Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles Cruise
Scenic Lighthouse, Totems & Eagle Boat Cruise Tour in Ketchikan
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 Ketchikan cruise 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 Ketchikan excursion boat accommodates 40 guests, has restrooms, and has onboard gifts for sale.
The crew members were very friendly and made you feel welcomed. They were also knowledgeable about the area and answered all of the questions. The boat was well kept and clean.
Reviewer: Robert Mason
It was good we saw some eagels sea pl send and totems .
Reviewer: Richard Geraghty
Unfortunately weather was a bit ordinary but saw plenty of bald eagles and nests as promised. Crew very friendly and professional. Good value shore excursion.
Reviewer: Jeff Loman
OK, so we expected to see the famous Totem Pole exhibit and lighthouse and we did. But seeing many eagles in their native habitat and add to that a few whale sightings and a VERY informative guide team made this a highlight of our trip.
Reviewer: Jane Suesskind
Loved this excursion! Although my knee was killing me and I couldn't go on deck much, I was amazed at how many eagles I saw. The captain of the boat and his assistants were really helpful in locating the nests and we saw so many flying and sitting in trees. It was magnificent! Our driver to the boat and back was a fountain of information. He was great. And after dropping everyone off at various spots in the town, he took my husband and me back to the entrance of the ship so I didn't have to walk much. It was a great help.