Our boat, kayak, & hike tour takes you from salt water to forest and back again!

Our boat, kayak, & hike tour takes you from salt water to forest and back again!

Our boat & hike tour is for adventurous and physically fit visitors who want to explore the Alaskan wilderness like the locals. This trip includes it all: remote boating, wilderness kayaking, spectacular coastal rainforest hiking, and a wild Alaskan smoked salmon picnic! The Paddles & Propellers Kayak & Hike Tour is the real Alaska experience. You’ll be steeped in nature while making your way through some rugged terrain on both beach and trail.

With 5 full hours on land and sea you are guaranteed time to experience the vivid green eco-system of the rainforest and see a range of marine and intertidal life. Our comfortable, high speed boat can go anywhere and we aim to find the calmest water and the most wildlife on every tour. We can’t make any promises on behalf of mother nature but we regularly see everything from sea stars, jelly fish, seals, and bald eagles to the occasional humpback whale, black bear, and of course the ever elusive killer whale!

we found some herring eggs on the beach, who wants lunch?

we found some herring eggs on the beach, who wants lunch?



PRICE: $259 per person (+6.5% tax & fees)

LENGTH: 5 Hours


Small boat tour to and from the trail

Coastal kayak experience

Rainforest hiking adventure

Yummy trail snacks

Friendly & knowledgeable local tour guide

Full meal + Wild Alaskan smoked salmon picnic

4 person max tour size (up to 6 upon group request)


get to know the rainforest with us.

get to know the rainforest with us.


Alaska Kayak Company is excited give our guests the opportunity to leave the city and experience the Alaska we love.

Tim & Mary will meet you at the rain gauge, and we’ll take a short stroll through Ketchikan’s bustling waterfront district to our warm, dry small craft. You’ll only share our floating office with a maximum of 4 guests. We have plenty of storage space on the boat to stow your backpacks and shopping bags while we adventure. Captain Mary will set sail and we’ll enjoy the all best views of Ketchikan from the water. Our boat cruise includes a stop by Creek Street, a chance to take a photo in front of your cruise ship, salmon jumping in the Tongass Narrows, a glimpse of native heritage at the local totem park, and the possibility of spotting one of the many whales in the area!

The beauty of our floating office is that it goes anywhere the adventure takes us. Our kayaking location is dependent on the weather, the tides, and the wildlife. While Mary gets you geared up in all the high quality equipment you may need to face the Alaskan elements, Tim will lower our expedition-style tandem kayaks off the boat and into the water. Our boats are super comfortable and very stable. They feel great whether you are a first time paddler or a seasoned veteran. Your kayak expedition happens at your pace, on our playground. We will have the opportunity to view the amazing intertidal ecosystem from a paddles distance away and experience all the tranquility the Tongass National Forest coastline has to offer. You can expect to see everything from sea stars, jelly fish and bald eagles to the occasional humpback whale, black bear, and our favorite the killers whales!

You’ll paddle up to shore, learn to exit the kayak like a pro, and help Tim or Mary carry your kayaks above the tideline. The shore is uneven and the kayaks weight about 70 lbs each. If you are looking for a plush, no-effort tour, this might not be the adventure for you. From the coast you’ll hike into the rainforest. Both of the Alaska Kayak Company owners are nature nerds. Hiking with one of us through the forest is a touch-and-feel ecology tour of the Tongass National Forest. If the season is right we’ll feast on berries, and if it isn’t, don’t worry, we also bring yummy trail snacks. Trek as far as you’d like, at whatever speed you choose. The trail winds though muskeg, over downed trees, and through pristine old growth.

After the hike we will paddle back to the expedition vessel where you will be greeted by a picnic of wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon and drinks. The cruise back into town is fast, comfortable, and guaranteed to get you there in plenty of time to catch your cruise ship!