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Zodiac Boat Adventure

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3 ½ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Wildlife Opportunities
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Eagle and seal sightings common
Drive Your Own Boat
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Through stunning coves and channels
Limited Seats Available
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Book early for this high-demand tour


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 Zodiac Boat Adventure 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 offers!

As with most tours in Ketchikan, all transportation is included in the expedition, with pick-up close to the cruise docks in downtown followed by a short transfer to Clover Pass for the Zodiac Boat Adventure. 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!

What's Included

Knowledgable Guides
Round Trip Transportation
Light Snack & Beverages
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

What should we wear and bring?
This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! Because you'll be out in the elements 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?
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. Guests must be 25 or older to drive the watercraft.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
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, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: 12 years old • Maximum Weight: 1 lbs
This tour can accommodate 4 people per boat.
The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.
The maximum weight per guest is 350 pounds.
Wildlife sightings on this tour have great chances, but are not guaranteed.
Guests will get to drive their own boat. Each guest who wishes to drive must be at least 25 years old.
All zodiac boats out on tour will follow a lead guide boat.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


3h 30min

Guest Rate

Itinerary • 3h 30min • 5 activities

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Your guides will pick you up from downtown Ketchikan, near the cruise docks, or Ward Cove if your cruise ship is docking there, before heading North to Clover Pass.

30 minutes
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Suit up with a skiff suit, dry bags, boots, socks, gloves and life jacket, before heading to the boats and learning how to operate the vessels from your lead guides.

15 minutes
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Now it's time for the fun part! Enjoy a trip around Betton Island as you follow your lead guide, driving your own 4 person zodiac, and keeping an eye out for marine life.

2 hours
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After docking, remove the provided gear and take a minute to use the facilities before loading up in the vans.

15 minutes
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At the end of the tour, your guides will drop you back at your cruise docks! If you are docking in downtown, you can use this time to check out Ketchikan's historic downtown, or simply hop back on your ship.

30 minutes