- Round-trip transportation from your Ketchikan cruise ship terminal!
- English-speaking certified shore excursion guides!
- Fun shore excursion for the whole family on an exciting rigid-hull inflatable vessel and potential wildlife viewing in Ketchikan!
- Use of quality rain gear and life jackets!
- Complimentary snack and water!
- Explore on a walking excursion the Alaskan rainforest!
- Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Ketchikan and Alaska!
After meeting your Alaska shore excursion guide on the pier in downtown Ketchikan, you will take a scenic 30-minute drive to a mountain lake. Upon arrival, you will receive safety information and put on life jackets for your adventure island shore excursion. Boarding your open motorized ocean raft, you will follow the coast of Clover Passage on your 30-minute ride to Betton Island. Keep your eyes open as you may see wildlife such as bald eagles, whales, sea lions, and seals. Although wildlife sightings are never a guarantee, they are more frequent away from civilization.
Upon arrival at the island, you will join an experienced Alaskan trail excursion guide for a walk through the natural, unspoiled beauty of the coastal rainforests. The trail takes you through a beautiful old-growth forest, by way of a secluded beach. The well-maintained trail is mostly level over packed dirt and boardwalk. The walk is approximately one-mile in length.
You will have the opportunity to learn about botanic species native to this region, such as western red cedar and yellow cedar which early natives were so dependent upon for spiritual enrichment, shelter, and transportation. Learn about the history of the Alaska State tree, the Sitka spruce, and how it played an instrumental role in the construction of Howard Hughes's famous "Spruce Goose" and other early vintage fighter planes. Bring your camera and binoculars as the beautiful scenery is always changing and you may spot some wildlife on this unique Ketchikan Island Cruise Shore Excursion.
During your stay at the island, you will enjoy an Alaska-style snack by the campfire which includes clam chowder, rolls, jam, smoked salmon, juice, hot chocolate, coffee, and water. You will learn why everything tastes better in the great outdoors. The total time on the island is approximately 90 minutes. You will then re-board your open motorized ocean raft for the zippy 30-minute boat ride back to the mainland where your transportation will be waiting for the 30-minute transfer back to Ketchikan and your cruise ship terminal.