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Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking

  • Departs hourly from Ketchikan, making it easy to fit into your schedule
  • Kayaking instructions plus spray skirts, dry bags, and double sea kayaks
  • Finish with a snack of local smoked salmon
Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking
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Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking
USD 169.99
Wilderness areas near Ketchikan are ideal locations to see the wildlife and old growth rain forests of south eastern Alaska. With this tour, take a short boat ride to the Orcas Cove launch point, get in a kayak, and spend a few hours exploring the shoreline and spotting wildlife—bears, whales, eagles, and more—waterside. Finish the tour with a snack of local smoked salmon.
What to Expect
Meet your guide on the cruise ship dock before getting outfitted with paddle jackets, life jackets, spray skirts and dry bags for cameras. You'll travel 20 minutes in a small enclosed boat from the heart of historic Ketchikan to the Orcas Cove where high quality, stable double sea kayaks await. Some of the kayaks also have a center seat to accommodate children ages 6 – 8.

After instruction in sea kayaking from the fun and friendly guides, kayakers glide quietly along the rain forest shoreline that is home to many birds and a colorful array of inter-tidal life. Guides share the history ecology of the area as paddlers explore salmon streams, rocky islands and sheltered coves. Bald eagles nest in the old growth forest above and paddlers may see humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, harbor seals, Stellar’s sea lions, mink, deer or black bears along the way.

After 1.5  - 1.75 hours of kayaking groups return for a snack of the finest local smoked salmon and hot drinks before the 20-minute journey back to town by boat. The tour concludes in downtown Ketchikan just a few minutes’ walk from the cruise ship dock; the historic district and Ketchikan’s shopping and restaurants.
Reviews (113)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful and fun

We booked this through Alaska Shore Tours as a cruise excursion. Our guide Shaun was very friendly and knowledgeable, as were the other crew members we met. We saw eagles, purple starfish and many seabirds, but sadly no orcas. The post-kayaking "snack" was delicious smoked...More

Thank poshlaw2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lovely Time In Orca Cove

Hubby and I had a great day kayaking in Orca Cove. Our tour guide was Chloe, and she was fabulous. We were met at the port and walked to the nearby “office” to get suited up and hear the safety speech. We then traveled by...More

Thank teniseetraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing time!!!

Went Sept 4th. Had an amazing time with Brandon as our guide. Dude...we tried to find you on FB to no avail. Sad face....we laughed so much that trip. Sadly no orcas that day but we plan on coming back next year and will definitely...More

Thank kickitin1969
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
a MUST DO in Ketchikan!

We had the best time!!! Our trip was September 6 and Angel was our guide and Mary was our Captain! The boat ride out to the cove was extremely foggy and Mary was awesome navigating us safely! Angel was the sweetest guide and very informative....More

Thank Whitney B
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile
Our second visit!

We enjoy spending Port time with the Orca's Cove folks. They take out only 3 kayaks at a time. Shaun and the other staff are well informed. BEST salmon (6 cans this year) post-paddle snacks. We kayak at several Alaska ports and these folks are...More

Thank Pamela L
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Ditto - really really well run tour and lovely people. They were very obliging with providing paperwork for an insurance claim on my wife's phone which ended up 110ft underwater transfering from kayaks to the main boat... More
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