This small-group guided wilderness sea kayaking and boat tour is perfect for anyone who has dreamed of kayaking in Alaska. Escape the crowds in town and spend all of your tour time on the water. Travel 20 minutes by boat from Ketchikan to Orcas Cove. Explore rain forest islands and sheltered coves by sea kayak with fun and friendly guides. Enjoy a snack of local smoked salmon before returning to town by boat.
Meet your guide on the cruise ship dock before getting outfitted with paddle jackets, life jackets, spray skirts and dry bags for cameras. You'll travel 20 minutes in a small enclosed boat from the heart of historic Ketchikan to the Orcas Cove where high quality, stable double sea kayaks await. Some of the kayaks also have a center seat to accommodate children ages 6 – 8. After instruction in sea kayaking from the fun and friendly guides, kayakers glide quietly along the rain forest shoreline that is home to many birds and a colorful array of inter-tidal life. Guides share the history ecology of the area as paddlers explore salmon streams, rocky islands and sheltered coves. Bald eagles nest in the old growth forest above and paddlers may see humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, harbor seals, Stellar’s sea lions, mink, deer or black bears along the way. After 1.5 - 1.75 hours of kayaking groups return for a snack of the finest local smoked salmon and hot drinks before the 20-minute journey back to town by boat. The tour concludes in downtown Ketchikan just a few minutes’ walk from the cruise ship dock; the historic district and Ketchikan’s shopping and restaurants.