Reviewer: Deborah Bradford
This excursion was good from start to finish. We took a relaxing stroll through the rainforest with an excellent guide. When we got to a stream and open area, we were treated to seeing eagles and bears. A couple of bears were fairly close. It was easy to watch them reach in and grab a salmon.
Reviewer: Elizabeth A. Hartman
This was an excellent tour, very interesting, and even saw a black bear reach in the water, pull out a salmon and eat it! The only drawback was the rain!! We did have ponchos on but hard to take pictures while raining.
Reviewer: Nicole Morris
We completed this excursion with Rylee, who by far is the best tour guide I have ever had! She took so much time with us and her passion for her job radiated through every detail she shared. We had originally selected this excursion because we didn't know what else to do at this port, but it ended up being the best decision we made! We highly recommend!
Reviewer: Marti Felder
This was one of the highlights of our trip. If you have a child it is a must! So educational, so personal we couldn't believe it. Saw live black bear, bald eagles were amazing,petting the reindeer. The guide "Red" was so entertaining and informative. Got to actually see Wayne Johnson carving his totem pole. Would very highly recommend! My grand daughter loved it.
This tour was excellent. The young guide was well informed and provided good commentary. As the weather was wet we were also provided a complimentary poncho.
This is a good walking tour. It is an easy pace in the forest for the most part. We did emerge into a field to cross a bridge over water. From the bridge we saw three black bear on the other end of the field. Our guide, Riley, was exceptional. Her details on everything we saw were complete and she encouraged questions.
Reviewer: AnnMarie Pursel
Loved this tour. The path through the forest is easy to walk and the guide shares a lot of interesting info on the plants and animals. We saw several wild eagles in the forest. Loved the Raptor Center got to get very close to a rehabilitating eagle. Got lots of great pictures.
Reviewer: Donna Morris
Our guide, Clint, was the best!! He was extremely knowledgeable about the temperate rain forest we were visiting which really helped make the hike interesting. He was entertaining and had a great sense of humor too. It seemed that he was really making every effort to ensure that we had a great time. The forest was spectacular and we even saw bear tracks and a huge slug, as well as spawning salmon. All in all a great excursion!!
Reviewer: Carl Spurgeon
The young lady that eaccompanied us on this excursion was fantastic. She was very knowledgable, had a fantastic sense of humor and answer all questions thoroughly. This excursion introduced us to everything from fauna to black bears eating salmon to bear skat on the trail. Loved the entire experience.
Reviewer: Kathy Ray
No one seemed to know where our tour driver was. All of us were wondering around and waiting in the area the tickets said to be in. Finally, about five minutes before we were supposed to be on the tour, someone showed up. The description of this tour said nothing about a tour of the rainforest and that was the best part of the entire thing. The sanctuary was kind of a bust. The rainforest was incredible though.
Reviewer: Bob and Peggy Lang
We had a great time in the Rainforest. Learned a lot about Black and Brown Bears and their differences. Was pouring rain when we were there in August, 2016. Raptor center was a bit disappointing - only an injured bald eagle that could not fly. Totems were interesting.
Reviewer: Rainforest Sanctuary Raptor Center and Totems
Excellent excursion seen Black Bears on trail, Eagles, river otters, salmon, ravens& other wild life. Forest tour was informational The raptor center was equally as good. The birds are big and beautiful.
Reviewer: d hardie
Great trip and the guide was superb. She was bubbly, excited about the fauna and flora and certainly entertaining. The day was perfect; sun warm and DRY. There is still time following this tour to take in another tour of the community.
Reviewer: Richard Hoback
Picked up in front of our ship and transported to Rainforest where very enthusiastic naturalist walked us through easy trails, showing us signs of bears and ended up at a river to observe salmon spawning and eagles feasting on fish. An abandoned sawmill housed the Raptor for injured birds and Tlingit Indian carving totem.
Our guides were pretty spunky and tried very hard to impress us with their knowledge. Everything promised to see, we saw. plant life of various forms, Eagles, and a bear. Even stepped in some bear poop. My one and only criticism is that we were told to hang out in the store, etc, which we did, and later found the other folks who came with us from the meeting place at the docks, were no longer there we asked how long we should plan to wait for the tour to take place. They had no idea we were even still there. We found that to be a little irritating. They had to hold everyone else up because of it... Like I said, though, it was a pretty decent trip. I'd do it again just for the heck of it.
Reviewer: Jim C
Our guide was very informative. Saw many eagles but no bear. Would tell anyone to try this trip and say hello to Voltar the eagle.
One of our highlights of trip! Didn't see as many eagles as I thought we would at the center...only one, but we more than made up for that in BEARS! We observed bears close by eating berries, than walking across a path twice almost right in front of us, then observing cubs playing right by a boardwalk by the meadow....our tour guide and the day at the rainforest were outstanding! Once again our tour group was very small and personal. Highly recommend!!!!
Reviewer: Bonnie Marcus
Although our weather wasn't particularly good for walking through a rain forest, we did enjoy this. This is more a nature walk than anything else. The guides were very nice and knowledgeable. The sanctuary and totems were interesting.
Reviewer: Julie & Chuck Wolfe
The rainforest was beautiful we saw where bears have been but did not see any bears. We saw plenty of salmon & also saw a harbor seal chasing the salmon. It wasvery interesting watching the local artists carving a totem pole and be able to talk with them.
Guide was amazing, and the small group personal atmosphere made the day very enjoyable !!
Reviewer: tony lopresti
good wild life exposure
Reviewer: Laureen Schneeberger
Our tour guide was very nice & informative, forget his name but he looked like a ""Ginger version"" of Jake Gyllenhaal. We saw several bald eagles & a friendly resident kitty, scenery was beautiful. Totems were awesome, my favorite part was seeing the reindeer!!!
Reviewer: gary e
This was an incredible excursion! We loved every minute of it! Our tour guide was well informed and fun to listen to. She knew all the local lore and all about the wildlife and their habits and secrets. Thank you for a great day!
Reviewer: Marge Young
Our first contact did not show up and it was Norwegian lines people who got us on the correct bus. We did see a bear and eagles and a sawmill (abandoned) and the totem carver was nice to see.
Reviewer: Mark O.
Guide we had was so exciting and thrilled to show us what she was so happy and proud of her rain Forrest. She made the trip worth it.
Reviewer: Todd L.
Although we only saw one captive eagle on the tour, this was a nice experience because of the rain forest walk and the First Nations artist carving a totem pole. Definitely worth the time and money.
guide was knowledgeable. We are not regular travelers
Saw a bear eating a salmon
enjoyed learning about the plants and the slug on the nature walk. Enjoyed seeing the old saw mill saw and the Bucyrus crane. Enjoyed learning about the salmon
Our guide Jan was very enthusiastic , informative . We enjoyed very much.
Enjoyable experience including wildlife and history of the area. Lovely walk through the forest learning about trees and other plants. The driver on the outward journey gave us lots of information about the area.
Reviewer: a mom
Saw a lot of eagles, guide very nice and friendly. I think we were early in the season to get the most of the experience.
Very informative!! Knowledge driver and guide.
Reviewer: Kentucky Nana
Walking with an experienced guide on a packed path through the rainforest was educational and exciting. Would there be a bear around the corner? Probably not! The bears could hear us coming, but we certainly saw signs of the bears recent activity. The salmon river and the wetlands as seen from a raised observation walkway gave an opportunity to observe salmon spawning, sea gulls and eagles fishing and, if you are lucky, a mama bear bringing her two cubs to the river to fish! Using a cane for balance, I felt very comfortable and not hurried during my rainforest walk. The raptor center was educational and a great opportunity to photograph an eagle close at hand. The totem carver shared his knowledge and demonstrated the tools he uses to create the most impressive totems...a true artist!
Reviewer: Mark and Di
The staff was warm, welcoming and knowledgeable.
Reviewer: NJ traveler
This was a nice balance of nature exploration, environmental perspective, cultural and historic information, and art/craftsmanship. Our kids, ages 5 and 8, were very engaged the whole time. They were very interested in the creatures and plants/trees of the rainforest, and loved meeting the eagle and other birds at the raptor center. The totem pole workshop was also great to explore. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, as well.
""Raptor centre"" may be be a little overstated - saw one injured bald headed eagle and an owl - lovely, but expected more from the heading. Would have liked a longer trail. Loved the sighting of black bears, salmon and the interesting info on the rainforest plants and animals.
Guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about nature. Highlite of walk was seeing a black bear and her cub about 50 ft away. Only downside was a problem with the shuttle bus scheduling which caused our guide to have to rush thru the walk.
Reviewer: Lisa nature lover
Tour was excellent even in pouring rain. Nice to have ponchos offered. Seeing black bears in the wild was terrific. Very knowlable guide, especially about the many plants.
very nice nature trip, guide was very informative,saw great wildlife. bears eagle, fish hatchery etc. only issue was no van to pick me up. the person at the meeting place had to call several times to get them to come .
Reviewer: Jackie O
very enjoyable walk through the rainforest with a friendly, informative guide. Unfortunately we didn't see any bears, but we saw lots and lots of bald eagles
Reviewer: Mr &Mrs Murdoch
Our guide was well informed. We saw bear, eagle, reindeer, owl. Learning of the various plants and life cycle of bear very interesting.
Excellent tour, Jan is very knowledgable of the rainforest. Beautiful scenery and photo opportunities in protected natural area. We were first cruise of the season (May 1) so not much wildlife - although we did see an eagle up in a tree and 3 harbor seals swimming very close. Ketchikan gets rain at least 300 days of the year so be prepared.
Reviewer: CRUISIN' COUPLE
WE HAD SEEN A SIMILAR EXCURSION WITH THE CRUISE LINE AND FOUND YOUR PRICING MUCH MORE THAN JUST COMPETETIVE ..... SO WE EXPECTED LESS .... OUR TOUR GROUP WAS SMALLER, MORE PERSONAL. WE WILL CHECK YOUR OFFERINGS IN THE FUTURE AND URGE OUR FRIENDS TO USE YOU AS A RESOURCE.
I had a great time on this excursion. I would like to thank our guide for being so informative and I even learned a few new things. He made the trip fun and answered each and every question. Overall the trip was very enjoyable and relaxing.
Sam was an outstanding guide, showed us lots of unique Alaskan wildlife and fauna...the seven bears were the highlight especially the mother and cubs catching salmon
This was a fun excursion, though I would have liked the ""hike"" to be longer, and we walked pretty slowly. I was surprised at how dense the rainforest was. I was hoping to see a bear during my whole trip, and at this last port of call, we finally did! The bear was eating berries off to the side and walked across the path in front of us. It happened so early on that I hoped to see more, but that was the only one. There is evidence of bears frequenting that area, so watch where you step! We saw a lot of bald eagles up close and salmon in the estuary. We also saw a seal. I would have loved to see a bear feeding on the salmon, but no luck. At the end of the tour, it was fun to feed the reindeer and see a bald eagle and great horned owl up very close. This is a fun, leisurely excursion that the whole family can enjoy. There is a good potential for sighting wildlife. Our guide was very knowledgable and friendly.
Reviewer: Chuck & Vonda
Enjoyed the rainforest. Didn't get to see any bears, but lots of fresh bear [*]. So they were close by. Saw lots of bald eagles and an owl.
This was a very relaxing stroll through the Tongass rain forest on a clearly marked, easy path. Our guide was quite knowledgeable about the local fauna and pointed out many interesting features. We were able to see the evidence of local wildlife, such as scent markings , claw marks on bear cub training trees, and even the remains of eaten salmon. Our guide even gave us an interactive experience with a banana slug that we came across. At the end of our walk through the forest, we were fortunate enough to see an early school of salmon swimming up river from the estuary. If we had been there a few weeks later, we probably would have seen salmon in full run. Next, we stopped and fed reindeer at the on-site rescue habitat. The next stop, an abandoned saw mill wasn't that exciting, but slightly interesting to see the appalingly poor safety standards that were once employed. We then had the privilege to watch a master totem pole carver work on his latest project. A quick visit with a couple of rescue birds, an eagle and an owl,followed. The tour ended with some complementary refreshments at the souvenir shop, which was fairly nice, understated and moderately priced compared to similar shop in Ketchikan without any pushy sale techniques. All and all, we thoroughly enjoyed this excursion.