Ketchikan Wildlife Sanctuary Excursion Reviews

Venture into the Tongass National Rainforest on a trail that puts you up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the area. Look for wildlife that frequent the area including a variety of birds, black bears, deer, mink, marten and seals.
In Ketchikan, we had booked a Black Bear tour through Kiwanti Adventures, and definitely saw the ...
Sail Date: August 2019
In Ketchikan, we had booked a Black Bear tour through Kiwanti Adventures, and definitely saw the bears. Of course, so did a lot of people who paid a lot less for a rainforest tour, as well as some that may have just happened to be in the ... Read More
In Ketchikan, we had booked a Black Bear tour through Kiwanti Adventures, and definitely saw the bears. Of course, so did a lot of people who paid a lot less for a rainforest tour, as well as some that may have just happened to be in the parking lot at the right time. That said, we were much closer to the bear and probably got much better photos. If seeing a black bear is important, it's a good tour to book! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Super fun spot...
Sail Date: July 2019
Super fun spot... they have ziplining if your into that. The bear sighting really was cool and the blacksmith is a master of his art. The gent making a totem pole on site blew my mind. I'm so glad this art is living in men like him.
Super fun spot... they have ziplining if your into that. The bear sighting really was cool and the blacksmith is a master of his art. The gent making a totem pole on site blew my mind. I'm so glad this art is living in men like him. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I chose this introduction to Alaska because my travel companion cannot walk very far.
Sail Date: June 2019
I chose this introduction to Alaska because my travel companion cannot walk very far. This fit the bill although the wildlife was scarce. Beautiful scenery and an interesting introduction to Totem Poles at the end.
I chose this introduction to Alaska because my travel companion cannot walk very far. This fit the bill although the wildlife was scarce. Beautiful scenery and an interesting introduction to Totem Poles at the end. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Grandkids got to see eagles up close.
Sail Date: May 2019
Grandkids got to see eagles up close. Got to pet reindeer.
Grandkids got to see eagles up close. Got to pet reindeer. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very informative guide
Sail Date: May 2019
Very informative guide
Very informative guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our guide, Austin, was very knowledgable and was a lot of fun.
Sail Date: May 2019
Our guide, Austin, was very knowledgable and was a lot of fun. We got to see eagles in the wild as well as the two in the sanctuary. We learned a lot and still had time to walk around the cute town and do some shopping.
Our guide, Austin, was very knowledgable and was a lot of fun. We got to see eagles in the wild as well as the two in the sanctuary. We learned a lot and still had time to walk around the cute town and do some shopping. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The Bears and seeing the salmon was unbelievable the guides were exceptional just so majestic and ...
Sail Date: September 2018
The Bears and seeing the salmon was unbelievable the guides were exceptional just so majestic and awesome to see this wildlife including seals and eagles.
The Bears and seeing the salmon was unbelievable the guides were exceptional just so majestic and awesome to see this wildlife including seals and eagles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was a great tour of the rain forest.
Sail Date: August 2018
This was a great tour of the rain forest. Sarah our guide was wonderful. we also got to see some of the birds from the Raptor Sanctuary.
This was a great tour of the rain forest. Sarah our guide was wonderful. we also got to see some of the birds from the Raptor Sanctuary. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
our guide was fantastic, pointing out and describing all of the flora and fauna Ketchikan has to ...
Sail Date: August 2018
our guide was fantastic, pointing out and describing all of the flora and fauna Ketchikan has to offer. We got to see a black bear walking around freely with her cub, as well as bald eagles
our guide was fantastic, pointing out and describing all of the flora and fauna Ketchikan has to offer. We got to see a black bear walking around freely with her cub, as well as bald eagles Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
A fun bus ride with a knowledgeable driver.
Sail Date: July 2018
A fun bus ride with a knowledgeable driver. A lovely nature walk through the wildlife sanctuary with a knowledgeable guide. Saw one of the totem pole carvers, and several poles. Saw some eagles.
A fun bus ride with a knowledgeable driver. A lovely nature walk through the wildlife sanctuary with a knowledgeable guide. Saw one of the totem pole carvers, and several poles. Saw some eagles. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Small guided groups walk through the rain forest.
Sail Date: July 2018
Small guided groups walk through the rain forest. Our guide was especially interested in plant life and gave more than enough information on the plants and trees, but a limited amount of information on the animal life. We didn't see ... Read More
Small guided groups walk through the rain forest. Our guide was especially interested in plant life and gave more than enough information on the plants and trees, but a limited amount of information on the animal life. We didn't see many varied birds and despite being told that a bear was easily seen from the boardwalk, our guide dragged her feet in taking us to the excellent viewing raised boardwalk for viewing. Without realizing that we could have spent far more time there, we were taken to the animal recovery center where we were shown three rescued birds. Excellent close up photo opportunities, but again, once we left there, we were not allowed to retrace our steps. If you go, make sure you get as much time as possible on the boardwalk before moving on. The one bear we saw was nearby for a while. Had we been able to go back, we'd have gotten closer pictures of it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Informative hike in rainforest but lacking as far as wildlife.
Sail Date: June 2018
Informative hike in rainforest but lacking as far as wildlife. Only eagles which can been seen in the area without purchasing an excursion.
Informative hike in rainforest but lacking as far as wildlife. Only eagles which can been seen in the area without purchasing an excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did see plenty of eagles in their natural habitat, but otherwise this could be any pretty ...
Sail Date: June 2018
We did see plenty of eagles in their natural habitat, but otherwise this could be any pretty forested area anywhere else.
We did see plenty of eagles in their natural habitat, but otherwise this could be any pretty forested area anywhere else. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Grandchildren 11 yrs.
Sail Date: June 2018
Grandchildren 11 yrs. & 12 yrs. love nature, & this excursion was GREAT !
Grandchildren 11 yrs. & 12 yrs. love nature, & this excursion was GREAT ! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The rainforest sanctuary walk is overpriced but beautiful.
Sail Date: June 2018
The rainforest sanctuary walk is overpriced but beautiful. However, the guide was socially awkward and seemed to be making certain things up as they went along.
The rainforest sanctuary walk is overpriced but beautiful. However, the guide was socially awkward and seemed to be making certain things up as they went along. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Nice tour of coast and wildlife sanctuary.
Sail Date: May 2018
Nice tour of coast and wildlife sanctuary. Plenty of bald eagles, seals, a black bear with cubs, nice park with zipline options. A nice tour of Ketchikan with history. Guide was well versed in wildlife and living in the wilderness.
Nice tour of coast and wildlife sanctuary. Plenty of bald eagles, seals, a black bear with cubs, nice park with zipline options. A nice tour of Ketchikan with history. Guide was well versed in wildlife and living in the wilderness. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Brilliant experience thanks to great weather, wonderful guide, Red, and the appearance of a black ...
Sail Date: September 2017
Brilliant experience thanks to great weather, wonderful guide, Red, and the appearance of a black bear fishing for salmon! Also were lucky to see a river otter.
Brilliant experience thanks to great weather, wonderful guide, Red, and the appearance of a black bear fishing for salmon! Also were lucky to see a river otter. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Bear, banana slugs (13 y old DD favourite thing).
Sail Date: August 2017
Bear, banana slugs (13 y old DD favourite thing).
Bear, banana slugs (13 y old DD favourite thing). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Carnival Cruise Line
Short, interesting hike through rain forest to boardwalk where we caught sight of baby cub and lots ...
Sail Date: July 2017
Short, interesting hike through rain forest to boardwalk where we caught sight of baby cub and lots of eagle flying around. Heard informative talk by caretaker of the injured birds (Eagle, falcon and owl). Wonderful view and story of ... Read More
Short, interesting hike through rain forest to boardwalk where we caught sight of baby cub and lots of eagle flying around. Heard informative talk by caretaker of the injured birds (Eagle, falcon and owl). Wonderful view and story of totem pole being carved in old sawmill. Nice little gift shop with blacksmith on site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We were so glad we booked this tour.
Sail Date: July 2017
We were so glad we booked this tour. Got to see and walk thru the rain forest with a very knowledgeable guide. We saw so many bald eagles, too many to count. My daughter got a brief glimpse of a black bear but I did not. We were on the ... Read More
We were so glad we booked this tour. Got to see and walk thru the rain forest with a very knowledgeable guide. We saw so many bald eagles, too many to count. My daughter got a brief glimpse of a black bear but I did not. We were on the same tour with people that had booked on the cruise ship, but for half the price. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Another luck filled tour...
Sail Date: September 2016
Another luck filled tour... it rained the night before we arrived in Ketchikan, so there were more salmon in the water and the black bears were happy to come feed on them. This tour takes you up on raised wooden walkways to see the bears ... Read More
Another luck filled tour... it rained the night before we arrived in Ketchikan, so there were more salmon in the water and the black bears were happy to come feed on them. This tour takes you up on raised wooden walkways to see the bears down below catching and eating salmon. We saw quite a few bears and the guides had to detour around one section because a few bears were too close to the platform making it off limits (safety first). After getting our fill of black bears, they took us into the old mill area and we saw some totem poles being worked on and completed works. They also had a few animals on loan - a hawk, an owl and an eagle - all rescued after being injured. Great tour, we really enjoyed it and had fun taking photos of the bears! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Loved walking through the rainforest with all the commentary from the guide.
Sail Date: September 2016
Loved walking through the rainforest with all the commentary from the guide. Did not see any bears, but the tour just after us saw 8! You never know what you will see. But we did see plenty of salmon in the river. The eagle ... Read More
Loved walking through the rainforest with all the commentary from the guide. Did not see any bears, but the tour just after us saw 8! You never know what you will see. But we did see plenty of salmon in the river. The eagle sanctuary part of the tour was most sad. Just an area for the eagle who lives alone. Not very big, but he can not fly it seems. Still, it's sad. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Saw one golden eagle and a bunch of salmon, no bears unfortunately.
Sail Date: August 2016
Saw one golden eagle and a bunch of salmon, no bears unfortunately. We got a much better price for transport than an onboard tour would have been, but probably could have gotten there by public transportation.
Saw one golden eagle and a bunch of salmon, no bears unfortunately. We got a much better price for transport than an onboard tour would have been, but probably could have gotten there by public transportation. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Saw several bears.
Sail Date: August 2016
Saw several bears. Mom and cub were playing and eating salmon. Believe it was with Alaskan excursions.
Saw several bears. Mom and cub were playing and eating salmon. Believe it was with Alaskan excursions. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Disappointing as we later found out there are only 17 bears here.
Sail Date: August 2016
Disappointing as we later found out there are only 17 bears here. We waited a hike to see any but did see 3 in the end. When we did, it was like, OK, time to go then. We were herded through the totem pole are and workshops but with minimal ... Read More
Disappointing as we later found out there are only 17 bears here. We waited a hike to see any but did see 3 in the end. When we did, it was like, OK, time to go then. We were herded through the totem pole are and workshops but with minimal information. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises