Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour

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Spend your time in port in Ketchikan exploring the fascinating wilderness of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Easily accessible from your cruise ship, this 2.5-hour walking tour will teach you about Alaskas diverse ecosystem as you follow an informative guide through the wilderness. Stroll through a beautiful forest, see Alaskas dramatic mountains, and keep and eye out for local wildlife. Youll see a scenic marine estuary and have the opportunity to take striking photos.

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Take advantage of your time porting at Ketchikan with a small-group walking tour of the Alaska wilderness. Meet your knowledgeable guide at Ketchikan Port and head off on the 2.5-hour tour. Listen to your guide explain the history and significance of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, home to many varieties of wildlife and plants. Stroll past cedar and spruce trees and observe the verdant moss and flowers of this radiant forest.

See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse animals that depend on it.

When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, youll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife as a specialist tells you about their heritage. To conclude the informative and scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with refreshments before being dropped off at the port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to 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.

Inclusions for Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour

  • Naturalist guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Ketchikan Shore Excursion: Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drink

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Amazing country beautiful ,scenery worth the trip.

  • we were so lucky to see the bears in different locations fishing...seen bald eagles, the tour guide was very informative and friendly. Had a great time and learned lots...the making of totem poles also a great bonus...would highly recommend...overall...Great Trip....!!

  • Wel informed tour guide, enjoyable and informative walk but did not see any bears!

  • we had a great tour and great tour girl from New Zealand. We were very looky to see the bears and manny other animals feeding on the salmons. great experience

  • Pick up was not great, guy did not identify himself, but after that what a fantastic tour, our guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. We saw heaps of critters, bears, eagles, both in the wild and at the sanctuary and salmon were just beginning to come upstream. A great day and on the way back in the bus a sighting of killer whales, couldn't ask for more

  • Really enjoyed this walking tour. Our guide new alot about the plants and wild life.

  • After looking forward to this trip, I can't express deeply enough how disappointing it was. We were picked up from the port and transported to the Forrest. We were met by Jess, who provided ponchos as it was raining heavy
    Jess was very knowledgable about the trees, fauna and slugs!!
    Jess informed us the bears were out due to the swollen streams. We didn't mind the rain or the walk.
    During our walk I felt as though we were kept on the perimeter and not in the rainforest as the advert suggested.
    We saw another group higher and deeper in the forest, which I expected to go.
    All too soon we were taken to the totem pole carving and shop
    Friends of ours booked from the ship and were taken into the deep forest with ponds where they saw several bears, in the ponds, up trees, wandering about, mother bears with cubs. Their photos were amazing.
    What did we see? 3 slugs!!
    I feel, as we paid less than them, they were given an improved route, whereas we were kept on the outskirts.
    I strongly feel 120 is not cheap to do an hrs walk, if I had known we were going to be given a lower class of trip I would have paid the extra and bought it from the ship, we were so looking forward to this trip more than anything
    Sadly, I feel we were let down by the company
    I think this is wrong, as people expect the same trip whether it be booked on shore or on ship, as the advert it the same

  • I had been planning to do the lumberjack show as that seems the standard thing to do in Ketchikan, but I'm so glad we found this instead, it was a lovely and easy walk through the forest, and we did see three black bears - including a mother and her cub fishing in the stream. Our guide was knowledgable and brought what we were looking at to life. We enjoyed hearing the story of the totem pole we watched being carved, and the birds of prey were magnificent. We were rushed at the end with just 10 mi utes for restrooms and gift shop, which was a shame.

  • The tour of the rainforest was well organised if a bit simplistic at times. We enjoyed seeing the totem poles village. We also encountered a black bear which made it all worthwhile.

  • We had a great tour guide. She was very knowledgeable. We saw black bears in their natural habitat. Also, lots of bald eagles and even saw the salmon spawning upstream. It was an increadable time! The rain forest was beautiful too. I highly recommend this walking tour.

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