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SELF-DRIVE ZODIAC ADVENTURE

Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

SELF-DRIVE ZODIAC ADVENTURE

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Cruise through the spectacular Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat and take in the extraordinary coastal scenery with the chance of seeing iconic Alaskan wildlife. You may captain the 4-person Zodiac or ride along as a passenger. Either way, the views from sea level will be breathtaking. You will follow the guide’s boat past the islands off Refuge Cove and on to Totem Bight State Historical Park, home to a replica village like the ones the indigenous Tlingit and Haidas inhabited in the 19th century. The guide will entertain you with stories about these earlier times, logging, and the history of businesses such as the Ketchikan Pulp Mill. The Tongass Narrows is teeming with wildlife, and you may spot orcas and humpback whales breaching the water’s surface. Bald eagles are commonly seen soaring above, along the shore and feasting on fish that they have just plucked from the sea.


HIGHLIGHTS
• Skirt along the spectacularly scenic shoreline of the Tongass Narrows in a Zodiac boat.
• Captain the Zodiac, be one of three passengers or switch positions if you like.
• Look for wildlife that includes orcas, humpback whales and bald eagles.
• Learn about the indigenous Tlingit and Haida people and how they lived in the 19th century.


HELPFUL HINTS
• Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
• Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


Need to Know:

Note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests must be at least 25 years old to drive with a valid driver’s license. The tour route will vary based on current conditions, wildlife sightings and group. Guests should be able to navigate a steep ramp due to tidal variations, be able to board a Zodiac and be comfortable for up to two hours on the water in varying conditions without bathroom access. This tour is conducted using 4-pax Zodiac boats with the guide in a lead boat. Participants should weigh between 30lbs and 350lbs with a minimum age of 6 years old. This tour is not a good choice for guests with back or neck injuries or expectant mothers. The Zodiac is not covered or shaded. Guests will be outfitted with a life jacket, rain jacket, rain pants and rubber boots. Parties smaller than 4 will be paired up. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. Guests who go ashore do so with the understanding that they will be mixing with members of the general public.

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ACTIVITY ATTRIBUTES

Excursion Type:

Adventure

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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