PADDLE & FLY COMBO TOUR
Sea kayaking at Orcas Cove and flightseeing over the Misty Fjords National Monument are two of Ketchikan’s favorite adventures!
Our 4 – 5 hour Orcas Cove & Misty Fjords seaplane excursions from downtown Ketchikan, Alaska allow you to make the most of your time in port by combining the 2 tours into one all inclusive itinerary.
It’s the ultimate Alaskan adventure!
- From $1,676 for groups of 1 – 4 guests (total weight limit for group 850lbs with at least one person under 150 lbs in groups of 4).
- $2,499 for groups of 5– 6 guests (total weight limit 1200 lbs with at least 1 person under 190lbs in groups of 6)
- $4,999 for groups of 7 – 12 guests, 2 planes (total weight capacity 2000 lbs with at least two people under 150 lbs in groups of 12)
- Our Misty Fjords seaplane tours in Ketchikan, Alaska include paddle jackets, spray skirts and neoprene pogies (for your hands). *We recommend you bring along rain pants for any port call in Southeast Alaska.
- Dry bags for cameras and binoculars
- Snacks, Smoked Salmon and Vegan options, cold & hot beverages
- Van transportation from float-plane dock to cruise ship dock
- Private tour
- Small boat cruise to Orcas Cove
- 1.75 hours wilderness sea kayaking with experienced guides
- Snack of local smoked salmon and hot cocoa
- 1.5 hours Misty Fjords flightseeing and landing with local, experienced float-plane pilot
WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING
- Warm, comfortable layers. * Quick dry material is always recommended!
- Hat or cap
- Camera and binoculars
HOW TO BOOK
For questions regarding our Misty Fjords seaplane tours in Ketchikan, AK, please complete the request form or call us at 1-907-225-1258.
We’ll check availability with our trusted seaplane partners and set up a time that works great for your group!
PART ONE - ORCAS COVE SEA KAYAKING
Meet your guides right on the cruise ship dock and take a short walk to our floating office to get outfitted for kayaking at Orcas Cove. Cruise by small boat to Orcas Cove passing the famous Saxman Totem Pole Park and Mountain Point fishing grounds. Keep an eye out for marine wildlife on the boat journey: Nichols Passage and Mountain Point are hotspots for humpback whales and resident orca pods. Our small boat brings you to mothership Sea Spree where you will meet your guides and become familiar with kayaking.
After a quick lesson we take off paddling among rainforest islands, alongside tidal cliffs and into salmon streams always keeping a lookout for wildlife. While it is impossible to predict what we will see on any given day, we often have the opportunity to observe nesting bald eagles or see playful harbor seals and we are always on the lookout for whales. The true highlight of Orcas Cove is the serenity of kayaking in Alaska’s wilderness: the quiet dip of paddles; the sounds of birds singing in the old growth forest and water running over rocks; the salty smell of low tide. We return to the mother-ship for a picnic of local caught and smoked salmon and hot drinks before taking off on the next part of your adventure. Our total active kayaking time is about 1 hour 45 minutes. Previous kayaking experience is not necessary to enjoy Orcas Cove sea kayaking and many of our guests are first time kayakers. All you need is an average level of physical fitness and spirit of adventure.
Previous kayaking experience is not necessary to enjoy Orcas Cove sea kayaking and many of our guests are first time kayakers. All you need is an average level of physical fitness and spirit of adventure.
PART TWO - MISTY FJORDS FLIGHT-SEEING
Where but Southeast Alaska could you be picked up from a boat by a seaplane? An experienced Alaskan bush pilot helps you aboard the float-plane and takes off for the next leg of your adventure.
Our flights are operated by small, local float-plane companies with experienced pilots and impeccable safety records. You’ll love engaging with your pilot as you fly through the Misty Fjords National Monument.
A true wilderness with no roads or towns, the Misty Fjords National Monument is about the same size as the state of Connecticut. Viewed from the air, the 3000 foot granite cliffs and waterfalls of Misty Fjords are an incredible sight.
As you fly over Alpine lakes and old growth forest, keep an eye out for mountain goats and both black and brown bears on the ground. An exhilarating part of the trip is landing in the Misty Fjords and stepping out onto the floats to take photos and enjoy the extraordinary serenity of the Fjords. While this is always fun, we cannot guarantee that all flights to the Misty Fjords will be able to make a landing. That call is always at the discretion of your pilot. We work with the best for a reason.
There are great views of Ketchikan and the surrounding islands on the way back to town. Upon arriving back in town, the seaplane company van will drop you back at the cruise ship dock (about a 3 – 5 minute ride).
TRIP TIMING AND DETAILS
The boat ride to Orcas Cove is about 20 minutes followed by 1.5 – 1.75 hours of sea kayaking and a snack of smoked salmon and other snacks and complimentary beverages aboard the mothership. The flight portion of the trip is approximately 1.5 hours with an additional 15 minutes allowed at the end of the tour for transportation back to the cruise ship dock. This itinerary will sometimes be run in reverse with the Misty Fjords flight first.