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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  Fantastic Expedition - This was a truly amazing experience. My parents love being out on the water, and so we chose to go out with Out to Sea Expeditions, and they showed us... read more

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    October 4, 2023
  • star rating  Fantastic afternoon  - This was a really good informative trip that was run by two clearly passionate staff who wanted to share all there knowledge, I would highly recommend this adventure to everyone... read more

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    September 24, 2023
  • star rating  Don't Miss This!!  - This was the high light of our Alaskan cruise. The owners of the company are the ones who take you out on their boat and their love of the... read more

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    September 18, 2023
  • star rating  This Expedition is a Must!  - We had an amazing experience on this expedition. Our guides were amazing! Very knowledgeable about the terrain and wild life and really exceptional people who felt like family... read more

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    September 6, 2023
  • star rating  Awesome Experience!  - We saw Orcas, seals, Dolphins, Eagles, sea lions, salmon and multiple species of birds and trees. Delaney and Eric were safety conscious and made the trip extremely enjoyable. They had... read more

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    September 5, 2023
  • star rating  THE Alaska experience to enjoy  - Delaney and Eric provided the MOST AMAZING experience on our Alaska trip. While particular wildlife can never be guaranteed they were able to safely navigate in areas where we had... read more

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    September 4, 2023
  • 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
  • We had an excellent time on this excursion! Despite the rain, the Out at Sea team provided us all the necessary garments to stay dry and warm during our time... read more

    Jashan Padwal Avatar Jashan Padwal
    May 13, 2024
  • Fantastic experience! The rain gear kept us dry in spite of the weather and we saw an astonishing amount of wildlife, especially birds.

    Austen Joa Avatar Austen Joa
    May 11, 2024
  • Great experience, saw over a dozen eagles and a couple whales. Jenny and Eric were also super nice and provided cool info. Make sure you're prepared for rainy weather

    Raymond Thai Avatar Raymond Thai
    May 10, 2024
  • Had an amazing time and adventure with my fiancé. They provide top tier waterproof gear and insure you’re prepared and comfortable for the journey ahead. Both crew members were engaging,... read more

    Bryan Kopp Avatar Bryan Kopp
    September 13, 2023
  • Great excursion. We booked on our own, independent of ship. Great transfer process to and from ship. Nice boat. Knowledgeable team.

    Diana Closterman Avatar Diana Closterman
    September 13, 2023
  • On our Alaskan cruise I decided to book an excursion in Ketchikan that wasnt through our cruise company. Im so glad I did! My mom and I got a tour... read more

    Abby Lavine Avatar Abby Lavine
    September 13, 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
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