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Ketchikan Wildlife Sanctuary Excursion Reviews

Ketchikan Wildlife Sanctuary cruise excursion
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Venture into the Tongass National Rainforest on a trail that puts you up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the area. Look for wildlife that frequent the area including a variety of birds, black bears, deer, mink, marten and seals.
Member Image JJca
1 review
Jul 2015
Wish I had done something else. Saw three captive birds and my kids fed reindeer but was rushed through the sawmill and totem carving was complete so nothing to see. Would rather have seen wild bird not captive ones
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image BirdTravels
3 reviews
Jun 2015
The tour starts with a great narrated tour of Ketchikan talking about the history, the people, and culture of the area. This is a great nature walk through the rain forest and down to the Eagle Creek estuary. You walk on well maintained trails (easy walking) through the rainforest and meadow areas. A naturalist talks about the plants, birds, insects, and wildlife. Then down on to board walks over the tidal estuary. Here you will see large collection of mature and juvenile bald eagles. During the salmon runs, bears and eagles feed on salmon returning to the hatchery in the estuary. At the end of the trail, you tour the restored sawmill, once used to cut lumber for Ketchikan. Back at the visitor’s center, you can visit the Raptor Center to see rescue animals (eagles, owls, hawks), and a totem pole carver continuing age-old skills. He was working on a 7 foot red cedar Orca totem (2 months for the whale and 3 months for the pole). ShoreEx Tip: You are going to the rainforest. Ketchikan gets 15-20 days of rain a month (7-14 inches of rain a month). Expect rain. The facility provides ponchos that are sturdy enough to survive the walk and keep you dry (but definitely not heavy duty reuse). ShoreEx Tip: This is a bear area. You are not allowed to carry any food, mints, gum, hand sanitizer (basically anything that smells) on the trails. The guides provide group tubs to collect any food as soon as you exit the bus and return it to you at the end of the trail. Don’t carry it with you. Don’t try to hide it.
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Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Member Image Tucson Guy
2 reviews
Jun 2015
Saw several eagles.
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Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Member Image juliaoh
1 review
Not Rated
Jul 2013

Interesting wildlife walk innBear Sanctuary, seeing salmon, eagles, seals and Totem Poles. Would do again

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Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Member Image KittyMeowit
7 reviews
Not Rated
May 2013

We booked this wildlife sanctuary tour through the Travelocity site. The tour group was small and our guide throughout the sanctuary was very good, but there was just very little wildlife to be seen which is disappointing. We did see two eagles way up in the trees, one bird and a cat. Little disappointing but who can control these things? We did see the eagle and owl that they had in captivity for a short period of time, followed by about five minutes to feed the reindeer who were cute. The we went into a shed for about five minutes where someone showed us a big log that they will carve into something for a totem pole. In our opinion, not really worth the money we paid for the tour but hopefully some of it went to preserving the rainforest and wildlife in it. Ketchikan was a cute town and I wish we could have been there for longer than three hours.

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