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Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary, Eagles & Totems/ Rainforest Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Walk/ Nature Sanctuary, Eagle Center & Totems/ Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary, Raptor Center & Totems

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Tour Description

A 20-minute coastal drive takes you to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a large private reserve located in the forested mountains in rustic Herring Cove. This pristine natural environment is home to several species of wildlife, attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary.

You'll be greeted by a naturalist and guided along an improved trail through the dense forest, walking amid tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaska cedar. Your guide will lead you to a protected open estuary, where you follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. During the spawning season, bears and seals feed on salmon returning to this pristine environment. Here you'll hear great birdsong.

At the conclusion of the half-mile trail hike, you'll have an opportunity to interact with, feed and photograph Alaskan reindeer. Also, you can see Bald Eagles up close at the Alaska Wild Life Foundation. An Alaska Wildlife Foundation raptor specialist will explain the heritage and habitat of America's national symbol.

Next you will visit the adjacent historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, established by Ketchikan pioneer Ben Fleenor, and visit a master native totem pole carver at work. Explore and learn about this renowned site and receive a sample of aromatic local Alaskan cedar.

Before you re-board the bus for the trip back to Ketchikan, you can visit the facility's General Store, where complimentary snacks and beverages will be served.

Note: This tour operates in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos will be provided if needed. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed and are more frequent in mid-summer.

Activity Level:


Excursion Length: 2¾ Hours

30% This activity will take up about 30% of your time in port.

Tour Prices:

Carnival: Adults, from $79.99; kids, from $39.99
Royal Caribbean: Adults, from $99.99; kids, from $59.99
Celebrity: Adults, from $99.99; kids, from $59.99
Princess: from $84.95
NCL: Adults, from $109; kids, from $65

What You Need to Bring:

  • Comfortable lightweight shirt
  • Sweater
  • Rainproof jacket with a hood
  • Pants or shorts
  • Sturdy, waterproof shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Bring your camera. Amazon sells a great feature packed Nikon 13 MP point-and-shoot camera that's waterproof, shockproof and family friendly for around $150.

Cruise Lines Offering This Tour:

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What Else You Need to Know:

Transit to the site: You will board a bus at the Cruise Ship docks and take a narrated 20-minute drive to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary in Herring Cove

Who should take this tour:

  • Nature lovers
  • Families
  • Folks who want to learn more about the history of the Ketchikan area
  • Folks who want to take an easy hike in the Tongass National Forest
  • Folks who want to learn about Alaska's bald eagles
  • Folks who want to learn about totem poles
  • Folks looking for an easy and fun excursion in a beautiful setting
  • Photographers

What you'll do


Meet guide at the Ketchikan Cruise Ship docks

Board bus and drive to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary (20 minutes)

Orientation and safety briefing (5 minutes)

Nature walk (1 hour 10 minutes)

Visit historic sawmill, raptor center and carving center (30 minutes)

Free time and shopping at General Store (20 minutes)

Re-board bus and return to the Ketchikan Cruise Ship docks (20 minutes)

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