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

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

Jeannie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We had such a great time on this excursion. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. We felt very safe in the zodiac boats. We saw eagles, otters and seals. The weather was great and scenery beautiful.

Christine V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing!!!! Wish I could give it more stars! Forest was a fabulous guide who showed us the beauty of Alaska. Highly recommend this once in a lifetime opportunity.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour! This was a really fun, beautiful tour. Driving the Zodiac was great. Highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Zodiac boats were a lot of fun. We lucked out with perfect weather. We saw some beautiful scenery, eagles, seals, and jumping pink salmon. Our guide was fun and informational.

Marc B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great experience. We would highly recommend this tour.

Trena H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

What a great company, and staff! I am a travel agent and I will recommend this tour to anyone traveling to Ketchikan! It was so much fun and we saw everything from Whales, Eagles, Sea Otters, and lots of Salmon jumping! Beautiful area, and I must do!

Sheila B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

As much as I enjoyed this excursion, it was the highlight of my husband's trip. Our guide was excellent. Absolutely fabulous. We will recommend it to anyone going t Alaska.

Ky D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The HIGHLIGHT of our Alaska cruise! No kidding, my wife and I both agree that the Boatman Zodiac tour with Southeast Exposure was our favorite experience of the trip, and that's saying a lot. We had a small group, four people with two boats, and our tour guide, Greg, took us out on the waters next to Ketchikan. My wife got some air while driving and hitting a few waves. Saw plenty of wildlife and also got to relax and listen to Alaska as Greg put it. This should go to the top of your Kethcikan priorities list.

Diane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great trip. Our guides were fantastic

Gloria W USA

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.

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