Ketchikan Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour Excursion Reviews
Fabulous excursion in calm waters highlighted by narration of real life (and near death experiences) told by the crew during transit between activities---very interesting! Stopped to feed eagles, pick up pots containing box crabs, more pots containing golden king crabs, nets with prawns, and bottom fish on fishing lines. We handled some of the catch and that was fun and a good photo opportunity. Saved some $$$ booking directly with the vendor.
The Bering Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour was the best one we went on...and we loved all three of our excursions so that is really saying something. My husband and I are big fans of the Discovery Channel show Deadliest Catch so it was really cool to be on ship that we'd seen on the show. We chatted with the co-owner of the boat Danene Lethin about how they turned the vessel into a tour boat and it was so interesting to her her passion for sharing Alaska's wildlife with visitors. The presentation by the crew was nothing short of spectacular. They were funny, engaging and so interesting. We got to see and hold/feel Opilio crab, Rock crab and golden King crab as well as Pacific prawn. They also showed up a huge Pacific Octopus. We got to see 2 mated pairs of bald eagles who they enticed out of the trees with some fish. It was incredible to see those beautiful birds soaring down to pluck the fish from the water. Everything about this tour was great. Highly recommend it whether you are already a fan of the show or not.
We went on the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen's tour and saw bald eagles, box crabs, Dungeness crabs, king crabs, a sea cucumber, several giant sunstars, a giant octopus, and several fish (including a salmon caught on a long line--the first time the tour'd seen this happen).
This tour was entertaining, informative, and allowed a close-up experience with sealife.
You can only touch the box crabs because the other types have caused too many injuries on previous tours. We saw how aggressively devouring the Dungeness crabs were: when their pot (cage) was pulled onto the boat, half of a king crab was found inside, already eaten by the Dungeness crabs in the pot. At a known eagle perch and nesting location, the tour guides tossed frozen herring into the water one by one, allowing nearby eagles to swoop in to take the fish. Nice close-up experience with an eagle. This was my favorite part of the excursion.