Orca's Cove Kayaking

Orca Cove Kayaking Day Trip in Ketchikan, Alaska
Price: $198.00
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Ketchikan Orca's Cove Kayak Tour

Orca's Cove is a very popular Ketchikan shore excursion, specially designed for people looking for a true wilderness experience. Orca's Cove is a serene wilderness location, far from the bustle of town and the busy cruise ship docks. For a more personal experience, our group size is limited to six guests per trip (or private groups of up to 12), and this Ketchikan tour is not sold on board cruise ships.

The old-growth forest presses right down to the shoreline, and the intertidal zone of over 20 feet is home to a colorful array of creatures. Several bald eagle nests are active in the area, and we often have the opportunity to observe these remarkable birds in their homes. By its very nature, we never know what wildlife we will see on any particular day - that's part of the excitement. Humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, seals and sea lions all inhabit these waters. Along the shore we may see river otters, minks, deer, and occasionally black bears. Our guides are trained naturalists who will enthusiastically share their love of the land with you.

This Ketchikan cruise tour is at a relaxed pace, covering approximately three miles during the 1 and a half hours of paddling. The goal is to enjoy the wilderness and explore the shoreline, not to set any speed records. There are many opportunities for photographing the exceptional scenery and wildlife.

On this excursion in Ketchikan, you will travel by boat to remote Orca's Cove. Along the way you will pass Ketchikan Creek, Saxman Totem Park and all the surrounding islands from the water and have a great chances to see marine wildlife. Upon arrival at the cove, you will meet your guides and become familiar with kayaking. After a basic lesson, you will take off paddling, wandering amongst numerous islands, immersing yourself in the surroundings, and keeping a lookout for wildlife. After paddling, you will enjoy a snack of the finest locally caught and smoked silver salmon, along with hot drinks, before returning to town by boat.

Please Note: All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. This tour is not recommended for guests weighing in excess of 275 pounds. Guests who are unable to fit in the kayaks will not be refunded. Trips fill very quickly due to the small group size, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Dry bags are provided to protect your camera or video recorder. We ask that you dress in warm, comfortable layers. Paddling jackets and rain pants are provided, along with spray skirts on the kayaks to help keep you dry. 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
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Active
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Ship Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
A snack of smoked salmon and hot beverages is provided after the paddle, along bottled water
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.
Sea kayaking requires a moderate level of physical activity and is not recommended for guests with back problems, limited upper body strength, or anyone who is prone to seasickness. 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. Guests must also be able to sit comfortably in a kayak seat that is 18 inches wide (the same width as most standard airline seats) and fit into unisex 2XL rain gear. This tour is not recommended for guests weighing in excess of 275 pounds. 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 Stars4.8 / 5  |  29 ReviewsReview This Tour
Excellent Tour
October 20, 2018
Would do this tour again and again. Beautiful warm weather and so many animals, whales, seals, eagles. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Reviewer: bb
5 Stars
Lovely Orca's Cove Kayaking
September 18, 2018
My husband and I loved this excursion. We really enjoyed being one of only three kayaks, The guide was amazing and friendly and it was absolutely beautiful. We did not see any wildlife unfortunately, but the guide made it clear there was no guarantee. I would definitely recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Debra Captain
5 Stars
Lovely kayaking
September 17, 2018
This was the best excursion of my Alaska trip. From the pilot of the motor boat that took us to the cove, to the crew of the cabin cruiser that kept the kayaks, to the delicious snack of locally smoked salmon (Orcas Cove Select), and especially to our guide, everything was professional, friendly, and fun. The kayaking was good exercise but not overly strenuous, the coastline was beautiful, and the eagles plentiful. Our guide pointed out an ancient pictograph, and he explained it well.
Reviewer: Katherine C King
5 Stars
Fun day excursion
August 13, 2018
We had a wonderful excursion at Orca's Cove kayaking. Everything was very smooth from meeting at the visitor's center to transporting out to the cove. Amber was our guide - she was very knowledgeable and friendly. Bella was the floating 'home base' captain and she made us feel right at home. The both had amazing local knowledge and were happy to answer questions. The scenery was beautiful. This is a great excursion for those wanting a bit of adventure!
Reviewer: Michele
5 Stars
August 29, 2017
Loved the kayaking. Rebecca was the guide great gal. I could have stayed out all day and then some. Saw lots of bald eagles, sea stars, and sea lions. What a great morning.
Reviewer: robin franco
5 Stars
Orca's Cove Kayaking
August 22, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Orca's Cove is beautiful, and the staff was great.
Reviewer: Kelly
5 Stars