Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument

Misty Fjords National Monument
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MickeyGW65
Pittsburgh, PA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We took a seaplane tour to Misty Fjords and it was the most incredible experience. The scenery of the mountains and the lakes can't be missed. This is a remote landscape without any roads, so seaplane is the way to go. We used Island Wings and loved it!
Written July 27, 2023
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DWathenYoungstown_OH
Youngstown, OH300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Not much other than the boardwalk and totem area in Ketchikan but a trip to Misty Fjords is exceptional. Went to a large (100+ passenger) boat with a great crew on a sunny day. Boat was about half full with cruise passengers. Takes about 90 minutes to get to the Fjord and then you cruise around the Fjord or an hour or so. Lots of waterfalls and wildlife (deer, goats, otters, whales.) One of the most beautiful areas in Alaska. If you get the chance go. Out Holland America cruise ship made the arrangements.
Written July 17, 2023
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divetide
Clayton, NY18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We have been to Misty three times, each time on the Allen Marine Tour. Each time you see something new, different. More waterfalls, bears, wildlife, etc.
Written May 21, 2023
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adventoring
Omaha, NE30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
The Fjords are very beautiful but very remote. Our excursion was similar to others in that the boat ride was over 1.5 hours each way and disappointing in terms of wildlife. We saw 5 eagles at most and no whales, bears, moose, or mountain goats. If I were to do it again, I would consider plane rides to cut the transit time and get an even more spectacular view.
Read your itinerary carefully to make the best educated decision you can.
Written February 20, 2023
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SyrinxSounds
Victoria, Canada1,430 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I wish that in addition to "rate your experience" there was an option to rate the place. The place, Misty Fjords National Monument, is a superlative expanse of natural beauty ... in all the possible way that might be conceived. Easily a rank of FIVE. But the question was about my experience, and my experience was not good.

My suspicion is that my negative experience was down to the particular guide company we used, and I'll make that review elsewhere. But also, I wonder if it isn't a case that this place should simply be left alone. I wonder if it is too much for humans. Perhaps we should not come here?

What's not made clear in the guide packages is how far away from Ketchikan the Misty Fjords are. In a 4.5 hour boat package, four hours of that is transiting to and from the fjords. The transit is scenic but no more than an interstate highway, noisy with small planes overhead. Then it's a 15-minute float in and 15-minute float out of the fjord. It's not much better than a scenic overlook.

If you are going to go to the fjords, do your research and know what your package will look like. Get as much time in the fjords that you can. If you are just floating in and out, assume that the forecast for seeing any wildlife will be over blown. The fjords are beautiful, but perhaps they should just be left to themselves.
Written August 25, 2022
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Joette N
Oakdale, CA419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Such a beautiful place to visit. You can only visit areas of this beautiful Fjord by either flight plane, helicopter or boat. We did take a tour boat and were so very happy with our experience. Our stop at the Eddyrock and the granite walls and waterfalls, and watching a pod of killer whales were all opportunities that added to the joy of our experience.
Written July 13, 2022
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robinmnjones
Baltimore, MD46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Explored this area on a boat tour. The scenery was beautiful but we didn't see wild life. We hoped to see whales, bears and mountain goats. We did see goats but they were so far away that they looked like white dots even through binoculars. Other sights in southern Alaska were more impressive if you have to pick and choose.
Written July 3, 2022
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RichardQ_11
Mirabel, Canada229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We did this excursion with Island Wings Seaplane. We had excellent esplanations of the geography by our pilot Wiley. Absolutely Fabulous and recommend highly.
Written June 24, 2022
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Linda D
Concord, NH210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This area is so completely pristine, so beautiful and vast. It lets you absorb how truly amazing and beautiful Alaska is. We enjoyed our visit here a lot. Get here when you visit Alaska
Written June 22, 2022
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OMB
Apex, NC38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My wife and I took a cruise to Misty Fjords National Monument from Ketchikan on May 18, 2022. I arranged the trip through Alaska Hummer Adventures. We were staying in the Inn At Creek Street in Ketchikan, not on a cruise ship. The communication with boat captain Kirk Bosco prior to our excursion was excellent. Via texts and voicemail, he made sure we knew exactly when and where to meet him and his boat. The Misty Fjords Expedition was scheduled for 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM on a Wednesday. The boat had seats for captain Kirk and three couples. None of us arrived on a cruise ship which worked out in our favor. Misty Fjords is 58 miles from Ketchikan via the water. So it is two hours to the fjord and 2 hours back. That leaves only 1/2 an hour to cruise the fjord. However, since none of us were in a hurry to get back to a cruise ship, captain Kirk took his time and slowly cruised every cove in the Misty Fjords. On the way to the fjord, another passenger spotted a whale and the captain got us closer. We were able to see the whale's tail fin. A couple times he veered toward a group of porpoises so we could get a closer look. The twenty minutes prior to entering the calmer waters of Misty Fjords, we experienced an extremely rough ride as wind and currents caused white caps in the Behm Channel. I enjoyed the roller coaster ride the choppy water provided. But just be aware that the boat ride over and back to Misty Fjords is very weather dependent. By visiting in mid May, we were able to witness Misty Fjords National Monument at it's finest. There was snow on the peaks of the mountains. There were plenty of waterfalls due to the melting snow. There were low hanging clouds but they didn't obscure the peaks of the mountains. The ride back through the Behm Channel was a lot calmer. We arrived back at the Ketchikan dock at 1:30. Despite it being a drizzly day, I thoroughly enjoyed this excursion to Misty Fjord National Monument with Captain Kirk.
Written June 2, 2022
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