Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles Cruise

Guard Island Lighthouse, Eagles and Totems Day Tour in Ketchikan, Alaska
Price: $133.00
Children (Under 24 months) are free but must be accounted for.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided A snack of crackers, salmon spread, alder-smoked salmon, and bull kelp pickles will be served with artisanal hot chocolate, coffee, tea, water or soft drinks.
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 sensible walking shoes are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step on / off boat. Walking is over paved and gravel surfaces. Fold up wheelchairs can be stored on the transportation with advance notice.

Ketchikan Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles Excursion

Keep your camera within easy reach, because photo opportunities abound on this seafaring Ketchikan shore excursion, which features guaranteed eagles, multiple eagle nests, Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area, and the historic Guard Island Lighthouse.

Meet your Alaskan captain and their crew at their private Ward Cove 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 multiple eagle nests and baby eagles in the season. Harbor seals, pigeon guillemots, and moon jellyfish are commonly spotted as well. Whales, deer, blue herons, and a variety of seabirds are seen throughout the entire season. Along the way, you'll hear of the area's maritime history, the rich Tlingit & Haida Alaska Native cultures, 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. On clear days, you'll circumnavigate the Guard Island Lighthouse established in 1901. No other Ketchikan cruise excursion offers this itinerary, nor offers a view & sights of Totem Bight State Park from the water. You'll view a beautiful collection of 14 towering Tlingit & Haida totem poles and the Totem Bight clan house. 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 the 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 a clear view 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, coffee, tea, water, or your favorite soft drinks, along with salmon spread, crackers, alder-smoked salmon, bull kelp pickles, and artisanal chocolate. These are all complimentary, provided by table service, and will make for a delightful treat as you take in the breathtaking seascape and professional narration. Your Ketchikan excursion boat accommodates around 35 guests, complete with onboard restrooms and gifts for sale.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  71 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great excursion
June 08, 2023
Informative and well organized. Delicious snacks and attentive crew.
Reviewer: S. Lemaitre
5 Stars
Loved this tour
June 27, 2022
Enjoyed the narration by the naturalists and the delicious lunch provided. Beautiful views of many different types of wildlife, the lighthouse and the totems along with the beautiful mountains.
Reviewer: anita postyn
5 Stars
Great Excursion
October 14, 2019
Got to see lots of eagles and it was a huge treat to also do some amazing whale watching.
Reviewer: Lori C
5 Stars
October 12, 2019
This was our favorite excursion. Even though the water was rocky n we couldn’t get as close to the lighthouse as they wanted they did all they could for us to get the most from the cruise. It was a great time. From the driver if the van to all the people on the boat were all great.
Reviewer: Kim Shingleton
5 Stars
Great Day out on the Water
October 08, 2019
It was a great day out on the water! The crew was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wildlife and area. It was great having a smaller group (only about 30 people)! Got to see many eagles (adults and juveniles) and even got to see a couple of whales! The totems & longhouse you mostly see from a bit of a distance but still very interesting. The lighthouse is much more simple than you would think but a good boat cruise out to see it. They provided snacks, drinks and binoculars! With beautiful weather and calm waters it was overall a great way to see Ketchikan and Eagles.
Reviewer: Kati L
5 Stars
Excellent Boat Tour
October 02, 2019
Excellent tour. The crew and support staff was fabulous. The driver of the coach that picked us up at the Cruise Dock was very personable and informative on the local history and culture. Our captain of the tour was very knowledgeable and the crew awesome. We loved seeing and hearing about the coast line and very amazed at the wildlife we saw including many eagles up close. Best excursion for the money.
Reviewer: Dorothy Smith
5 Stars