CAMP INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
accommodations: Guest overnight in
weatherproof designed tent cabins. They are very simple, have wooden floors,
solid doors, windows with screens, a small sink and vanity, table/chairs, gas
lighting, heater, and beds/bedding. There are two private hot showers located in
separate buildings and two composting toilets serving the camp.
opportunities: Hallo Bay
Camp is located in the one of the highest natural concentrations of brown bears
Anytime from June to mid September Hallo Bay provides excellent opportunities to
observe the bears. The area of Hallo Bay is a food rich natural habitat where
bears find all foods and do not leave the area, whether it be fish, berries,
clams, or sweet grasses. During June and July bears generally are being seen
feeding on grass and digging for clams; that typically is also the time when you
see cubs. August and September is generally the time when bears feed on
salmon. Please note that these are general guidelines only - we cannot guarantee
that you see bears feeding on specific food sources.
Bear viewing method: Bear viewing is by foot.
Accompanied by the guide (usually 4-5 guests per guide) you walk through
wilderness including grass, meadows, along the beach etc. Guests need to be
prepared to walk up to 8-9 hours, for about 4-5 miles average. Difficulty level:
bring: warm clothing, rain gear, and
rubber boots. (Clothing colors should be kept to dark or earth tone shades such
as green, blue, brown, black and grey). Towels for the showers, shampoos and
soaps. The camp operates an environmentally friendly eco camp. All products
being used and that guests use have to have the environmentally friendly label
on every product. Alcoholic beverages are not available at the camp, but can be
brought to the camp by guests.
Weather Circumstances: Guests need to prepare for rainy days. Even though it rains a lot
in the area, guests still will go out for bear viewing. It is important to plan
several extra weather window days AFTER this tour program in case the return
flights is being delayed due to bad weather!
1/Arrival: Transfer on own to meet morning flight to Hallo Bay.
Sensational views of the coastal area of Kachemak Bay and the Alaska Peninsula
on the approx. 1 hr flight from Homer in small planes (each way). Meet guide on
arrival and after a brief orientation walk to prime bear viewing areas on the
coast. Approx. 2.5 hours bear viewing in the park. Dinner at the Hallo Bay
Camp. Overnight in weather proof tent cabins.
Day 2+/Hallo Bay
Camp: Remember to look around before you step out of your cabin as it
is common to have bears in the camp at anytime! Breakfast is served in the
galley. Your lunch will be packed by the cook in preparation for a full day
outing. Spend the day on a guided walk (moderate but long distance)
to where there is a very interesting tidal lagoon. The point overlooking
the lagoon affords good views of the area's glaciers, volcanoes, brown bears,
moose, shorebirds, waterfowl, and nesting bald eagles. The lagoon is excellent
bear habitat in all seasons. Providing succulent sedges from May to July, and
salmon runs from July to October. The beach combing in this area is incredible
due to the nature of the currents. Japanese glass net floats, old shipwreck
debris, thousands of beached logs, whale bones, and countless other objects are
stacked against the sand dunes. Return to Camp in time for dinner,
followed by an evening educational program which may be about bears, geology,
wildlife photography, or native culture.
Return to Homer after breakfast.
This itinerary may change -
without notice - due to weather, tides, animal behavior, arriving or departing
aircraft schedules and client safety.