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Per Person $183 USD
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It's easy to see why this company is so popular. They have built their reputation on personal service and small groups. Whatever your wishes, their goal is "to make it happen".

The first leg of your journey begins on a fast, aluminum-chambered boat (ACB). The 20-minute boat ride is a wildlife viewing opportunity all on its own, so make sure to keep a sharp lookout.

Upon arrival at Orcas Cove, you'll switch to a roomy 57' catamaran, where your gear is waiting. Your experienced, friendly guides will provide some basic paddling instructions and, once comfortable, will get you settled in your double kayak. These stable kayaks have a center pod, making it unnecessary for the two travelers to paddle in sync. Even novice kayakers will paddle with ease.

The relaxed pace of this tour allows you to immerse yourself in the quiet, observing the wonders of your surroundings. Mountains loom in the background. Rainforest growth comes right up to the shoreline and Black Tail Deer, mink, birds, and even the occasional Black Bear are often observed, most likely from mid- to late- summer.

As you paddle, your local guide, who lives full time in Alaska, will provide insight into this remarkable ecosystem and point out sea cucumbers, sea anemones, sea stars (starfish), and various types of mollusks. Now's the time to bring that camera out of hiding to capture some exceptional images. Your guides will be happy to take photos of you for some lasting memories.

In deeper water, curious Stellar sea lions and seals may stop by to check you out. With a Silver salmon spawning stream and a King salmon hatchery nearby, resident orcas of the inside passage often follow and feed on schools of salmon throughout the summer. Humpback whales and porpoises often make appearances as well. While the focus of this tour is on kayaking, we can't deny the excitement of wildlife encounters!

Just before your return to Ketchikan, you will be treated to a delightful array of delicious snacks including smoked salmon, crackers, hummus, and veggies. Quench your thirst with hot chocolate, sparkling water, or Alaskan beer. Some people say it's the best part of the tour!

Enjoy the serenity of this pristine wilderness.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Friendly, experienced local guides
  • Boat cruise to and from Orcas Cove
  • Top quality double sea kayaks
  • Wilderness sea Kayaking
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Snacks and beverages

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (3 hrs)
  • 9:00 AM (3 hrs)
  • 10:00 AM (3 hrs)
  • 11:00 AM (3 hrs)
  • 12:00 PM (3 hrs)
  • 1:00 PM (3 hrs)
  • 2:00 PM (3 hrs)
  • 3:00 PM (3 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• No previous paddling experience is necessary to enjoy this tour.
• Please dress in layers and wear tennis shoes. You will step from the dock into your kayak and your feet will not get wet.
• Wear a hat or cap and sunglasses.
• Bring your camera and binoculars.
• This tour operates during rainy weather. Rain jackets and pants will be provided if necessary.
• Dry bags for cameras and personal items will be provided.


• This tour requires a minimum of 2 guests to operate.
• This tour can accommodate up to 6 guests per group.
• No children under age 6 are accepted unless you are booking a private group of 6 people.
• All guests must sign a waiver prior to the tour.
• To ensure proper fit, guests should be able to sit comfortably in a kayak seat that is 18" wide and fit into unisex rain gear size 2XL.
• If you have any physical disabilities, the tour provider would like to accommodate you. Please let us know and we will contact them.
• Although it's common to see various type of wildlife, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.