Located just west of Baranof’s marina, our neighbors at Allen Marine Tours have made a name for themselves throughout the state as one of Alaska’s longest running tour companies. With over 45 years of experience showing guests the beauty of Alaska, we can assure you the folks at Allen Marine have it dialed in, providing a standard of operations and service which continues to set the bar for tour operators year after year. While you won’t be disappointed if you choose to book any of their excursions, our personal recommendation is to join them on their Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer tour. This 4½ hour boat excursion brings you aboard one of their custom-built catamarans on a journey to Ketchikan’s crown jewel, the Misty Fjords National Monument. Here, you’ll be surrounded by the lush greenery of our temperate rainforest and the steep granite cliffs of the glacially carved fjords, jutting straight up out of water and cloaked in mist. Rainfed waterfalls glisten against the rocks, forming rivulets down the craggy cracks into the sea, and an assortment of wildlife—such as mountain goats, bear, deer, seals, sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, and orca whales—can be spotted both on the surrounding land and the water beneath you. Take our word for it: the Misty Fjords are not to be missed, and Allen Marine tours does it right.
WE KNOW IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO KEEP TRACK OF CHANGES TO ALL THE DIFFERENT COVID-19 TRAVEL GUIDELINES BETWEEN STATES.
AS ALASKA CONTINUES TO WELCOME TRAVELERS, AND THE GUIDANCE OR REQUIREMENT FOR TRAVEL CONTINUES TO EVOLVE, YOU CAN FIND OUR UPDATES HERE TO HELP YOU PLAN YOUR VISIT.
Vaccination is the name of the game! A fully vaccinated crew is a cornerstone of our business. If you have been vaccinated with one of the FDA’s authorized COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC’s guidelines indicate you no longer need to get tested before (or after) travel or self-quarantine, unless the destination requires it. Alaska is in step with the CDC’s recommendation for vaccinated travelers
The safety of our customers is paramount, so we’re also not going to walk away from common sense guidelines such as:
• social distancing
• higher-level cleaning
As long as these guidelines are essential for providing a safe operating environment, we’ll be maintaining compliance. If you would like a copy of our company’s specific COVID-19 mitigation policies email us here.
Alaska’s travel mandates and orders have recently transitioned to be travel advisories. Even so, our travel industry leaders are strongly encouraging all travelers to Alaska to test for COVID-19 before beginning their trip, or directly after arrival. Current recommendations for visitors to Alaska are:
1. Complete the State of Alaska Travel Declaration Form and the Self Isolation Plan via the Alaska Travel Portal at https://www.alaska.covidsecureapp.com/2. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, either before travel or on arrival to Alaska.
a. If you choose to test prior to travel, you should upload to the portal either your results or proof of a test taken within 72 hours of travel, or have that proof available to show airport screeners.
b. If you choose to test on arrival, the guidelines indicate a period of strict social distancing until you receive your results, followed by a second test in 5-14 days, so our best suggestion is to test prior to arrival when possible.
For a detailed version of the latest State of Alaska Health Advisory for Travel, follow our link here.
If you have additional questions about Alaska Travel and COVID-19, or planning a trip with Baranof Excursions, please call Bonnie (Office Manager) at 907-617-9579 or Chuck Slagle(Owner) at 907-617-4877