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Ketchikan Kayak Eco-Tour

  • 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
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.
What to Expect
This tour is very educational, and is about much more than just paddling a kayak. We are not in a hurry to get you from point A to B and every tour can be different. An immense amount of inter-tidal life can be on display along the rocky shorelines of Clover Pass andwe usually see plenty of sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, limpets, chitons, nudibranchs, etc. living in the ebb and flow of the tide, just waiting for you to pull out your camera. Our guides are incredibly knowledgeable and love taking the time to show you the different critters, what they're doing, and how they're interacting. 

Our typical paddling route features a small island that is host to a large bald eagles nest whose residents have eaglets every summer. Watching the fledglings grow up and learn to fly is a highlight of our summers here. Depending on the weather and the wildlife we can paddle around as many as 3 small islands per tour. But when the Whales show up or the Sea Lions are feeding they do a pretty good job of dictating the tour route and pace. 

Private transportation from our downtown office across from the cruise docks is provided and excellent rain gear is provided if needed that day. After gearing up and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.The total tour time is 4 hours dock-to-dock with 2 to 2.5 hours on the water for most groups. Both hot and cold refreshments and a local smoked salmon snack are prepared for when you return from paddling. Our relaxed pace and small groups mean we're not just rushing you into the van as soon as you hit the dock. 

Eco-tours are limited to 12 guests per departure with a 6:1 guide to guest ratio. Sometimes we are all out on the water watching something fantastic and stay together, other times the group split into two seperate tours on the water. We're flexible. Private party tours for up to 20 guests are sometimes available upon request. 

You'll be paddling tandem sit-inside kayaks for their roominess and stability. No swimming on this tour.
Reviews (178)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Blissed out November team building kayak!!

SO impressed that there was a kayak company in action this time of year. Devon and Tim took my crew out last weekend on a morning paddle and it was not just beautiful, it was incredibly fun and full of laughs. The weather ended up...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank shalieann
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome company !

great time spent with devon, him and his team are great and he helped us a lot, we are french with average english and he took the time to explain us. I highly recommend ! Thank again !

1  Thank faustinmoreau
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Kayaking in Beautiful Ketchikan!

Wonderful customer service and an unforgettable kayaking adventure during the off season! So glad they stay open even after the cruise ships leave. Devon was so kind and helpful.

2  Thank Dsaezf
Reviewed 11 October 2018
Absolutely breathtaking views and beautiful coastline sea life

My husband and I came to Ketchikan during the off season thinking it would be difficult to find a kayak to rent, but Devon was so helpful and truly gave us a wonderful experience. We rented a two person kayak, very easy to use, and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Vacation693161
Reviewed 1 October 2018
Excellent Guide - Ryan

Lots of wildlife viewing. Waters were like glass and the sun actually came out. Ryan was very informative and engaging. A definite must.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ann e
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Response from Elizabeth Y | Reviewed this property |
Two and a half hours on the water, give or take. About a half hour drive each way from the office building to the dock where the kayaks are.
22 July 2018|
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Response from Dana K |
Someone in our group went solo