Wildlife Sightseeing & Stunning Coastal Scenery

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The scenery alone is breathtakingly beautiful...

Ketchikan’s historic waterfront is now in plain sight, and with your cruise ship drifting into port,  immediately you start to notice the vast forested mountainous terrain, along with Deer Mountain – the notably picturesque backdrop of Alaska’s quaint First City.

With over 30 natural nesting sites around the local vicinity, the American bald eagle is majestically abundant in this region and witnessing them in soaring flight or up-close never gets old. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is a bird of prey found throughout North America and its wingspan is typically between 6 and 8 feet. Eagles are everywhere, and we’re excited for you to see them in live action!

While underway and heading to the fishing grounds, your Captain Alec Simmons will talk about the local surroundings, the native cultural history and is able to point out and narrate wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. 

Our most brilliant wildlife sightseeing encountering is the breaching humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and sharing this memory alongside loved ones is simply priceless. The fully mature humpback whale can reach an average length between 49 and 52 feet and weighs an average around 35 to 50 tons. 

Black bears and Sitka black-tailed deer are occasionally spotted along the rugged coastlines and more commonly viewed wildlife include the harbor seal, sea lion, sea otter, and porpoise. And let’s not forget about the Orca Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) which is another enthralling wildlife viewing experience but is less common as they travel together in pods or groups.  Ketchikan's best sightseeing tours are ones where locals get to show you around and Captain Alec of Sims Sea Charters is thrilled to have you and your family!

more SIGHTSEEING & Touring Fun!

Taquan Air Flightseeing


One of the most exciting opportunities will be flightseeing with Taquan Air aboard a de Havilland Otter or Beaver aircraft into the famous awe-inspiring Misty Fjord National Monument .

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Rainforest Zipline


Another opportunity is the Rainforest Sanctuary in the midst of the Tongass National Forest where you'll zipline through the treetops of Herring Cove where black bears sightings are a daily occurrence.   

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Adventure Karts


Strap yourself in for the off-road adventure of a lifetime through the grandeur of the Alaskan wilderness as you get behind the wheel of your own two-person custom-designed offroad adventure kart! 

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