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Whale breaching on a Ketchikan Zodiac Tour

Ketchikan Zodiac Tours

The Alaska Boatman Adventure

Approximate Duration

3.5 hours


Maximum Weight: 350 pounds


  • 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
  • 2 hours of cruising, 3.5 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


"This trip was amazing. Great people helping and guiding you along the way. There were eight of us and we were in two boats all to ourselves following an expert guide, Trevin. We got to drive our own boats and none of us had ever done this before. Along the way, we saw eagles and about 20 whales. Great fun."
Trip Advisor Review, June 2018

"Come prepared for an adventure! Our confident guide, Greg, got us geared up in our wet suits, gave us gloves and took us down to our boats! There were only 4 of us, and each couple got to drive their own boat. We followed Greg around several islands where we saw so many eagles and seals! And then we started seeing the whales, three different groups during the tour! Saw 3 different whale tales as the whales dove! And the Zodiacs are so close to the water they felt so close! The dry suits are thick and keep you warm, but be sure to attach the Velcro flap to keep out the water! I recommend taking the wool gloves offered as your hands will get wet and the gloves will keep them warm."
Trip Advisor Review, May 2018