- Round-trip transportation from your Ketchikan cruise ship terminal!
- Trained and Professional Ketchikan Zodiac Boatman shore excursion guides!
- Safety instructions and all necessary equipment are provided!
- A scenic drive through the Tongass National Forest to the boat basin near Ketchikan!
- Complimentary snack!
- Zipping through the scenic islands in search of Alaska's marine and wildlife!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Ketchikan and Alaska!
Are you ready to be an Alaskan Boatman in your own rigid-hulled inflatable (RIB) boat? Bring along your first mate and be the captain for a part of this three-hour guided Ketchikan Boating Alaska Cruise Excursion.
Your Zodiac Shore Excursion guide will meet you at the cruise pier in Ketchikan and drive you approximately 25 minutes to the boat excursion basin located outside of town along the scenic coast. Here, you will meet your boating shore excursion guides who will get you geared up. You will then receive a safety orientation before boarding your 14-foot zodiac. Your boat is fully customized and equipped with console steering, it seats four and has a maximum speed of 25 knots.
Departing the dock, you will follow the excursion guide in your fast boat through the Alaskan rainforest islands keeping an eye out for wildlife: whales, seals, eagles, sea lions, and bears. As you bounce across the waves with the occasional spray in your face, you will have incredible opportunities to see the beautiful Alaskan scenery up close.
During your cruise, you will motor onto a beach, where you will take a break complete with a hot drink and a snack. If you want, for the return hand the helm over to another boatman.
You will pass rocky islands where humpback whales and orca are known to surface when in season. Tides permitting, you will go deep into bays and inlets where salmon spawning streams attract black bears along their shores looking for a seafood meal. This is a boating adventure excursion for the spirited traveler with an opportunity to drive your own boat among the islands north of Ketchikan. The total time with the boats is approximately 90 minutes including the stop.
Returning to the dock, you will have approximately 20 minutes to sit down, use the facilities or check out the small shop. You will then transfer 25 minutes back to Ketchikan and the cruise pier.
Please note: You may get cold out on the water, dress accordingly. You may get wet. Wildlife sightings are not a guarantee, but you will see beautiful sights and be exhilarated by the speed of this zippy and fun "4x4 of the sea"!