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Hallo Bay Bear Camp
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Hallo Bay is a private camp located on the Pacific Coast of Katmai National Park, specializing only in guided bear viewing and photography trips. Bear observation in the field is conducted under the direction of professional guides whose primary duties include the safety of guests and the continued preservation of this unique area and its magnificent wildlife. Hallo Bay Wilderness is designed to be a wildlife and bear viewing experience in a true Alaska wilderness setting.

There are no viewing platforms or man-made trails at Hallo Bay, and with a client to guide ration of 5 to 1, the human footprint on the wildlife habitat is much less impacted. The Hallo Bay Bear Camp was created with an acute awareness of the pristine environment rather than focusing attention on luxurious accommodations.

CAMP INFORMATION AND ITINERARY

INFORMATION

Overnight 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.

Bear viewing opportunities: Hallo Bay Camp is located in the one of the highest natural concentrations of brown bears in Alaska. 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: moderate walk.

What to 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!

ITINERARY

Day 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.

Departure:
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.


Tour Highlights

  • Camp in weather proof tent cabins in Katmai National Park
  • Accessible by air only; flight along an active chain of volcanoes
  • Bear viewing on remote wilderness beaches

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip scheduled flights from Homer.
  • Overnight in weather proof tent cabins.
  • Guided bear viewing by expert naturalist guide.
  • All meals while at camp.
  • All taxes.

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