Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaks

Sea kayaking in southeast Alaska is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Alaska’s powerful and pristine surroundings. You can easily explore the richness of Ketchikan’s marine environment by paddling just six inches above the water. Experience the tides, wind, rain and sun in a way you don’t in any other vehicle. Imagine moving quietly along with a whale breaching right next to you. Absolutely surreal.

Anytime you do something this magical, it’s even better when you’re with folks who are experienced and passionate about it. Guides Greg and Gillian Thomas started Southeast Alaska Sea Kayaks more than 20 years ago – and they’ve crafted excursions that maximize your time, budget and skill level.

Options range from a quick 2.5 hour jaunt across the Tongass Narrows to the shores of Paddock Island, to a multi-day expedition in Misty Fjords National Monument.

Kayaks give you the sense of being practically immersed in the ocean, so the experience is as close to communing with nature as you can get. The wind blows your craft quietly along as you bob unobtrusively, watching seals, salmon, minks, otters, and bears who are just doing their thing without distractions. The kayak is also small enough for you to get into coves and discover an amazing intertidal zone that larger vessels can’t get to.

It’s visceral, rewarding, and simply hard to capture in words.

If sea kayaking sounds intriguing, give Greg and Gillian a call in advance. These tours aren’t sold on cruise ships, but they do fill up quickly.

Getting There

Alaska Fish House Marina
3 Salmon Landing
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Driving Directions