Our family of six (all over the age of 18), recently made our very first trip to Alaska via cruise ship. We researched things to do while in Ketchikan ahead of time, & booked a kayak tour with Ketchikan Kayak Co. as our major excursion activity. It turned out to be one of top three experiences we had during our entire Alaskan vacation--and we would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with this company! The tour guide & owner, Howard, was extremely knowledgable and friendly. We saw some of the most beautiful & picturesque scenery and wildlife...(including eagles, starfish (as it was low tide), seals and minks). There had been a whale sighting in the same kayaking vicinity earlier that day--however we did not get to see it during our outing. Howard & his other staff live and work locally in Ketchikan year round. They are true locals, with a tremendous passion for what they do. (Unlike some of the other tour companies that hire seasonal workers, whom don't possess as much knowledge about the area.) We were provided with waterproof gear to wear while paddling, and the kayaks were very nice, clean and relatively new. It was such an educational experience...one we are still talking about several weeks later!! The tour company picked us up & returned us to the cruise ship terminal in a passenger van--Their service was prompt and professional. Do not hesitate to book a tour with this company! It will surely be one of the major highlights of your Alaskan vacation experience, too.
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