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Ketchikan City Kayaking

Price: $117.00
This tour operates from May to September.
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Discover Ketchikan by Sea Kayak

Experience historic Ketchikan and the surrounding islands from the unique perspective of a sea kayak on this Ketchikan shore trip. As a matter of fact, unique is exactly the word for Ketchikan kayaking.

Your journey begins at our dock in the heart of Ketchikan, where you'll get outfitted for sea kayaking and friendly guides give a lesson in kayaking basics. When the tide allows, you'll kayak right into the historic Creek Street district, where the houses on stilts have changed little since the roaring twenties. Ketchikan Creek is also an active salmon stream, with all 5 species of Pacific salmon running at different times throughout the summer. In July, August, and September the salmon swim around the kayaks, and harbor seals or river otters are frequently seen pursuing a salmon snack.

Paddle through Thomas Basin, the town’s first boat harbor, and out into the Tongass Narrows where you'll catch a glimpse of life in an Alaskan fishing town; floatplanes fly overhead, and fishing boats head out to sea. You may even catch sight of some of the "Deadliest Catch" boats. Many Bering Sea Crabbers spend their summers in Ketchikan tendering for the salmon canneries.

Once across, the island exploration begins! Guides lead paddlers along the shores of Pennock Island and Snow's Cove, where you'll seek out colorful intertidal life and watch for the majestic bald eagles that nest in the old-growth trees. Return to the dock rejuvenated and with enough time to explore the town of Ketchikan on foot.

Please Note: All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. Guests who are unable to fit in the kayaks will not be refunded. Triple kayaks for families with younger children, and especially-adapted kayaks for guests over 6' 3" may be availabile upon request. All other guests will be fitted with double sea kayaks.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
2 Hours 15 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
Warm, comfortable layers and sneakers, rather than bulky hiking boots, are recommended. Please do not wear high heels, which can be dangerous on the docks. Sunglasses and a hat are also suggested. Rain gear and dry bags for cameras and other valuables will be provided.
Restrictions
Sea kayaking requires a moderate level of physical activity and is not recommended for guests with back problems or limited upper body strength. In addition to paddling, guests need to be able to climb short sets of stairs, walk to the departure point, climb on and off a boat, ascend and descend a short ladder, and sit on the dock or loading platform to get in and out of kayaks. Children must be a minimum of 6 years of age. All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. This tour is able to accommodate guests with wheelchairs upon request at time of booking. Triple kayaks for families with younger children, and especially-adapted kayaks for guests over 6’ 3" may be availabile upon request.
5 Stars5Based On 11 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsFabulous!November 22, 2016

Reviewer: Nicola
Tour company was professional, friendly and knowledgable. The tour itself was wonderful and our guide, Angel, a joy. Our tour was definitely a highlight to our trip. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys kayaking.

5 StarsKetchikan City KayakiingNovember 17, 2016

Reviewer: Allyson Mixer
A very enjoyable experience! Our guide, Brandon or Brenden (?), was a delightful young man with great knowledge of both kayaking and the area. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Ketchikan.

5 StarsRain just added that extra elementNovember 05, 2016

Reviewer: Li da qelsh
Brendan, our guide was briliiant. Being aussies we loved that the owners were Aussies too. Whilst we didnt see any wildlife bar eagles, the experience was not to be missed. We were wet and happy.

5 StarsRain just added that extra elementNovember 05, 2016

Reviewer: Linda welsh
Brendan, our guide was briliiant. Being aussies we loved that the owners were Aussies too. Whilst we didnt see any wildlife bar eagles, the experience was not to be missed. We were wet and happy.

5 StarsEasy family water excursionJuly 28, 2015

Reviewer: quercus
Booked this for my 3 older kids (23, 20, 13) & myself. Our guide Emily met us right at the pier, and escorted us to their office/boat where we geared up in paddle jackets, waterproof pants, life vests, and the kayak skirt. We needed all of it, because it was raining throughout the trip--but we didn't care. All of us had canoed before, but the sea kayaks are a bit different, as there is a rudder you work with foot pedals. She paddled solo alongside us, answering any questions, but not talking a whole lot. Being from Minnesota, the shoreline was reminiscent of ""Up North"" as we say. After crossing the channel and circling about a quarter of Gravina Is., we doubled back and paddled the harbor and Ketchikan's Creek Street area, where we encountered 2 large harbor seals, then paddled back--we were out a little over 2 hours, and had time to explore town on our own.

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