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Orca's Cove Kayaking
Ketchikan | USA |
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Orca's Cove is a very popular trip, specially designed for people looking for a true wilderness experience. Orca's Cove is a serene wilderness location, far from the bustle of town and the busy cruise ship docks. For a more personal experience, our group size is limited to six guests per trip (or private groups of up to 12).

The old-growth forest presses right down to the shoreline, and the intertidal zone of over 20 feet is home to a colorful array of creatures. Several bald eagle nests are active in the area, and we often have the opportunity to observe these remarkable birds in their homes. By its very nature, we never know what wildlife we will see on any particular day - that's part of the excitement. Humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, seals and sea lions all inhabit these waters. Along the shore we may see river otters, minks, deer, and occasionally black bears. Our guides are trained naturalists who will enthusiastically share their love of the land with you.

The tour is at a relaxed pace, covering approximately four miles during the 2 and a half hours of paddling. The goal is to enjoy the wilderness and explore the shoreline, not to set any speed records. There are many opportunities for photographing the exceptional scenery and wildlife.

You will travel by boat to remote Orca's Cove. Along the way you will pass Ketchikan Creek, Saxman Totem Park and all the surrounding islands from the water and have a great chances to see marine wildlife. Upon arrival at the cove, you will meet your guides and become familiar with kayaking. After a basic lesson, you will take off paddling, wandering amongst numerous islands, immersing yourself in the surroundings, and keeping a lookout for wildlife. After paddling, you will enjoy a snack of the finest locally caught and smoked silver salmon, along with hot drinks, before returning to town by boat.

Please Note: All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. Guests who are unable to fit in the kayaks will not be refunded. Trips fill very quickly due to the small group size, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Dry bags are provided to protect your camera or video recorder. We ask that you dress in warm, comfortable layers. Paddling jackets and rain pants are provided, along with spray skirts on the kayaks to help keep you dry. Triple kayaks for families with younger children, and especially-adapted kayaks for guests over 63 may be availabile upon request. All other guests will be fitted with double sea kayaks.

Tour Size
Tour Type
Scenic, Active
Tour Duration
4 Hours
Tour Departs From
The Ketchikan Visitor's Center. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Food/Beverage Provided
A snack of smoked salmon and hot beverages is after the paddle, along with a bottled water
Recommended Dress
Warm, comfortable layers and sneakers, rather than bulky hiking boots, are recommended. Please do not wear high heels, which can be dangerous on the docks. Sunglasses and a hat are also suggested. Rain gear and dry bags for cameras and other valuables will be provided.
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 a boat, ascend and descend a short ladder, and sit on the dock or loading platform to get in and out of kayaks. Children must be a minimum of 6 years of age. All participants must be able to step into a 55" spray-skirt tube and pull it up to the chest. This tour is able to accommodate guests with wheelchairs upon request at time of booking. Triple kayaks for families with younger children, and especially-adapted kayaks for guests over 6 3" may be availabile upon request.

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