Board an authentic Alaska floatplane and soar over the nation's second-largest wilderness area, encompassing more than two million acres. Take in the dramatic beauty of a land slowly crafted by the hands of nature. See sheer granite cliffs, 1,000-foot waterfalls, crystalline lakes and low-hanging mists on your flight from Tongass Narrows over Revillagigedo Island to Misty Fjords. At the entrance of spectacular Rudyard Bay, your introduction to the Monument, see New Eddystone Rock, a striking remnant of early geological activity. An exhilarating water landing where you'll have the opportunity to step out onto the floatplane pontoons in Misty Fjords, gives you the opportunity to experience the silence, serenity, and monumental beauty that surrounds you. Eagles, bears, mountain goats, whales and sea lions are some of the wildlife you may observe on your floatplane adventure. Enjoy specially choreographed music and narration during your tour. You'll have individual headsets and a guaranteed window seat.
Note: This tour is accessible to guests with some physical limitations. For details please consult your Shore Excursion staff before booking. Flight time is approximately 1 1/4 hours with an approximately 10-minute water landing. This tour operates under special-use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. This tour is non-refundable.
For more details about these tours please visit: http://mistyfjords.promechair.com/
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Customer Reviews for Magnificent Misty Fjords Seaplane
This excursion is currently operated by Promech Air, a local operator of scheduled flights, charters and flightseeing. You'll be picked up at the pier and driven by charter bus to Promech's dock. It was raining (28 Jul 2012) and our driver cautioned that it was possible our flight would be cancelled. Promech sends out scout planes into the fjords each morning to determine overall flight and sightseeing conditions.
After waiting approx. 20 mins, we received word that weather at the fjords was acceptable and proceeded to the dock with our pilot, who loaded us into a de Havilland floatplane, with seating for six, including the pilot. Be sure to tell the pilot if you're celebrating a special occasion - you might be selected to sit up front next to the pilot.
At this point, conditions were overcast and rain with 54F temperature. The planes are heated. As a matter of fact, ours was overly warm with all the gear we were wearing.
Each passenger has their own headphone for listening to music and narration during the flight. We saw some incredible scenery and landed on the water in the fjords. We were not invited to step out on the pontoons as advertised, but we did open the doors for a few minutes.
Photography is challenging, especially shooting through fogged up, rainy windows. That said, we still got some nice photos. It stopped raining for a bit while in the fjords, which was a bonus. No wildlife sighted on this flight, but we felt it was still worth the money.
One caution: you'll feel the turbulence in a small plane. If you're prone to motion sickness, I'd recommend finding a different excursion. One of the people on our flight spent most of the flight with her head in a plastic bag.
Our pilot (think his name was Mike) was great and very personable. Very smooth water landings. We'd definitely recommend this excursion and consider it one of the best choices you can make in Ketchikan.
I should also mention that one of the locals mentioned that Promech is one of the better flight services in the area and is known locally to be a safe operator.
Upon entering the bus to go to the Seaplane, we were told that the weather in Ketchikan is raining and covered in fog 95% of the time. SO ... it is very far and few between in finding a nice sunny day to fly and SEE anything. We DID fly .... technically. A 1 1/4 hour flight turned into 25 minutes total and because the fog was so low to the ground we had to turn around and go back to the dock. Saw nothing. YES we'd prefer being safe than sorry .... but not worth getting up at 5:30 am and being socked in with fog.
This was a nice relaxing thing to do..got to see alot of pretty mountains..not alot of animals but it was just cool to be in the plane and to land on the water and check things out..It was an experiance ill never forget.