Take a ride on a unique, exciting rigid-hull inflatable vessel. It's an open motorized ocean raft called a Seahawk, which locals refer to as the banana boat. Your captain will point out marine life and interesting features along the coast of Clover Passage, including a bald eagle's nest, while you travel out to Betton Island. This is a country rich with wildlife and along the route you may have the opportunity to observe whales, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles and migrating seabirds.
Landing at a beautiful secluded beach you will be instructed to follow your guide through the ancient Tongass National Forest, which is the nation's largest national forest at almost 17 million acres (almost 5.7 million acres has been designated as wilderness). Home to a diverse cross-section of animals including bears, eagles, salmon, sand hill cranes, wolves and trumpeter swans, you will learn about the many amazing botanical species native to this region. Your guide will also be able to point out the wonderful Western red cedars and yellow cedars that early Natives depended on for spiritual enrichment, shelter and transportation. The trail you will be taking is mostly boardwalk, well maintained and about one mile in length. You will also have the opportunity to learn about beach life that is present during your visit. You may see starfish or sea cucumber, or learn how the natives used the sea weed in their daily lives.
During your stay at the island, you'll enjoy an Alaska-style snack by the campfire and take in the wonderful vistas, before your return trip to Ketchikan.
Included: Rain gear, life jacket, and snacks.
Please note: This tour is not accessible to guests in wheelchairs or with severe walking difficulties. Guests need to be able climb a 10 step ladder to get in/out of the Seahawk vessel.
Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)
- Roundtrip transportation
- Lifejacket, rain gear (pants, jacket and boots)
- Snack consisting of smoked salmon, cheese, & crackers
- Moderate physical activity is required. Guests need to be able climb a 10 step ladder to get in/out of the Seahawk vessel
- This tour is not accessible to guests in wheelchairs or with severe walking difficulties
Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 60 minutes roundtrip narrated transfer to Knudson Cove Marina
- 15 minutes orientation, risk acknowledgement forms
- 15 minutes walk down to dock and load into Seahawk vessel
- 2 hours boat ride, unload on Orca Beach, guided nature walk and snack around campfire
- 30 minutes sightseeing back to Knudson Cove Marina
What type of boat is a Seahawk?
A Seahawk is a 24 person rigid, hulled, inflatable jet boat which allows you to have an exhilarating ride over to Betton Island and have the chance to see some great wildlife along the way.
Do I have to go on the nature walk?
You can feel free to stay on the beach if you like or participate in the walk which is less than a mile on flat maintained trail.
Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?
Bald eagles and their nests, herons, shorebirds and waterfowl are all common sights. Porpoises and even humpback whales occasionally surface for air, however this is not a designated wildlife tour and nothing can be guaranteed.
Can I bring a backpack?
Yes, small bags and backpacks are allowed.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Food and drink are not allowed during this tour.
Are food and drink included?
Yes, a snack consisting water and smoked salmon, cheese, and crackers is provided.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests need to be able climb a 10 step ladder to get in/out of the Seahawk vessel.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Light comfortable layers and a change of socks are recommended just in case yours get wet in the boots.
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