Great tour, even in bone-chilling rain. Now I know what a temperate rainforest is! Wildlife seen included bears, harbor seals, river otters and more.
Reviewer: ian thickins
last year took this excursion saw bears and eagles but this year none but the guide Jim was excellent lots of info and jokes it was nice to feed the caribou
Reviewer: Tom & Susan McAndrew
Even though our guide Angie said that it was her first year as a guide, she was terrific! Enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I don't think there was any question that she didn't know the answer to. We really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Carole Kirk
This excursion turned out to be very informative. The guide for the Rain forest & raptors was very knowledgeable & fun. Thoroughly enjoyable
Reviewer: Vic Malhotra
Very educational and enjoyable tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Because there were only 4 in our group we definitely benefited by having a very personal tour. Although it rained much of the time (we had poncho's) the tour was still very good - in fact the downpour added to the whole experience.
Reviewer: Karen Willadsen
Our guide did an excellent job explaining the all the plants & foliage that we saw in the beautiful rainforest sanctuary. She was also able to answer all of our questions. Very interesting excursion.
Reviewer: Ruth kergan
Excellent tour with a wonderful tour guide Our guide made stops along our walk through the rainforest explaining what we were seeing and pointing out interesting facts. She picked up a huge yellow slug The raptor sanctuary was a bit of a disappointment as we only the resident eagle and a hawk but the salmon hatchery with the salmon returning to spawn was very interesting as was seeing the totem pole being carved Nice to be able to ask questions of an artisan. The pole on display were also impressive
Nice leisurely walk through the rainforest, salmon farm, and totem maker’s facility. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We saw a Bald Eagle and salmon. Talked with the totem maker in his facility. Great tour for the time available in port.
Our guide was awesome. She was informative and made the walk very engaging. The totem park is amazing to see. The raptor center was small, but it was great to see what they are doing.
Reviewer: Gay D. Gardner
Anita, our guide, was amazing. She was so knowledgeable. Hiking through the 2nd largest rainforest was very relaxing and enjoyable. The Raven was right. The bear was eating a salmon at the creek. It was fascinating watching the salmon return. Seeing a totem pole come to life is a sight to behold. Seeing how well injured birds are taking care of is rewarding.
Reviewer: Karen G
I Loved this excursion. I would have never thought there would be a rainforest in Alaska. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the walk through the rainforest was very easy with great weather.
Reviewer: Michael Bennett
Excellent tour - Eagles surrounded us like sparrows at home - just magnificent. Great tour guide too. They do much needed rehabilitation work for these animals also.
Reviewer: margaret b hall
was unable to go because of health problems Family members said it was excellent
Reviewer: Rebecca Lai
The trail hike was very good despite the rain. The tour guide was really nice and informative. We enjoyed it.
This tour was fabulous! Our guide, Rina, was terrific! Very educated, fun and professional. Was engaging with the group, including kids. The rainforest walk was an easy path filled with all kinds of interesting local flora, trees, and eco systems. Rina was a wealth of local stories, and interesting facts. The many bald eagle sightings at the end was fabulous. (July 9, 2019)
Reviewer: magdiel L diaz
You will always remember MR RED.. He is absolutely professional and caring. Very knowledgeable.. Must do.....
Reviewer: Silvia Steinhardt
Enjoyed the small group. We saw a black bear in the distance, and several bald eagles. The guide really gave us specifics on the various plants of the region.
Reviewer: Diana Forster
Enjoyed this tour very much. The totems were beautiful and very interesting. The guide in the rainforest was excellent. We enjoyed learning about the trees and plants in the rainforest. We would really recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Ellen Zurich
What a fabulous excursion. The guide was so knowledgeable and interesting. We saw about a dozen bald eagles and tiny baby salmon as well as other birds. The raptor center is such a good way of healing injured animals. Definitely recommend this tour. Absolutely fabulous.
enjoyed very much, tour guide was very good and she talked about the plants and animals in detailand made the whole tour very interesting. Recommend every one to take this excursion.
Reviewer: Douglas Ambrose
Avery informative and interesting tour
We got a walk in the woods to hear about 5 kinds of trees, a couple ferns and some berries. We saw some totems under construction (but no artist) and an old eagle. Hardly worth $90.
Reviewer: North AL gal
I was very impressed with the dedication of the employees. All explained the role of the public & how to help guard the raptors. Described each specimen & how to care for them. Rainforest interesting, we saw black bears, juvenile & adult bald eagles; interesting field trip!
Reviewer: Diane Bennett
This was a terrific excursion into the (who knew there was one in Alaska?) rain forest. We saw bears and harbor seals in the wild and reindeer, eagles and several other raptors at the center. The totems and the love totem carving were very interesting as well. One note though - this is definitely a hiking excursion. It is an easy hike, but NOT appropriate for anyone with walking problems. Overall we had a great time.
We were promptly met by our local knowledgeable driver and taken to the site of the tour where we met Savannah, our tour guide. She was friendly and had a great sense of humor. We saw a black bear, lots of salmon, seals and various birds. The rain forest environment was not something one would expect in Alaska.
Reviewer: Dane Thomas
Our guide Joseph was very knowlegeable and knew a great deal about the subject at hand. He kept things moving and answered all questions thoroughly. It was a most enjoyable time and the rain forest was fascinating.
Reviewer: Dave Collins
This excursion FAR exceeded our expectations. I really enjoyed the forest walk, and we are apparently very lucky to come upon a mama bear teaching her cub to fish for salmon in the river. We were, like, 100 yards away!! It is a contender for the highlight of our Alaska Cruise.
Reviewer: Stephen Milner
This was a good trip. The guide at the sanctuary was very knowledgeable about the forest and the local wildlife and very informative. The raptor centre had only four birds on display which was a little disappointing as one would have expected to see a few more based on the description. The totems were interesting but unfortunately there was no one there to talk about them with an in-depth knowledge, ie the different totems in the grounds and the significance of all of the designs. The forest guide gave a brief synopsis which was ok but limited (not her fault). Nevertheless it was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: Yiwei Zhao
It is good, the only disadvantage is that time is a little rush, we came back just a few minutes before cruise departed, and the price is a little high.
Reviewer: Edwin McGough
Good tour guide and interesting tour. I could recommend this tour.
Outstanding guide and tour!
Reviewer: Linda-Steve Walsh
We enjoyed the hike through the rain forest. Didn't see any bears, unfortunately, but that's how it is.
Reviewer: Reid Heitkamp
Our young guide was very enthusiastic about wildlife and the forest. She taught us a lot about a trees life. We saw many eagles and saw an old saw mill and totem pole carving. Ask the carver about his "Bill Gates" experience. Good shore choice!
The guide picked us up at the dock & drove the short distance to the site. Along the way we were told about the sights. At the Sanctuary our guide gave us a very informative walk through the woods. We went to the river/hatchery. The juvenile eagles were out. They swooped over our heads. There’s a new area to showcase the resident raptors. We learned a lot about them & the area. Great tour.
Reviewer: Gary Cuiper
We just returned form our cruise and wanted to let everyone know that if they go to Ketchikan, this is a great way to start your trip. I beautiful hike thru the rain forest. Our guide, Rylee was OUTSTANDING! We learned a great deal about bears, wolfs, plants, eagles and even banana slugs. She was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
Tour of the Rainforest was much more detailed than expected...loved the education on the flora and fauna of the area. Raptor Center offered a great opportunity to get close to some beautiful birds-of-prey and it was very interesting to see how totem poles were carved and constructed. If you are lucky like we were, you will also see many bald eagles in the wild and perhaps a bear! Raised walkway over the tidal stream gave us a chance to safely see a black bear looking for salmon. Only issue is that the tour started hour and 45 minutes after the ship docked which made timing very tight to get back to the ship on time.
Reviewer: Pelle Deinoff
Excellent tour guide through the rainforest to the salmon hatchery and the raptor center. Our guide, Allie, provided a lot of interesting information on plants, trees and wildlife and was willing to answer all our questions throughout the walk. The very best land tour of the three we took on this cruise.
Reviewer: Ann Surch
We thoroughly enjoyed our walk through the rainforest with Anna. She was keen, knowledgeable and passionate about nature. She explained everything so well and also geared the information to all ages. The children enjoyed themselves as much as the adults. She was so interesting. Kudos. The only negative is that the bus to return us to the cruise ship was late and that stressed some of us out to be cutting it so close. I would suggest that that be tightened up. Ann Surch
Reviewer: Mary Pat Bischoff
Despite the rain and cool weather, we enjoyed the rain forest tour. Our guide was very informative and we counted over 18 Bald Eagles during our hike. We also got to see a harbor seal, and the salmon were just starting to run, very exciting! The Totem Pole demo was great, especially seeing the work and dedication that goes into carving these wonders! We especially enjoyed seeing the bird rescue center, and learning how these injured birds are nursed back to health by the staff. The entire tour was fun & very educational, and I would recommend it.
Reviewer: Mary Roll
The rain forest is spectacular - really enjoyed the walk. Our guide was very knowledgeable . The bald eagles are so impressive!
Reviewer: Jan HR
We really enjoyed the tour of the rainforest. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. If she didn't know an answer she found out and let us know later. Only thing a little odd is the constant zip lining that is going on in the same area above you as you tour the rainforest. The number of eagles was just amazing. Everywhere you look you can see them flying, in the trees or on the logs near water. We really enjoyed speaking with the gentleman carving the totem and learning more about the stories they tell. We thought the timing was adequate and the transportation well organized.
Our family consisted of 4 grandparents, 2 parents, and 3 boys aged 14, 12, 9. Everyone in our family enjoyed this tour. The tour bus was on time. The bus ride was short and sweet. The size of the group was perfect. The tour guide, Connor, was knowledgeable. Connor's love of nature was contagious. We saw bald eagles, salmon, a red-tailed hawk, a great-horned owl, and a harbor seal. We saw evidence of bears. We learned a lot about the native plants and berries. We had some time afterwards to explore Ketchikan.
Reviewer: Hilary Arnold
Anthony made this excursion wonderfully memorable! The bear and eagles helped. Anthony was very knowledgeable and kept us all interested. I would recommend this to anyone interested in our Earth and the ways it amazes us all. Great photo ops and incredible sites. Not for those who can’t walk a few blocks.
I read a brilliant review on this tour before booking it and I fully agree. Sarah, our guide, was exceptional! She didn’t rush us and explained the eco system of the rainforest with patience. Even though it rained, it didn’t detract from our visit in the rainforest. It was almost a necessity! The trees are magnificent and her stories were entertaining. We had plenty of time to explore the lumber museum, the visitors’ centre and the Totem Park after the nature trail. The raptors were fascinating and we also saw Bald Eagles all around. I took hundreds of photos. There were complimentary salmon and crackers and a drink after the tour - a special gesture! I recommend this excursion - our very best one during our cruise.
Reviewer: Kevin Sprong
Outstanding excursion. The rain forest is definitely the best part of the excursion. The guide was excellent - funny, informative, interesting and attentive without being intrusive.
Best experience. Must do excursion! Terrific guide.
Reviewer: Ed Waltrip
We had a great walking tour through the Rain Forest. Our guide "Red", was fun and very knowledgable, we were entertained and learned a-lot. The Totems were interesting. We got some great up close pictures of Bald Eagles.
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.