Back Country Zodiac Adventure

Back Country Zodiac Adventure Port Tour in Ketchikan, Alaska | Nichols Passage
Price: $193.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours 30 minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Hot beverage
Recommended Dress On all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers for the changing weather and temperature. Top layer should be water proof. Closed toed shoes are required.
Restrictions The minimum age to participate is 4 yrs. Guests must weigh a minimum of 30 lbs. and may not exceed 350 lbs. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age and present a valid driver's license or other proof of age. Driver must be able to understand and hear English.Maximum of four guests per boat and all eligible guests will have a chance to drive. Parties under three will share a boat. Tour route may change due to daily tide and weather variations. This tour is not a good choice for guests with any back or neck issues, or a pregnant woman. The seas can become rough and very bumpy.

Backcountry Zodiac Expedition

Upon arrival at the Ketchikan tour meeting point, you will be outfitted with top-of-the-line rain gear, hat, gloves, socks, boots and safety glasses. You will also have a short safety briefing before heading out. Be sure to keep your camera handy, as this seafaring adventure offers photo opportunities from the moment you set sail.

Throughout this nearly 25-mile coastal expedition, your guide will offer narrative covering the area's history, geology, culture and ecology.

For this Ketchikan excursion will board your four-passenger, 14 foot zodiac boat and head off the map to behold the beauty of Alaska, away from the crowds. Following the guide boat, you will motor to the harbor in front of Saxman Native Village and chat about the totem poles and Tlingit culture. You'll search for bears, eagles, whales and seals, and venture into the backcountry wilds of Nichols Passage. Here, you will marvel at the beautifully rugged coastline of southeast Alaska, most specifically the intended site of the "Bridge to Nowhere". This Ketchikan excursion takes place in Alaskan coastal waters, not on calm lakes. Chances are it will be bumpy.

You'll navigate through the coves and inlets around Blank Island, view the tranquil cove of an old gold mine and visit a seal rookery. Before you return to the dock you'll make a brief stop in front of historic Creek Street to hear about its wild history.

Once back in town, you'll dock your boat and warm up with a hot beverage. You will then have the option to be dropped off at your ship, or you can enjoy a brief stroll back to your cruise ship.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  20 ReviewsReview This Tour
great excursion, best of our trip
September 19, 2019
we loved this. being out on the water in a small craft and being able to chase after whales was great fun. we saw a ton and my wife/i really enjoyed it.
Reviewer: michael colbert
5 Stars
July 15, 2019
Great trip around the local waterways
Reviewer: Craig Sharp
5 Stars
A Fun Adventure
August 27, 2018
This was a great and exciting adventure. The eagles 🦅 were amazing! Unfortunately that and one seal is all we saw. My husband couldn’t go at the last minute due to a injured knee, so we lost that money. I had a wonderful time even though he couldn’t join me.
Reviewer: Barbara Trombley
5 Stars
July 23, 2018
Outstanding excursion. We got to see the wildlife (including whales) up close and personal. The small watercraft was a very fun way to tour. My son loved it!
Reviewer: Dan Cullen
5 Stars
Zodiak Adventure
July 16, 2018
We had an AWESOME experience on this tour. It was the BEST excursion we took on our Alaskan Cruise!!
Reviewer: Robert Stanton
5 Stars
Best Excursion on Cruise!
July 09, 2018
These people made this adventure fun. Unfortunately, other than a lot of opportunistic eagles we didn’t see any wildlife, however, after the eagles were thrown a fish they followed us everywhere, pesky eagles. The Zodiac type vessels were a real blast to drive. We were guided around the small island(s) and into small coves looking for wildlife. We got a nice long ride and the scenery was magnificent . The shore crew was extremely organized and had thought of everything down to the smallest detail, I was very impressed. I would buy this excursion again.
Reviewer: Douglas Peters
5 Stars