Ketchikan Zodiac Adventure

22 reviews

Excursion Overview

Join us for a spectacular Zodiac trip!

Explore part of Alaska's Inside Passage leaving from the dock of Ketchikan on this exciting Zodiac excursion.

This is an adventure and eco-tour for the spirited traveler! Rain, gusty winds, boat spray, and bumpy rides are very common. You are likely to see marine life, migratory waterfowl, and Alaskan birds of prey. Majestic whales and bears have also been seen from our rafts.

"Zodiac" is the term used for all inflatable watercraft. They are exceptional heavy-duty boats built to be safe in rough conditions. These boats have proven to be the most agile and unique platform to carry small groups of people into a powerful and rare life experience on the last frontier.

Each boat carries 4 people and one passenger (21 years of age or older) will pilot the zodiac craft while following a trained guide in their own zodiac. Every trip begins with a shuttle from the Ketchikan cruise ship dock directly to our outpost. You will also be provided with gear, flotation devices, and safety instructions.

Things You Need to Know


  • Courtesy shuttle to and from the cruise dock
  • Rain gear, boots, face masks, gloves, dry bags, and safety glasses provided.
  • Personal flotation devices


  • Minimum of 2 participants required to book
  • Minimum age: 4
  • Minimum weight: 40 lbs
  • Maximum weight: 350 lbs
  • The driver of the Zodiac must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Not recommended for pregnant guests, elderly guests, or guests with previous back and neck injuries.
  • Maximum of 4 passengers per boat.

Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from downtown Ketchikan. Guests docking at Ward Cove will need to allow extra time to take a courtesy shuttle to and from downtown Ketchikan.)

  • 10 minutes - outfitting facility
  • 10 minutes - boats while watching a safety and instructional video
  • 1 hour and 40 minutes - on the water
  • 10 minutes - ride back to outfitting facility
  • 10 minutes - to change and warm up

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the shelter near Cruise Berth 3. Guests docking at Ward Cove will need to allow extra time to take a courtesy shuttle to and from downtown Ketchikan. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not limited mobility and wheelchair 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

We encourage guests to bring binoculars, as well as your camera.

Wear warm clothes- jackets, hats, gloves, and close-toed shoes.

There is a maximum of 4 guests per zodiac.

Minimum age is 4. Only guests 21 and older can drive the boats.

Yes! This is a drive-your-own zodiac tour and you will follow a trained guide in their own zodiac.

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

This tour takes place on coastal waters and can be choppy. All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.


Guest Reviews


22 total


Leslie M

On Oct 2023

We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. We are water people so we really liked being on the water in a small motorized boat. We saw some wildlife and beautiful scenery. It was a sunny day which made being on the water even better. Our guide was very knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend!

Bonnie S

On Sep 2023

Chris gave us a great tour in Ketchikan ! IT was as much fun just being on the water in our own boat as it was seeing the animals !! A great experience !

Jorge C

On Aug 2023

Excellent experience and unforgettable. The guide was very knowledgeable of the area and wildlife taking us directly to the action where we saw pods of Humpbacks, Killer Whales and Bald Eagles feeding. Could not ask for a more fulfilling experience. I highly recommend this excursion.

Mike G

On Aug 2023

Tour was excellent, well run & very informative. The two directors were on point with features and timing of the trip. Weather was great also.

Kari C

On Jul 2023

This was a great way to explore Ketchikan and our guide was knowledgeable. We enjoyed our experience!


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Duration: 2.5 hours

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Duration: 2.5 hours

Minimum of 2 Required to Book

Passenger (4+): $204.35