Duration: 2 hour guided tour ~ about 3.25 hours for total trip time.
- Sea Cycle and Life Jacket
- Rain gear (Rain Jacket, Pants, and Hat) weather depending
Sea Cycle Tour In Ketchikan, AK
- After pick up from your cruise ship or hotel we will bring you right to our Sea Cycle Dock.
- Once aboard the bikes, your guide will conduct a brief tutorial on the operation of the Sea Cycles.
- From there, your guided tour will bring you through a Historical Cove with great opportunity to see Seals, Eagles, and maybe some rarer finds if you’re lucky!
- This tour is great for all ages and all ability levels!
- Tours will still go out in the rain!
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 photos 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 approximately 3.5 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 on 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. You will pedal to a nearby tree where you can see an active eagle’s nest, and even some baby eagles.
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.
What To Bring On Your Tour
We provide excellent rain gear (when needed) for our guests. We do recommend wearing warm, comfortable layers of clothing. Guests may wear any type of shoe with the exception of high heels 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 float-house, we have a secure area in the office available. We provide life jackets, and binoculars for every guest to utilize on their tour.
To ensure our guests reservations, all tours are paid for in full when booked. Tickets are fully refundable, minus a $20 processing fee, if canceled 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 accommodate a Cruise Ship being late or missing Ketchikan’s port, a full refund will be given. Very occasionally 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.