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:I have dietary restrictions. Is there an alternative menu?
Alternative menu items are available for guests allergic to seafood or with dietary restrictions and can be requested directly in the dining room. These menu items include cajun, grilled, or lemon peppered chicken for non-seafood eaters. Penne pasta or cheese ravioli with pesto sauce is available for vegetarians.
Q:Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?
Yes, safety is the number one priority, so weather conditions are taken into account each day. In certain cases, the weather can lift and a slight delay will still allow the flight to continue. However, if a flight is canceled due to weather circumstances, you will receive a refund.
Q:What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
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, then you will receive a refund.
Q:What should I wear?
We recommend hoping for sunshine but preparing for rain for all of our tours. Drizzles are common in this area, so we recommend wearing non-slip shoes, layered clothing, and a waterproof jacket.
Q:Can you see wildlife from the plane?
If you have sharp eyes, it's certainly possible to see wildlife on the mountains below. The plane flies low enough to distinguish individual animals, but of course the pilots have to respect local wildlife so it's not an objective of this tour.
Q:How big are the planes?
The two types of Dehavilland aircrafts seat 6 and 10 passengers and everyone gets a window seat on these flights. Floatplanes have become the most widely used and safest passenger transportation in Alaska.