Silversea Luxury Cruises A KETCHIKAN (Alaska)

KETCHIKAN (Alaska)

Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep–as–San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 13,500 people call the town home, and, in the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. View more

With some effort, though, visitors can still glimpse the rugged frontier spirit that once permeated this hardscrabble cannery town. Art lovers should make a beeline for Ketchikan: the arts community here is very active. Travelers in search of the perfect piece of Alaska art will find an incredible range of pieces to choose from.The town is at the foot of 3,000-foot Deer Mountain, near the southeastern corner of Revillagigedo (locals shorten it to Revilla) Island. Prior to the arrival of white miners and fishermen in 1885, the Tlingit used the site at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek as a summer fish camp. Gold discoveries just before the turn of the 20th century brought more immigrants, and valuable timber and commercial fishing resources spurred new industries. By the 1930s the town bragged that it was the "salmon-canning capital of the world." You will still find some of Southeast's best salmon fishing around here.Ketchikan is the first bite of Alaska that many travelers taste. Despite its imposing backdrop, hillside homes, and many staircases, the town is relatively easy to walk through. Favorite downtown stops include the Spruce Mill Development shops and Creek Street. A bit farther away you'll find the Totem Heritage Center. Out of town (but included on most bus tours) are two longtime favorites: Totem Bight State Historical Park to the north and Saxman Totem Park to the south.

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Excursions depuis KETCHIKAN (Alaska)

Alaska Bear Adventure

Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot on a unique, bear, and wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors.


Floatplane Expedition

Begin with a short transfer to the floatplane dock where a safety briefing is conducted and boarding begins. Once airborne, enjoy the passing scenery from your panoramic window seat and narration through your noise-cancelling headsets. Your pilot will identify points of interest as you soar above. The flight takes you along Alaska's fabled Inside Passage through a landscape of forested mountains and pristine waterways, on your way to the remote viewing location in the Tongass National Forest.


Bear-Spotting

After a soft landing, you are met by an Alaskan naturalist and bear guide who escorts you by van to a trailhead. A quarter of a mile (400 metre) trek along the well-maintained, gravel trail leads to an elevated viewing platform overlooking a salmon-rich stream. During spawning season the stream is where black bear gather to feed on runs of pink, coho, and chum salmon as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles perch in the surrounding trees waiting for fish scraps left by the bears.


The awe of seeing the bears up close, surrounded by breath-taking scenery, is an incredible experience for the nature-lover and photographer. Your naturalist guide proffers insight into the abundant wildlife. Ample time is allowed to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the walk back to the van and the short drive to your waiting aircraft.


Following an equally spectacular return flight to Ketchikan, you are transferred back to Silver Shadow.


Please note: This tour only operates from end of July through September. It requires an extensive amount of walking of approximately a half mile (800 metre) round-trip to the viewing platform from the van) over a gravel trail that is uneven and without handrails. Guests must be able to climb in and out of the aircraft via steps as well as stand for up to an hour. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear comfortable, sturdy hiking footwear and dress warmly for the weather conditions. Rain gear is recommended; food is not permitted. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed. The tour includes approximately 45 minutes for the round trip flight and approximately 1 hour at the bear viewing area. The minimum participant age is 8 years. Space is limited; guests should book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafeast

This half-day excursion combines three unique activities into one exciting and delicious expedition.


Depart the pier via coach and enjoy a narrated tour of Ketchikan en route to Clover Pass Resort, the oldest continuously operated fishing resort in the State of Alaska. At Clover Pass, meet your boat crew, who will get you properly outfitted for comfort before boarding an adventure boat. Your first stop will be nearby an active eagle's nest. Then the Captain will navigate his way through bays and inlets as your narrator gives you insight into the local flora, fauna and sea life. Learn about the timber industry and how it shaped the development of Alaska, and get a feeling for life on the island.


Venture past the Back Island Naval Testing Facility, home to some of the most sensitive 'ears' on the planet. Get an insight about their work on cruise ships and Navy Vessels, including nuclear submarines. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as porpoises and seals are frequent visitors along the tour route. During May and September whales are often sighted inside Clover Passage.


Your final stop is Silverking Lodge, located in the heart of Grant Island State Marine Park. At this working fishing lodge, you can check out the day's catch as fishermen make their way back from a day on the water. Walk the elevated boardwalk into the heart of the rainforest, get an up close and personal look at the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska, and take your picture next to the largest known red cedar in the Tongass National Forest.


Finish off your tour under a covered gazebo as you dine on a delectable seafood boil meal of crab, shrimp, clams, mussels, potatoes, onions, garlic, corn, and sausage, all cooked in one delicious pot and served piping hot on your table. And if you still have room, top off your meal with dessert. Before heading back to Clover Pass Resort, take a few minutes to take photos, check out the underwater camera, or soak up the atmosphere around the lodge where you coach awaits to take you back to the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a limited amount of walking/standing, mainly at the guest's discretion however it is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. In low tide the ramp is very steep. Guests must be able to make their own way on and off the coach and the boat. Layers of weather appropriate clothing that is suited for the outdoors and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Rain gear, hats & gloves provided. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. Although commonly observed on this tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Chicken meal alternative is available and guests will notify their guide while on the boat ride.

Bear Country Wildlife Experience

Walk along trails in a private reserve located in forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove in search of the most popular residents, the black bear. This half-day excursion provides an opportunity to view these wild bears in their natural habitat, allowing an in-depth experience for the nature lover and photographer.

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary

Depart the pier by coach for the drive to Herring Cove. Located within the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, this bear viewing site is near the Whitman Hatchery that produces large salmon runs, attracting black bear to the area. Meet your naturalist guide at the trailhead shelter and, after an orientation and bear safety briefing, begin a .75-mile (1.2-kilometre) walk along an improved trail through the heart of dense rainforest, among tall stands of hemlock, spruce, and Alaska cedar. Follow the guide to a restricted access, elevated boardwalk leading to a private viewing platform overlooking Eagle Creek. This provides a unique opportunity to view bears at close range as they fish for salmon in the stream or forage for berries.

Following the wildlife viewing, walk through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, see birds of prey close-up at the Alaska Raptor Center's Ketchikan exhibit, and visit with a Native master carver crafting a totem pole. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages at the General Store before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.

Wildlife Viewing

Few locations in Alaska offer the wildlife viewing opportunities found at this forest sanctuary. Large concentrations of black bear gather to feed on the runs of Pacific salmon that return to spawn in the sanctuary. Bald eagles, mink, and marten are often seen waiting for salmon scraps left by the bears. Seals can be seen at high tide feeding on the bountiful fish harvest.

This tour is highly variable based wildlife activity. Your dedicated team of guides and wildlife spotters will work to put you in the best place to view and photograph wild black bears. You will have access to the entire sanctuary's trail and boardwalk system, including some areas reserved specifically for this excursion, but will only use the areas deemed best for wildlife viewing given current conditions. This excursion may spend extended periods of time in one location watching and waiting for wildlife or moving frequently to maximize sightings. Seasonal ecosystem changes and weather patterns result in varying levels of wildlife activity and sightings cannot be guaranteed. The sanctuary is a multi-use facility including walking and zipline excursions. Multiple tours may overlap when sightings are limited.

Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately .75 miles (1.2 kilometers) over an improved trail. Some inclines and uneven terrain are to be expected. Portions of the trail are on elevated walkways and platforms. This tour may not be suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilize a wheelchair. Close-toed walking shoes are required. Dress in layers; rain ponchos are provided. Tour sequence may vary.

Bear sightings are common but cannot be guaranteed. Guests will receive a refund of 80.00 USD per person to their shipboard account should bears not be spotted during the duration of the excursion. The minimum participant age is 12 years. To reduce environmental impact, the number of participants is limited and additional space may not be available. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to the limited capacity and high demand for this tour, it is non-refundable unless cancelled by 12:00 p.m. on the day after embarkation.

Bering Sea Crab Fishermen on the Alleutian Ballad

Gain insight into life aboard a Bering Sea crab fishing boat during this memorable half-day excursion led by the fishermen who have battled the extreme conditions of the north. The coastal scenery and wildlife seen during your exploration of the local fishing grounds complete your outing. Wildlife you may see during your sail may include whales, octopus, sea lions, porpoise, eagles and seals as they are frequent visitors during this Bearing Sea crab fishermen's tour.


Meet your guide on the pier and walk to the Aleutian Ballad where you are greeted by her captain and decades-seasoned Bering Sea fishermen welcome you aboard. The Aleutian Ballad is a storied crab boat made famous in season two of Discovery Channel's award-winning TV series Deadliest Catch when it was hit by a 60' rogue wave and miraculously survived. After listening to the crews' introduction and a safety briefing, set out in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage to witness first-hand the amazing way of life of commercial fishermen. Relax in the Aleutian Ballad's heated and sheltered outdoor amphitheatre as you explore the incredible scenery of Southeast Alaska. Entwined throughout the entire excursion are the stories of the men who have spent their lives working at sea. Common sights along the way include an incredible bald eagle display, seals, sea lions, whales, and native Alaskan fishermen working the scenic coastline.


Lastly start your journey back to Ketchikan where your tour ends at the pier where you may choose to remain in town or walk directly back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a walk along the pier, approximately 10 yards to 1 block based on the ship's berth. Transportation may be arranged in advance for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair. We suggest you wear non-slip soled shoes and dress warmly in layers. Full-length, fleece-lined raincoats are provided. The sighting of wildlife cannot be guaranteed. This tour operates in all weather conditions, but does not go out into the rough water of the open ocean. Souvenirs are available for purchase on-board the vessel (USD cash and credit cards are accepted). This tour is not exclusive to Silversea guests.

Clover Pass Bike Ride

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the Outdoor Adventure Centre. Upon arrival, receive your safety briefing and cycling gear, then mount your 27-speed Trek bike and commence your guided bicycle tour. While leading you along a gently rolling paved road, your guide watches for eagles and explains the ecology and natural history of the surrounding Tongass National Forest. En route, an interpretive stop at a scenic waterfall and a brief eco-hike through Tongass National Forest offer a unique opportunity to learn about this beautiful rainforest first-hand.


Your bicycle adventure concludes back at the Outdoor Adventure Centre. Upon arrival, dismount your bike, relax with some snacks and browse for souvenirs before re-boarding your coach for the brief transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves approximately 9.5 miles (about 15.3 kilometres) of bicycle-riding along paved (sealed) roads, with some inclines. There is no off-road riding involved. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Helmets, gloves and raingear are provided. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The minimum age for this tour is 6 years old.

Exclusive Flightseeing & Crab Feast

This exclusive excursion combines two favourite Alaska experiences: a flight on a De Havilland Beaver floatplane and a meal featuring Alaskan Dungeness Crab.


Tongass Narrows Floatplane Flight

Your flight begins dockside in Ketchikan in the pristine Tongass Narrows. Once airborne, enjoy a breath taking, fully-narrated, twenty-minute flight over the Tongass National Forest in search of mountain goats and waterfalls before landing at the remote George Inlet Lodge, a rustic yet elegant wilderness oasis. Following touchdown, you will be greeted by your host with warm cider, champagne, mimosas, Alaskan amber beer, and white wine, accompanied by an array of delicious appetisers including smoked salmon and fresh fruits. Following this welcome reception, adjourn into the lodge's richly appointed private dining room.


Crab Feast

Before your meal, enjoy a view of the inlet through large windows as your guide entertains you with stories of south east Alaska. The menu for your crab feast includes a delicious salad with homemade Asian dressing, steamed baby red potatoes, and the highlight: Dungeness crab with warm melted butter and accompanied by wine. For dessert, indulge in rich, creamy cheesecake smothered in Alaskan blueberries.


Following your meal, relax and explore the lodge or browse the keepsakes available for purchase. All too soon it is time to re-board your floatplane and return to Ketchikan and Silver Shadow.


Please note: This tour requires little walking; however, guests must be able to manoeuvre in and out of a small floatplane, negotiate a short, wooden gangway and climb a few steps. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions and the flight path is subject to change. Space is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Fishing & Wilderness Dining

Cast a line in a remote wilderness location during this authentic fishing excursion along the pristine Alaskan coastline.


Alaskan Fishing

Depart the pier with your guide for the brief stroll to the Baranof Outfitting Room. After receiving your weather-appropriate outdoor gear and safety instructions, board a stable 20-foot (6-metre) open-air skiff and head out into the pristine wilderness. With only four or five guests per boat, your professional guide can customise the excursion to fit your interests and skill level. The thrill of bottom-fishing is what attracts fishermen to these waters.


You are given your own rod and tackle to use during the trip. Experience the anticipation of jigging and excitement of landing rockfish, red snapper, lingcod, or pacific halibut. You only keep what you eat for lunch.


Dine on Your Catch

After fishing and wildlife-viewing, proceed to shore and a remote campsite where a crackling fire awaits your arrival. You can watch as your guide prepares your freshly-caught fish for cooking, then eat your meal al fresco amidst the stillness of the rain forest. Your fish is served atop a saffron-infused, bouillabaisse-inspired stew (no shellfish), and includes fire-warmed sourdough rolls, rhubarb-blueberry bread pudding, and steaming mugs of coffee or hot chocolate.


After this rustic lunch in the Alaskan wilderness, your tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal to moderate amount of walking, some of which involves negotiating uneven terrain and guests must be able to climb in and out of the skiff. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. It may include 2-3 hours in a fishing skiff that is open to the elements. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes; rain gear, bib overalls, button-up jacket, hat, gloves, wool socks, and rubber boots are all provided. Alaska State Law requires a $25 fishing license be purchased and paid in cash at the outfitting station prior to the start of your fishing trip. The catching of fish is not guaranteed. Actual fishing time varies depending on amount of time in port. This tour is not recommended for children under the agen of 5. Guests are required to bring their photo ID. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show

Alaska's frontier lumberjacks battle British Columbia's premier woodsmen in a no-holds-barred competition for the title 'Bull of the Woods'.


Lumberjack Show

Southeast Alaska's rich logging history comes to life in this thrilling display of skill. World champion athletes are featured in springboard chopping, buck sawing, axe throwing, log rolling, and a tree climb ending in a 50-foot (15-metre) free fall. Your colourful host delights the crowd with stories of lumberjack lore. Located a short walk from the pier, this celebration of a bygone era promises a rip-roaring good time and quality entertainment for all ages.


Enjoy the one-hour show from covered, heated, and cushioned grandstands, sheltered from inclement weather. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to meet the athletes, take photographs with them and get autographs if desired. Remain in town to browse the sights and shops and return to the ship at your leisure.


Please note: A short walk of approximately 5 minutes is required from the pier to the venue. Should the ship be docked at Pier 4, transportation will be provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible, electric wheelchairs and scooters can be accommodated. This tour is recommended for all guests. Videotaping of the show is not permitted, but still photography is welcome.

Ketchikan Cultural Discovery

Ketchikan's colourful history and rich heritage come to life during this informative outing that explores two cultural attractions in this bustling waterfront community.


Depart the pier en route to picturesque City Park for a brief guided stroll before heading to the Totem Heritage Centre for a behind-the-scenes experience in the archive of carved treasures.


Totem Heritage Centre

Your guide leads a brief walk to the Totem Heritage Centre, home to the world's finest collection of 19th-century totem poles. Retrieved from abandoned Native village sites, these beautifully-preserved massive cedar monuments artfully record and retell the history and lore of Alaska's indigenous people. After a brief introduction by the museum staff, explore the museum and the wonderful artefacts. Next, leave the average traveller behind as you are welcomed into the museum's archives for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience with a museum host. Enjoy viewing this impressive collection and learn about the Centre's efforts to preserve traditional art forms such as basket making, beadwork and carving.


Potlatch Park

Enjoy a narrated scenic drive to Potlatch Park, where you will explore several centuries of Alaskan history. Start among their collection of antique cars - a 1932 Packard, 1924 Stanley Steamer and a 1937 Ford Pick-up, to name a few. Then get ready to take an awe-inspiring guided trip back to the 19th century as you explore a fully recreated Native Alaskan village, including 5 tribal homes and beautifully carved totems, one of which is an impressive 42 feet high. Take a moment to peer into one of the homes to see the diorama of how native Alaskans actually lived in the 1800's. Walk through a traditional style smoke house and an active carving centre to view creative works in the making.


Alaska Totem Trading

Enjoy some free time at the Alaska Totem Trading for an opportunity to shop for authentic Alaskan art, crafts, totems as well as a large supply of souvenirs/curios to commemorate your visit. Don't miss viewing the small yet quaint museum attached to Alaska Totem Trading which includes an eclectic collection of rare vintage fire arms and other historic memorabilia before re-boarding the coach for the return trip to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking of approximately 0.5 miles (800 metres) over gravel paths with some inclines for approximately 164 feet (50 metres), with 3 steps to climb in and out of the vehicle and it is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable footwear that can get wet, as this tour operates in all weather conditions. A minimum number of guests are required to operate. The order of sights seen may vary.

Ketchikan Sportfishing

Test your sportfishing skills in the 'Salmon Capital of the World' during this half-day angling excursion in Ketchikan. Depart the pier and listen as your driver offers a glimpse at the past and present of the landscape around you. Your 20-minute drive takes you out of the city of Ketchikan, along the Tongass Narrows, and towards Ward Cove that lies within the sheltered Clover Passage. Meet your Coast Guard-licensed captain, purchase the State required fishing licenses, and climb aboard your boat with its covered cabin, designed for 4-6 anglers.


These local waters jump with an abundance of salmon - the elusive King (Chinook) in May and June, the plentiful Pinks in June and July, and the fighting Silvers (Coho) salmon from mid-July through September. The preferred method of fishing is trolling by downrigger, with rods placed in holders and lowered to specific depths. Once the fish have been hooked, take the rod on a rotating basis in order to land the fish.


During your three and half-hour hunt for salmon, your skipper provides refreshments, fishing tips, and stories about the ones that did not get away. Keep an eye out for the local mammals and birds such as seals, sea lions, and sea otter. Eagles are known to swoop down near the salmon boats, fishing for their own catch of the day and allowing you a stellar photo opportunity.


Catch and release your salmon, or if you wish, your catch can be processed locally and shipped to your home (within the continental USA) for an additional charge. Return to the marina where your transfer vehicle awaits to take you back to the ship.


Please note: This tour requires a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to walk about 100 yards (91 metres) up and down a steep ramp at the marina and board the boat by stepping over the bull rail. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. A fishing license must be purchased for $25, plus an additional $15 for the King Salmon stamp and these fees are to be paid in CASH directly to the boat captain. The minimum participant age is 5 years. Guests must weigh less than 300 pounds (136 kilograms/21.4 stone). Dress in layers and wear deck or rubber-soled shoes; rain jackets, fishing gear, tackle and bait are provided. You may catch and release. Fish processing (vacuum packing and shipment) is available for an additional charge (credit cards are accepted). The catching of fish is not guaranteed. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.

Ketchikan by Land & Sea

Experience the history and landmarks of Ketchikan in a unique new way during this sightseeing excursion via amphibious vehicle.


Land Tour

Depart the pier for the short guided stroll to the "Duck", a fully-covered and heated amphibious vehicle with viewing windows and comfortable interior seating. After embarking the vessel, receive your safety briefing before starting your fully-narrated tour of Ketchikan and its surrounding waters. Travelling through the downtown historical district, brief photo stops are made at landmarks that include the Salmon Ladder, Salmon Spawning Grounds, City Park, Whale Park, Ketchikan's world-famous tunnel, the old Red Light District on Creek Street, and more.


Sea Tour

Next, continue through the downtown area and proceed to the harbour. Here, enter the water through the launch ramp, then pass by numerous fishing and pleasure boats before heading into the Tongass Narrows. Following along the waterfront, take in up-close views of seaplanes and canneries, and observe the way people live and work on the water. From here, continue past Pennock Island, follow the shoreline of Gravina Island and see neighbouring islands. Along the way, you may spot eagles and other local wildlife. Afterward, enter the harbour and exit the water via the boat launch. A stop is made to rinse off the boat before commencing the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the amphibious vehicle. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a light sweater or jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.

Ketchikan by Private Hummer

Explore Ketchikan at your leisure during this half-day private sightseeing tour via Private Hummer.


Once on board, receive a 'Guest Preference Card' to customise your own itinerary for such items as music and drink preferences, and the activity level of your group. On the day of the excursion, depart the pier in Ketchikan with your English-speaking driver/guide in an air-conditioned Hummer H2, and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace.


Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight State Park & Potlatch Park

Although you choose where to go and what to see, there are many options at your disposal. A basic format has been prepared for your consideration. You can begin with a visit to the Saxman Native Village to see Ketchikan's largest collection of authentic standing totem poles, and observe a totem pole being carved.


Rainforest, Beach and Waterfalls

Nature lovers may opt to take a stroll through a rainforest that opens to a beautiful, rock-lined beach. Here, take in splendid views north back to the cruise ship docks, and south towards the entrance to Dixon. Beaver Falls, located approximately 13 miles (about 21 kilometres) south of town, is the largest waterfall on the island accessible by vehicle. Herring Cove is located approximately eight miles (about 13 kilometres) south of town. Search for seasonal wildlife or take an optional walk down to the water's edge to view the salmon in the creek.


Ward Creek and Totem Bight State Park

At the north end of town, you can take a stroll through the Ward Creek area of the Tongass National Forest. Ward Creek is lined with Sitka spruce, western hemlock and red cedar trees, and features a one-mile (1.6 kilometres) gravel-surfaced, groomed trail offering flat and easy sections to hike, with few inclines. This trail ascends only 100 feet (about 30 metres) overall, and offers a picturesque viewing platform at the turnaround point. A snack consisting of Alaskan smoked salmon, cheese and crackers is served at Totem Bight State Park.


Lunch Creek Trail and Emery Tobin Lake

Lunch Creek Trail is located at the very north end of Tongass Highway. This moderate-to-difficult, 4.1-mile (6.6-kilometre) trail winds through mature cedar and spruce forest, continues into natural tread interspersed with boardwalk climbing through spruce stands and muskeg meadows, and ends in a sub-alpine forest at Emery Tobin Lake. Scenic views include a trailside waterfall. You can also hike approximately 1,100 feet (about 335 metres) up Slide Mountain to a private viewpoint.


Custom stops can include shopping, dining or exploring just about anything on the island. Photo and wildlife stops can be made at any time the opportunity arises. Beverages are available throughout the tour. Your exclusive Silver Shore Privato sightseeing tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the vehicle. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Participation is limited to four (4) guests per vehicle. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Collapsible wheelchairs may be used on this tour, and stored in the back of the vehicle; however, a wheelchair lift is not available. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Two sets of binoculars are provided per vehicle. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port.

Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer Cruise

Explore one of nature's most spectacular creations during this exclusive journey to the Misty Fjords National Monument aboard a luxurious, waterjet-powered vessel reserved for Silversea guests.


Jet-Boat to the Tongass Narrows

Embark a comfortable Alaskan built vessel for a narrated trip south in the Tongass Narrows. Take in splendid views of Ketchikan's picturesque and historical waterfront sites, and pass by the rugged coastline bordering Revillagigedo Channel. This area is a prime habitat for orca and humpback whales, Dall's porpoises and Steller sea lions.


Misty Fjords

Proceed into Behm Canal, which is surrounded by the pristine beauty of Misty Fjords. Your cruise then continues into Rudyerd Bay, an ice-carved masterpiece deep within the monument. Upon arrival, learn about the natural history of the fjords whilst gliding past 3,000-foot (914-metre) vertical cliffs. Feel the mist of glistening waterfalls and listen to the call of seabirds nesting on a rock face sculpted by glacial forces. The Naturalist on board provides commentary. Midway through your outing, a substantial snack is served.


Leaving Rudyerd Bay, cruise south to view a gathering of harbour seals and search for other species of wildlife that thrive in these waters.


During the return voyage to Ketchikan, learn about Native culture and history presented by a Tlingit storyteller, watch a Native artist at work, or take in a tour-related video presentation. Your tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: This tour may require guests to walk up to 300 yards (277 metres) to the boat loading area. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair; vessel is accessible to standard wheelchairs only (no electric scooters). Tour boat utilised is a 78-foot (24-metre), waterjet-powered catamaran including two decks of heated, inside seating, an expansive observation deck, galley and three restrooms (one is ADA accessible). Guests are advised to dress warmly in layers, and bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation decks. Although wildlife is seen on the majority of outings, sightings cannot be guaranteed. A minimum number of guests is required to operate this tour with an exclusive vessel for Silversea therefore this tour might not be exclusive to Silversea guests. Complimentary tour-use binoculars are provided on board as well as a take home souvenir route guide. On board souvenir shop available and accepts USD cash and credit cards.

Misty Fjords Wilderness Cruise & Flight

Embrace the magnificent beauty of the Misty Fjords National Monument in a breath taking new way during this memorable sightseeing excursion via catamaran and floatplane.


Catamaran Tour

Depart the pier aboard a catamaran and set off on an approximate 2.5 hour cruise to the heart of the Misty Fjords National Monument, one of nature's most majestic creations. A naturalist provides commentary as you sail past towering cliffs, glacial valleys and 1,000-foot-high (305-metre) waterfalls that plunge into the fjord's emerald waters. View a mysterious Native pictograph and Punchbowl Cove, home to the Mossy Wall bird rookery, and New Eddystone Rock, a stunning volcanic structure. Refreshments are served as you marvel at the beauty of your surroundings. Look for bears, mountain goats, timber wolves, seals, sea lions, and humpback whales.


Floatplane Tour

Upon arrival at a secluded cove, transfer to an authentic Alaskan floatplane for a breathtaking, 25-minute flight over pristine wilderness, forests and lakes. Returning to Ketchikan, your stunning aerial view affords panoramic views of the city and your ship before a water landing. Your tour concludes with a short transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate getting on/off the bus, five steps to get on/off the plane, and a few steps to embark/disembark the boat. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Warm, layered clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions and wildlife viewing is not guaranteed. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Order of sites visited may be reversed.

Misty Fjords by Floatplane

Explore the second-largest wilderness region in the United States in an exhilarating new way during this exciting floatplane excursion in the Misty Fjords National Monument. Spanning over two million acres (over 800,000 hectare), the Misty Fjords National Monument is a remote area crafted by nature's forces over tens of thousands of years. It is truly one of the highlights of your visit to Ketchikan.


Depart the pier for the short drive to the seaplane base. After a safety briefing, walk down towards your awaiting aircraft.


Floatplane Flight

Board an authentic De Havilland floatplane and soar along the Ketchikan waterfront and over the Tongass Narrows. Then, ascend for a flyover of the enchanting Misty Fjords National Monument. En route, pass by sheer granite cliffs, plunging 1000-foot (300-metre) waterfalls, and crystalline glacial lakes. Eagles, mountain goats, whales, and sea lions are some of the wildlife you may be able to observe from your guaranteed window seat during this floatplane adventure.


Misty Fjords National Monument

Your specially-equipped floatplane offers all the amenities to make your trip a memorable experience, including digital sound systems and individual passenger noise-cancelling headsets to hear the narrative and choreographed music. Your flight route is dependent on the weather and will take you on a once in a lifetime adventure to either the South where you may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake or North past Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs.


Midway through the flight, your pilot will land in a pristine lake or ocean inlet so you can savour the incredible scenery, serenity and tranquillity of your surroundings. A souvenir route guidebook helps identify landmarks and scenic highlights, and serves as a memento of your trip. Remember to bring your camera to capture the dramatic sights of the Misty Fjords National Monument.


Afterwards, the floatplane returns you to its facility, where the transfer vehicle stands-by to take you to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires little walking; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the floatplane and walk along an inclined ramp to and from the plane. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour includes approximately 65 minutes of flight time and a 10-minute water-landing. Although wildlife is commonly seen in this area, sightings cannot be guaranteed. Each guest will have a window seat as well as noise-cancelling headsets. The tour operates under a special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. Participation is limited.


Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility, views and the route chosen. The pilot's main concern is the passengers' safety, and flights may be cancelled on short notice if prevailing weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe. Please note that for operational reasons there may be changes on the departure times on short notice.

Misty Fjords by Private Floatplane (10-seater plane)

Experience Alaska's pristine natural beauty and wildlife from a unique perspective during this half-day floatplane adventure to the Misty Fjords National Monument.


Depart the pier via SUV limousine for a sightseeing tour of downtown Ketchikan en route to your aircraft. After meeting your pilot and boarding the floatplane, your narrated flight proceeds above Alaska's spectacular natural terrain. En route, interactive, noise-dampening headsets enable you to hear the background music and converse with the pilot.


What makes your exclusive excursion to the Misty Fjords National Monument unforgettable is the sheer size of the area. Mountains marked by pinnacles of ancient granite rise 4,000-7,000 feet (1,200-2,100 metres) above sea level. A geological timeline of valleys cut by retreating glaciers has produced dramatic cliffs that plunge to deep, narrow fjords of crystal water.


Next, your breath-taking flight glides in to land on a pristine lake within the rugged heart of the National Monument. Here, some free time is made available for you to step ashore and fully experience this picturesque setting.


Once back aboard the plane, your visit to Misty Fjords concludes with an equally-scenic return flight to Ketchikan.


Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per plane. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. The price for this tour includes aircraft and captain for parties of up to 10 guests. Each guest will have a window seat as well as headsets. Some walking is required down a variable sloped ramp to the floatplane and guests must be able to climb in and out of the aircraft. This tour can accommodate guests with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair with advanced notice. This tour involves approximately 90 minutes of actual flying time and 20 minutes spent at the lake. Although wildlife is commonly seen in this area, sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port.


Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility, views and the route chosen. The pilot's main concern is the passengers' safety, and flights may be cancelled on short notice if prevailing weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe. Please note that for operational reasons there may be changes on the departure times on short notice.

Misty Fjords by Private Floatplane (6-seater plane)

Experience Alaska's pristine natural beauty and wildlife from a unique perspective during this half-day floatplane adventure to the Misty Fjords National Monument.


Depart the pier via SUV limousine for a sightseeing tour of downtown Ketchikan en route to your aircraft. After meeting your pilot and boarding the floatplane, your narrated flight proceeds above Alaska's spectacular natural terrain. En route, interactive, noise-dampening headsets enable you to hear the background music and converse with the pilot.


What makes your exclusive excursion to the Misty Fjords National Monument unforgettable is the sheer size of the area. Mountains marked by pinnacles of ancient granite rise 4,000-7,000 feet (1,200-2,100 metres) above sea level. A geological timeline of valleys cut by retreating glaciers has produced dramatic cliffs that plunge to deep, narrow fjords of crystal water.


Next, your breath-taking flight glides in to land on a pristine lake within the rugged heart of the National Monument. Here, some free time is made available for you to step ashore and fully experience this picturesque setting.


Once back aboard the plane, your visit to Misty Fjords concludes with an equally-scenic return flight to Ketchikan.


Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per plane. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. The price for this tour includes aircraft and captain for parties of up to 6 guests. Each guest will have a window seat as well as headsets. Some walking is required down a variable sloped ramp to the floatplane and guests must be able to climb in and out of the aircraft. This tour can accommodate guests with limited mobility or who use a wheelchair with advanced notice. Tour involves approximately 90 minutes of actual flying time and 20 minutes spent at the lake. Although wildlife is commonly seen in this area, sightings cannot be guaranteed. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port.


Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions, as are visibility, views and the route chosen. The pilot's main concern is the passengers' safety, and flights may be cancelled on short notice if prevailing weather conditions are deemed to be unsafe. Please note that for operational reasons there may be changes on the departure times on short notice.

Neets Bay Bear Watch

This once-in-a-lifetime expedition to see the wild black bears of south east Alaska is certain to charm everyone from nature-lovers to photo-enthusiasts. An exhilarating floatplane flight compliments this adventure.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to the seaplane base. Board your assigned floatplane and begin your 20-minute flight-seeing excursion.


Floatplane Flight and Hike

Your floatplane is equipped with all the amenities to make your trip a memorable experience, including digital CD audio systems and individual passenger headsets, as you depart for Neets Bay in the Tongass National Forest - one of the finest bear viewing locations in Alaska. A short hike down a quarter-mile (400-metre), well-maintained wilderness trail takes you to the viewing area where black bears fish for their next meal. A naturalist guide describes the habits of the bear and the lifecycle of their favourite meal, the salmon.


Alaskan Black Bear

The secure, covered viewing area allows for up-close observation of the bears in their natural habitat amongst the wilderness beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Other wildlife sighting possibilities include eagles, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten, and seals. Be sure to bring your camera to capture that quintessential shot of the true Alaskan black bear in its natural surroundings. A souvenir route guidebook assists you in identifying landmarks and scenic highlights and serves as a memento of your trip.


Re-board your floatplane for the 20-minute flight back to the seaplane base. A short drive then returns you to the ship.


Please note: This tour only operates from end of July through September. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking along wooden/uneven trails and is only suggested for guests who are physically fit. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable, sturdy hiking footwear and dressing warmly for the weather conditions. Rain gear is recommended. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed. There is a one-quarter mile (400-metre) hike over uneven and sometimes difficult, slippery terrain with a few steps and narrow passageways. The tour includes approximately 40 minutes for the round trip flight and approximately 1.5 hours at the Neets Bay Hatchery. The minimum participant age is 12 years. Space is limited; guests should book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Due to the limited capacity and high demand for this tour, it is non-refundable unless cancelled by 12:00 p.m. on the day after embarkation.

Private Crabbing, Fishing & Exploration

Go on an adventure on this private fishing and crabbing tour at Bostwick Bay which is home to thousands of Dungeness crab.


On arrival you are met by your guide at the gangway where you will take a short walk to the outfitting room where you will be outfitted in all-weather gear and where you can purchase your fishing license. Next board the vessel and head out from Baranof's private downtown marina into the breath taking landscape of southeast Alaska


Next, Learn how to bait and set crab pots with the help of an experienced guide and while they soak, head out on an adventure of your choosing in Ketchikan's world-renowned waters in a private 22ft cabin cruiser for you and up to five (5) other members of your family. Your private 22ft cabin cruiser is outfitted for salmon fishing, halibut fishing, or pulling up to the beach for beachcombing and exploring.


With just you and your family on board you can truly customize the day to fit your needs. Whether your bucket list contains fishing for pacific halibut, or your kids want to explore tide pools and beach crabs, we can make this a trip of a lifetime!


After retrieving your crab pots, return to the marina and enjoy a meal with your catch-of-the-day at the Alaska Fish House. The Alaska Fish House is famous for creating spectacular meals with all Alaskan seafood!


Your tour concludes at the pier.


Please note: The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle/vessel. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. This tour requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which involves negotiating uneven terrain and guests must be able to climb in and out of the vessel with minimal assistance. Only one person in your party need reserve the tour and charges may be split between suites on-board. The vessel allows for a maximum of 6 guests. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests with previous neck or back injuries should not participate in this excursion as the vessel may navigate in rough waters at times. The minimum participation age is five (5) years old. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes; rain gear, rain coat, rain pants, wool hat, wool socks and rubber boots are all provided. Alaska State Law requires a $25 fishing license be purchased and paid in cash, for all guests over the age of 16, at the outfitting station prior to the start of your fishing trip. The catching of fish is not guaranteed. Total tour time varies depending on amount of time in port. Total tour duration is subject to time in port and can range from 3.75 to 5 hours. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.

Private Fishing & Wilderness Dining

Cast a line in a remote wilderness location during this authentic full-day private fishing excursion along the pristine Alaskan coastline.


Alaskan Fishing

Depart the pier with your guide for the brief stroll to the Baranof Outfitting Room. After receiving your weather-appropriate outdoor gear and safety instructions, board a stable 20-foot (6-metre) open-air skiff and head out into the pristine wilderness. With only four guests per boat, your professional guide can customise the excursion to fit your interests and skill level. The thrill of bottom-fishing is what attracts fishermen to these waters.


You are given your own rod and tackle to use during the trip. Experience the anticipation of jigging and excitement of landing rockfish, red snapper, lingcod, or salmon. You only keep what you eat for lunch.


Dine on Your Catch

After fishing and wildlife-viewing, proceed to shore and a remote campsite where a crackling fire awaits your arrival. You can watch as your guide prepares your freshly-caught fish for cooking, then eat your meal al fresco amidst the stillness of the rain forest. Your fish is served atop a saffron-infused, bouillabaisse-inspired stew (no shellfish), and includes fire-warmed sourdough rolls, rhubarb-blueberry bread pudding, and steaming mugs of coffee or hot chocolate.


After this rustic lunch in the Alaskan wilderness, your tour concludes with a return drive to the pier.


Please note: The max capacity for each skiff is 4 (the skipper makes 5). It requires a moderate amount of walking, some of which involves negotiating uneven terrain and guests must be able to climb in and out of the skiff. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. It may include 2-3 hours in a fishing skiff that is open to the elements. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes; rain gear, bib overalls, button-up jacket, hat, gloves, wool socks, and rubber boots are all provided. Alaska State Law requires a $25 fishing license be purchased and paid in cash at the outfitting station prior to the start of your fishing trip. The catching of fish is not guaranteed. Actual fishing time varies depending on amount of time in port. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Catch cannot be brought to the ship.

Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Adventure

Glide through the top of a rainforest canopy along a series of dual cables suspended between tall hemlock, spruce, and cedars and gain a unique perspective on the rainforest surrounds. This adventure excursion combines a flight over 6,000 feet (1,845 metres) of high tension cables and three aerial bridges guaranteed to thrill all.


Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Herring Cove, located within the borders of the magnificent Tongass National Forest. This major rainforest reserve embraces one of Alaska's richest salmon spawning streams and a pristine inter-tidal estuary. Abundant wildlife habitat here includes a high concentration of bald eagles, black bear, and a variety of other species.


Ziplines

At Herring Cove, an all-terrain custom 4x4 Unimog transports you up a steep rain forest hillside to the canopy chalet. Professionally-trained guides outfit you with state-of-the-art safety equipment and provide a detailed orientation before you mount the first platform. Your rainforest canopy challenge features a flight over eight ziplines, three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees, and ground-based nature trails.


Rainforest Canopy

Your guides will progressively ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 100 feet (30 metres) to the 850-foot (260-metre), pulse-pounding 'Ben's Revenge'. Discover Eagle Creek falls as you cross three hanging bridges offering breath-taking views of the virgin forest about 135 feet (41.5 metres) below. The final zip line emerges from the rain forest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower. From up there, you will descend by a cord which will automatically rappell you down to the base.


Upon completion of this amazing experience, enjoy a snack and hot beverage, view your photograph, and enjoy complimentary entrance to the Alaska Raptor Centre's Ketchikan Exhibit located on site and browse in the General Store. Then, begin the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition who are at least 60" (153 cm) and weigh between 90 pounds (41 kilograms/6.4 stone) and maximum 250 pounds (113 kg/18 stone). Some walking and use of stairs is required. This tour is not recommended for guests who are pregnant, suffer from a fear of heights or seizure disorders, those who have had recent surgery, or guests with limited mobility. Guests with any of these, or other, conditions may need to sign a waiver release in order to participate. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. We suggest you wear long pants, layered clothing, and closed-toe shoes; a rain jacket is provided. Wildlife sightings are likely but cannot be guaranteed. Space is very limited.

Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary

If you love nature and the great outdoors, then do not miss this delightful outing at the private Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary.


Depart the pier for the scenic, eight-mile (13-kilometre) coastal drive en route to the private Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, an exclusive reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove.


Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary

This pristine natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals, and a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs (in season) in the abundant marine estuary. In addition to wildlife viewing, this tour provides opportunities to view and photograph raptors, including bald eagles, up-close at the Alaska Raptor Center educational extension and observe a master Native totem pole carver at work.


Following the coastal drive and arrival at the private reserve, you are greeted by a naturalist before commencing your guided walking tour. The route proceeds along a trail walk, and through the heart of the dense forest past tall stands of hemlock, spruce, and Alaska cedar. Stops are made at strategically-located viewing areas. After arriving at a protected open estuary, follow Eagle Creek along an elevated, wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return here annually to spawn.


Watch and listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. During spawning season, the likelihood of viewing the area's fascinating wildlife is good. As bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek, bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, mink, marten, and otters also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity.


Alaska Raptor Center

At the conclusion of the half-mile (800-metre) trail hike proceed to the Alaska Raptor Center exhibit to observe birds of prey, including bald eagles up-close, and learn about the heritage and habitat of America's national symbol from a raptor specialist.


Old Sawmill and Interpretive Center

Following these great photographic opportunities, explore the historic Old Sawmill, established by pioneer Ben Fleenor. Observe a master Native totem pole carver at work and and view the impressive collection of Tsimshian totem poles.


Complimentary snacks and beverages are provided, and some free time is made available for browsing in the general store before commencing the return drive to Ketchikan and the ship.


Please note: This tour involves walking on mostly flat, improved trails that are relatively smooth, with some inclines and no steps. It is suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair providing they are accompanied by another guest able to push the chair up slight inclines on compressed gravel. Total walking distance is .75 miles (1.2 kilometres). Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable shoes that can get wet as this tour operates in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos are provided. Wildlife sightings are common but cannot be guaranteed.

Seacycle Ocean Adventure

Discover a new way to enjoy Alaska's wildlife and rich coastlines by Sea-cycling. Your adventure on the ocean will allow you to savour the pristine, fresh air and enjoy abundant wildlife while learning about Alaskan culture, history, and a working cove of today.


Depart the pier for the short ride to the dock facility. Upon arrival, take a short walk to the dock area and float house base where you will gear up and review Seacycle water safety and functions.


Your journey now begins by pedalling to a serene wildlife estuary where seals, ducks, eagles, jelly fish, starfish and bears are occasionally seen. Next, pedal through Ward Cove to see an active eagles nest and pedal along the beautiful shoreline of the Tongass National Forest.


Your journey ends back at the cedar float house where you will enjoy a snack of local specialities and the chance to hear about some of the local traditions and community events families enjoy here in Ketchikan.


Your tour concludes back at the pier where you can re-join the ship or walk into the downtown area to continue exploring the area (time permitting).


Please note: This tour requires a moderate to extensive amount of activity with approximately 3 miles (5 Kilometres) of pedalling time on the water and approximately 50 feet (15 metres) of walking over sometimes uneven surfaces. Guests must be able to manoeuvre the floating dock ramp with varying inclines dependent on seas levels. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. A waiver is required to participate. There is a combined weight limit of 550 pounds (249 kilos/39 stone) and a max of 2 guests per Seacycle. Children under the age of 2 are not allowed. Life jackets and rain gear are available for all guests. We recommend wearing comfortable layered clothing, closed toed shoes and bring extra pair of socks. Light refreshments are also included.

Self Drive Zodiac Adventure

Experience the rugged natural beauty of Alaska in a unique new way during this unforgettable, half-day RIB-boat excursion.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute group transfer to your awaiting, 14-foot (4.2-metre) Zodiac rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Upon arrival, receive your safety instructions and begin your guided sightseeing excursion through the pristine rainforest islands north of Ketchikan. Along the way, take in spectacular panoramic vistas of your surroundings, and look for whales, seals, eagles, sea lions, bears, seabirds, and other wildlife that inhabit this region.


During your picturesque excursion, a stop is made at an area beach or estuary for a hot beverage and a snack. On the return ride, hand over the helm to another boatman, and pass by rock islands where humpback whales and orcas frequently surface. When in season, ride deep into bays and inlets where salmon spawning streams attract black bears. At the conclusion of your journey, re-board the group transportation for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: Transportation on this tour is not private, only the Zodiac portion. This tour is sold per excursion for up to 4 guests. Only one person in your party need reserve the tour and charges may be split between suites on board. This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and embark/disembark the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended; skiff suits, boots, socks, gloves, hats, and life jackets are provided. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port.

Tatoosh Islands Sea Kayak

Embrace the coastal beauty of Alaska during this scenic and exhilarating sea-kayaking excursion in the Tatoosh Islands.


Tatoosh Islands Boat-Ride

Your islands kayak adventure begins with a brief transfer to the Outdoor Adventure Centre, located at the north end of Ketchikan's only highway. Upon arrival, gear up for a scenic, fast and exhilarating, motorised, rigid inflatable boat ride to the Tatoosh Islands.


Tongass National Forest Kayaking

Upon arrival in this isolated and protected area, receive your safety briefing and kayaking instructions and equipment before embarking your two-person sea kayak and launching from the sheltered beach. During your guided ride, paddle around the Tatoosh Islands and experience the lush forest from up-close. Keep your eyes peeled for inter-tidal life, bald eagles, minks, land otters, seals, and sea lions in this protected and serene island environment of the Tongass National Forest.


After your kayaking adventure, return to the beach and embark your rigid inflatable boat for the ride back to the Outdoor Adventure Centre. Upon arrival, relax with some refreshments and browse for souvenirs before transferring back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, and embark/disembark the rigid-hulled inflatable boat and sea-kayak. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Warm, layered clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Raingear and dry bags are provided. Guests must not exceed 235 pounds (106 kilos / 16.70 stone) or be taller than 6 feet 6 inches (198 centimetres) in order to participate. Operation of this tour is subject to favourable weather conditions. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Although commonly observed on this type of excursion, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire

Experience the heart of the Alaskan wilderness from a unique perspective during this panoramic, half-day, wildlife-viewing excursion via boat.


Ketchikan, Deluxe Expedition Vessel, Marine Wildlife Cruise, Porpoise, Whales, Seals, Bears

Depart the pier for the short walk to your awaiting deluxe expedition vessel, then embark the boat and begin your marine wildlife safari. Along the way, your captain utilises his understanding of tides, weather and seasonal evolutions to design an expedition uniquely suited to the day. Humpback and orca whales, Dall's porpoise, harbour seals, eagles, and bears are just some of the diverse wildlife and marine species that thrive in this pristine environment. As wildlife is spotted, the captain manoeuvers the vessel to provide optimal views, and your expert naturalist explains their fascinating life-cycles and behaviours.


Annette Island, Tsimshian Alaska Native Greeting, Rainforest Trek, Surrounding Islands, Bonfire

Along the way, take a leisurely break from cruising to step ashore on remote Annette Island, the only Native Reserve in Alaska. Upon arrival, you are welcomed by your Tsimshian Alaska Native hosts with a hearty, "La gwelga lak!" ("The fire has been lit!"). This gentle bay area, with a sloping beach fringed with lush vegetation, offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding islands. During your guided nature walk, take an opportunity to explore the old-growth rainforest, and learn about the intertidal zone and traditional harvesting techniques. Afterward, enjoy an Alaska-style beach bonfire.


Alaskan Lunch with Local Specialities, Coastal Cruise

Whilst your camp hosts tend the fire and tell stories, you can indulge your appetite with a scrumptious feast that includes reindeer sausage hotdogs, kettle chips, salmonberry jam and other local specialities. Drinks include Alaskan amber beer or your choice of wine, soda or juice. Finish your meal with an American classic; roasting marshmallows for s'mores made with locally-sourced chocolate. After lunch, embark the vessel and continue exploring the coastline. Whilst scanning the water for signs of wildlife, enjoy complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate. You may also wish to purchase locally-harvested items such as smoked salmon, devil's club tea, pickled bull kelp and salmon jerky. At the conclusion of your cruise, return to the pier, disembark the boat and commence the short walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (about 274 metres), at times over uneven, natural, and beach surfaces and inclines, with three steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat, a tide-variable boat-ramp, five-rung ladder, and eight steps to access the upper-deck on the boat. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with a hat, gloves, scarf and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket from the ship. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.