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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

  • Small-group kayak tour from Ketchikan
  • Paddle through Clover Pass, surrounded by Tongass National Forest
  • Explore the unique ecology where northern rain forest meets the ocean
Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour
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Navigate the waterways and islands of Clover Pass on a small-group kayak eco-tour from Ketchikan. Along the way, spot native Alaskan wildlife that inhabit this protected region where the thick foliage of the Tongass National Forest meets the sea, from sea lions and migratory humpback whales to eagles' nests and exposed starfish colonies. Paddle with two guides and a small group of no more than eight people for a more personalized wildlife-watching journey.
What to Expect
This tour is very educational, and is about much more than just paddling a kayak. Your kayaking adventure starts with a paddle down a wall of sea stars. With the dramatic Alaskan tide swings, this large wall becomes exposed, and all its residents are then eye-level from your kayak. At high tide, the critters climb up the wall and are easily seen in the amazingly clear water.

Sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets, chitons, nudibranchs, etc. cling to the wall, living in the ebb and flow of the tide, just waiting for you to pull out your camera. Your guides will take the time to show you the different critters, what they're doing, and how they're interacting.

Your nature viewing eco-tour continues as you paddle by a large bald eagle nest with resident adults, and typically young baby eagles throughout summer. Continuing around other islands, you'll view another eagle's nest, and some great tide zones along the rainforest shoreline. Your tour concludes as you kayak back through the local Alaskan fishing boats, in the marina where you began.

Transportation from your cruise ship/hotel, and excellent gear is provided. After gearing up and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.The total tour time is about 4 hours from when your guide meets you to when you return downtown, with approximately 2¼ hours on the water.

Eco-tours are generally limited to 8 guests (with 2 guides). Private party tours for up to 16 guests are sometimes available upon request. Your guides will pick you up right at your ship or wherever you're staying.

You'll be using tandem sit-inside kayaks for their roominess and stability. Sit on top kayaks are available upon advanced request.
Reviews (175)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Absolutely breathtaking views and beautiful coastline sea life

My husband and I came to Ketchikan during the off season thinking it would be difficult to find a kayak to rent, but Devon was so helpful and truly gave us a wonderful experience. We rented a two person kayak, very easy to use, and...More

Thank Vacation693161
Reviewed 1 October 2018
Excellent Guide - Ryan

Lots of wildlife viewing. Waters were like glass and the sun actually came out. Ryan was very informative and engaging. A definite must.

Thank ann e
Reviewed 25 September 2018
Great time! Best for small groups

Tour guide was awesome and friendly. Not going to lie. If the guide is not into you; then it's you. Still... go on the tour, but adjust your attitude and chill, relax, and enjoy nature. The company's website has plenty of information on what to...More

Thank Daniel L
Reviewed 17 September 2018
Ocean kayaking around pristine islands

Had an amazing experience with my daughter ocean kayaking. At first it was a little intimidating, but the guides were thoughtful and reassuring at all points along the way. Paddling out into the open ocean was an amazing experience. We saw a lot of wildlife...More

Thank Reed-Harding A
Reviewed 17 September 2018
A fantastic kayak trip!

My daughter and I had the most spectacular experience with Derek as our guide. He was friendly, safety conscious, patient, knowledgeable and did his very best to ensure that we had a great experience out on the water. From watching a bald eagle soar down...More

Thank nurseginny2018
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Two and a half hours on the water, give or take. About a half hour drive each way from the office building to the dock where the kayaks are.
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