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Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour with Alaska Shore Tours


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Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour


4 Hour Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Wildlife Opportunities

Sea Lion and eagle sightings common

Food Provided

Includes smoked salmon picnic

Off the Beaten Path

Escape the crowds of downtown!

Kayaking Ketchikan along the rainforest shorelines of Knudson Cove offers serene beauty, incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, and the chance to experience Ketchikan Alaska like a true local! The Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour takes you on a slow-paced journey in the protected ocean waterways of beautiful Clover Pass. You will navigate around dispersed islands with enthusiastic and experienced local guides in a small-group setting away from the cruise ship crowds. Furthermore, this excursion is not offered by the cruise lines and limits each group size, ensuring a quality experience for everyone while kayaking Ketchikan. Additionally, the calm waters allow you to enjoy a relaxed paddle along the lush temperate rainforest, which is home to a wide variety of diverse wildlife. Have your cameras ready and your eyes peeled for bald eagles, Pacific porpoises, sea lions and even whales!

This educational and fun Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour begins with a convenient pickup in town. Once you arrive at the marina, suit up in the provided gear as the guides teach the basics of paddling. These stable tandem kayaks make this tour enjoyable for novice and experienced kayakers alike. Spend just over two hours kayaking Ketchikan and exploring this stunning area of the Inside Passage, where eagles and migratory birds, Sitka deer, and marine life are known to make frequent appearances. After your time on the water, you’ll head to the beach for a picnic-style snack of smoked salmon before going back to town. The Ketchikan Kayak Eco Tour is an excellent choice for those looking to experience the incredible beauty and wildlife of Ketchikan in a fun paddle adventure.

For another fun adventure in the waters of Ketchikan, check out the Zodiac Boat Adventure!




Active, Paddle Adventure, Wildlife Viewing


4 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All guests pay the same rate.

Minimum Age

This moderate activity is suitable for children age 6 and older.


Guests must be under 250lbs., To safely participate, guests must be able to fit into a spray skirt that is 54 inches around the chest and stomach area and be able to sit in a kayak seat that is 18 inches wide., No previous kayaking experience is necessary, and you'll be equipped with all the gear and info you need for this gentle activity.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14-days before your tour for a refund, less any non-refundable fees., If for any reason the tour is canceled (due to unpermitting weather, for example), or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund minus any non-refundable fees.

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    How long is this excursion, and is transportation included?

    Answer: The total duration of this activity is 4 hours with about 2.25 hours on the water. The meeting location will be directly across the street from cruise ship berth 3. Of course, you'll receive detailed meeting instructions and planning information in a confirmation email upon booking.

    Do I need previous experience? Is kayaking safe?

    Answer: This tour is a great entry-level kayaking tour and perfect for first-timers or those with experience. The kayaks used for this tour are large, 2-person kayaks that are quite stable. Alaska's Inside Passage is scattered with nearby islands which provide calmer, bay-like conditions for the paddle (this isn't on the open ocean). First time jitters are common, but the small-group setting means you'll have lots of personal attention from the accompanying guide.

    What should I wear and how to prepare for this tour?

    Answer: You should not need to bring any special clothing or shoes for kayaking. We provide paddle jackets and pants for our guests and have poggies to keep your hands warm on cold days. Even in the summer, we wear 2 layers on most days. Please wear 1 or 2 layers under your coat (on chilly days) as it is best to have a layer or 2 under our paddle jacket. Fleece, wool and technical fabrics are ideal, but jeans or sweatpants and a sweatshirt will work just fine. On cold or rainy days, it is a good idea to pack a warm hat, gloves and an extra layer to put on after you kayak. A baseball cap is helpful on both sunny and rainy days. Despite Ketchikan’s reputation for rain, there are many days when sunglasses and sunscreen are needed on the water. Sneakers, sport sandals or rubber boots are the best shoes for kayaking: your feet will not get wet. Hiking boots can be too bulky to fit in the kayak and make it difficult to use the rudders.

    Can I bring a camera?

    Answer: Absolutely! There are dry bags of several different sizes to accommodate cameras, binoculars and any other items you would like to bring on the kayaks with you. Waterproof cameras are great but don't be afraid to bring a good digital SLR camera and put it in one of our dry bags. There are plenty of opportunities for photography and you don't want to miss an amazing shot.

    Can Grandma come along too?

    Answer: You are never too old to paddle a kayak. Our oldest participant to date was age 90 and going strong. We use double kayaks to pair people up to make strong paddling teams. Just be aware that kayaking does require some physical exertion, and for the Orcas Cove trip, we have to "climb" aboard the mother ship. Please call or email us if you have any questions or concerns.

    Is there a weight limit for the kayaks?

    Answer: Over the years, we have seen all shapes and sizes! We do not have a set weight limit as the ability to participate depends on size rather than weight. To fit into our kayaks, you must be able to step into a 55" spray- skirt tube and pull it up to your chest: if your girth is greater than 55", you will not be able to participate safely. If you are not sure whether you will be able to participate, please call us for more information.

    What if it rains? Do the trips get canceled?

    Answer: Ketchikan is in the heart of a temperate rainforest, and we would never do anything if we stopped for the rain. Please do not let the possibility of rain deter you from booking. Southeast Alaska is at its most beautiful on misty rainy days. You'll receive quality paddling jackets, waterproof pants and spray skirts to keep everyone as dry as possible. And don't forget that the wildlife doesn't care about the rain. Of a greater concern to kayakers is strong wind, and if the conditions are unsafe, we will cancel trips with a refund.

    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 refund you.

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