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Whale breaching on a Ketchikan Zodiac Tour

Ketchikan Zodiac Tours

The Alaska Boatman Adventure

Approximate Duration

3 hours


Maximum Weight: 350 pounds
Minimum Age: 8 years


  • Transportation to and from the cruise pier
  • Orientation and training / lead guide boat
  • Zodiac Gear: skiff suit, dry bags, boots, socks, gloves and life jacket
  • Alaska Boatman Certificate
  • 1.5 hours of cruising, 3 hour total including training and transport to and from cruise dock

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A Zodiac Adventure Tour where you're the Captain!

Zodiac Tour - Drive your Own Zodiac With Southeast Exposure Outdoor Adventure Center

Are you ready to be an Alaska Boatman in your own Zodiac type rigid hulled inflatable boat (RIB)? On a Zodiac Tour with us you can bring along your first mate and be the captain for a part of this three hour guided tour. Follow the guide in your fast boat through rainforest islands keeping an eye out for wildlife: Whales, seals, eagles, sea lions, bears.

The boat is a 14-foot zodiac fully equipped with console steering, seats four with a max speed of 25 knots. Motor into a beach, climb onto land and break for hot drink and a snack. Then, for your return, hand the helm over to another boatman. You will pass rocky islands where humpback whales and orca frequently surface and when in season, go deep into bays and inlets where salmon spawning streams attract black bears. This is an excursion for the spirited traveler with an opportunity to drive your own boat among the islands north of Ketchikan.

You may get cold. You may get wet. Wildlife sightings are not a guarantee, but you will see beautiful sights and be exhilarated by the speed of this zippy and fun 4x4 of the sea!

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3 Boats on Ketchikan Zodiac Tours

3 Boats on Ketchikan Zodiac Tours

Fun on a Ketchikan Alaska Zodiac Boat Tour

Circling an Island on a Ketchikan Zodiac Boat Tour

Up close to a waterfall on Ketchikan Alaska Zodiac Tours
Bear Viewing on Ketchikan Zodiac Boat Tours
Wildlife Viewing on a Ketchikan Zodiac Tour
Whales up close to the boat on a Ketchikan Alaska Zodiac Tour


"Booked this for four of us through our travel agent. Ethan greeted us and instantly created a friendly atmosphere. He loaded us into a small zodiac type boat and we went out into the bay with two other couples in their respective boats. We were in total control of the boat, and we tied up to Ethan whenever he had something to show or tell us. We saw a multitude of wildlife, including eagles, sea otters, black tailed deer. One of the best private tours we have taken."
Binghamton NY

"We visited Southeast Exposure on a recent trip to Alaska. Our group of 6 had the best day - it was by far the most fun day off the cruise we had on the trip. You can zipline, go boating, do a ropes course, and I'm sure other activities at Southeast Exposure but what set it apart, in my opinion, were the welcoming and happy staff. They made sure to go over safety measures and not once did I question anything there. After all that was taken care of, the day focused on our group (of 6!) having a blast. The ocean zip line course is stunning, the ropes course in the trees is challenging but manageable, and we did "Boatman" - the zodiac boat rentals which was so cool because we could personalize the tour by choosing where to go and even driving the boats ourselves (with a guide alongside, don't worry). Anyways... there are lots of excursion companies and sometimes it's hard to choose which to use- don't think any more about it- use Southeast Exposure for a fun, safe, adventure that everyone in the group will love"
Chelsea N.
Washington, CT

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