Kayaking Ketchikan's rainforest shorelines of Knudson Cove offers serene beauty, incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, and the chance to experience this Alaskan town like a true local! The Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour takes you on a slow-paced journey in the protected ocean waterways of beautiful Clover Pass. Navigate around dispersed islands with enthusiastic and experienced local guides in a small-group setting away from the cruise ship crowds. This excursion is not offered by the cruise lines and limits each group size, ensuring a quality kayaking adventure. The calm waters allow you to enjoy a relaxed paddle around the cove's islands, an area home to a wide variety of diverse wildlife. Have your cameras ready and your eyes peeled for bald eagles, Pacific porpoises, sea lions, jellyfish, and even whales!
What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion
This educational and fun Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour begins with a convenient pickup in town. Once you arrive at the marina, suit up in the provided gear as the guides teach the basics of paddling. These stable tandem kayaks make this tour enjoyable for novice and experienced kayakers alike. Spend just over two hours kayaking and exploring this stunning area of the Inside Passage!
Small group size of 6 guests to 1 guide
4 hour duration (2.25 hours on the water)
Includes smoked salmon snack
Keep your eyes peeled as you paddle along: eagles, Sitka deer, and marine life are known to make frequent appearances. After your time on the water, head to the beach for a picnic-style snack of smoked salmon before going back to town. The Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour is an excellent choice for those looking to experience the incredible beauty and wildlife of Ketchikan in a fun paddle adventure.
Minimum Age: This tour has a minimum age of 6-years-old.
Accessibility: No previous kayaking experience is necessary, and you'll be equipped with all the gear and info you need by highly experienced guides. Guests must be under 250 lbs with a chest circumference under 54" to fit the kayaks. Guests will be in tandem kayaks and on the water for approximately 2 hours. Participants are welcome to join the tour with good health and an adventurous spirit.
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: Alaskan weather can be variable, so it's recommended to plan accordingly. Dress warmly and in layers, so that you can take off an extra layer when the sun is out or throw on an extra layer if it's a bit chilly. Wear shoes that will fit comfortably inside the space of a kayak. You'll be entering the kayaks from the dock, so your shoes won't get wet. Waterproof pants and jackets are provided. Dry bags are also provided for cameras and incidental items. A convenience store is located at the marina for any last-minute needs.
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There are no child rates available for this tour
+ 6.5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:How long is this excursion, and is transportation included?
The total duration of this activity is 4 hours from start to finish with about 2.25 hours on the water. The meeting location will be directly across the street from cruise ship berth 3. 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 paddle right along the shoreline with three short crossings between islands. We are never ‘out to sea’ or at any risk of drift or currents.
Q:What should I wear and bring?
No special equipment is necessary for you to bring. Dress warmly and in layers as the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. All equipment including waterproof pants and jackets are provided.
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.
Q:Is there a weight limit for the kayaks?
Guests must be under 250 lbs and 54” in chest circumference to participate on this tour. Please keep in mind that guests will need to be able to get in and out of the kayak on their own accord as well as be comfortably seated in the kayak for about 2.25 hours.
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.