We offer two Bear Viewing Tours!
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Ketchikan Bear Viewing - Bears of the Misty Fjords
None of us knew exactly what we were going to experience when we took off in the sea plane from Ketchikan…and none of us can still believe how cool that was. It’s just hard to imagine yourself paddling on a floatplane within 50 yards of three brown bears digging for clams and playing in the grass. We wanted to thank Alaska Seaplane Tours for making these memories for us!
It is our pleasure to offer the ultimate Bear Viewing experience throughout this amazing Coastal Habitat!
Your Photo-Expedition starts as you depart the Ketchikan harbor by seaplane into the Misty Fjords. During this scenic flight your Pilot/Guide will prepare you for your adventure. As you listen keep your eyes peeled, for marine mammals that migrate through the area. It is possible to see whales, sea lions and porpoise.
You will be flying to a quiet watershed where bears are digging for clams, grazing on shore grasses and seasonally fishing for spawning salmon. These spawning salmon serve as a summer staple for all Alaskan mammals.
Though Bears are our main objective it is not uncommon to see deer, eagles, kingfishers and maybe even a wolf.
Your plane will be landing on the water, guests will disembark the plane and step onto the floats. Your Pilot/Guide will share his knowledge of bear habitat and point out any signs of bear. For photos, he will position your floatplane quietly along side wildlife, with the breathtaking backdrop of the Misty Fjords!
The Bears of the Misty Fjords Tour is the best of both worlds!
It is a unique occasion to get close to bears and to view the timeless landscape of the Misty Fjords Monument! No other tour can offer a greater reward!
The Bears of the Fjords Tour is also a chance to view both Black and Brown Bear in Alaska.
- Although bear sightings are common, they are not guaranteed. Sightings can also not be guaranteed to be close by. Bears are wild with keen hearing and smelling abilities, loud noise and fragrant perfumes and smoking will reduce your chances of sightings.
- A shoreline excursion is not permitted by the USFS within the National Monument: wildlife photos during this tour will be taken from the floatplane platform.
Tours Available May 15th – October 5th
$289.00 per person – there is a two person minimum.
$239.00 children 12 and under.
Tour Time is 2 Hrs.
Alaska Bear Viewing – Prince of Wales Island Black Bear Viewing Tour
I just wanted to say thank you for the great time we had on our “bear watch” trip. All of us loved it – we couldn’t believe the bear, salmon, and eagles – it was truly an incredible place you took us to and an incredible sight to see. We enjoyed getting to know you, and your staff – all were wonderful. Thank you again for helping to make our trip to Alaska truly awesome and something we will always remember.
No Cruise Ship Tour to Southeast Alaska would be complete without watching some of our resident bear, the Black Bear!
Some black bears have been spotted from cruise ship tours and even in the town of Ketchikan, AK, but it is unlikely that you will see these sly creatures unless you travel on one of our wildlife tours.
According to Alaska wildlife biologists, bear watching shore excursions in Ketchikan are your best opportunity. In fact, the highest Black Bear population is found on Prince of Wales Island (“POW” for short), is only a twenty-minute flight from Ketchikan in our floatplane.
This Island Black Bear population is the highest in North America and it shows! Just a short air tour west of Ketchikan, and we’ll arrive in bear viewing heaven. Guests will then hop onto shore to photo bears feeding within their intertidal marine habitat.
Prince of Wales Island is the third largest island territory within the United States, close behind Hawaii and Kodiak Islands.
POW is not yet a popular destination and we are one of the only tour operators permitted by the US Forest Service to operate in this area , which is why it remains such a special destination! The country’s overgrown logging areas and many salmon streams are exactly the habitat that bears require to flourish.
It is always a pleasure to fly out to this wild Island where Black Bears walk confidently. We have put all the odds in our black bear viewing favor to create the ultimate cruise ship day tour!
Other wildlife may include Humpback and Killer Whale, Bald Eagle, Sea Otter, Harlequin Duck and Deer.
This trip is an adventurous 2 hour tour time, 45 minutes of round trip flying with over one hour ground viewing. Light shoreline walking may be required. Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Tour times are estimated and may vary slightly according to wind, weather and wildlife viewing conditions.
Tours Available May 15th – October 5th.
$339.00 per person – there is a 2 person minimum
$289.00 children 12 and under
Or if Seaplanes are not your thing….check out our Helicopter Tours the ONLY Helicopter Tour Company in Ketchikan!