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Meet your pilot at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau across from the port, and climb aboard your six-passenger floatplane. During the flight, your pilot shares commentary via your headset, which also offers a musical soundtrack. 

Ascend over Tongass Narrows, a body of water located between Ketchikan and Gravina Island, and fly past Ketchikan. Stare in wonder at the beauty of Tongass National Forest as you soar over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) east of town.

Traveling through a low-hanging mist that gives the region its name, take in views of fjords, cliffs and rock walls jutting straight out of the water. Waterfalls cascade down narrow granite passages, and dense forests of hemlock and spruce cover the vertical slopes.

Your pilot navigates over Rudyard Bay, giving you a fantastic vantage point of New Eddystone Rock, a remnant of early volcanic activity. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like wolves, bears, deer and eagles.

Then, get ready as your pilot makes a smooth but exciting landing on one of the fjords or lakes (depending on weather conditions). Step out onto a pontoon right in the heart of the wilderness, and soak up the scenery.

Your 2-hour floatplane tour ends with drop-off back in Ketchikan.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Locations visited
Tongass National Forest
Misty Fjords National Monument
Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake
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Step off your cruise ship and into a floatplane to admire the glassy blue lakes, waterfalls and snowcapped peaks of Misty Fjords National Monument on this 2-hour shore excursion from Ketchikan. Capture bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all — your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord.
  • Flightseeing shore excursion from Ketchikan to Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Take a breathtaking floatplane ride over one of Alaska’s top wilderness regions
  • Soar over gorgeous alpine lakes, fjords, waterfalls and cliffs
  • Land on the water to admire the scenery at eye level
  • Spot local wildlife and enjoy commentary from an experienced pilot
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful Trip Courtesy of Mike and Taquan Air!

This excursion was fantastic so leave behind your fear, your land-bound fellow travelers, your shopping bags stuffed with cheap apparel and see unspoiled nature before it is sold back to Russia. You'll see trees, and lounging seals and teal water that will make you put...More

Thank Devin P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Float Plane through the misty fjords

What a super experience ! Our Pilot Larry Conrad, really made the trip exciting as he related all the history as flew through the fjords. Climbing up past snow-capped mountain tops, looking down into the valleys, simple amazing. We landed on the water in a...More

Thank Ranjit1945
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked tour months ago for our first Alaskan Cruise. Had been told seaplane tour was incredible and not to be missed. We arrived dockside at meeting place. Had to wait 15 minutes past scheduled pick up. Then when bus didn't arrive, operator liasion asked...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
We had booked through TripAdvisor - then when we arrived we got an email with a time which was unworkable, then canceled

It is true that it appears to be much more economical to book Shore excursions through TripAdvisor rather than though the cruise line - our booking for 2 people was several $00's cheaper directly rather than through Oceania. However the time they gave us was...More

Thank Jean-Noel C
TaquanAir, Manager at Taquan Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, Unfortunately, the Oceania Regatta Cruise Line changed their port call for this date which made our last round of tours with them have to be cancelled. Being sold out for the entire day, we had no space left to accommodate any guests on this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Unbelievable views and pilot!

We love to fly but this was beyond our wildest expectation. Would highly recommend to anyone that is on the fence about going. Taking off and landing from the water is truly an amazing and fun experience. Our pilot (Evan) was lots of fun and...More

Thank Lora F
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