Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour from Ketchikan

Ketchikan, United States

From $199.00 USD

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3 hours (Approx.)
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If you’re a fan of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Deadliest Catch, you saw the Aleutian Ballad, a commercial fishing boat, escape a rogue wave in the Bering Sea. On this 3-hour fisherman’s tour from Ketchikan, hop aboard the Aleutian Ballad and navigate through the tranquil, protected waterways of the Inside Passage with a seasoned fishing crew, and marvel at the variety of marine creatures caught in barrel pots and hauled up on deck. Touch some of the catch, take photos and listen to entertaining sea lore.
  • 3-hour Alaskan fishing cruise from Ketchikan
  • Travel through the beautiful Inside Passage aboard the Aleutian Ballad
  • Watch the crew prepare long-line barrel pots and 700-pound king crab pots
  • See king crab, box crab, prawns, rockfish, eel, octopus and more as they’re hauled on deck
  • Look for other wildlife like whales, sea lions and eagles
  • Listen to amazing stories about life as a commercial fisherman in the wild waters of Alaska
  • Choose one of several departure times, from early morning to mid-afternoon

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Raincoats and ponchos provided, as needed


  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks, such as chips and chocolate bars, are available for purchase on board)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

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Port of Ketchikan

Return Details

335 Front St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
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What To Expect

Find out what life is like as a commercial fisherman in Alaska on this 3-hour Bering Sea fisherman's tour from Ketchikan. Step aboard the Aleutian Ballad, the 107-foot (33-meter) ocean-going vessel. Soak up the views from the open-air upper deck, or take a seat in the heated, enclosed amphitheater on the lower deck.
Your crew will ‘tie loose,’ push away from the dock and cruise through the waterways of the Inside Passage. Stay warm with a cup of provided hot chocolate, coffee or tea, and hear about the Aleutian Ballad’s history as a commercial fishing boat, including how it became famous on season two of Deadliest Catch, when the boat was struck by a 60-foot (18-meter) swell and survived to tell the tale. Ask them questions — the crew loves to share stories about life at sea!
En route, keep your eyes peeled for eagles, sea lions, whales and porpoises. Upon arrival at the fishing grounds, see firsthand how the crew bait the fishing gear with salmon and squid and toss the long-line barrel pots overboard. Then, watch in wonder as Bering Sea king crab is hauled up in 700-pound (320-kg) crab pots. Other sea creatures hauled on board include Dungeness crab, rockfish, ratfish, wolf eel, box crab, octopus, gray cod, prawn and more. 

The crew sorts through the catch, and places the fish and other marine life in a tank on the deck for your observation. Feel free to snap pictures and touch some of the catch before it is released back into the sea. Set voyage back to the dock after the crew has stowed all the fishing equipment.
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Hotel Pickup
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years, no exceptions due to coast guard regulations.
  • You MUST BE ON BOARD THE ALEUTIAN BALLAD for check in 15 minutes before your departure time.
  • If you are concerned about seasickness, please note that this tour stays in the calm, protected waters of the Inside Passage and does not go out into the open ocean; large waves and rough seas will not be encountered. You WILL NOT be in the Bering Sea.
  • Please note: additional transportation is not required, as it is a short, easy walk to get to the fishing boat from any downtown Ketchikan hotel or cruise ship.
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required.
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Cancellation Policy

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

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Laurie Y
, Sep 2018

WOW, where do I begin. This was by far the best excursion on our trip. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable, very personable, very considerate and absolutely wonderful. Enjoyed everything about this excursion and would definitely go again.

Patricia H
, Sep 2018

We loved every minute of it. The tour guides Andy, Dave and the captain were all very interesting and animated. Thank you for showing us another way of life!

, Sep 2018

highly exceeded expectations. Since I tend to get seasick I was hesitant, but should not have been.Calm waters, great onboard accommodations Will definitely do it again if I have the opportunity. host were very knowledgeable and personable.

, Aug 2018

Great trip, entertaining stories, interesting vessel. They took you to 4 or 5 different "fishing" spots where they pulled up the crab traps, and explained what it would look like if this were a commercial crabbing vessel instead of just tours.They were open and honest that most of the crabs and traps had been pre-arranged (meaning the crabs inside were not caught, but placed in). We were able to hold the crabs and take pictures with them.They stopped by an Eagle's nest and fed bald eagles for about 20 min -- and there were 8 or 9 that would fly around and dive bomb and eat the fish. This was incredible!In addition to the Box crabs and other crabs you could hold, they had caught an Octopus, and caught prawns and shrimp. They do not actively try to catch King crabs, but have an aquarium on the deck that had 8-9 King crabs that you could look at but not hold.Overall, really cool and interesting trip. But note: the crabs they are catching are not caught live.

, Aug 2018

This was an AMAZING tour! We saw crabs, prawns, an octopus, and about 15 Bald Eagles that came swooping in to feed on some fish they threw out. Great tour and fun stories about the history of the Aleutian Ballad!!!!

Arthur L
, Aug 2018

Very informative and fun. Smart hard working crew. Get to learn about what life is like as a crab fisherman - hint, it is hard and dangerous.

Carleen C
, Jul 2018

This was a great excursion. We totally enjoyed seeing and holding prawns and different types of crab and hearing the harrowing tales about Andy and Dave’s experiences at sea.

, Jul 2018

I had read good reviews on this tour. They were spot on! These folks keep it entertaining. The bald eagles were amazing. I highly recommend this tour.

Robert B
, Feb 2018

We'd do this again in a heartbeat! Highly recommend. Best opportunity to see lots of eagles up close! The crew are hilarious!

, Sep 2017

I'm one of those people that really does their homework when travelling, and I can truely say this was one of the most enjoyable, informative and funny tours I've ever your self a favour, and book this tour NOW!

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