Ketchikan City Kayaking

Kayaking in Ketchikan City Shore Excursion through Thomas Basin and Tongass Narrows
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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.

On this shore excursion, 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! Your Ketchikan kayak tour guides will 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. After the Ketchikan tour, you will 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. 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. 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, 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. This tour is also not recommended for guests weighing in excess of 275 pounds. 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 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 Stars4.9 / 5  |  18 ReviewsReview This Tour
city kayaking
September 22, 2017
Our guide was wonderful. small group. wonderful time
Reviewer: Donna
5 Stars
city kayaking
September 22, 2017
Paddled around with Harbor Seals. Moved around boats in the harbor. guide was very knowledgeable
Reviewer: Charles
5 Stars
city kayaking
September 22, 2017
Guide was awesome. Easy to work with kayaks. Best excursion of the cruise. Lots of info about area.
Reviewer: Andrew
5 Stars
Ketchikan Kayaking
September 13, 2017
The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. All the equipment felt safe and well-maintained. It was very fun!
Reviewer: Wendy
5 Stars
Ketchikan City Kayaking a not to miss experience
September 13, 2017
We were in a small group of only 3 kayaks/6 people with the guide being one of them. Ryan was our guide, he was professional, energetic while also being patient with one of the participants who had a small issue. We got up-close to salmon, sea lions and other interesting sea life. This was a highlight of our trip.
Reviewer: Tracie Lawrence
5 Stars
Fun & Easy
August 05, 2017
Ryan greeted us at the assigned place with a smile and I think he smiled the entire trip. He obviously loves what he does and is very good at it (or was it because he was happy to see Minnesotans??). Luckily my friend and I were the only other ones on this tour so Ryan was able to stay close to us. The trip started with a leisurely ride around town getting used to handling the kayak, then we crossed a narrow part of the Inside Passage where we could rest a bit on the other side and watch sea planes take off. The crew back at the shop was also helpful and friendly.
Reviewer: Julia
5 Stars