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4.50 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
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Backcountry Zodiac Expedition

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Get behind the controls of a high-powered inflatable Zodiac vessel and head out into Alaskan coastal waters for this ride of a lifetime! This is not paddling a canoe on a quiet lake; things on this adventure tour can get rough and wild! If you’re up for adventure, the Backcountry Zodiac Expedition is the perfect Ketchikan shore excursion for you. Seats are limited, however, and must be booked well ahead, as this tour is highly rated and is extremely popular with thrill-seeking travelers. With a guide leading the way, your pod of 4 four-passenger Zodiacs will cruise out into Ketchikan Harbor exploring remote inlets, tidal pools rich in fascinating marine life, and uninhabited islands clad in dense forest, even as magnificent eagles soar overhead! There are several stopping points along the way to admire the magnificent scenery and wildlife (maybe even whales!), to take photos, and to give anyone over the age of 25 a chance to take the wheel. The small, maneuverable boats make it possible to get close-in to shore for close-up views of seals and other wildlife. If sea spray and choppy seas don’t daunt you, get ready for a real adventure with one of the most exciting excursions Ketchikan!

As with other excursions Ketchikan, all transportation is included in the expedition, with pick-up close to the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan followed by a short transfer to the launching point for the Backcountry Zodiac Expedition. Here, you’ll be fitted with all the necessary gear to stay warm and dry out on the water, including rain gear, boots, face masks, gloves, PFDs, dry bags for your personal items, and safety glasses. Then it’s into the four Zodiacs for a full-throttle Alaskan outdoor experience like no other!

 

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2 ½ Hours Duration

From pick-up to drop-off


Drive Your Own Boat

Through stunning coves and channels


Wildlife Opportunities

Eagle and seal sightings common


Limited Seats Available

Book early for this high-demand tour

Port

Ketchikan

Type

Active, Off the Beaten Path, Wildlife Viewing

Length

2 ½ hours

Adult Rate

$169.00

Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All participants will be charged at the adult rate.

Minimum Age

The minimum age for this tour is 4 years old.

Accessibility

Not recommended for anyone with neck and/or back injuries or expectant mothers., This tour is not suitable for anyone that walks with assistance or for wheelchairs., This tour is not recommended for those with poor physical condition or those who are intolerant or unwilling to get wet or cold.

Other Restrictions

Groups of 2 will be paired with other groups of 2, and groups of 4 will get their own vehicle.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

Customers' review

Rated 4.50 out of 5 stars
8 reviews

8 reviews for Backcountry Zodiac Expedition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Best excursion on our cruiseTook a Carnival Cruise to Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. This was our favorite excursion. Spent a lot of time watching whales and eagles.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Great experience!

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  3. 3 out of 5

    Adventure was ok, saw some eagles and sea lions, got more of impression that there would be more wildlife, but that's nature, paid a lot of money for boat ride.

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Whee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Our guide Claire was very knowledgeable, animated and pleasant. We felt safe at all times.

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  5. 4 out of 5

    Great experienceThe staff were knowledgeable. They loved the wild life and they were safety conscience for the people on the tour as well as the animals we saw. It was a great experience.

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  6. 5 out of 5

    ZodiacTop flight operation. From moment we met at dock to transfer to tour. Extremely professional and efficient. Saw much wildlife and perspective from water was amazing. Would go again if ever back in Ketchikan.

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Great fun for family!We had two boats for our two families, which consisted of adults and young children. To the Kansas d' delight saw sea lions and Eagles -- and the speed rush thrilled the thrill seekers in the group! Great fun!

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    Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?

    Answer: We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.

    What should we wear and bring?

    Answer: This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! Because you'll be out in the element on this tour, lots of gear is provided to keep you warm and dry. Full rain suits, hats, gloves, boots and dry bags will all be provided at the start of the tour. Feel free to leave anything extra behind for safekeeping during the tour, and come back to it later.

    Do we need previous experience to drive the boats?

    Answer: Nope! The zodiac boats are very easy to operate, and you'll receive a full orientation before disembarking. Feel free to trade off drivers at various intervals along the way, so one person can have fun navigating while the others enjoy the scenery.

    When should I book this tour?

    Answer: Because of its positive ranking on TripAdvisor and limited availability, this tour fills up quickly! We recommended booking early to ensure your spaces, as you can always cancel up until one week away for a full refund.

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