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.
Reviewer: Shauna Inglis
Saw lots of eagles and whale fins/ spays Enjoyed the boat ride, beautiful day .. captain was fantastic and she was very knowledgeable, they served a nice snack and hot drinks too
Reviewer: Donna M Damato
This was an informative, very laid back excursion, conducted by very well informed locals! Very relaxing boat ride around beautiful Wards Bay, & then onto the Pacific. We were informed at all times of what we were viewing by the Captain, & deck hands. Just a wonderful, chill educational boat ride. Would do it again in a minute!
Reviewer: Staci Hill
We had a lovely time. The skipper who sang did a wonderful job. Very personable.
Reviewer: w. Spalding
A wonderful excursion c/w a very knowledgeable Caption/Guide and helpful deck hands. Hot drinks and snacks welcome. Information on eagles, lighthouse and totems most interesting. The weather even cooperated.
Reviewer: Joan Willets
We only had a short time in Ketchikan and I really wanted to see eagles and totem poles and beautiful scenery. This boat trip provided all three. I learned to easily spot eagles and had the opportunity to view several impresive totem poles.