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  • Location:Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Zodiac Boat Wilderness Adventure

Leave your cruise ship behind for a few hours and steer a Zodiac boat in the waters of the Alaskan wilderness. This small-group guided shore excursion from Ketchikan is limited to just four people, and everyone takes a turn at the wheel. Cruise through rain-forest islands, into remote bays and inlets, and spot wildlife including eagles, seals, whales and bears. Enjoy a beachside snack and a boatman certificate to take home as a souvenir. Round-trip port transport is included.


  • 3-hour Alaskan wilderness shore excursion from Ketchikan
  • Drive your own Zodiac boat along beautiful bays and past verdant islands
  • Follow your guide in search of wildlife such as whales, seals, eagles and bears
  • Enjoy snacks and drinks during your beachside rest break
  • All equipment and apparel included
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Zodiac Boat Wilderness Adventure

Whale Sighting from the Zodiac

Be the captain of your own Zodiac boat on this Alaskan adventure from Ketchikan. Choose a morning or afternoon departure for your 3-hour shore excursion, which begins with port pickup. At the launch site, receive a safety briefing and then hop aboard your Zodiac boat, 14 feet (4 meters) long, along with the other members of your small group.

With your guide’s help, get to know the boat that comes equipped with console steering and can speed up to 29 mph (47 kph). During the 90-minute cruise, you’ll take turns at the wheel as the boat makes its way into inlets and bays, and past rain forests. See rocky outcrops where orcas and humpbacks are known to surface, and discover streams filled with salmon that attract black bears.

Your guide pulls the Zodiac over to a scenic beachside location, where you’ll enjoy a snack break of cookies, tea and hot cocoa. Soak up the beauty of your surroundings and then refueled, set voyage back to the launch site.

Your shore excursion ends with transport back to Ketchikan port, with an Alaskan boatman certificate in hand to remember your wilderness outing.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. Our guides were fantastic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great ride. So much fun. Very professional. The pick up was comfortable, and the vehicle was clean.
They provided us with all the safety gear. That was a hoot. The zodiac boats were clean, ran well and had the power when needed. Our guide Jason? sorry should remember. Was very professional, fun, informative, native to the area. Saw my first eagles nest. So thrilling. A must do with this company.
Take a your camera and binoculars. Sun glasses, gloves and hat a must.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wow!!!!!! The best.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Cannot fault the whole trip.the guide was brilliant, the boats were great fun, we had a ball. We took a 8 and 10 year old and they loved it. no whales on that day but it could not be helped. Pick up was a little confusing but got sorted in the end, then we had our own van to take us back with a friendly member of staff! cannot recommend enough! If unsure just remember you only live once

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

This was awesome! The boats were a blast to drive and saw lots of wildlife.
Much more fun than a "normal" tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Ethan was our guide. Informative and fun. He made the trip an experience we won't forget. Highly recommend this excursion!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Beautiful scenery. Nice clean new boats. The tour guide was well informed, polite and always had safety in mind.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Beautiful day to be on the water. Guide was very helpful and went out of his way to ensure we understood everything (scenery and wildlife) we were exposed to. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

WoW what a great excursion. The zodiac boats were a blast; my husband and our group loved being able to drive these boats! We had great weather (June 20, 2013), saw lots of wildlife (whale, seals, eagles). The tour guide Sean was very personable and informative. I would highly recommend this adventure.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Well to say this was quite a thrilling trip is probably an understatement. We had our guide Billy all to ourselves. We followed him around the beautiful bays while he pointed out eagles and seals and explained the nature of the alpine forest. If he hadn't run out of gas it would have been perfect!

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