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Step off your cruise ship and into a floatplane to admire the glassy blue lakes, waterfalls and snowcapped peaks of Misty Fjords National Monument on this 2-hour shore excursion from Ketchikan. Capture bird’s-eye views of varied landscapes and spot eagles, bears and plenty of other wildlife. But that’s not all — your aerial adventure, limited to just six people per plane, includes landing on a lake or fjord.
  • Flightseeing shore excursion from Ketchikan to Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Take a breathtaking floatplane ride over one of Alaska’s top wilderness regions
  • Soar over gorgeous alpine lakes, fjords, waterfalls and cliffs
  • Land on the water to admire the scenery at eye level
  • Spot local wildlife and enjoy commentary from an experienced pilot
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Meet your pilot at the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau across from the port, and climb aboard your six-passenger floatplane. During the flight, your pilot shares commentary via your headset, which also offers a musical soundtrack. 

Ascend over Tongass Narrows, a body of water located between Ketchikan and Gravina Island, and fly past Ketchikan. Stare in wonder at the beauty of Tongass National Forest as you soar over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords National Monument, about 40 miles (64 km) east of town.

Traveling through a low-hanging mist that gives the region its name, take in views of fjords, cliffs and rock walls jutting straight out of the water. Waterfalls cascade down narrow granite passages, and dense forests of hemlock and spruce cover the vertical slopes.

Your pilot navigates over Rudyard Bay, giving you a fantastic vantage point of New Eddystone Rock, a remnant of early volcanic activity. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like wolves, bears, deer and eagles.

Then, get ready as your pilot makes a smooth but exciting landing on one of the fjords or lakes (depending on weather conditions). Step out onto a pontoon right in the heart of the wilderness, and soak up the scenery.

Your 2-hour floatplane tour ends with drop-off back in Ketchikan.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Ketchikan port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


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, Sep 2017

Wonderful trip, the pilot was very good.

, Jul 2017

We enjoyed the float plane ride and knowledge of the pilot but the weather did not permit us to take the typical route thus the experience was somewhat lacking. We did land on the water but other than stand on the pontoon it was not that thrilling. The scenery was beautiful though more misty than the fjord implies.

, Jun 2017

We were unable to complete our tour because of weather conditions. Ketchikan has the highest rainfall for the entire state of Alaska which I was not aware of when I booked but I will say that this is a 'class act' outfit. They were more concerned about our safety than they were about their money, and because the winds got pretty strong as well as the rain, they decided it was not safe to fly. We were VERY disappointed, but they did everything within their power to try to book us on a later excursion that would still allow us to get back to our ship in time for departure, but the rain and winds just didn't cooperate. Our money was fully refunded and put back on our credit care within a couple of days. I would DEFINITELY book an excursion with TAQUAN AIR for the Misty Fjords National Monument Floatplane Tours again when in Alaska. This excursion's price was very affordable, and has the same guarantee as the excursions that are booked from the cruise line at about 1/2 the cost. They guarantee if it is their fault that you don't get back to your cruise on time and it's their fault, they get you to the next port. Also, guarantee you will fly or your money is refunded if it's no fault of your own.

, Sep 2016

Should have mics for the passengers.

, Sep 2016

the trip was awesome, scenery was spectacular. landing the plane on one of the fresh water lakes was a highlight. we always felt safe and had full confidence in our great pilot.

, Sep 2016

We loved the flight, the scenery, and the pilot. This was a highlight of our Alaska Cruise. It is expensive, but awesome!

, Sep 2016

Beautiful trip, great pilot. Scenery was spectacular.

, Sep 2016

Didn't happen due to weather. That was unfortunate, except we were not notified and were waiting for pick up at least 30 minutes until we called them.

, Aug 2016

This was one of the highlights of our two-week vacation. We were on an 8-seater seaplane and my husband got to sit in the co-pilot seat and was thrilled. The company was very professional and the pilot was very knowledgeable about the Ketchikan area. We landed on a lake in the middle of the wilderness. Altogether we were in the air about an hour. We booked the tour only two days prior to the excursion date. In the end, we had a difficult time confirming the trip and learning where our exact meet-up place was. Taquan Air never picked up the phone and I ended up having to google them to find another phone number. This was my only complaint. They need to better communicate with Viator or update their information with Viator. Otherwise this was great and cost a lot less than a similar trip offerred by the cruise ship.

, Jul 2016

Stunning - worth every cent

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