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Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire

Ketchikan (Ward Cove), Alaska

Wildlife Safari & Beach Bonfire


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Cruise into the sheltered waters of the Tongass Narrows looking for whales, porpoise and other Alaskan wildlife, and then pull up to a forested island to feast around a bonfire. There is no telling what you may see as the captain navigates the boat into remote coves and around forested islands. Humpback whales are often spotted and the sight is mesmerizing. Two other types of cetaceans – orcas and Dall’s porpoise – are also commonly seen. Orcas tend to travel in large groups. Dall’s porpoise can easily be identified by their distinct rooster-tail splash when traveling quickly just below the water’s surface. This wildlife safari includes a stop on secluded Annette Island for a classic Alaskan meal of reindeer-sausage hot dogs, kettle chips and salmonberry jam. Leave room for a dessert of s’mores around a roaring bonfire. Chances are, there will be time for an enlightening exploration of the island’s old-growth forest.


• Cruise the Tongass Narrows and Revillagigedo Channel looking for whales and porpoises.
• Learn about the animals’ habits and characteristics from the captain and naturalist guide.
• Savor a hearty meal of Alaskan dishes around a crackling bonfire on Annette Island.


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

Need to Know:

Note: Minimum age 5 yrs. old. This tour starts at ward cove and end in downtown Ketchikan. Guest will take the free shuttle back to Ward Cove to return to the cruise ship. Be sure to bring a warm, rainproof jacket to wear on the topside observation deck, as this tour operates in all weather conditions. Wildlife sightings are frequent, but not guaranteed. Must be able to navigate a 5-rung ladder and be able to navigate tide variable ramps and stairways. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or using assistive devices including wheelchairs and walkers. Only collapsible wheelchairs are permitted on this tour due to vehicle/vessel used. Wear warm layers and comfortable walking shoes.

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Wildlife Tours

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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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