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Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour

Ketchikan, United States
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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Step off your cruise ship and into a floatplane to admire the glassy blue lakes, waterfalls, and snowcapped peaks of Misty Fjords National Monument on this shore excursion from Ketchikan. Capture bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all—your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord.
  • Flightseeing shore excursion from Ketchikan to Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Take a breathtaking floatplane ride over one of Alaska’s top wilderness regions
  • Soar over gorgeous alpine lakes, fjords, waterfalls, and cliffs
  • Land on the water to admire the scenery at eye level
  • Spot local wildlife and enjoy commentary from an experienced pilot
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Live pilot commentary
Port pickup and drop-off
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Food and drinks

Departure Point

Taquan Air, 4085 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
All guests are to meet at Berth 2 near the Ketchikan Visitors Center and large bronze statue. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time on your ticket. Our driver guide will be there holding a sign.


  • Berth 2, 201 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your pilot in Ketchikan and climb aboard your 6-passenger floatplane. During the flight, your pilot shares commentary via your headset, which also offers a musical soundtrack. 
Ascend over Tongass Narrows, a body of water located between Ketchikan and Gravina Island, and fly past Ketchikan. Stare in wonder at the beauty of Tongass National Forest as you soar over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) east of town.

Traveling through a low-hanging mist that gives the region its name, take in views of fjords, cliffs, and rock walls jutting straight out of the water. Waterfalls cascade down narrow granite passages, and dense forests of hemlock and spruce cover the vertical slopes.

Your pilot navigates over Rudyard Bay, giving you a fantastic vantage point of New Eddystone Rock, a remnant of early volcanic activity. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like wolves, bears, deer, and eagles.

Then, get ready as your pilot makes a smooth but exciting landing on one of the fjords or lakes (depending on weather conditions). Step out onto a pontoon right in the heart of the wilderness, and soak up the scenery.

Your floatplane tour ends with drop-off back in Ketchikan.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money is refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Tongass National Forest
The Tongass National Forest is approximately 17 million acres, making it America's largest national forest.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Misty Fjords National Monument
A natural mosaic of sea cliffs, steep fjords and rock walls jutting 3000 feet straight out of the ocean. The largest wilderness in Alaska's national forests.
Duration: 55 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Revillagigedo Island, Orchard Lake
Various parts of Revillagigedo Island the beautiful lakes in the surrounding areas.
Stop At:  
Taquan Air Tours
Aircraft departure and return location
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: all passenger names, all passenger weights, and cruise ship/hotel name.
  • Morning departure times range from 7am to 12pm; Afternoon departure times range from 12pm to 5:30pm. Please either include a contact number at time of booking or call the local supplier to confirm a departure time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Taquan Air

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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, Sep 2019
Everyone was very professional and the pilot was very knowledgeable and friendly. The lake landing was fantastic. Amazing views!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for flying with us. Please share pictures if you have any.
Great Trip
, Sep 2019
This trip was fantastic. The company was very organized with pickup and return. Our pilot, Jake, was great! Would definitely recommend trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for flying with us. Please send any pictures if you have some.
Wonderful experience
, Aug 2019
The best way to explore this monument, profound explanation by our pilot, who was experienced and knowledgeable. The views were amazing. We enjoyed very much.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for flying with us. Please share some pictures with us!
Nice but could be much nicer
, Aug 2019
The tour duration.mentioned in the adds is 2.5 hours. It was less than 2 hours. The airplane is flying straight in one direction, but the windows are small, so if there is something to see in one side only the person who seats in this side can see. They should make a circle so everyone can see.
The best thing to do in Ketchikan!
, Aug 2019
We only had a few hours in these adorable town and I’m so glad we took a plane tour of the fjords. The whole staff was incredibly nice and it was a great way to see the beauty of Alaska.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for flying with us.
, Jul 2019
Our pilot. Brentwood, was fabulous. He made sure we understood the safety concerns. The ride was smooth and peaceful. Misty Fjords is a fascinating place I have z new appreciation for water
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for flying with us.We are glad that Brentwood made this experience special for you.
Angry customer
, Jul 2019
Why didn’t your company warn us of 2fatal crashes involving Taquan Air in May 2019? I believe, as a company earning commissions on tours, you have ethical responsibility to look out for your customers’ safety. Had I known about crashes, we wouldn’t have booked that excursion. Shame on you to put money over doing the right thing!
Beautiful sights!
, May 2019
Our seaplane experience was wonderful....I was a little apprehensive at first but it was an awesome way to view the beautiful scenery at Misty Fjords.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you so much for flying with us. We are happy that your experience was great!
Absolute must do
Mat H
, May 2019
Best way to see the beauty of this region is to de a flight with a seaplane.Friendly staff and pilot showed us the fjords not by flying over but by flying between these mountains. Could be making pictures from start to finish.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for visiting Taquan Air.
We enjoyed the float plane ride and...
, Jul 2017
We enjoyed the float plane ride and knowledge of the pilot but the weather did not permit us to take the typical route thus the experience was somewhat lacking. We did land on the water but other than stand on the pontoon it was not that thrilling. The scenery was beautiful though more misty than the fjord implies.

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