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Tour Details

Our 50 passenger bus with driver-guide and sound system will pick you up near your cruise ship to travel through Ketchikan and enjoy a fully narrated city tour on the way to our private dock in Ward Cove.  Meet your Alaskan Captain plus two passenger service-guides and board your vessel for a scenic and narrated excursion through the protected waters of our nearshore route of the Inside Passage.  Photo opportunities are plentiful on this seafaring excursion as you’ll see plenty of wildlife, homes, totem poles, and islands. Our Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles Excursion gives you the opportunity to see what life is like for current residents and what life was like for those of past generations. During our tour, your guides will talk about Native American culture, the area’s history and its economic history.  Some of the highlights of this tour include:

  • Eagle’s Nests
  • Wildlife (eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds, whales, Dall’s Porpoise, sometimes Sitka deer, black bear and wolves)
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area
  • Guard Island Lighthouse
  • Alaskan Homes and Mansions (some on their own island)

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is this tour?
3 hours.

Do you have restrooms on board?
Yes – 2 on each vessel and 1 in the parking lot.

Are we seated outside?
It’s your choice. We have heated cabins with tables inside, and plenty of bench seating outside.

Are the seas often rough?
It depends on the weather. Typically we are well-protected along the majority of our tour route, and experience relatively calm waters. On inclement weather days, seas are occasionally a little bumpy for the 10-20 minutes spent around the lighthouse.

Will I get seasick?
Guests rarely become seasick on our tour. However, please take the normal precautions (medications, ear patches, wristbands, etc.) if you are prone to seasickness.

Do you take large groups?
Yes, our vessels are USCG (Coast Guard)-certified and can carry approximately 40 passengers.

Will it be cold and how should I dress?
Please dress in layers to accommodate all weather conditions. We are in a rainforest, so we always recommend bringing a rain jacket or poncho!

Do we get off the boat during the tour?
No, the entirety of the tour takes place from our boat on the water. We are treated to full panoramic views of all of our beautiful tour attractions!

Other Mysteries to Enjoy

Your captain unravels historic mysteries of Alaska’s most dangerous Island, Danger Island, as you traverse the waters along the Sarah Palin famed “Bridge to Nowhere” island.  We circumnavigate 12 islands on our tour route, many of which are inhabited only by Alaska’s wildlife.

While on board, enjoy Alaska’s most scrumptious Hot Chocolate Supreme, coffee, tea, water, or your favorite soft drinks. Pair your drinks with Wild Alaska Salmon spread, cheese, crackers, fresh fruit, cookies, and mints. All are complimentary and make for a delightful treat as you take in the breathtaking seascape and professional narration. Our salmon spread recipe will be provided to you to take home. Guard Island Lighthouse art prints, post cards, pens, magnets, caps, shirts and plush animals are all available from our on-board gift selection.

As your excursion concludes, you will realize why we have earned the “Tour Guide of the Year” award for ten years in a row. Your deckhands are happy to take your picture in front of the totem park or lighthouse. Pose with your captain for a memorable photo in the wheelhouse. With a walk back to your motor coach and a relaxing drive back to the pier, you will have a myriad of unforgettable memories of a lifetime.

What if I have other questions?
Answer: Please call us at (907) 225-6919 or feel free to e-mail us at lighthouseexcursion@gmail.com

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