Lighthouse, Totems & Eagles

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Lighthouse, Totems, & Eagles

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View an abundance of awesome scenery and wildlife on this once-in-a-lifetime boat trip!

With its breathtaking seascapes and professional narration, it's no wonder that this excursion has earned the "Tour Guide of the Year" award for 10 consecutive years!

Your adventure begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, narrated drive through Ketchikan’s downtown to our dock in Ward Cove, where you’ll board your tour vessel, either the Lighthouse Endeavor or Totem Princess. Once underway, your local Alaskan captain and their crew will share Southeast Alaska’s coastal history, native culture, and natural beauty as you journey into Ketchikan’s wild seascape on a wildlife-viewing cruise, with guaranteed sightings of American bald eagles and their nests.

Sip a hot chocolate or freshly-brewed coffee, and relax in the heated main cabin or explore the open-air observation deck as we begin our cruise along the coastline of Ketchikan’s home island of Revillagigedo. Soak in the beauty of the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest, and learn about Alaska's interconnected ecosystems and the animals that call this region home. We'll bring you views of Totem Bight State Park, home to an Alaska Native clan house and a collection of 14 towering Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian hand-carved, cedar totem poles, including Ketchikan’s tallest totem pole. Enjoy a complimentary snack buffet of salmon dip, cheese, crackers, cookies, and fresh fruit on your way to Guard Island Lighthouse. Once there, take in the panoramic, mountainous seascape surrounding Guard Island, while you photograph the first lighthouse to be built in Alaska, which was completed in 1904 and is still in operation today.

Additional points of interest include remnants of the Ketchikan Pulp Mill and the oldest working fish cannery in Alaska, unique coastal homes (some on their own island!), Refuge Cove and its outlying islands, and the old-growth forest on our neighboring Gravina Island. Keep on the lookout for bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, moon jellyfish, humpback and orca whales, deer, pigeon guillemots, blue heron, and other seabirds.

With an array of Ketchikan attractions, we suggest you keep your camera in easy reach! Our deckhands are also happy to take photos of you in front of the lighthouse or totem park, or you can pose with your captain for a memorable photo in the wheelhouse.

Your day of discovery ends with a relaxing drive back to the pier.

- Beverages and snacks are included in the price of this tour.
- Please dress in layers. Since Ketchikan is in a rainforest, we suggest bringing a rain jacket or poncho.
- The departure time will be determined by ShoreTrips. Times vary due to ship schedule. During the checkout process, we will ask for your preferred time and assign the departure as close as possible to your preference.

- We can accommodate limited mobility guests who are able to negotiate three steps with assistance.

Days offered: 7 days a week

  • , duration: 3 hours Please see special instructions.