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Ketchikan Zodiac Adventure

Join us for a spectacular Zodiac trip exploring part of Alaska's Inside Passage leaving from the dock of Ketchikan!

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 an exceptional heavy-duty boat 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 (25 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.

Please note: The minimum number of passengers required to book is 2. This tour takes place on coastal waters and can be choppy. Only guests 25 and older can pilot the zodiac. Each Zodiac holds up to 4 guests. This tour is not limited mobility and wheelchair accessible.

Duration: 2.5 hours (Roundtrip from the cruise ship terminal.)


  • 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
  • Driver of the Zodiac must be 25 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 hours

  • 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 cruise ship dock. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not limited mobility and wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring?

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

What should I wear?

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

How many people per zodiac?

There is a maximum of 4 guests per zodiac. 

Are there any age restrictions for children?

There are no age restrictions for this tour however only guests 25 and older can drive the boats.

Do we have to drive our own Zodiac boat?

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

Do you offer tours for large groups?

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

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

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Customer Reviews
Sep 2023 - Bonnie S.

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 !

Aug 2023 - Jorge C.

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.

Aug 2023 - Mike G.

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

Jul 2023 - Kari C.

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

Jul 2023 - Mark C.

We were lucky enough to be the only boat in the tour here - and we were not disappointed. Definitely go with the smaller guys like Alaska Shore Excursions and avoid the cruise line excursions - it's so much more rewarding!

Jul 2023 - Nicole L.

I loved this excursion. We saw a few seals, sea urchins, starfish and a crab from the dock before we even left. Then we saw lots of eagles and several deer while out on the water. It was a lot of fun! My husband drove the boat and thought it was the coolest thing. The guide was great at answering all of my kids' questions. We would definitely do this again!

Jun 2023 - Lisa M.

Great group of young men!! Lots of fun and very scenic. I'd highly recommend this tour. I'd do it again!

Jun 2023 - Maria D.

It was a wonderful experience. One of the highlights of our trip. Very professional, patient and great service.

May 2023 - Dee B.

This was an amazing trip. I highly recommend seeing the coastline from the water! We saw dolphins and eagles...our pictures are amazing! The tour operator was prompt, attentive, and welcoming. We won't hesitate to do this again on our next trip to Ketchikan.

Aug 2022 - Michelle G.

We had an amazing time! Got to see several types of wildlife including a whale, several times! Our tour guide was very informative and really fun! We highly recommend this excursion!

Aug 2022 - Amy S.

This was such a fantastic day. Beautiful boating through the waters of Ketchikan. They gear you up and you stay dry no matter the weather! The nicest and most friendly owners!

Jul 2022 - Cody N.

The single best excursion we took all week! This was my third time in Alaska and we have done numerous excursions and this was hands down the best. You will get to see views of Alaska that you can not see anywhere else!

Jul 2022 - Diana S.

We had a fantastic time on the Zodiac Adventure! Our guide was the best, and we learned a lot about the nature in the area. Our favorite part was seeing the eagles snatch up the fish that he threw out of the boat. They were so close! We saw a lot of wildlife-seals, jellyfish, sea stars, fish. We got to sample the kelp , too! We loved driving our own boat. Highly recommend!

Jun 2022 - William D.

This was the best excursion we went on during a 5 stop cruise. Top-notch customer service, great views, tons of up-close wildlife, and great fun.

Jun 2022 - Piedad V.

Fantastic adventure with a great tour guide! Thank you Jordon for taking the time to show us around Alaska.

Oct 2019 - Shannon H.

This was so much fun! We were a small group of just us and our guide. While adjusting to the zodiac on open water was a bit challenging at first, we loved the adventure. Cruising up the coastline enjoying the scenery and animals won't soon be forgotten

Aug 2019 - Joyce G.

This was a nice tour. Good guide. Didn't see much wildlife but that can't be controlled. Learned a lot about the local area.

Aug 2019 - Janice S.

From the description of the tour we did not know we would be driving the boat. This was very difficult for my husband. He had a very hard time for some reason. He was not able to enjoy the scenery at all. It was not what we were expecting. I feel we wasted our money on this excursion. It was disappointing for us.

Jul 2019 - Paul F.

This was so much fun. This group allowed us to go earlier after our ship changed its departure time. We had a blast! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. My kids, husband, and I had so much fun in the boats. After I left my purse at the location, the driver drive back , picked it up, and drove it back to me. Truly top-notch!!

Jun 2019 - Jane H.

Had a fabulous time on the Zodiac Escape Tour. Able and Chase were excellent guides. Felt safe in the Zodiac and saw wildlife on this excursion. Would highly recommend this trip.

Jun 2019 - Patricia P.

Staff was very helpful and friendly. I had a wonderful time.

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Duration: 2.5 hours

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Min of 2

Passenger (4+ yrs old): $189.00

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