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The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake which is one of the most productive watersheds inthe world and home to one of the highest densities and concentrations of bears in the world. This unparalleled bear viewing program is the ONLY overnight bear viewing program actually based on Kodiak Island and specifically dedicated to seeing the famous and legendary Kodiak brown bear. With a maximum capacity of 6 guest's the Kodiak Brown Bear Center will be the perfect place for any bear enthusiast to immerse themselves in the observation and study of the largest carnivore on earth!



 

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DAY
1
 
Anchorage - Kodiak - Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Anchorage - Kodiak - Kodiak Brown Bear Center This morning transfer on own to Anchorage airport to meet a scheduled flight to Kodiak Island. On arrival in Kodiak you will be met for transfer to floatplane base where you embark on a 45 minute Alaska bush plane flight to Camp Island on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island on the Karluk Lake that has over 30 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries creating one of the highest salmon concentrations on Kodiak. This adventure offers visitors unparalleled access and opportunities to observe and study these legendary bears in their natural habitat and surroundings from viewing areas strategically located in the field as well as from the lodges custom built 30' catamaran. After a brief safety orientation and lunch you will be immersed into a guided bear viewing adventure. The evening dinner is served in the dining cabin. After dinner you'll settle into your comfortable and well-appointed cabin for your first overnight stay at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.

DAY
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Kodiak Brown Bear Center Camp Island affords a lodging buffer from the abundant bear activity around the perimeter of the Lake and provides a curious and entertaining population of local wildlife such as deer, fox and river otter. After breakfast you will embark for another day of guided bear viewing to one of three prime viewing areas and enjoy a scenic nature and wildlife cruise of the 36 square mile Karluk Lake by heated catamaran. All guest cabins are directly at the water’s edge and each cabin has a private outdoor deck where bears and other wildlife can often be seen as well. Lunch and dinner included with another night in your deluxe and well-appointed cabin at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.

DAY
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center
Kodiak Brown Bear Center One to five additional days, depending on your desired length of stay. This is one of the most researched bear habitat areas in the world and you will likley have opportunities for interactions with researchers and wildlife photographers. There is a good chance to see the bears all summer as the area is great habitat for sows and cubs. However, starting August 1st the bear concentrations are beginning their peak due to the prolific salmon runs entering Karluk Lake through the Karluk River and this increases the chance to see the bigger male bears called boars.

DAY
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Kodiak Brown Bear Center - Kodiak - Anchorage
Kodiak Brown Bear Center - Kodiak - Anchorage In the morning after breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a guided activity (bear viewing, kayaking or fishing). After lunch, you'll check out and prepare for the return flight to Kodiak at approximately 1:00pm (13:00H). In the evening you'll depart on a scheduled flight from Kodiak to Anchorage*. Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer on own.

* There may be a layover time at the Kodiak Airport for several hours. However due to weather delays and check in requirements, we will not schedule tight connections.

Below you will find descriptions of optional tours. When you book this tour package, you will see prices and be able to select which optional tours you would like to reserve.
Additional tours are available under our Day Tours section

Price per Person - USD
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4 Days / 3 Nights
Operation DatesSingleDoubleTripleQuadChild
Jul 28, 14 - Oct 06, 14
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$5359$3949$N/A$N/A$N/A
5 Days / 4 Nights
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Jul 31, 14 - Oct 05, 14
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$6489$4729$N/A$N/A$N/A
8 Days / 7 Nights
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Aug 03, 14 - Sep 28, 14
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$9719$6979$N/A$N/A$N/A

PROGRAM DAYS

Please note that this program is not available on a daily basis! It is only available with start days as follows:
- 4 days/3 nights package can only be started on Mondays or Thursdays (July 28 to Oct 6, 2014)
- 5 days/4 nights package can only be started on Thursdays or Sundays (July 31 to Oct 5, 2014) 
- 8 days/7 nights package can only be started on Sundays (Aug 3 to Sept 28, 2014)

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location:
The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is situated on a 50 acre site known as Camp Island situated on the Karluk Lake with over 30 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries creating the highest salmon concentrations on Kodiak. This offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to observe bears in their natural surroundings from viewing platforms strategically located in the field as well as boats or kayaks to cruise along the lake. Camp Island affords a lodging buffer from the abundant bear activity around the perimeter of the Lake and provides a curious and entertaining population of local wildlife such as deer, fox and river otter.

Bear habitat:
There is a good chance to see the bears from mid July through September as the area is great habitat for sows and cubs. However, starting August 1st the bear concentration is at its peak due to salmon runs entering the river systems throughout the region and this increases the chance to see the bigger male bears called boars. The absolute best bear viewing times are August 15 to October. In addition to wildlife viewing, fishing is available for a variety of salmon and for lake trout. Steelhead fishing is available in October.

Accommodation:
The facilities include 6 newly constructed, deluxe cabins with private bath and high end interior finishes including bamboo and tile flooring. Other amenities include robes, slippers, toiletries and daily room service plus high speed WI-FI and telephone. The guest cabins are directly at the water's edge and each cabin has a private outdoor deck where bears and other wildlife can often be seen made to accommodate the days activities. Please note that alcoholic beverages will not be available but guests are welcome to bring their own.

Activities:
Guided bear viewing including boat transportation, guided or independent hiking or kayaking, trout or salmon fishing, interpretive programs. A sauna offers relaxation after a day of activities! Some gear including rain gear and boots are provided .


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Booking requirements: we require following information for each traveler at time of reservation: Full name including middle name(s), gender, date of birth and body weight.
  • Weather delays: As weather can delay the departure or the return flight, please plan extra weather window days after this program!



    REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY
    The 50% deposit is non-refundable 

    60 to 0 days prior to lodge stay date:
    Due to limited availability and a short operating season, stays at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center are non-refundable if cancelled within 60 days, even if weather or other reason beyond the center's control delays or prevents you getting to the center on the day scheduled. Payments for the center portion of the tour can be applied to a future trip; however, this does not include airfare to Kodiak Island if used.



Tour Highlight

  • Deluxe lodge based guided bear viewing program on Kodiak Island
  • Unparalleled opportunities to observe the legendary Kodiak brown bear in its natural habitat and surroundings
  • Accommodations are deluxe cabins with private bath and high end interior finishes

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip flight Anchorage - Kodiak City.
  • Roundtrip flight by float plane from Kodiak to the lakeside Kodiak Brown Bear Center on Karluk Lake.
  • Deluxe Cabin accommodations with private bathrooms.
  • All meals during stay.
  • Daily guided activities including bear viewing, kayaking and fishing.
  • Orientation and daily interpretive programs.

Not included: transfers in Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, gratuity.

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