SeaWind Aviation is a family operation committed to providing the finest of Alaska, including flightseeing in the Misty Fjords, viewing wildlife on a bear viewing tour, fishing or enjoying crab feasts, or simply embarking on an air charter in the Southeast Alaska panhandle.
Our Alaska-based business was founded on experience and knowledge that dates back through generations of seaplane and floatplane adventures. Seawind Aviation has been a top-rated tour operator since its inception and we invite you to experience the difference between our airline in Ketchikan.
What makes a SeaWind Aviation tour different from the tours offered on our cruise ship or by the larger operators?
Our tours are much more personal. You don’t have to compete with large groups of cruise ship passengers for available seats and where you’re called aboard by number.
Owner and pilot, Steve Kamm and his crew of pilots have over 50 years of flying experience in Southeast Alaska. Unlike the larger operations, we don’t have seasonal pilots that migrate up to Ketchikan Alaska in the summer with little experience or are getting first-time experience flying in the Southeast panhandle.
We pick you up in our van on the dock where your ship moors and drive you 3-5 minutes directly to our dock. Your van ride is complimentary and not part of your tour price – others may charge or leave it up to you entirely.
Your tour is longer with us. Unlike many other flightseeing operations in Ketchikan Alaska, your tour starts when you depart on the plane and NOT when you get in our van. We don’t understand it either.
Each flight is unique. We do go to the shoreline on our Misty Fjords flights and let you out on land to walk a bit, take pictures and breathe in the fresh air. There are exceptions when we have the opportunity to see wildlife up close, especially bears or whales. If we do, feel free to step out onto the floats for some great pictures!
What we'll do
Southeast Alaska’s Misty Fjords National Monument is just a short flight from Ketchikan, allowing you unbeatable access to this pristine wilderness area via seaplane.
Soar above this majestic work of nature with a unique personalized tour from the air. 3,000 foot granite walls that are fractured by time and scoured by glaciers thousands of years ago, plunge thousands of feet into deep fjords. The misted mountains lift snowfields and wildflowers above the tree line. Waterfalls cascade out of rock clefts and disappear into the forest slopes. The lush mountaintops are covered with ancient green trees clinging to the steep slopes while high valleys cradle picturesque lakes.
Just when you think you have hit the peak of your experience, your floatplane will touchdown on a salt water fjord or mountain lake and feel the colossal beauty with all of your senses.
Book a Misty Fjords tour today for a sightseeing experience like no other!
The Misty Fjords National Monument landscape and the living things in it are a protected 2.3 million acres. The area has been managed by the U.S. Forest Service continuously since it became a wilderness area in 1978. Your pilot will call your attention to any spectacular Alaskan wildlife often seen in the monument and the Tongass National Forest. Sightings may include brown and black bears, mountain goats, bald eagles, orcas, and humpback whales. On the occasion that wildlife is close by, photo opportunities will be afforded right from the floats of the plane! By the time you begin the journey back to Ketchikan, you will have made memories to last a lifetime.
You’ll be able to learn all about the magnificent Misty Fjords through the live narration and conversation with your pilot. Every passenger is provided a voice-activated headset that is designed for aviation and allows communication between you, the pilot, and others onboard. During each flight, we will touch down on either a remote mountain lake or a calm saltwater inlet. When the weather permits, we have the flexibility to alter itineraries and cater to personal preferences. This ability allows the opportunity to view nearby whales, watch bears fish in the wild, celebrate a special occasion, or simply spend as much time as possible in this unique landscape. We are often able to take the airplane to shore, giving you the opportunity to step out and enjoy the beauty, take priceless photos or simply breathe in the freshest, most fragrant air anywhere.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 1.5 hours with a 20-minute shore stop in the Monument to be able to get out and stretch your legs, take pictures, and breathe in the fresh air
*Every passenger has a window seat
*Enjoy the cascading waterfalls pouring from misty mountains
*Once in a lifetime photo opportunities await in this pristine untouched wilderness
*Personalized narration only - no recorded tracks
*2-way communication headsets to allow conversation with the pilot and passengers
*Wildlife sightings are possible and can often be seen in the area
*Every flight is unique; your pilot will make a decision on where to land based on weather, wildlife, and accessibility
- What kind of aircraft will I fly in?
You will fly in either a legendary Dehavilland Beaver (DHC-2) or a Cessna-185. All DeHavilland Beavers & Otters were built in the late ’40s to early ’60s in Toronto, Canada.
- How many passengers can fly on a tour?
Our aircraft seats up to 6-7 passengers on any Alaska flightseeing tour with each passenger having a window seat. You can also reserve our aircraft just for your party. Please email or call for private group rates.
- How is transportation arranged to your dock?
We personally pick you up in our van on the dock in front of the Ketchikan Visitor Center where your ship moors, 30 minutes prior to your flight time, and drive you to our dock just 3-5 minutes away. Your van ride is complimentary and not part of your tour time.
- What is your pilot’s experience?
Born and raised in Ketchikan, Steve Kamm starting flying commercially here in Ketchikan in 1988 and has logged over 21,000 hours. His 30 years of commercial flight experience includes charters and scheduled service all over Southeast Alaska and parts of Canada, hunting trips, lake trips, Misty Fjords tours & bear tours. Aircraft flown includes Cessna C-185, C-206, DeHavilland Beavers, Otters, and Twin Otters. Steve still shares a passion for flying in this area and living in Ketchikan.
- Do you accommodate larger people?
Yes, we do. The Dehavilland Beaver is quite comfortable and roomy. There may be an additional fee added if your weight exceeds 250lbs, but you will not have to pay an additional fare. Please call us to discuss.
- Can I speak with the pilot during my Alaska flightseeing tour?
Yes, our noise reduction and voice-activated headsets allow you to speak with the pilot and fellow guests during the flight. All passengers on every flight have the ability to talk, whereas that is not a feature all airlines in Ketchikan can provide on their tours.
- Are flights available for handicapped passengers?
Yes, but please keep in mind that every situation is different and the safety of our passengers is the most important thing. If you or a member of your party is handicapped or has special needs, please email us at [email protected]
, so we can get more information to determine if it is safe to take the passenger. We do strive to make it possible for everyone to enjoy our flightseeing tours and we can often help provide passengers with the assistance needed to board the plane.
We require a 30-day cancellation notice. Cancellations with 30 days prior notice are fully refundable less a $25.00 per person processing fee. Cancellation fees are waived for flights that are delayed or canceled due to cruise ship delays or bad weather. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to your flight and no-shows are non-refundable.