Keep your camera within easy reach, because photo opportunities abound on this seafaring excursion of Ketchikan, which features guaranteed eagles, 10 eagle nests, Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area, and historic Guard Island Lighthouse.
Your Ketchikan excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, narrated drive through Ketchikan to Air Marine Harbor. Meet your captain and Alaskan crew at their private dock and board your vessel. You're free to relax in the heated main cabin or enjoy the open-air observation deck, as you witness an abundance of eagles with binoculars provided to you. You will see 10 eagle nests and baby eagles in season. Harbor seals, Pigeon Guillemots and moon jellyfish are commonly spotted as well. Whales, deer, blue heron and a variety of sea birds are seen through the entire season. Along the way, you'll hear of the area's maritime history, the rich Tlingit culture, the timber and fishing industries and local lifestyles.
You'll observe harvested and old-growth areas of the Tongass National Forest, and travel past historic Ward Cove Cannery. You'll continue to Loggerville, the "Floating Ghost Town of Alaska," and circumnavigate the Guard Island Lighthouse established in 1901. No other excursion offers this itinerary, nor offers a view of Totem Bight State Park from the water. You'll view the Totem Bight clan house totem poles, including Ketchikan's tallest totem pole. As you travel past the park, you'll see colorful cabins, mansions of the local rich and famous, and unique homes, many built on their own islands. Your deckhands are pleased to take your picture in front of the totem park or lighthouse, or posing with your captain for a memorable photo in the wheelhouse.
Your captain will unravel historic mysteries of Alaska's most dangerous island, Danger Island, as you traverse the waters along the Sarah Palin-famed "Bridge to Nowhere" Island. You will circumnavigate or have clear viewing of a total of 12 islands on your tour route. Many of these islands are inhabited only by Alaska's wildlife.
Enjoy Alaska's most scrumptious Hot Chocolate Supreme, coffee, tea, water or your favorite soft drinks, along with salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, cookies and mints. These are all complimentary and make for a delightful treat as you take in the breathtaking seascape and professional narration. Your boat accommodates 40 guests, has restrooms, and has onboard gifts for sale.
Reviewer: D. J. Magrum
Aboard we were guided by commentary which did the best job ever of guiding the eye to the sights (eagles!) right to the correct spot. Fascinating comments on history, local lore, and the natural world
Reviewer: Linda Phillips
Great boat ride. Saw many bald eagles, Bridge to Nowhere. Bight Totem Pole Park from the water. Staff was more than willing to take photos for you. I was so impressed that the captain saw a garbage bag in the water and retrieved it so no wildlife could be harmed by it.
Reviewer: Catherine refalo
This excursion was more than we expected. The captain was so good on explaining everything we were passing by. Seeing all the Eagles, nests, babies etc it was so enjoyable, something to remember for a long time.
Reviewer: April Chambers
This cruise was a great adventure while scouting eagles and their nests! The captain was able to find and point out many nests and eagles!!! The ancient totems were great to see as well. It was great to have snacks onboard and the assistants were very helpful to all those on the boat! This excursion was a delight!
Reviewer: Anna Zimmerman
This tour was great. We did indeed see all three things, as promised. The captain was very knowledgeable and informative. He also was very considerate of maneuvering the boat for pictures.