This Ketchikan boutique excursion begins as you board your transportation for a scenic, 25 minute drive out of downtown Ketchikan to Knudson Cove, an "off the beaten track" waterfront property in the Tongass National Forest far from the busy downtown waterfront.
After a safety orientation and introduction to your custom built rigid hulled boat, you will suit up in the included one piece Mustang type suit which will give you additional protection from the elements. You will then board your 14 foot rigid hulled inflatable boat that is fully equipped with console steering, with a max speed of 25 knots from the 40 HP stroke engines. The boats have two bench seats fitted with low rollbars for grabbing hold of. With seating for 4, guests will be matched up so that each boat has at least one driver. (Drivers can switch off at the break)
Depending on weather conditions that day, your guide will set a course for fun. Usually the course goes through Clarence Strait and into Clover Pass. This takes you much deeper into the great Alaska outdoors than any boat tour departing from downtown could hope to. Follow the guide in your fast boat through rainforest islands keeping a eye out for wildlife: Whales, porpoises, seals, eagles, sea lions, bears.
Go deep into bays and inlets where, in season, salmon spawning streams attract black bears. This is an excursion for the spirited traveler with an opportunity to drive your own RIB among the islands north of Ketchikan.
Great fun! Enjoyed talking with the bus driver, Sue, and our guide, Greg. The dry suits kept us dry and warm. Saw lots of eagles, seals from a distance, and small birds that are cousins to penguins. Scenery was fantastic, tranquil and beautiful. we were the only two on the excursion this time and we were to have our own zodiac. However, since I haven't driven one, we asked the guide to come on ours and had a personally guided tour. Greg was a great narrator of what we saw, including some waterfalls and even a submarine training area. All in all great fun. My wife and I agree we would do it again!
Reviewer: Travis Atkins
Only two of us booked, so we had our guide, Billy, all to ourselves. He was very nice and knowledgeable. We saw eagles, seals, and a humpback close up! Plus, driving your own boat was fun.
Reviewer: The Kelleys
What an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon! This excursion allowed us to get away from the crowds and relax in a very unique way on the ocean. We even shut off the engines to just float and watch a whale. We highly recommend this tour!
Reviewer: marie l tarango
Awesome...Billy was so personable and professional...by chance we spent time, engines off, as a hump back whale enjoyed the cove we were in---priceless...my favorite excursion. would love to come back to Ketchikan Marie
We could've spent longer out. We could've spent longer out more time out