Your memorable journey starts when you board a 30' Aluminum Chambered boat from the downtown waterfront of Alaska's first city, Ketchikan to the beautiful Misty Fjords National Monument. After entering this majestic wilderness area at the entrance to Rudyerd Bay you will be surrounded by towering cliffs, sheer rock faces, and waterfalls cascading into Punchbowl Cove, emerald lakes, and fjords.
Misty Fjords is about 40 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska, along the Inside Passage coast in southeastern Alaska, and approximately two hours (one way) by boat. What makes this journey unique is you become the captain of the ship! You will work in close partnership with the captain to determine the course. If you decide you would like to stop and enjoy certain areas of the Misty Fjords longer, perhaps New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea, or the abundant coastal and marine wildlife including bald eagles, black and brown bears, humpback and orca whales, and more, we will do so.
Enjoy your time through the splendid two million-acre wilderness preserve surrounded by 3,000-foot vertical cliffs, glacial fjords, and cascading waterfalls. Bring your camera, as photo opportunities of spectacular scenery and wildlife opportunities abound! A day cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument is an experience you'll always remember. Please be advised there is a 4-person minimum for this excursion.
The coastal cruiser charter holds 6 passengers total.
Duration: 4.5 hours (Roundtrip from the cruise ship terminal.)
- Binoculars for viewing opportunities
- A minimum of 2 passengers is required to book
- This tour requires 4 passengers at minimum to operate; groups are combined to meet the minimum
- Guests must be at least 5 years of age
- Appropriate clothing for Alaskan weather
- Maximum capacity: 6 passengers
Duration: 4.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 4.5 hours - boat ride through Misty Fjords
- This tour meets at Berths 1-4 or Ward Cove. Further instructions are included on your ticket voucher.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.
What type of boat will I be on & how many passengers does the boat hold?
The boat that you'll be on is a 30' Aluminum Chambered boat with twin Honda 250 outboards, deluxe seating, oversized windows, a generous observation deck, a heated cabin, a restroom, life jackets, and great visibility for memorable photos. The boat can accommodate up to 6 passengers.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
This is a limited-use area. The minimum age is 5 years old to participate in this excursion.
What type of clothing should I wear?
We recommend wearing clothes that can be layered. A lightweight shirt, sweater, and jacket will allow you to adapt to varying temperatures.
Will I see any wildlife on this tour?
You will have a guide who is knowledgeable about the wildlife that inhabits the area. 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.
What if my cruise ship is docking at Ward Cove?
Please review your finalized ticket voucher for complete instructions. Guests docking at Ward Cove will be met by your tour representative inside the Ward Cove Mill 20 minutes before your scheduled tour departure time for transportation to downtown Ketchikan.
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Aug 2023 - Kathleen D.
Great scenery, but a little too long.
Jul 2023 - Anezka R.
My husband and I really enjoyed the boat excursion to Misty Fjords. Our captain Keith took us to the beautiful nature. His narrative was very knowledgeable and professional. We had a great experience to see wildlife. We will highly recommend this excursion to our friends!
Jun 2023 - Jennifer N.
This was an incredible excursion with a very knowledgeable guide. The views here were breathtaking. It s about 1.5-2 hrs from where the cruise ship docs, but well worth the ride. We saw whales and seals and even a deer swimming from one island to another! Sheldon was a great captain who tailored our trip to what we wanted. He knew our time constraints and was able to work to get us back to our cruise ship on time. I would highly recommend Sheldon and the trip to Misty Fjord.