Private Orcas Cove and Misty Fjords Flightseeing Tour

Flying the Misty Fjords National Monument

Flying the Misty Fjords National Monument

Sea kayaking Orcas Cove and flightseeing the Misty Fjords National Monument are two of Ketchikan’s best tours. Our 4.25 hour private tour allows you to make the most of your time in port by combining the 2 tours in one. It is the ultimate Alaskan adventure!

Duration: 4.25 Hour

Prices including tax:

  • $1994 for groups of 1 – 4 guests (total weight limit for group 850lbs with at least one person under 150 lbs in groups of 4)
  • $2514 for groups of 5– 6 guests (total weight limit 1200 lbs with at least 1 person under 190lbs in groups of 6)
  • $4508 for groups of 7 – 10 guests (total weight capacity 2000 lbs with at least one person under 150 lbs in groups of 10)

Tour Highlights

  • Private tour
  • Small boat cruise to Orcas Cove
  • 1.75 hours wilderness sea kayaking with friendly guides
  • Snack of local smoked salmon and hot cocoa
  • 1.5 hours Misty Fjords flightseeing and landing with local float-plane operator

What’s Included

  • Meeting on the cruise ship dock
  • Waterproof paddle jackets and pants
  • Dry bags for cameras and binoculars
  • Snacks and water
  • Van transportation from float-plane dock to cruise ship dock

What to wear and bring

  • Warm, comfortable layers
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Gratuities

How to Book

Please complete the request form below or call us at 1-800-287-1607. We’ll check availability, set up a time that works for your group and create an online booking link for you.

Float-plane arrives at Orcas Cove to fly guests to the Misty Fjords National Monument.

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 among rainforest 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; 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. Our total active kayaking time is about 1 hour 45 minutes. 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.

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 seaplane? 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 seaplane, everyone has headsets so you can talk with your pilot as you fly to Misty Fjords National Monument. A true wilderness with no roads or towns, the Misty Fjords National Monument is about the same size as the state of Connecticut. Viewed from the air, the 3000 foot granite cliffs and waterfalls of Misty Fjords are an incredible sight. 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 seaplane company van will drop you back at the cruise ship dock (about a 3 - 5 minute ride).

Trip Timing and Details

We meet guests on the cruise ship dock and walk about 5 minutes to our floating office where we get outfitted for kayaking. The boat ride to Orcas Cove is about 20 minutes followed by 1.75 - 2 hours of sea kayaking and a snack of smoked salmon aboard the mothership. The flight portion of the trip is approximately 1.5 hours with an additional 15 minutes allowed at the end of the tour for transportation back to the cruise ship dock.

View of Punchbowl Cove from the Air

View of Punchbowl Cove from the Air

Looking for More Information?

See our Frequently Asked Questions, read our Top 5 Reasons to take a Southeast Sea Kayaks tour, check out our Blog or learn more About Us. Call Us at 1-800-287-1607. We are open year round and are always happy to answer questions and help you find the right tour