Ketchikan Sea Kayak

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    The Ketchikan Sea Kayak tour is a perfect way to experience both a unique perspective on the city AND the surrounding wilderness.
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    Snow’s Cove, off of Pennock Island, is home to some gorgeous marine critters that you’ll have the chance to see up close!
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    Head across the East Channel of the Tongass narrows to check out gorgeous Alaskan coastlines!
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    Both humpbacks and orcas are known to frequent the fertile waters outside of Ketchikan!
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    Steller’s sea lions, bald eagles, and kingfishers are commonly sighted in these waters
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    Previous kayaking experience or not, your guides will prep you and make sure you have everything you need for a successful outing!
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    Ketchikan is a vibrant fishing town unique in its oneness with the water. Paddle up close and check it out!
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    The Tongass Rainforest surrounding Ketchikan is an unparalleled wilderness abounding with wildlife
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    Don’t worry about your personal effects, as you’ll be given watertight dry bags at the cruise docks to protect anything important!
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    These sleek, easy-to-use sea kayaks are the perfect vehicle for edging up close to stunning Alaskan wildlife!
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    Keep your eyes peeled for the seals, river otters, eagles, and bears that make a home of the Ketchikan wilderness!
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    Ketchikan Sea Kayaking is a perfect family outing suitable for anyone six years or older
If you're looking for a fun and active Ketchikan shore excursion that incorporates a little bit of activity into the mix, you may want to explore the Ketchikan Sea Kayak Tour. Suitable for all experience levels, this 2.5 hour tour lets you explore not only the immediate Ketchikan area by sea kayak, but head outside of town through Tongass Narrows to the quiet and remote nearby islands. A peaceful and calming outdoor activity in a small-group setting, with great wildlife opportunities as well!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Ketchikan shore excursion

You won't find this tour option available on the cruise line - this is a local offering in small groups of only 6 guests per outing that explores the ins and outs of the Ketchikan coast. No previous kayaking experience is required for these stable 2-person boats, and after meeting with your guides and getting geared up, slowly start your paddle by exploring the area around Ketchikan Creek, often a popular playground for seals and spawning salmon. Only part of the tour will be spent in the immediate Ketchikan area, as there's much more to explore a short paddle away. The sheltered waters of the Inside Passage provide smooth kayaking opportunities to explore the surrounding landscape.

  • Conveniently within walking distance of the cruise docks
  • 2¼ hours duration
  • Fantastic wildlife opportunities
  • Family-friendly: Great for ages 6 and up
  • Small-group setting with only 6 guests per tour

After you settle into the gentle routine of paddle on water, the tour continues on across Tongass Narrows to some of the neighboring islands. These isolated areas aren't connected by bridge and are abundant with all sort of wildlife. Ketchikan gets massive 20 ft. tidal shifts throughout the day which create amazing intertidal areas home to starfish, sea cucumbers and many other colorful creatures. Become part of the Alaskan outdoors, and spy eagles overhead searching the waters below for their next meal. Several active bald eagle nests can be found on Pennock Island. Eventually, make your way back, passing by Ketchikan's historic Creek Street district before arriving back at the kayak base. All in all, a great activity to try for the first time for a great value!

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Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.


  • Minimum Age: This moderate activity is suitable for children ages 6 and older.
  • Accessibility: No previous kayaking experience is necessary, and you'll be equipped with all the gear and info you need for this gentle activity. To safely participate, guests must be able to fit into a spray skirt that is 55 inches around the chest and stomach area and be able to sit in a kayak seat that is 18 inches wide. Specially adapted kayaks are available for guests over 6’3”. Please let us know if one is required for your group.
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Including 'Flex Cancel' allows cancellations and refunds up to 24-hours before the tour. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with Flex Cancel) are nonrefundable.
  • 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. All necessary kayaking gear and equipment will be provided for you including outerwear and a dry bag for cameras.
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  • Adult Rate: $99.00
  • Child Rate: $69.00 (ages 6-15)
  • + 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 about 2¼ hours with about 1.5 hours on the water. The meeting location will be just next to the Ketchikan Visitor's Bureau, which is conveniently situated very close to the cruise docks. A representative will meet you there, and the kayak base is just a short walk away. Of course, you'll receive detailed meeting instructions and planning information in a confirmation email upon booking.
Q:Do I need previous experience? Is kayaking safe?
This tour is a great entry-level kayaking tour and perfect for first-timers or those with experience. The kayaks used for this tour are large, 2-person kayaks that are quite stable. Alaska's Inside Passage is scattered with nearby islands which provide calmer, bay-like conditions for the paddle (this isn't on the open ocean). First time jitters are common, but the small-group setting means you'll have lots of personal attention from the accompanying guide.
Q:What should I wear and how should I prepare for this tour?
You should not need to bring any special clothing or shoes for kayaking. We provide paddle jackets and pants for our guests and have poggies to keep your hands warm on cold days. Even in the summer, we wear 2 layers on most days. Please wear 1 or 2 layers under your coat (on chilly days) as it is best to have a layer or 2 under our paddle jacket. 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:Can I bring a camera?
Absolutely! There are dry bags of several different sizes to accommodate cameras, binoculars and any other items you would like to bring on the kayaks with you. Waterproof cameras are great, but don't be afraid to bring a good digital SLR camera and put it in one of our dry bags. There are plenty of opportunities for photography and you don't want to miss an amazing shot.
Q:Can Grandma come along too?
You are never too old to paddle a kayak. Our oldest participant to date was age 90 and going strong. We use double kayaks to pair people up to make strong paddling teams. Just be aware that kayaking does require some physical exertion. Please call or email us if you have any questions or concerns.
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. You'll receive quality paddling jackets, waterproof pants and spray skirts to keep everyone as dry as possible. 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?
Over the years, we have seen all shapes and sizes! We do not have a set weight limit as the ability to participate depends on size rather than weight. To fit into our kayaks, you must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to your chest: if your girth is greater than 55", you will not be able to participate safely. If you are not sure whether you will be able to participate, please call us for more information
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.
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