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ALASKA BEAR WATCHING EXCURSIONS

Our selection of bear watching in Alaska excursions depart from several locations throughout Alaska such as Anchorage, Juneau and Wrangell. We offer you great opportunities to include a bear viewing experience as part of your Alaska vacation.

Katmai National Park / Brooks - Day Tour from Anchorage

Fly from Anchorage to the world's most famous bear viewing site! Depart Anchorage early in the morning aboard a wheeled plane flight to King Salmon or Kulik (approx. duration 1.5 hrs). On arrival in King Salmon or Kulik, a local representative will transfer you directly to a seaplane for a 20 minute flight to Brooks Camp. After a short safety briefing about bears by a park ranger, you are free to explore the nature preserve and enjoy unguided bear viewing for about 4 to 6 hours. Viewing platforms are connected by walking trails, and are strategically placed for commanding views of brown bear activity. Rangers are based at platforms and on trails to provide information, safety, and to rotate viewing groups during busy periods. Depart Brooks in the afternoon and connect in King Salmon for your return flight to Anchorage in the evening.
Tour includes: Round trip flights between Anchorage and Brooks Lodge, National park fee. 
Not included: Meals and transfers in Anchorage.

Good to know: Bear viewing at Brooks River Falls is quite dependent on the annual salmon runs, with the most reliable viewing from about June 25 to July 25 and September . However, often bears are in the area throughout the summer months. Bear sightings are not guaranteed.
Flight schedule between Anchorage and King Salmon/Kulik might change without notice. Especially during the month of July flights are very limited and flights sell out very quickly. Depending on availability the flight from Anchorage may depart as early as 6:30am and as late as 9:30am. The return flight from King Salmon can be between 6pm and 8pm.

NOTE: Children have to be at least 6  years old in order to participate in the this tour.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights, dates of birth and full names as they appear on identification.

Season: Daily departures June 15 - September 18, 2016
Departure Time: approx. 7:30am (7:30H)
Duration: approx. 12-14 hours

Price:
 USD 836 per person

Bear Viewing Flight Safari to Katmai from Anchorage
This morning, depart the Lake Hood seaplane base for a scenic flight to prime bear viewing habitat. The small plane allows for better sightseeing opportunities along the way. Fly over glaciers, volcanoes and the vast coastal region where the giant bears roam. With several hours of flight time allocated to the safari, you will be inspired by Alaska's vast and rugged wilderness (approx. flight time from Anchorage to Brooks is 2 - 2.5 hours one way). Flying over lower Cook Inlet, the tour route will take you along the shores of Katmai National Park & Preserve to Brooks Falls. About 4-5 hours will be spent at Brooks exploring the park and watching bears (unguided). This bear watching flight safari offers a great adventure for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages!
Tour includes: Roundtrip flight in small float plane from Anchorage, unguided bear viewing and sack lunch. (Transfers in Anchorage available from most downtown and airport hotels.)

Good to know: While bear viewing is not guaranteed, July is typically the best time for bear viewing in this area.

NOTE: Children have to be at least 7 years old to participate in this tour.

Required at time of booking: Body weights and hotel information in Anchorage.

Season: Daily departures July 1 - July 31, 2016
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 10 - 12 hours including 4-5 hours total flying time.

Price:
 USD 936 per adult / USD 884 per child (7-11 years)

Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing - Half Day Tour - from Anchorage

Depart Anchorage by seaplane for a one-hour flight following a scenic route across Cook Inlet to the foothills of the Aleutian Range and the Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve. Upon arrival at Redoubt Bay Lodge, you will be met by your experienced nature guide who will provide an orientation about the surrounding wilderness and then take you on a guided bear viewing tour by pontoon boat including to Wolverine Creek Cove. From the water you are able to safely get close to view Alaska's magnificent bears in their natural habitat. You will spend around 3 hours on the water while at Redoubt Bay.
Tour includes: Roundtrip flights from/to Anchorage, guided boat trip, and lunch at the lodge. (Transfers in Anchorage available from most downtown and airport hotels.)    

Good to know: Bears (black and brown bears) are attracted to the nearby Wolverine Creek Cove during the salmon run especially. While bear sightings are not guaranteed, better chances for seeing bears typically is during the month of July. However often bears can be spotted starting middle of June through mid-August. Your guide will insure that you receive the best possible experience. 
Because Redoubt Bay is one of the easiest and closest accessible location for bear viewing from Anchorage and also the Kenai Peninsula, Redoubt Bay can be very popular. It also is popular for sport fishermen. It fits well with itineraries starting/ending in Anchorage and provides a good opportunity for bear viewing. Overnight guests will enjoy more privacy in the evening; see under the lodge section for overnight stay options!

NOTE: Children have to be at least 7 years old in order to participate in the this tour

Required at time of booking:  Passenger weights and hotel information in Anchorage.

Season: Daily departures June 15 - August 15, 2016
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H) and 12:30pm (12:30H)
Duration: 6 hours including 2 hours total flying time

Price:
 USD 722 per adult / USD 671 per child (7-11 years)

Redoubt Bay Bear Viewing - Full Day Tour - from Anchorage

Depart Anchorage by seaplane for a one-hour flight following a scenic route across Cook Inlet to the foothills of the Aleutian Range and the Lake Clark Wilderness Preserve. Upon arrival at Redoubt Bay Lodge, you will be met by your experienced nature guide who will provide an orientation about the surrounding wilderness and then take you on a guided bear viewing tour by pontoon boat including to Wolverine Creek Cove. From the water you are able to safely get close to view Alaska's magnificent bears in their natural habitat. You will spend around 6-7 hours on the water while at Redoubt Bay.   
Tour includes: Roundtrip flights from/to Anchorage, guided boat trip, and lunch at the lodge. (Transfers in Anchorage available from most downtown and airport hotels.) 

Good to know: Bears (black and brown bears) are attracted to the nearby Wolverine Creek Cove during the salmon run especially. While bear sightings are not guaranteed, better chances for seeing bears typically is during the month of July. However often bears can be spotted starting middle of June through mid-August. Your guide will insure that you receive the best possible experience. Because Redoubt Bay is one of the easiest and closest accessible location for bear viewing from Anchorage and also the Kenai Peninsula, Redoubt Bay can be very popular. It also is popular for sport fishermen. It fits well with itineraries starting/ending in Anchorage and provides a good opportunity for bear viewing. Overnight guests will enjoy more privacy in the evening; see under the lodge section for overnight stay options!  

NOTE: Children have to be at least 7 years old in order to participate in this tour. A 2-person minimum is required for this tour to operate.

Required at time of booking: Passenger weights, dates of birth and hotel information in Anchorage.

Season: Daily departures June 15 - August 15, 2016
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 10.5 hours including 2 hours total flying time

Price:
 USD 839 per adult / USD 739 per child (7-11 years)

Bear Viewing Flight Safari to Lake Clark from Anchorage

A Lake Clark National Park bear viewing tour provides an Alaska experience of a lifetime. Depart from Lake Hood Sea Plane Harbor in Anchorage and fly southwest over Cook Inlet toward the Chigmit Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views of the Alaska and Aleutian Mountain Ranges and two active volcanoes - Mt. Redoubt and Mt. Iliamna - before landing in Crescent Lake within Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. You will disembark at Redoubt Mountain Lodge where knowledgeable guides escort you by boat to lakeside areas to view bears feeding on spawning Alaska salmon. About 6-7 hours will be spent of guided bear viewing. This bear watching flight safari offers a great adventure for wildlife enthusiasts!
Tour includes: Transfers to and from most Anchorage hotels, roundtrip floatplane flight from Anchorage, guided bear viewing and lunch.

Good to know:  While bear viewing is not guaranteed, the most reliable bear viewing for this area is within the operation dates listed for this tour.

NOTE: Children have to be at least 7 years old to participate in this tour.

Required at time of booking:
 Body weights, dates of  birth and hotel information in Anchorage. 

Season: Daily departures August 1 - September 15, 2016
Departure Time: 8:00am (8:00H)
Duration: 10 - 12 hours including transfers

Price:
 USD 922 per adult / USD 870 per child (7-11 years)

6-8 Hour Pack Creek Bear Preserve / Admiralty Island Bear Viewing Tour from Juneau
The tour starts from the Juneau International Airport (transfers to/from airport on own). Here you will receive an orientation and then you will board a classic Alaska float plane for an approx. 25 minute flight to Admiralty Island. Along the way, your guide will point out the topography and natural features of Admiralty Island seen out the window. You may be lucky and see whales or bears on the beach as you approach the island! Your aircraft will land on the water and taxi to the beach where you will offload. Once on the beach, you will spend the next approx. 5 hours in bear country, walking about a mile within the viewing estuary where bears are likely to be seen foraging or fishing for salmon. Afterwards flight back to Juneau. Return to Juneau at approx. 20:00H.  A box lunch and snack is included.

Good to know: Due to safety concerns, participants must be able to get in and out of the floatplane and walk to the end of a narrow float, stepping down into knee high water and wading to shore without any kind of railing or support for assistance (short distance). Once on shore participants may be on their feet for as much as 2 hours at a time, and must be capable of walking in high grass, uneven, muddy and watery ground (in knee high rubber boots or good waterproof hiking boots). Participants will be outside exposed to the weather for the duration of the ground portion of the tour in areas with no shelter of any kind, even on days that may be cool, wet and windy. No restroom facilities available.

NOTE: Children have to be at least 9 years old in order to participate in the this tour.

Required at time of booking: Full name incl. middle name(s) as per ID / passport, date of birth and body weight.

SPECIAL TERMS: Cancellation terms: if cancelled up to 31 days prior: USD 100  per person fee applies; if cancelled 30 - 0 days prior the tour is non-refundable. If the tour gets cancelled due to weather a $75 per person fee will be charged, the rest is refundable. The $75  per person fee is the forest service fee which is non-refundable!

Season: Departures May 10 - September 10, 2016, depending on permits. NO tours on: June 10 through 25 and July 4.
Departure Time: Various times depending on tides.
Duration: 8 hours total including orientation and flight times.

Price:
 USD 789 per person

AnAn Creek Bear Observatory Tour from Wrangell
Anan Creek is located in Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska (35 miles south of Wrangell). A 45-minute jet boat ride will bring you from Wrangell through the Eastern Passage to Anan Creek. Seals, Stellar sea lions, dolphins and the occasional orca whale feed on herring and smelt found along the route. On arrival, walk the rainforest trail (1/2-mile) to the observatory platform. Here the guide will give a bear safety briefing. The multi-level observatory platform provides excellent opportunities for viewing black and brown bears fishing 30 feet below you and across the river. Time spent at the platform is determined by the guide based on local conditions, typically 3 hours. Usually the total length of the excursions including boat transfers is approx. 6 hours.
Tour includes: Boat transfer between Wrangell and AnAn Creek, services of guide, park fee, and soft drinks.

Good to know: Overnights in Wrangell before and after are required! Wrangell can be accessed via flight or ferry only.
US Forest Service has made significant changes to the permit system for AnAn Creek. There are limited permits available throughout the summer. The supplier may get additional permits in January / March. Depending on available permits, we may have to keep a reservation pending until further permits are allocated.
This tour has a special cancellation policy/ fee: up to 61 days prior: 30%; 60 - 31:days prior: 60%; 30-0 days: 100%. If tour is cancelled due to weather, $35 per person is non-refundable

NOTE: Children have to be at least 12 years old in order to participate in this tour.

Season: June 25 - August 31, 2016 (dependent on permits and bear sightings). Tour is not available on cruise ship days.
Departure Time: varies
Duration: 6 hours including transfers

Price:
 USD 322 per person

Bear & Wildlife Viewing Flight Safari from Homer
Enjoy a scenic 1 to 1 ¾ hours flight over volcano and glacier scenery to the east coast of Katmai National Park (this tour does NOT go to Brooks Falls). After landing on the beach, you and your guide will spend approximately 3 hours walking along the beaches and meadows to view brown bears in their natural habitat. From a safe distance, you may observe the bears fishing, digging for clams, grubbing for roots and grasses, socializing and raising their young. It is also possible to see foxes, bald eagles, and various sea life. Bears typically are seen on this tour, but sightings are not guaranteed!  Tour includes: roundtrip flight and guide.  Not included: meals and transfers to and from your hotel.

Good to know: Participants must be able to walk in rubber boots in partly high grass, uneven, muddy and watery ground. You will be outside exposed to the weather for the duration of the ground portion of the tour in areas with no shelter of any kind, even on days that may be cool, wet and windy. No restroom facilities available. This tour is weather dependent and could be cancelled if flight conditions are not safe.

Note: There is a 2 passenger minimum for this tour to operate. Children have to be at least 7 years old to participate in this tour.

Required at time of booking: Body weights and dates of birth.

Season: Daily departures May 28 - September 10, 2016
DepartureTime: 7:00am - 9:00am (7:00H - 9:00H) depending on tides & weather.
Duration: 5-6 hours

Price:
 USD 625 per person

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