Ketchikan Orcas Cove Kayaking Adventure

This Ketchikan Orcas Cove sea kayaking is a trip for those seeking a truly authentic Southeast Alaskan experience. Sea kayaking is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the immense Tongass National Forest.

Our small group departs by boat from the heart of historic Ketchikan and travels by boat to Orcas Cove location where guides and kayaks await. The kayaks you are using have a center pod, which makes it unnecessary for the two travelers to paddle in sync. You will find it easy and, if you do this without a partner, the guides will find you one - perhaps even one of the guides!

After instruction in sea kayaking from our friendly guides, we glide quietly along the shoreline that is home to many birds and a colorful array of inter-tidal life. Above us, bald eagles nest in the old growth forest.

The opportunity to see wildlife is abundant. We may see humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, harbor seals, Stellar's sea lions, mink, deer and even black bears on our tour. After our paddle, we enjoy a picnic of Ketchikan's finest smoked salmon before we return to town by boat.

Included: Spray jackets and rain pants when needed. Dry Bags for your cameras, binoculars to share, and hydrophones.

Please note: All participants will paddle in double sea kayaks. Triple kayaks may be available for families with younger children; please let us know if you would like to request a triple kayak. If there is an odd number in the group guests will be paired with another guest or a guide. The active kayaking time on this tour is about 2 hours.

Sea kayaking requires a moderate level of physical activity and is not recommended for guests with back problems or limited upper body strength. In addition to paddling, guests need to be able to climb short sets of stairs; walk to the departure point; climb on and off the transport boats and descend a short ladder to get into the kayaks. Minimum age to participate is 6 years old. No kayaking experience is necessary for this trip.

Size Restrictions: To safely participate, guests must be able to fit into a spray skirt that is 55 inches around the chest and stomach area and be able to sit in a kayak seat that is 18 inches wide. Specially adapted kayaks are available for guests over 6'3" please let us know if one is required for your group.

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Paddle time: 2 hours.)


  • Waterproof outerwear, spray skirts (55 inches around chest and stomach area), life jackets, dry bags for cameras, binoculars to share, and hydrophones


  • Minimum age: 6 years old
  • Moderate physical activity is required. This tour is not recommended for guests with back problems or limited upper body strength. In addition to paddling, guests need to be able to climb short sets of stairs; walk to the departure point; climb on and off the transport boats and descend a short ladder to get into the kayaks.

Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 20-30 minutes safety orientation, equipment orientation and instruction
  • 20 minutes boat transfer to main kayak boat.
  • 2 hours kayaking tour
  • 20 minutes boat transfer to Ketchikan

Do we need prior kayaking experience?

No experience is necessary to participate on this tour. 

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.

Are there any age restrictions?

Minimum age to participate is 6 years old. Guests must be comfortable with a spray skirt that is 55 inches around chest and stomach area. Triple seated kayaks can be requested for families with younger children.

Can I bring a backpack?

All bags must be stored prior to kayaking and are not allowed while on tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.

Are food and drink included?

No food or drink are included.

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Guests must be comfortable climbing steps and able to get in and out of the kayak. Please inform the guides about any other physical limitations.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing that will fit underneath a waterproof paddle jacket and sneakers or waterproof boots.

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

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Child (6-15): $146.30

  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489