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Family in Zodiac points to wildlife

Go on an adventure as you explore the deep mysterious waters of island studded sea passages in search of wildlife aboard a rugged Zodiac expedition craft. Your experienced captain and expert naturalist will use their considerable local knowledge of the area to unlock the secrets of this biologically rich ecosystem. You will feel the ocean breeze on your face and taste the salty sea air as you skim across the waves. You will indulge your curiosity as you navigate narrow channels, next to rocky coast lines, emerald forested islands, and black sandy beaches. You will become an explorer, a mariner, an adventurer.  

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You will experience the joy of discovery as you encounter one of the natural wonders of the world. The waters of Southeast Alaska are subject to huge tidal swings. Theses tides can rise and fall over 20 feet in six hours! This large volume of water swirls against underwater canyons and mountains and propels deep nutrient laden water to the surface where it is exposed to the long Alaskan days. Photosynthetic plankton bursts to life feeding a dense profusion of sea life. Sea stars, urchins, tunicates, and sponges cling in colorful hues of orange, red and purple to the intertidal zone of steep fjord walls. Tiny Marbled Murrelets, playful Stellar Sea Lions, and the gargantuan Humpback Whale make their living fishing for dense schools of Pacific herring that take refuge in thick forests of kelp. Our prolific runs of salmon carry home the ocean’s nutrients, in their very own bodies, to their natal streams. This final act of sacrifice for their young feeds a rainforest of Western Hemlock, Cedar, and towering Sitka Spruces, creating the perfect habitat for bears, wolves, Sitka black tail deer, and nesting sites for the majestic North American Bald Eagle. There is no better way to experience this than one of our quiet seaworthy and expertly piloted Zodiac craft.  

We provide rain gear, waterproof over boots, and a life jacket to keep you warm, safe, and dry. A light snack and hot tea or locally roasted coffee are also provided. We suggest you dress warmly and in layers and bring a camera to document your discoveries. Your personal belongings can be stowed in one of our waterproof dry bags to keep them secure and out of the elements. The boat is outfitted with all the required safety equipment and operated by a USCG licensed Captain.  

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Tour Details

What to Expect

· 2.5 hour eco adventure aboard a Zodiac expedition craft piloted by an experienced USCG licensed captain.

· Explore amongst narrow passages, rocky shorelines, emerald forested islands, and black sandy beaches.

· An expert naturalist will be there to identify birds, intertidal creatures, and marine mammals while explaining the ecology and history of the area.

· Small group size, limited to 12 passengers.


· Rain Gear

· Overboots

· Dry bags

· Lifejacket

· Light snack and hot beverages

What to Bring

· Warm layered clothing

· Camera

· Binoculars (we have a few pairs on the boat for people to use too)

· A sense of adventure

Cancellation Policy

· Free cancellation for any reason up to 24 hours before tour

· Full refund if we cancel for weather

· Full refund due to missed departure caused by cruise ship, ferry, or flight delay and other reasons outside of the travelers control


Adult $175 plus tax

Child $125 plus tax

  • star rating  Great trip. Liked the small boat. The people on board loved their job. They did extra to make sure we saw some whales.

    August 26, 2023
  • star rating  Enjoying nature - I had a great time on this excursion! We saw and learned about the animals and plants. I felt very lucky that we saw a humpback whale and a pod... read more

    August 26, 2023
  • star rating  AMAZING family time! - We had an absolutely amazing time with Eric and Jenni (Science Mom). They both were genuine, kind people, loving what they do, being enthusiastic about nature and all it offers... read more

    August 8, 2023
  • star rating  Great time - Overall a very nice tour. We went where the larger boats cant go. Very educational and fun. We saw a few whales including one... read more

    August 8, 2023
  • star rating  The Real Thing - Amazing! Educational. Beautiful. Fun. Zipping over the wide open water. We got away, away from the hubbub of Ketchikan and out into the bigness of... read more

    Catherine T
    July 31, 2023
  • star rating  High Quality Wildlife tour on the water - Excellent zodiac tour to explore Alaskan wildlife. Eric and Jenny were really helpful and enthusiastic and the boat and equipment are very high quality so we felt safe at all... read more

    July 29, 2023
  • star rating  By far the best experience touring while on our extended stay in Ketchikan, Eric and Jenny took us out not only to see the wildlife at a respectful distance, but... read more

    July 23, 2023
  • star rating  A great day out in the ocean - A great time out in the ocean around Ketchikan. We saw lots of wild life. They are very good at spotting whales and predicting their movements. Jenny the science teacher... read more

    Charles W
    July 20, 2023
  • star rating  Amazing!!!! - Our adventure on the Zodiac with Eric and Jenny was totally awesome! They are both extremely professional and know there stuff!!! They made us feel very safe,... read more

    July 7, 2023
  • star rating  Close-up Nature Experience - Taking a two-hour trip in a Zodiac boat with Eric and Jenny was one of the highlights of our Alaskan cruise. Because the Zodiac is small, the boat trip felt... read more

    July 3, 2023
  • This was a truly once in a lifetime experience for my family. The 6 of us in our group had a private tour led by what we were interested in... read more

    Kari Ledbetter Avatar Kari Ledbetter
    August 23, 2023
  • Our family had a wonderful experience taking a zodiac excursion with Out to Sea. Transport from our cruise ship was easy and friendly. Equipment including wet-gear and gloves was clean,... read more

    Northern Exposure Avatar Northern Exposure
    August 23, 2023
  • I wish I could give more than just five stars! Jenny and Eric were amazing guides for me and my fiancé’s first trip to Alaska! We learned a lot and... read more

    Lauren Malek Avatar Lauren Malek
    August 23, 2023
  • Overall a very nice tour. We went where the larger boats cant go. Very educational and fun. We saw a few whales including one... read more

    steve carter Avatar steve carter
    August 9, 2023
  • The BEST! Fun & an amazing learning experience. I'd book with Out to Sea again!!

    Catherine Talkington Avatar Catherine Talkington
    August 2, 2023
  • Interessante en leuke tour vanuit Ketchikan! Veel geleerd over zeesterren maar we zagen ook reeen, zeearenden een giant zeester en zeehonden. Varen met zodiac was leuk! Niemand weet... read more

    Miranda van Oosten Avatar Miranda van Oosten
    August 2, 2023
  • Had such an Amazing trip with Eric and Jenny (The science mom!) We got lucky and got to see Dahls porpoises, and a couple humpback whales! The were very... read more

    Katrina Welch Avatar Katrina Welch
    July 30, 2023
  • Awesome experience from beginning to end. Captain Eric and our naturalist Science Mom were excellent at their jobs. We feel so lucky to have had the small group experience on... read more

    G John Hyneman Avatar G John Hyneman
    June 30, 2023
  • Amazing day, knowledgeable, local company with a wealth of knowledge to share. We saw all forms of wildlife from birds to the porpoises and whales!! We were a family of... read more

    Val Kloska Avatar Val Kloska
    June 30, 2023
  • My sister and I went Out to Sea with Out to Sea Expedition Co for a wildlife excursion. We had a great time! We were on a Zodiac that holds... read more

    Kimberly Flynn Avatar Kimberly Flynn
    May 21, 2023
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