Ketchikan Hovercraft Eco Adventure & Wildlife Viewing

8 reviews

Excursion Overview

Jump aboard your Alaskan Hovercraft adventure!

This hovercraft tour is a unique and exciting way to experience Ketchikan's local beaches, see wildlife, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Your excursion will start immediately at the cruise ship dock where you will jump aboard a Blackbird Hovercraft and enjoy a narrated tour en route to a local Alaska State Park beach.

Once ready to take off, our hovercraft won't touch the ground and you will fly about 20 inches above the water. During the ride, our tour guide will describe the operations of this "air cushion" vehicle and what makes a hovercraft eco-friendly. The pilot will take you over gentle waves and along the jagged shoreline before flying your craft from the water to the beach.

Make sure to have your cameras ready as the hovercraft transitions from sea to land. Keep an eye out for local wildlife and enjoy the great Alaskan scenery. Pulling up onto the shore will be the ultimate display of what makes a hovercraft such a unique vessel. Once ashore, guests will get an opportunity to step out onto the remote beach and walk around the beautiful shoreline while taking in the scenery.

Your excursion concludes with a 25-minute return hovering back to the pier going around the front of Pennock Island, along the channel with Ketchikan to your right. Narration about the Saxman Native Totem Village, the local Coast Guard, Ketchikan living, and the historic downtown area will be provided by your tour guide.

Things You Need to Know


  • Ride on a hovercraft
  • Beach and Coastal exploration
  • State Park admission fee
  • Binoculars are available on the vessel
  • Bottled water and snack bars are available


  • Wear proper beach footwear and raingear if needed

Duration: 1.25 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 10 minutes - safety briefing and load hovercraft
  • 10 minutes - ride to the local beach
  • 30 minutes - beachcombing, walk around beach, and picture opportunity
  • 25 minutes - marine wildlife viewing and narrated drive back to the pier

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the cruise ship terminal in front of Berth 3. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers. Guest docking at Ward Cove must take a shuttle to and from downtown Ketchikan.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a maximum of 12 passengers per fully enclosed hovercraft. If your party is larger than 12, additional hovercrafts may be available. Just let us know and we can check availability.

No, the hovercraft is not equipped with a restroom.

Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour, however, this is not a designated wildlife-watching tour and nothing can be guaranteed!

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Yes, all persons on board are counted by the USCG, thus they all need a ticket (but it will still be free).

Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.

Non-alcoholic beverages in closeable containers and snacks are allowed on tour.

Bottled water and snack bars are available.


Guest Reviews


8 total


Michael M

On May 2024

Fun time. Unique experience. Tour guides were great and was fun.

Daniel F

On Aug 2019

Totally unexpected! Even though the experience was not as long as some of other excursions (which was actually somewhat welcome), every minute was amazing. The interaction with bald eagles created a lifetime memory. It was particularly wonderful that our captain and crew were grandfather and grandson

Andrew C

On Jul 2019

I was able to co-pilot on the way out and my wife got the same privilege on the way back in. It was an incredibly unique experience to ride in the hovercraft, but also to watch the eagles feed and stop on a secluded beach with no one else in the middle of Alaska. The big windows of the cabin made it very easy to video the trip. The guides were very friendly without being over-knowledgeable and pushy. The guides came across as genuinely interested in us as guests to the area.

Anna R

On Jul 2019

Hovercraft is a very interesting contraption. It's really fascinating to watch it turn on water, while sitting in the co-pilot seat. You pause for about 20 minutes, and get out of the hovercraft to feed some eagles. Then hop back in for a 30-minute stop on a remote beach. As all excursions in Alaska, its only flaw is that it's too short.

Bernadette M

On Jul 2019

WOW!! Have never been on a Hovercraft before. Will be telling all my Aussie mates to do it!! Quincy & Brewster were fantastic, very knowledgeable, easy to talk to. Had a wonderful day. Great adventure, will be telling all to go!! Thanks guys


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Duration: 1.25 hours

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Duration: 1.25 hours

Adult (12+): $189.00

Child (11 and under): $149.00