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Rainforest Island Adventure

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4 Hours Duration
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From pick up to drop off
Wildlife Viewing
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With wildlife viewing opportunities on a coastal boat ride
1 Mile Nature Walk
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Through old-growth rainforest
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Suitable for all ages and abilities


Explore the unspoiled beauty of a remote island in the Tongass National Forest on this 4-hour Ketchikan tour. Hop on board the 'Seahawk', a fast-paced sea vessel that zips along the coast and across Clover Passage. Wildlife opportunities are plentiful before arriving to Betton Island, where guides await to lead you on a 1-mile nature walk. Experience Ketchikan's pristine wilderness by sea and by land on the Rainforest Island Adventure.

Starting with a pick-up right near the cruise docks, a drive over to Knudson Cove puts you at the cast-off point of this Ketchikan shore excursion. The motorized Seahawk is a rigid-hull inflatable vessel that is perfect for exploring the rugged Ketchikan coastline. Stay alert for harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles and even whales as you venture further from town and deeper into the backcountry, while your captain-guide shares insights about the coastal environment. A 20-minute cruise culminates at Betton Island, an area with strictly controlled access that is truly a remote wilderness.

Now that you've been acquainted with the coastline by boat, it's time to explore deeper by joining a naturalist guide on a 1-mile hike through old growth forest. This gentle hike is on a well-maintained path, and your guides are a wealth of information, taking time to point out Sitka spruce, western hemlock and other behemoth trees that populate this lush rainforest. After the hike, take a break and enjoy some Alaska style snacks: smoked salmon, cheese & crackers, and beverages top off this wonderful Ketchikan tour. Round trip transportation returns you back to the cruise docks after having experienced the Ketchikan wilderness first-hand.

What's Included

Round Trip Transportation
Knowledgable Guides
Light Snack
Rain Gear & Life Jacket
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
What should I wear/bring?
No special equipment is necessary for you to bring. Dress warmly and in layers as the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended for the nature trail and for your comfort. Life jackets will provided for the ocean portion of the trip, and we recommend bringing gloves and an extra pair of socks for your comfort.
Do we drive the boat?
The Seakhawk vessel is operated by the captain so you can sit back and enjoy the views.
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, less any non-refundable fees.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour • Minimum Weight: 0 lbs
Not wheelchair accessible. Moderate to good physical condition is necessary for participation in this excursion. Guests need to be able to climb a short ladder in/out of the Seahawk vessel with limited assistance.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


4h 00min

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Itinerary • 4h 00min • 5 activities

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This tour includes pick-up right from the cruise docks, both downtown & Ward Cove, followed by a narrated transfer the Knudson Cove Marina.

30 minutes
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At the marina, go through a brief safety orientation and gear up in your lifejackets, before heading down to the boat, where you will need to be able to climb a short ladder into the boat.

30 minutes
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Enjoy a scenic boat ride through Inside Passage waters to the remote Betton Island. Here, you will take a guided 1-mile nature walk through the rainforest, followed by a campfire & snack.

2 hours
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Load back on the Seahawk raft for return transportation. Keep an eye out for whales, sea lions, harbor seals, eagles, & other sea birds, though no wildlife is guaranteed.

30 minutes
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After returning life jackets & any other gear, hop back in the van for convenient transfer right back to the cruise docks.

30 minutes

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