Top Five Reasons to Kayak in Ketchikan with Southeast Sea Kayaks

Southeast Sea Kayaks is Ketchikan, Alaska's local, family owned kayak company. Come paddle with us in Ketchikan or at Orcas Cove!

We understand that vacation time is precious and it can be difficult to choose from the many tour options throughout Alaska. Here are the top 5 reasons to make a kayaking tour with Southeast Sea Kayaks in Ketchikan part of your Alaska vacation.

1. We're Kayaking, in Alaska!

If kayaking in Alaska is on your bucket list then you have come to the right place. Paddling a sea kayak is a great way to slow down and enjoy the wilderness and wildlife without engine noise or crowds. Ketchikan is the perfect place to sea kayak because we are located on the protected Inside Passage. We are not exposed to the open sea and the water is generally calm. We also have hundreds of miles of rainforest shoreline that is accessible only by boat to explore. 

2. Small Groups

During the summer there are up to 10,000 visitors in Ketchikan each day but there will only be 6 on your Orcas Cove Tour or up to 10 guests on a Ketchikan Kayaking Tour. Small groups make our tours safe and personal. If you have a larger group, we will be delighted to run a private trip for you. Our tours are not sold on board cruise ships because we prefer to cater to small groups.  Being independent doesn't mean we won't get you back on time! In over 20 years, no one on our tours has ever missed their cruise ship.

3. Tour Local

Greg Thomas started Southeast Sea Kayaks over 20 years ago and he still owns the company today.  We live year round in Ketchikan and are closely involved in our community. When you kayak with us you support free and low cost kayaking programs for Alaskan youth and organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Distinguished Young Women and Southeast Alaska Independent Living. Whether you are from Australia or Alabama, when you are in Ketchikan, we are your local kayak company.

4. Designed for Beginners, Enjoyed by Experts

Never been kayaking? Not a problem. In fact, many or our guests have never kayaked before. We are experts at creating fun, safe and enjoyable kayaking experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Expert kayakers will also enjoy the extraordinary experience of kayaking in Southeast Alaska and because our groups are so small, we can tailor each tour to suit the group.

5. We are Passionate About What We Do

We love Alaska and we love to kayak. Everyone at Southeast Sea Kayaks has their own "Alaska story" and we are passionate about creating unique and memorable Alaskan experiences for every one of our guests


Locally owned, small group tours. Come paddle with us!