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Kayaking in Ketchikan

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Has anyone taken a kayaking tour in Ketchikan which you particularly enjoyed (or didn't?)  How much time did you actually have on the water, and what kind of stuff did you see?  Any details would be helpful.  Thanks.  

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Yes we did. We went with Ketchikan Kayaking (https://www.ketchikankayakco.com/). Family of 4, children were 9 and 11 years and they catered to us perfectly. Meet at a central spot in town adjacent to the cruise ship dock, they drive you north to Clover Pass Harbour, fit you out with waterpoof jackets, overpants, a wet bag for any valuables (ie, camera). The tour was 12.30pm to 4.30pm, I think we had about 2 hours on the water. At the end we were unlucky with weather (started in light rain and no wind, which was fine, but when the wind picked up and rain got heavier, the children got tired and cold) so we skipped the last half hour on the water. We saw sea life on rock walls, porpoises and seals in water and sea lions on rocks, also lots of bald eagles around. Warm drink and crackers and dip when we got back to land then they drove us back to town to the cruise ship dock.

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My niece and nephew did a kayaking tour with Kayak Ketchikan last week which was very similar to the one described above. Weather was better and they spent two hours on the water, saw a porpoise, seals, otters, jellyfish and starfish. It was cold on the water but they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.



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We did the Orcas Cove kayaking trip with Southeast Seas kayaking: https://kayakketchikan.com/guidedtrips


We had a group of 5, so it was just us with 2 guides.  We met them on the pier, and we walked to where their boat is.  They outfitted us with waterproof jackets and life jackets.  Then they took us by boat out to Orcas Cove where they had kayaks already set up to go. We happened to be there during a very low tide, so got to see a lot of sea life (urchins, sea stars, etc.) on the rocks.  I loved that we were away from town and saw no other people while we were out there.  The guide was great and "figured out" my quirky kids early on, so geared his chatter to suit them.  We had a fantastic time and will always remember this trip! 



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