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Coastal Kayak Expedition

Experience Ketchikan and the wilds of Alaska from a different point of view with this exhilarating water tour. Get up close and personal with a wide range of marine and intertidal life including bald eagles, jelly fish, seals, whales and more.

Coastal Kayak Expedition

The seaport city of Ketchikan offers visitors many views and exploring it from the water doesn't disappoint! Meet your local, expert guides and set off for an experience that can only be had in the company of the people that love their Alaska.

Your adventure begins as your guides take you for a stroll along historic Thomas Basin to their waiting boat. From there you will motor off in an intimate setting with personalized attention, enjoying the best views of Ketchikan with a stop by the famous Creek Street

Along the way you will have a chance to grab a photo or two in front of your cruise ship, watch salmon jumping in the Tongass Narrows and glimpse Ketchikan's native heritage at the local totem park. Keep an eye out for a possible whale sighting!

Once at the kayaking location you will be expertly outfitted with all the equipment you will need, given safety instructions and then take to the water in stable, expedition-style tandem kayaks. See this amazing intertidal ecosystem in the only way one should, from paddling and experience the tranquility of the Tongass National Forest coastline where you can reach out and touch Mother Nature. Sea stars, jelly fish and bald eagles to the occasional humpback whale, black bear and killer whales await you as you paddle at your own pace.

Upon return to the expedition vessel you will be greeted with a snack of wild Alaskan smoked salmon and beverages. Relax on your return to Ketchikan and begin to absorb this magical day you have just taken part in on the beautiful waters surrounding this city. Book this 3-hour amazing tour now to experience the wild side of Ketchikan.

Please Note: This tour has a very limited amount of availability and almost always sells out each day. Your kayaking location is dependent on the weather, the tides, and the wildlife.

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Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic, Water/Beach
Tour Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 15 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Snack, Beverage
Special Instructions
On all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layered active clothing. Southeast Alaska is known for its moderate, albeit misty climate. Summers average highs in the 60s, however everyday is different. We suggest two layers under our water/ wind proof paddle jackets. When in doubt, bring the extra sweater, if you don't need it the extra clothing can be stored.
Guests with limited lower body mobility must have sufficient upper body strength to lower and lift themselves, 12 inches from kayak seat to swim step of boat, on a handle bar at chest height. There is storage for collapsible wheelchairs, collapsible walkers, crutches etc. There is no storage for motorized scooters. Individual cannot weigh over 300lbs.
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About Shore Excursions Group
Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memories of a lifetime.

We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

Our Approach
We believe quality service is not only highly valued by customers, but ultimately leads to better experiences and higher satisfaction. Unlike the cruise lines and other tour companies that rely almost entirely on websites, we encourage customers to call us. We want to invest our time answering your questions, providing input, and selecting the excursions that best meet your needs.

Our Tours
Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

Our People
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the leading tour guides and tour providers around the globe. We hold our people to very high standards which we measure by our comprehensive Quality Control process and, most importantly, by our customer feedback, which we will actively seek from each of our customers.

Our Owners
Shore Excursions Group is owned by seasoned travel executives possessing extensive experience across many sectors within the travel industry.

Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.