Orcas Cove/Misty Fjords Flight-seeing 5 hour Combination
Sea kayaking Orcas Cove and flight-seeing the Misty Fjords National Monument are two of Ketchikan’s best tours. Our 5 hour combination trip allows you to make the most of your time in Ketchikan by combining the 2 tours in one. Instead of returning to town by boat, guests are picked up from Orcas Cove to fly the Misty Fjords. It is the ultimate Alaskan adventure! Where else could you be picked up by a float-plane from a boat?
Duration: 5 Hours
Price: $409 Adults/$389 Children (6 - 15 yrs)
Only 6 guests per tour (private groups up to 12)
Small boat cruise to Orcas Cove
2.25 hrs wilderness sea kayaking with friendly guides
Snack of local smoked salmon and hot beverages
1.5 hours Misty Fjords flight-seeing and landing with local float-plane operator
Meeting on the cruise ship dock
Waterproof paddle jackets and pants
Dry bags for cameras and binoculars
Snacks and water
Van transportation (3 minutes) from float-plane dock to cruise ship dock
What to wear and bring
Warm, comfortable layers
Hat or cap
Camera and binoculars
How to Book
Go to our online booking system and choose the Orcas Cove tour option, the Misty Fjords flight can be added as you proceed through the booking form. To book over the phone, call us at 1-800-287-1607. We do need a minimum of 2 guests to be able to run this tour.
Timing for Cruise Ship Visitors
We meet guests on the cruise ship dock at berth 2 and walk right to our floating office at berth 1. No bus or van rides required. If you are arriving by cruise ship, please allow at least 15 minutes from the time your ship docks to your trip's starting time and allow 1 hour between your trip's finishing time and the departure time for your cruise ship. For example guests on a ship that arrives at 6:30am could take any tour starting at 6:45am or afterwards. If the ship departs at 3pm, the latest tour finish time would be 2pm.
Part One - Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking
Meet your guides right on the cruise ship dock and take a short walk to our floating office to get outfitted for kayaking at Orcas Cove. Cruise by small boat to Orcas Cove passing the famous Saxman Totem Pole Park and Mountain Point Fishing grounds. Keep an eye out for marine wildlife on the boat journey: Nichols Passage and Mountain Point are hotspots for humpback whales and resident orca pods. Our small boat brings you to mothership Sea Spree where you will meet your guides and become familiar with kayaking.
After a quick lesson we take off paddling the numerous islands, alongside tidal cliffs and into salmon streams always keeping a lookout for wildlife. While it is impossible to predict what we will see on any given day, we often have the opportunity to observe nesting bald eagles or see playful harbor seals and we are always on the lookout for whales. The true highlight of Orcas Cove is the serenity of kayaking in Alaska’s wilderness: the quiet dip of paddles; the sounds of birds singing in the old growth forest and water running over rocks and the salty smell of low tide. We return to the mother-ship for a picnic of local caught and smoked salmon and hot drinks before taking off on the next part of your adventure.
Previous kayaking experience is not necessary to enjoy Orcas Cove sea kayaking and many of our guests are first time kayakers. All you need is an average level of physical fitness and spirit of adventure.
Part Two - Misty Fjords Flight-seeing
Where but Southeast Alaska could you be picked up from a boat by a float-plane? An experienced Alaskan bush pilot helps you aboard the float-plane and takes off for the next leg of your adventure. Our flights are operated by small, local float-plane companies with experienced pilots and impeccable safety records. In the float-plane, everyone has window seats and headsets so you can talk with your pilot as you fly to Misty Fjords National Monument. Viewed from the air, the 3000 foot granite cliffs and waterfalls of Misty Fjords are an incredible sight. A true wilderness with no roads or towns, the Misty Fjords National Monument is about the same size as the state of Connecticut. As you fly over Alpine lakes and old growth forest, keep an eye out for mountain goats and both black and brown bears on the ground. An exhilarating part of the trip is landing in the Misty Fjords and stepping out onto the floats to take photos and enjoy the extraordinary serenity of the Fjords. There are great views of Ketchikan and the surrounding islands on the way back to town. Upon arriving back in town, the float-plane company’s van will drop you back n the cruise ship dock (about a 3 - 5 minute ride).
Trip Timing and Details
The first 3.5 hours of the trip include the boat ride to Orcas Cove, outfitting, kayaking and our smoked salmon picnic. The flight portion of the trip is approximately 1.5 hours. The combination trip is available on any Orcas Cove trip time with space available. Please Check Availability and book online: if the time you have chosen does not work for flights or a ship schedule, we will let you know and find alternatives. For guests with short port times, we can run a condensed or "on-arrival" version of the combination, please call or email us for details.