Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

Ketchikan, United States
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What To Expect

Take a 4-hour guided kayak tour to Clover Pass, (2 -2.5 hours in the kayaks) with scheduling to fit virtually every cruise ship. This is an amazing waterway with several rainforest islands, about 15 miles north of town. Your guides will get you away from the crowds and often to better weather where you'll paddle around 3 scenic islands where dense rainforest meets the sea. The Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in the U.S. and surrounds Clover Pass. Most tours encounter the resident Steller sea lions, seals, bald eagles and other birds, an immense array of intertidal life, and sometimes humpback whales, orcas, porpoises and jumping salmon along the route as well. Occasionally we even see Sitka deer or black bears down at the beach.

While specific wildlife viewing cannot be guaranteed, Clover Pass is second to none for wildlife viewing near Ketchikan and our micro climate, north of town, consistently provides dryer weather and calmer waters than downtown.

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Important info

Public transportation options are available nearby. Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap. Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries. Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health. Suitable for all physical fitness levels. 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.

What's included
Local smoked salmon, dip, local vegan options and hot & cold beverages.. Private Transportation from the downtown Cruise Docks & the new dock at Ward Cove. . Our Guides are Locals or Professional Educators/Return Guides / No First Year Guides. Small-group tours. 6:1 guide to guest ratio.
Cancellation Policy
can-cancel You can cancel your tour until a day in advance
Ketchikan Kayak Company
Meeting Point

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. It's across the street from the tunnel. (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. Ourdriver will be present 15 minutes before all departures holding a RED sign that says "KETCHIKAN KAYAK CO."

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 our van driver with a RED sign that reads "KETCHIKAN KAYAK CO."
The MIll at Ward Cove is halfway between downtown Ketchikan and our marina, this means DEPARTURES FROM WARD COVE WILL BE GREETED BY OUR DRIVER 15 MINUTES AFTER THE SCHEDULED DOWNTOWN 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

If you are docking at Ward Cove but would prefer to meet for a downtown departure (e.g. your ship docks at 7:00am and you want to see downtown Ketchikan before meeting us for an 11:00am tour) 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 tour time 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.