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Ketchikan, United States
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.
  • 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
  • See starfish, sea urchins, and other marine life in vibrant tide pools
  • Look for sea lions, humpback whales, eagles, and other Alaskan wildlife
  • No kayaking experience necessary
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from the cruise port or hotels
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Local smoked salmon, dip, local vegan options and hot & cold beverages.
Our Guides are Locals or Professional Educators/Return Guides / No First Year Guides
Private Transportation from the downtown Cruise Docks & the new dock at Ward Cove.
Small-group tours. 6:1 guide to guest ratio.
  • Ketchikan Cruise Ship Docks , Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
  • Ward Cove cruise ship pier , 7691 N Tongass Hwy, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
  • FOR DOWNTOWN CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: After disembarking your cruise ship, please proceed to the shelter at Cruise Berth 3. The shelter is on the dock next to the "Visitors Information - Restrooms" building and Sockeye Sam's Store. (NOTE: this is not the berth 2 Visitors Center). The walk is approximately 2-5 minutes depending at which pier you are docked. The address is 420 Water Street. Our guide will be present 15 minutes before all departures holding a RED sign that says "KETCHIKAN KAYAK CO." FOR CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS ARRIVING AT THE MILL AT WARD COVE: After disembarking your cruise ship, please proceed to the brick building "The Mill at Ward Cove." Proceed through the building to the right. Tour vendors will be greeting guests for excursions in the corner near the restrooms and the large overhead door. Look for your guide with a RED sign that reads "KETCHIKAN KAYAK CO." ***IMPORTANT NOTE! The MIll at Ward Cove is halfway between downtown Ketchikan and our marina, this means departures from Ward Cove will be leaving 15 minutes after the scheduled tour departure time and guests returning to Ward Cove will be back about 15 minutes early. For example, if you schedule a tour from 8:00am to noon, your tour will operate from 8:15 to Please look for us at the scheduled departure time though so that we can ensure everyone is ready to go when our van arrives. If you are docking at Ward Cove but would prefer to meet for a downtown departure or if you would prefer to be dropped off downtown after the excursion this may be possible but you will need to contact the Ketchikan Kayak Co. prior to your arrival date to arrange the change. Otherwise all guests docking at Ward Cove will be expected to be picked up at Ward Cove. *Remember to turn off airplane mode when you pull into port to aid in communication should there be any delays or should any issues arise the day of your excursion.
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Children must be at least 6 years old. There are some exceptions, so please call if you feel you qualify
    • No experience is necessary
    • Rain pants and jackets are provided
    • Due to the size of the kayak cockpit openings, your hip/waist size should not exceed 52 inches (137cm) as measured while seated.
    • Recommended that you wear clothing that would be appropriate for an outdoor hike through the forest, and footwear that will fit inside the space of a kayak. Large bulky boots or high heels are not recommended
    • There is a minimum of 2 people to run a tour
    • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, date.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Ketchikan Kayak Company
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour.
    What is the social distancing policy during Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour.

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    • "Highly recommend this for anybody wanting to be on the water and have a good chance of seeing some wildlife." See review
    • "The only thing that could have made it even better was if it hadn't rained for about 1/2 hour of the tour (, but who can control the weather?, and in Ketchikan, it rains a lot, apparently!" See review
    • "I definitely recommend it for those looking for something different, physical, and serene." See review


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    Guides were great! Loved...
    , Jul 2022
    Guides were great! Loved seeing the whales , eagles, seals, learning about the eco system and the smoked salmon snacks!
    Kayak with Orcas
    , Jun 2022
    Our guide Dan was outstanding! The experience was amazing. We were blessed with great views of Eagles and the finale was 2 Orcas playing near our Kayak. The tour was just the right amount of time and distance to paddle. The equipment, staff and service was excellent. The driver was very knowledgeable and kept on schedule for pickup and return.
    Great tour and guide
    , Jun 2022
    Small group with our guide David S. who was awesome. We went around a few islands and he explained history of the area as well as pointed out many if the things we were seeing on the tour. Was a very relaxed pace and enjoyable.
    Fun, small group, perfect excursion for short port call with Norweigan.
    , Jun 2022
    Fun outing! Plenty of time if you are on the Bliss to do this excursion. Easy to find at the port, short trip to their location, and small groups. Staff are friendly, and very patient with those of us who were novice at cayaking (and could not steer to save our lifes). Your pals from Arizona.
    Great Day!
    , Jun 2022
    It was a wonderful day! Both guides were very knowledgeable and kind! We saw whales and a seal! The salmon was excellent.
    Kayak Novices
    , Jun 2022
    We had a wonderful time. Our guide Dave was very knowledgeable about the area and provided us with many opportunities to see hold and touch a wide variety of sea life.
    A sublime experience!
    , May 2022
    David and Austin were fantastic!! The area they took us to was breathtaking. David is passionate about Alaska, nature and sharing it with others. It was a wonderful experience!!
    Superb kyaking in Ketchikan
    , Aug 2021
    We saw the largest eagle's nest I have ever seen- looked like a tree house! A Humpback whale was feeding right by the dock and I have never seen a mouth so big!! I appreciated Eric's knowledge of the trees, mushrooms, and kelp on the tour and his passion for the area was infectious!! Thank you for the great weather and the information!!
    Had a lot of fun and...
    , Aug 2021
    Had a lot of fun and guide had a lot of information and great facts regarding land, plants and animals.
    Kayaking Ketchikan Kinder’s
    , Aug 2021
    From start to finish it was great. Nice guides with fun info. We came to primarily salmon fish but COVID-19 closed our camp. Decided to not cancel and do other things. Worked out great.
    Must do when in Ketchikan
    , Aug 2021
    Our guide, Eric, was so knowledgeable and cool. Such a good time and a must do when you are in Ketchikan. We got to witness a bald eagle take its first flight which is one of the most incredible things I’ve witnessed.
    You can enjoy Alaskan nature
    , Aug 2021
    Well prepared and the guide is very nice and knowledgeable. Snack and Alaskan beer are great provided after kayaking
    Family travel during pandemic
    , Jul 2021
    We loved the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Alaska out on the water. We saw an abundant number of bald eagles. Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating during this trip. I definitely recommend it for those looking for something different, physical, and serene.
    Amazing Alaskan Views
    , Jul 2021
    This tour included friendly and knowledgeable guides, a beautiful place to kayak, and amazing wildlife views. I enjoyed learning about the size of eagles' nests, touching limpets and water jellies (our guide ate one), and getting glimpses of whales. The equipment was in great condition and the kayaking group had some freedom to spread out rather than stay in a large clump. The guide is local and has some interesting stories about being on the water year-round in southeast Alaska -- including one about a whale running into his sailboat and breaking the rudder off. We enjoyed some delicious snacks after the kayaking before getting a ride back into town. Highly recommended adventure.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great tour company!
    , Jun 2021
    Grayson is a wealth of knowledge and a great guide. We had a wonderful time touring the islands and watching for whales as they surfaced. The team at this tour company are wonderful. Friendly, professional and will customize to meet your needs. I highly recommend this experience!
    great kayaking experience
    , Jun 2021
    great tour, awesome friendly guides who know everything about the region. it was a good opportunity to see some of the Alaskan marine life. we also got lucky to see and chase whales on our kayaks. will definitely recommend this tour to everybody who’s staying in Ketchikan
    Great time!
    , Jun 2021
    Had a great time! The experience was worth while. Had Grayson as tour guide, very knowledgeable about the area.
    Wonderful kayaking experience
    , Aug 2020
    Fantastic! Matt did a wonderful job of arranging everything with the kayaks and showing us some amazing wildlife (sea stars, sea urchins, eagles, and seals). Loved the beer and snacks afterward. Super fun and can’t wait to go out again.
    Ketchikan Kayaking
    , Nov 2019
    We had a great time on the Ketchikan Kayaking tour. Our guide was a young man native to that area and had a wealth of knowledge. The tour started off with a lot of excitement as we saw jumping salmon, harbor seals, bald eagles and other wildlife. We paddled for quite a while, so we got a pretty good workout. Near the end, the excitement was diminished and it was becoming a bit more laborious due to the distance we had to go to get back to the dock. But quickly everything changed when our guide was radioed with an update that a Humpback whale was just spotted in the harbor. We all raced over to the area just in time to view it breaching a few times and one was 20ft in front of our kayak! What a sight........and what an experience!! I would highly recommend this excursion.
    An Awesome Experience: Kayaking Clover Pass!
    , Sep 2019
    We met Louis at the Ketchikan Kayak office across the street from Beth 3 of cruise ship dock. The offices were clean and welcoming and all staff present were too. Louis drove us, and another couple on an Eco-Bike tour, to the Clover Pass location where the fun begins. We suited up for the Kayak Eco-Tour and paddled away with Grayson our guide. We were immediately impressed by Grayson's knowledge of Clover Pass. Grayson led us to Light Island first to warm us up, as we aren't regular kayakers. At Light Island Grayson filled us in about the different boats we were seeing in the pass as well as sea life we might also see. Next we kayaked to next bigger island where we had a ton of fun. We saw two types of Jelly-Fish, seals came swimming up to us to check us out, then more seals swam towards us. Way Kool! Grayson was knowledgeable on the different trees and fauna. He pointed out edible berries and we tased a few. Very enjoyable, Then we kayaked to a point to search for whale spouts. No luck, but Grayson pointed out other sights and the kayaking experience was refreshing. We returned to Clover Pass office where we saw a huge sea lion nearby and that was interesting as Sea Lions are very, very big up close! We changed out of our rain suits and enjoyed some salmon dip outdoors with the other couple back from he Eco-Bike Tour. They enjoyed their tour very much too, A short ride back to the ship dock, and Louis kindly dropped us off at the Totem Museum where we walked along the creek, watching the Salmon swim up-stream, down to Creek Street, Ketchikan. A pleasant 15 minute walk back to the cruise ship. This was the best stop and tour on our 7-day cruise adventure. I highly recommend this tour and company. The guides are safe and knowledgeable. We were informed and had a great time! Thank you to both Louis and Grayson!

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