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Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Skagway Departure provided by Chilkat River Adventures

Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Skagway Departure

Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Skagway Departure
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About
Start your tour with a beautiful glacial fjord ferry ride to the town of Haines, known as Alaska's adventure capital. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Jet Boat Facility where they have all the amenities for your comfort. Next, your friendly local guide/naturalist & Captain will assist you with your jet boat journey through a portion of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve on a powerful, quiet & uncovered boat for the best views of wildlife, scenery, & photo opportunities. Moose are often the highlight of the tour along with bald eagles & their massive nests dotting the river banks. If you encounter a moose, bear or any other wildlife, make sure you notify your captain to get your Alaska photo of a lifetime! Leave with a meal and head back towards Haines to view live raptors and shop for some memorabilia from the gift shop at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Enjoy your ferry ride back to Skagway with a new appreciation of Alaska's Wilderness and those who call it home.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Explore miles of tributaries on the stunning, glacially-carved Chilkat River system. A local professional guide/naturalist ensures your comfort every step of the way and provides entertaining, informative narration about living in Haines and why they love it. After your river tour, enjoy the scenery on your way back to Haines. We will make a stop at the American Bald Eagle Foundation and enjoy the live raptors and wonderful little gift shop. This Skagway shore excursion is ideal for nature and animal lovers and adventurers.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Explore miles of tributaries on the stunning, glacially-carved Chilkat River system. A local professional guide/naturalist ensures your comfort every step of the way and provides entertaining, informative narration about living in Haines and why they love it. After your river tour, enjoy the scenery on your way back to Haines. We will make a stop at the American Bald Eagle Foundation and enjoy the live raptors and wonderful little gift shop. This Skagway shore excursion is ideal for nature and animal lovers and adventurers.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 26710P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Port pickup
  • Jet Boat Tour with your own private local naturalist/guide and a stop by the Bald Eagle Foundation
  • Transportation provided
  • 1.5 hour scenic jet boat tour & 15 min. Bald Eagle Foundation visit
  • Outerwear provided in case of inclement weather
  • Box lunch is provided for bus ride back to town, consisting of a chicken caesar wrap, chips, cookies and bottled water.
  • Private transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If the pick up location is one of the piers in the port, we will meet guests at the end of the pier and escort them to the ferry where they will board for their 45 minute ferry ride to Haines port.
  • Haines Skagway Fast Ferry, 8888 Congress Way, Skagway, AK 99840, USA The meeting place will be determined by which ship the guests are on if they are on a cruise. We must first know which ship they are on before we can give them the meeting place.
  • Airports:
  • Skagway Municipal Airport, Alaska St, Skagway, AK 99840
  • Ports:
  • Port Of Skagway, Port of, Skagway, AK 99840, USA
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must reconfirm with supplier for exact departure time as it changes daily. Failure to reconfirm may result in tour cancellation.
  • Please dress in warm layers and comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Port pickup
  • Jet Boat Tour with your own private local naturalist/guide and a stop by the Bald Eagle Foundation
  • Transportation provided
  • 1.5 hour scenic jet boat tour & 15 min. Bald Eagle Foundation visit
  • Outerwear provided in case of inclement weather
  • Box lunch is provided for bus ride back to town, consisting of a chicken caesar wrap, chips, cookies and bottled water.
  • Private transportation
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If the pick up location is one of the piers in the port, we will meet guests at the end of the pier and escort them to the ferry where they will board for their 45 minute ferry ride to Haines port.
  • Haines Skagway Fast Ferry, 8888 Congress Way, Skagway, AK 99840, USA The meeting place will be determined by which ship the guests are on if they are on a cruise. We must first know which ship they are on before we can give them the meeting place.
  • Airports:
  • Skagway Municipal Airport, Alaska St, Skagway, AK 99840
  • Ports:
  • Port Of Skagway, Port of, Skagway, AK 99840, USA
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must reconfirm with supplier for exact departure time as it changes daily. Failure to reconfirm may result in tour cancellation.
  • Please dress in warm layers and comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian and gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct 2021
A note from Jet Boat Adventure and Raptor Expedition - Skagway Departure
If you are traveling on a cruise ship, there may be other requirements by the cruise line for the guests. Also, some of the above guidelines may be relaxed by the operator by the beginning of the 2021 season, depending on the CDC guidelines.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

4.5
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Sheryl V
7 contributions
Fabulous Trip
Sep 2019
This trip was by far my favorite - I loved our guide Javier- so knowledgeable and very quick to stop the boat when someone spotted wildlife. We got to see Bald Eagles and a Moose! But even if we didn't see any animals I would have enjoyed the ride and the beautiful scenery
Written 11 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sheryl V, We are so glad that you got to enjoy Alaska's beautiful scenery, sounds like you got the bonus tour and saw wildlife. Thank you for taking the time to provide a review. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
Written 14 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JillDW
4 contributions
No moose or bears :-( But there were EAGLES! And a Harrier!
Aug 2019
This trip was well worth the effort. One of the best shore excursions I've been on. The guide, Rustin (I hope that's the correct spelling!) drove the bus and piloted the boat. He was very entertaining and tried very hard to find us some moose or bears. However, since this is the wild and not an animal park, there's no guarantee of seeing animals.

We DID see eagles, including one juvenile who hadn't left the nest and the parent eagle who was no doubt giving us the Evil Eye. We saw a harrier and a couple of trumpeter swans. There were also salmon lurking about.

The best part was when Rustin took us to a wide area (maybe an actual lake?) where the water was so smooth that it reflected the mountains. So beautiful! I got some nice pictures of that! Thanks!
Written 10 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JillDW, We appreciate your informative review, the beauty of the Alaskas land is always impressive but seeing the wildlife is a bonus! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
Written 14 September 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Darla Sue
1 contribution
Beautiful Weather and Beautiful Scenery
Aug 2019
Unseasonably warm and calm weather lead to an outstanding adventure.
The catamaran was a nice ride, although 100 % full and a bit stuffy inside. Also, could not hear the tour guide as the microphone did carry her voice.
That said, the scenery on our way to Haines was most beautiful.

Our bus driver in Haines, Rustin, was also our Jet Boat driver on the Chilkat River. He was not only informative but funny! He did his absolute best to have us see eagles and moose! We saw 3 moose and at least 3 eagles.

Our ride back to Skagway on the catamaran was much better because we sat outside. Although, once again, we could not hear the tour guide. But because the weather was sunny and warm we saw the sights of the area..... Mountains, water falls, mountain goats!
Written 10 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Darlasuec, Thank you for sharing your experience, it sounds like you got a bonus tour! We thoroughly enjoy sharing the beauty of Alaska with our guests. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
Written 15 August 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeffrey Y
Juneau, AK1 contribution
Beautiful nature tour
Jul 2019 • Family
The tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable of the area and wildlife. The boat ride was fun and the scenery was amazing. We were able to see eagles and salmon but nothing else. We were hoping to see moose or bears but there weren’t any that day. I guess it depends on the day what wildlife you will see. Overall it was a good boat tour. We ran out of time so we didn’t get to walk around Haines. Our guide pointed out some areas in the town as we drove by.
Written 29 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Jeffrey Y, We are sorry you didn't get to see wildlife. As you know we are in a natural wildlife habitat and there are times we don't get the opportunity to see them. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful scenery that Alaska has to offer, we truly live in an amazing part of the world. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Cheers, Chilkat River Adventures
Written 30 July 2019
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Jose M
179 contributions
Of all the tours on our cruise this was the favorite of our 5/8 grandchildren
We had a long day tour , bus rides and a ferry to Haines and it’s worth the effort. Nature at its best we saw eagles taking food to it’s nest, a Moose and a bear with its cub. All this in a jet boat with an Experienced licensed captain from Culebra Puerto Rico.
Written 20 June 2019
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X2220SUjosem, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad your grandchildren enjoyed their time on the river, Alaska truly is an amazing state for beautiful scenery. Best Regards, Chilkat River Adventures
Written 29 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mauibird
Vacaville, CA166 contributions
Well run organization
Aug 2018 • Couples
We opted for the jet boat excursion while our Princess cruise ship docked in Haines with the hope that we would be able to spend optimum time on the river viewing wildlife as opposed to bus trip getting to the preserve. Although we had to travel by bus to get to the boat location the driver did a good job of educating us as to views we were seeing along the way. Once at the river we we ushered into a large tent and assisted with getting dressed for the trip. This involved a warm coat and a water proof topcoat over that AND a lap blanket. The day we were in Haines was drizzly and the company did a great job of making us impervious to weather. We were escorted onto our boat and our driver, Javi, set out. He found us a moose about a mile up the Chilkat River. We stayed and watched the moose munching on river grass for a period of time . When we motored on we saw eagles and another moose. Although we saw a dozen or so eagles, I was under the mistaken belief from my readings about the Preserve that we would see hundreds. We were able to get great photos of the eagles that we did see. We were hoping to see bear but none were visible on our trip. An acquaintance was on another boat with the same company that day and she saw bear but no moose. When we arrived back at the dock we removed our outer layers of clothing and were encouraged to meet in another large tent where coffee, hot chocolate, cider , etc were offered. Then we were back on the bus to the cruise ship terminal. I would highly recommend this tour, regardless of the weather. They are prepared for everything. Nature being nature, there is no guarantee of what you might see, but I am convinced the company will make every effort to provide an extraordinary experience. We had a great time on this trip and now have some wonderful new memories.
Written 8 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Mauibird, Thank you for providing your experience in such great detail. Being Alaska natives we know that our weather can change rather quickly so being prepared is optimal. We would love the opportunity to view wildlife on all of our tours but as you stated nature is nature and sometimes wildlife aren't always conducive to our schedules. The preserve is home to thousands of Bald Eagles, the greatest concentration is during the month of November and they are generally congregating along the river feeding on rich salmon run before the coming winter freezes the rivers over. Thank you for choosing our excursion. Best Regards~ River Adventures
Written 10 September 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

conniesumrall0999
Caldwell, TX1 contribution
Alaska at its best!
Aug 2018 • Couples
We considered the ferry ride from the docks in Skagway and the bus trip to the Hess family docks to be an intregal part of the entire trip. The lecturer on both the ferry and bus were extremely informative. Our captain on the boat "CP" was a wealth of information and always concerned for our comfort and safety. We were greeted at the Hess family docks by Sarah and she had a warm and delicious meal ready for us when we arrived. This excursion is well worth the price and we will return the next time we are in Skagway
Written 1 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Conniesumrall0999, Your subject line says it all, we thoroughly enjoy sharing the beauty of our amazing state with our guests. We are honored you chose our excursion and look forward to seeing you again. Best Regards~ Chilkat River Adventures
Written 10 September 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

forbo1
fort myers , florida54 contributions
Fantastic time on the Chilkat River
This was our second time taking this tour. We booked it 3 years ago on Regent and this time on Oceania . Javi was our captain and he was wonderful ! You could tell he loved his job. We saw Moose and all kinds of Bald Eagles. Rachelle was our bus driver and told great stories about life in Alaska. I will do this trip again next time we go back to Alaska. I highly recommend it. Forbo1
Written 2 August 2018
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Keith F
Liberty, MO246 contributions
Great wilderness viewing off the beaten path
This was one of the shore excursions I was most looking forward to, we took the fast ferry from Skagway to Haines (45 minutes) where we met our bus driver (Cheryl ?) she did a great job narrating our 1/2 hour ride to the river camp. Had a lunch of hot dogs and chips which was fine. Met our boat driver Javier, he was very knowledgeable and friendly shared his knowledge of the river and surrounding wilderness and made a nice guide. We saw a few different moose along the way and a variety of local wildlife, the scenery was absolutely gorgeous the whole way. We enjoyed this trip very much
Written 30 July 2018
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Keith F. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience, we are pleased that you enjoyed your tour! Best Regards~ Chilkat River Adventures
Written 31 July 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cavydad
Camarillo, CA2,201 contributions
Beautiful scenery but no wildlife!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Beautiful scenery but no wildlife. We enjoyed the boat ride from Skagway to Haines and our bus driver was a hoot. The jet boat ran flawlessly and the multilayered clothing was helpful.

We expected wildlife and other than a distant bald eagle in a tree we did not see any wildlife. I realize they cannot guarantee bears, eagles, or any other critter. Yet the brochure spoke of wildlife.

Please make it clear in all advertising and literature that there is a strong possibility that wildlife will not be viewed.
Written 17 July 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cavydad, Thank you for your review, it is our policy to inform all of our guests that there is a likelihood of seeing wildlife but we are at the mercy of the wild animals. We understand that not all tours will get to see wildlife and if we had the ability to make that happen we certainly would. We hope the other aspects of our tour provided you with the best service. Best Regards~ Chilkat River Adventures
Written 31 July 2018
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Best Day of our Entire Vacation!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Our Haines adventure was the highlight of our Alaska vacation! Karen was absolutely incredible during the entire p
652markush
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Great Tour to see the Chilkat Bald Eagle Reserve
We did the Jet Boat Tour through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Great Tour with lot's of things to see. Afterward
jody e
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Eagles, Salmon, Mountains, Swans and Moose on the Chilkat River.
We booked this tour seperately from the cruise ship and were glad for it. Our tour was able to go longer than the r
RussW146
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So friendly
The whole crew from Cheryl who picked us up in Haines to Sierra who shared her puppy with the group to Javier our b
robert h
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Alaska Wilderness River Adventure Chilkat River
An easy way to penetrate into remote area to see bald and golden eagles.. Probably a 40-minute ride by bus to the
harrymd
harrymd
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Unique jet boat experience in silt river
Chilkat river is shallow and filled with silt from the glacier runoff. These unique boats are designed to run in th
E8355HXsuem
E8355HXsuem
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Fun adventure
Had a great adventure on the river with our guide, Rustin. Most informative, learning a lot about how people live i
kwelch7
kwelch7
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Most informative guides and amazing tour!
I went on this tour last month during an excursion from the cruise I was on. Every single thing about it was nothin
MIT N
MIT N
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Waste your time and money - go ahead!
Save your time and money and do something else. I paid over $600 for 3 people to see nothing. First of all from you
Lee L
Lee L
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Excellent Alaskan tour into Wilderness!
My favorite Alaskan excursion was in Haines on the Chilkat River Advertures, Inc. jet boat tour. Taken in August 2
GypsyRoseBrisbane
GypsyRoseBrisbane
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The adventure of a lifetime
Magnificent, awesome—no words can adequately describe this adventure. Our guide Rustin Goodin made the day, getting
Adiamital
Adiamital
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A great day in Alaskan beauty
We had a fantastic day with Rustin , was knowledgeable, adventurous and above all - with a great sense of humor. Hi
Janet M
Janet M
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Wonderful trip
We booked this trip through Holland America. Our bus driver, Cheryl, was most informative. She told us about the
robertmQ959GJ
robertmQ959GJ
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Nice tour with a good guide
We did see wildlife, several moose, bald eagles and a rare falcon. Although they strongly advised everyone to take
Tommy W
Tommy W
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Looking for wildlife in Haines!
My inlaws, wife and I did this tour, so we could see more of Alaska's wildlife. We traveled on the river for sever
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