Island Wings Air Service

Cruise Ship Visitor Information


Come fly away with us!

Be an educated tourist by booking your land, sea & sky tours in advance! Almost all the shore based tours offered on the cruise ships are also available dockside by independent tour operators like Island Wings. The flightseeing tours we offer are longer in duration than those offered on the ships, less expensive and far more personal!
Cruise ships visit Ketchikan, Alaska from May 1st through September.  They bring many people eager to see Misty Fiords by flloatplane.
The Island Wings dock and office is the closest air taxi to the cruise ships.  The float plane is operated from our dock.

Why we are different!

Island Wings is one of the only air taxi operators offering shore stops on Misty Fiords flights and a variety of other options. Additionally, Island Wings is one of the only air taxi operators offering headsets with voice communications between pilot and passengers so you can chat in flight and ask questions as we fly. Take a look at our tour selections and feel free to call us for any additional information. We'll pick you up right on the cruise ship dock, ready to show you the most beautiful place in the world!

Deposit and meeting place pickup information!

A50% deposit is required to hold your reservation. If the weather doesn't cooperate, we'll still meet you on the dock to refund your money. Transportation to and from the cruise ship dock and our floatplane facility is included in all tour prices.

The meeting place is located at the Ketchikan Liquid Sunshine Gauge also known as the Rain Gauge, which is a twenty five foot tall thermometer type cartoon structure standing at the north end of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau building. The Rain Gauge is next to “The Rock” a bronze statue with seven life size figures. The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is a wood sided building centrally located in front of Berth 2 on the cruise ship dock. The Island Wings van will be parked in the designated tour van parking area about 100 feet north of the Rain Gauge and bronze statue. Our van has our red floatplane and our name on all sides. Pick up times are 10 to 15 minutes prior to your scheduled flight departure.

We are the closest air taxi business to the cruise ship dock, about a two minute drive or a five minute walk from berths 1-3 and about a thirty second walk or swim from berth 4!

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Island Wings takes off and lands on the waterway where  the cruise ships operate. Island Wings is located next to the cruise ships docks.  Zoom past your ship in the seaplane on takeoff or landing.
Photos on this site are courtesy of Jim Kelnhofer, Mike Beedell, Craig Flatten, Amy Gulik, Dave & Leah Alcyon, Chip Porter, Carla Tchalemian and Lisa Thompson.  Many thanks to our guests who've provided us with photos over the years.  Unauthorized use of any content from this site is prohibited.  Content on this website is subject to change without notice.  Island Wings Air Service is fully licensed.  Flightseeing and Air Tours conducted in the Tongass National Forest and Misty Fjords National Monument are operated under permits issued by USDA Forest Service and the State of Alaska.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.  Island Wings Air Service is an equal opportunity provider.

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