Whether you are staying at a hotel or coming off a cruise ship we will transport you from downtown Ketchikan to our float house facility in Ward Cove. Our tour groups are a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 guests, keeping our numbers small so you receive a personalized experience. If you have a group larger than 10 contact us for a special large group booking. Every tour will have a local, expert guide to share their love and knowledge of Alaska. Tour time is 3 hours 15 minutes from pickup to drop off downtown. The water tour excursion will be fully guided and we will spend approximately 1 hour 45 minutes on the water.
Seacycle Ocean Adventure:
Adult: $155 Kids: $85
A sea cycle is a fun and unique way to immerse yourself in Ketchikan’s intriguing history, geography and beauty. Designed for two people, the high-performance pontoon-style pedal boat offers hands-free operation so you can take pictures of your picturesque surroundings.
This approximately three-hour tour is limited to just ten people, so you’ll have the luxury of having your guide all to yourself. Although you’ll be pedaling just under two miles, it’s at a leisurely pace. To thoroughly enjoy your adventure be sure to wear warm, comfortable clothes and bring a camera and binoculars.
The excitement begins as you board a van at the pier for the short drive to the sea cycle dock in historic Ward Cove, the site of Alaska’s first pulp mill and one of the most productive fish canneries in southeast Alaska. Once you arrive, you’ll meet the team and gear up. After a safety briefing and instructions in how to use the sea cycle, you’ll step onboard and begin to pedal away. With your guide in the lead you’ll head out onto the crystalline ocean waters.
Soak up the serene seascape as you glide near the woods of Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest remaining temperate rainforest. Western red cedar, Sitka spruce, and western hemlock line the shore while plants, seaweed and starfish live below in Alaska’s accommodating tidal zone. Learn how Alaskans still subsist and harvest from the ocean and forest for food and medicine.
Keep your camera handy. At roughly 17 million acres, Tongass is home to abundant wildlife and you may spot a bear or a Sitka black-tailed deer. And watch the skies – you may see an eagle soaring overhead. For a close up look at a genuine eagle’s nest you’ll pedal to a nearby tree where parents and their young eagles are often seen nearby.
Then, you’ll continue on to the site of the former Ketchikan Pulp Company and learn its intriguing history and the important role it played in southeast Alaska’s economy. Breathe in the fresh air and feel the soft breeze on your face as you pedal along the cove with a curious seal or two accompanying your journey. Soon, you’ll find your way to a wildlife estuary, home to ducks and their ducklings, jellyfish, crabs, salmon and the occasional bear.
After 20 minutes in the estuary, you’ll make your way back into the cove and visit remnants of one of the last remaining floating log camps. Learn about the unique pioneering lifestyles the early logging industry allowed for in this area.
Finally, your journey will end back at the dock for an enjoyable Alaska picnic made with edible foods harvested from the local forest and ocean. After your snack you’ll rejoin the bus van and return to your ship.
Group rates are available, please call our office to make arrangements.
Booking Your Tour:
Tours may be reserved online or over the phone at 907-821-2728. We keep our groups small for a more personalized tour experience which means space is limited and advance booking is highly recommended. Cruise Ship passengers need to end their tour 1 hour before needing to get back on their ship. Our reservation experts can help you chose a tour time best suited to your schedule if needed. Please don’t hesitate to call our office if you need any assistance or have any special requests. Our company works efficiently with the Cruise Ship schedule to ensure our guests have ease in getting to their ship on time.
What To Bring On Your Tour:
We provide excellent rain gear and boots (when needed) for our guests comfort while touring. We do recommend wearing warm, comfortable layers of clothing. Guests may wear any type of shoe with the exception of high heals as they are not safe to wear on dock areas. Each Sea Cycle has a basket for storing items our guests want to bring on their tour (dry bags are available) and for all other items guests want to leave at our floathouse,we have a secure area in the office available. We provide life jackets, bottled water, and binoculars for every guest to utilize on their tour.
Where To Meet Your Guide Downtown Ketchikan:
Guests disembarking a cruise ship on Pier 1 & 2 will meet their guide at the BRONZE STATUES located right in front of those ports. Guests disembarking a cruise ship on Pier 3 & 4 will be greeted by their guide as they walk off the ship. All guides will have a Sea Cycle sign for identification. Guests staying at various Hotel or B&B accommodations will need to call our office at 907-821-2728 to arrange for transportation. We ask that all guests arriving by cruise ship allow 15 minutes prior to your tour time for locating your guides and beginning your adventure.
To ensure our guests reservations, all tours are paid for in full when booked. Tickets are fully refundable, minus a $20 processing fee, if cancelled at least 14 days prior to the tour date. Cancellations with less than 14 day prior notice are non-refundable. If your tour cannot be rescheduled to accomodate a Cruise Ship being late or missing Ketchikans port, a full refund will be given. Very occationally the Ketchikan area will have high wind warnings and Alaska Sea Cycle Tours reserves the right to cancel a tour and issue a refund if unsafe weather conditions arise.