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Ketchikan Rainforest Sanctuary Walk & Crab Feast


On this tour, guests first get to experience an incredible narrated scenic tour on a motorcoach up to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. Guests will have experienced guides that will take you on an eco-tour up through the rainforest in Herring Cove. From there, guests will be able to cross on elevated platforms that give you a greater chance the see the wildlife, being sure to keep their eyes open for black bears, bald eagles, seals, deer, and a huge variety of birds.

If it's bald eagles guests want to see, then they will continue their excursion at a stop at the Eagle Sanctuary to see the eagles up close and personal. Then, guests will get to stop by the carving shed to meet and interact with a native carver to learn how totem poles are carved, and the traditions behind them. To finish off an incredible experience, guests will enjoy some freshly cooked Dungeness crab in an incredibly beautiful lodge setting next to the George Inlet, a meal that also includes a fresh salad and dessert.

Included: A fresh Dungeness Crab feast, including a starting salad and blueberry cheesecake dessert.

Please note: Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. This tour may operate in reverse order.

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)


  • A fresh, hot Dungeness Crab feast, including a starting salad and blueberry cheesecake dessert


  • Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps


  • Raingear for days with poor weather
  • Cameras

Duration: 4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 20 minutes - drive to rainforest location
  • 90 minutes - walk through the rainforest
  • 10 minutes - drive from rainforest to lodge
  • 90 minutes - meal time
  • 30 minutes - drive back to the pier

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is available for guests in scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers. The gravel trail does not have any steep inclines or declines. There are 79 stairs from the parking lot down to the dining room/dock. If a guest is unable to walk up or down the stairs, a shuttle is available. Please leave a comment during checkout if ADA accommodations will be required on tour. 

How many passengers ride in the motorcoach together?

There is a maximum of 12 passengers in the motorcoach. 

Will I see any wildlife or bears on this tour?

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

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour.

Can I bring my own food or drink?

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

Are food and drink included?

The highlight of this tour is the freshly prepared meal which is included. 

Are there any physical requirements for this tour?

Guests must be comfortable walking short distances on uneven surfaces and steps. This tour is wheelchair  and scooter accesible via a transfer van that guests must be able to transfer into.

What type of clothing should I wear?

Layered clothing and water resistant jackets are recommended.

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Customer Reviews
Oct 2019 - Yen T.

The rainforest walk led by a ranger was very interesting as we learnt about the eco system, the vegetation, the plants and the salmon run and hatchery. It was great to watch a family of otters having fun near the salmon hatchery. The crab feast was marketed as 90 minutes of meal time which should not be confused with the actual time for eating. There was only one wait staff for our group of under 20 people. By the time, the group is seated, drinks ordered and served by the waitress and short demonstration on how best to tackle the crab, the actual eating time is probably 60 minutes or less. We are not used to dipping the crab in melted butter. Good thing we came prepared with a jar of tartare sauce, our preferred condiment for seafood. The crabs were delicious. Highly recommend this tour and Alaska Shore Excursions.

Aug 2019 - Marie D T.

This was also a very informative tour and the crab was delicious!

Aug 2019 - Gregory W J.

If you are looking for a tour that is kind of low-key, but totally unique and interesting, then I would highly recommend the Ketchikan Rainforest tour. The place is beautiful. There is a majesty to this place and a history. It is a sacred place and you sense that. Our guide, Danielle was first-rate and first class. Her knowledge of the flora, fauna and animals there was extensive, as was her commentary on the land and geography. I really loved the rainforest tour. Of course, after this tour comes the crab feast. You can trust the other reviewers when they say that the crab is delicious. The crab was delicious. My friend won the honors of eating the most in the room. I could not keep up with him. The service and food were superb. Thank you!

Jul 2019 - Jill H.

A little boring until we saw mama bear and her cubs which have not been seen all season. The bears helped to gain one more star.

Jun 2019 - Joshua G.

The sanctuary was really cool but the crab was to die for. Go hungry and save some space for the cheesecake!!!!!

Sep 2018 - Claire M.

Interesting, well organised and lots of yummy crab

Sep 2018 - Arletta H.

Was great!

Aug 2018 - Kathy P.

The Raptor Sanctuary was a hi-lite along with the Totem Carving and the Crabfeast! Our shuttle driver Peggy was very knowledgeable and it was a pleasure having her transport us to and from our excursion. Our guide on the rainforest walk tried too hard to be funny and missed the mark... I recommend that he stick to the factual materials.

Aug 2018 - Janelle G.

The Ketchikan Rainforest Sanctuary was a lovely stop during our cruise from Vancouver to Seward. The guide gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna of the sanctuary and we had plenty of time to amble about and see everything that wanted to, as well as do a little shopping for souvenirs. The crab feast at George Inlet Lodge was very nice- the lodge is down a rather long flight of stairs (there are options available for anyone who is mobility impaired), and our server had a great sense of humor and gave great directions for how to eat crab for those who had never done so. The crab was good and plentiful, and this tour was a great way to spend our day in Ketchikan. We had plenty of time for shopping when we returned before our ship was due to sail.

Jul 2018 - Pierre C.

We apreciated particularly Savanah, our guide with in Rain Forest. Meal was excellent. Bus driver need more experience to drive backward when required, however he was very prudent and took his time.

Jul 2018 - Norman B.

It was fun and educational. Thank you.

Jul 2018 - JASON C.

The crab feast is legit. Its definitely all you can eat and was delicious. 5 stars on food. The bus trip over is also easy, fun and informative. 5 stars on travel. The rain forest tour is lacking. We thought it would be somewhat self guided, "meet us at the end of a trail in an hour" type of hike, but it was more walk with 15 - 20 people, and stop every 20 yards. Less than a mile in total. It was nice just not what we were expecting. 2 out of 5 stars. Wish they had more options for hikers who want to explore on their own.

Jun 2018 - Neil M.

Great tour! Crab was phenomenal!

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Duration: 4 hours

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Adult: $169.00

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Child (Under 13): $119.00

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