Ketchikan Zodiac Boat Excursion Reviews
Spoke with the Zodiak (*Ketchikan Outdoors), family owned co., before sailing to check on the level of safety and impact to the body while boating (my dad has bone cancer). They suggested we wait at least 48 hours prior to arriving to see what the wind/weather was like. Anything over 10 mph winds would make the boating excursion a little ruff. Called the Ketchikan Outdoors as soon as we arrived into Port and they were able to fit us in. Weather was as expected in Ketchikan, rainy-cold but perfect!! We had a fantastic time - saw a few eagles.
We booked a zodiac adventure on our own because we wanted to make sure that the operator was the one that we read great reviews about online. It was a family run operation and the staff was extremely nice. The weather in Ketchikan that day was beautiful so it was not cold and the water was smooth. We say several eagles and other birds.
Zodiac's are super fun to drive and they bait the eagles to fly down - I got the best pictures ever.
Aside from the 18-foot incoming tide and the swells, this was hands-down the best excursion ever. We had an incredible guide who pointed out orca, humpback whale, bald eagle, and seals. He had some terrific side stories and we stopped near the totem pole park as well. Really really fun!! We wandered Ketchikan for a bit and stopped into Ketchikandies (always do) and sampled a few bits of their divine chocolate. There are some cute little shops around town to stop into with art and snacks too.
Ketchikan Outdoors is amazing! We got there and they had sold out of their first tour time but the owner called her husband and opened up another time for us. It ended up being just the two of us on the boat with our guide leading us in a separate boat. He was incredibly knowledgeable and interesting and catered the tour to our interests. We saw lots of wildlife, including a bear, sea lions, seals, and eagles. This was definitely the highlight of our trip! The town of Ketchikan is small but there is much more to it than Haines and it is not Disneyland Alaska like Juneau. Also Creek Street is great!
This was not a Disney ride, but a real aluminum bottom inflatable with a 40 HP motor on the back. It easily got up on plane and zoomed all over the waves. You take turns driving, and you certainly may get wet! The guide was in another boat nearby. We ended up not seeing much wildlife, but still had an awsome ride. Again, Go Pro videos will be viewed again and again!
Creek Street is really neat too, especially if you can find a time when fewer people are there. We spent too much time trying to claim our charms from the jewelry stores closer to the ship, and missed out on spending more time on Creek Street. There's always next time!