Skagway Tours: Tour Spotlight – Ocean Raft Wildlife Adventure
For a small town, Skagway has a surprisingly large tour infrastructure. If it’s your first time visiting, you may have a tough time choosing the right Skagway tours for your family or group. The purpose of our “Tour Spotlight” series is to provide you with the information you need to make the best choice.
Today’s Tour Spotlight is from a company called Ocean Raft Alaska. Their tour is called the Ocean Raft Wildlife Adventure and it offers excitement, thrills, and a chance to see some amazing Alaska wildlife up close. What follows is a breakdown of everything you need to know about this fun tour.
The premise of the Ocean Raft Wildlife Adventure
The concept of this tour is to offer guests a chance to get up close and personal with various forms of wildlife while enjoying the fun and excitement of riding on their fast Coast Guard approved vessel. First and foremost, the ocean raft is quick. It is equipped with three outboard engines that give it a total of 750 horsepower. This is enough to propel the watercraft at speeds that will make the wind blow through your hair.
The Ocean Raft comfortably seats 17 passengers in spring loaded seats that prevent discomfort when the vessel bounces in the waves. The vessel is the same type used by United States Navy Seals and Coast Guard rescue teams. It features a deep-V hull that slices through the waters of the Upper Lynn Canal with ease.
The company recently added a second vessel with 500 horsepower that seats 13 passengers.
Encountering wildlife on your Ocean Raft
Obviously, everyone wants to see wildlife when they visit Alaska, and Ocean Raft Alaska is one company that delivers. On these Skagway tours, you have the opportunity to see any or all of the following animals:
- Sea Lions
- Mountain Goats
- All sorts of birds and waterfowl
While there are no guarantees when it comes to what you may see on any given tour, wildlife abounds in the region. If you would like an updated wildlife report, you can talk to one of the our agents when you get off of your ship.
Your safety is the primary consideration
Ocean Raft Alaska values the safety of every passenger, so they go out of the way to make sure you’re protected. Every passenger is given a high quality exposure suit that not only keeps you warm and cozy during the ride, but also ensures you’re fully protected if anything were to go wrong. Their vessels are well maintained and they go out of their way to accommodate to every passenger’s needs.
If you have back or neck problems, are pregnant, or suffer from physical impairments that could be exacerbated by taking the tour, you should seek out another option. If it gets too windy or if the water is too rough, the company will cancel the tour and fully refund your money.
For thrills and full immersion in the beauty of Alaska, this is one of our can’t miss Skagway Tours. For more information or to make a reservation, give us a call.