Spend your time in port in Ketchikan exploring the fascinating wilderness of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Easily accessible from your cruise ship, this 2.5-hour walking tour will teach you about Alaska’s diverse ecosystem as you follow an informative guide through the wilderness. Stroll through a beautiful forest, see Alaska’s dramatic mountains, and keep and eye out for local wildlife. You’ll see a scenic marine estuary and have the opportunity to take striking photos.
Take advantage of your time porting at Ketchikan with a small-group walking tour of the Alaska wilderness. Meet your knowledgeable guide at Ketchikan Port and head off on the 2.5-hour tour. Listen to your guide explain the history and significance of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, home to many varieties of wildlife and plants. Stroll past cedar and spruce trees and observe the verdant moss and flowers of this radiant forest. See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse animals that depend on it. When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, you’ll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife as a specialist tells you about their heritage. To conclude the informative and scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with refreshments before being dropped off at the port. Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Ketchikan Port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.