Bear Viewing

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We offer several bear viewing tours!

Brown and black bears are technically the same animal, but they’ve adapted to different conditions. Brown bears are also known as grizzly bears, and our brown bear population lives mostly in the fjords. They’re bigger than black bears and live in more mountainous terrain, within walking range of salmon. Our local black bears (which our opinionated pilots believe to be much more handsome animals) are most densely populated at Neets Bay Hatchery.

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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 seaplane 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!

Mark Calvely

It is our pleasure to offer the ultimate bear-viewing experience throughout this amazing coastal habitat.

Your two-hour expedition starts as you depart Ketchikan harbor by seaplane into the Misty Fjords National Monument. During this scenic flight, your pilot will share some facts and stories about this incredible land; as you listen, keep your eyes peeled for the marine mammals that migrate through the area. It is possible to see whales, sea lions and porpoise.

We’ll fly to a quiet watershed where bears dig for clams, graze on shore grasses, and (seasonally) fish for spawning salmon, which serve as a summer staple for all Alaskan mammals.

The Bears of the Fjords Tour is a chance to view both black and brown bear in Alaska. Though bears are our main objective, it’s not uncommon to see deer, eagles, kingfishers, and maybe even a wolf.

Your plane will land on the water, and you’ll have a chance to disembark  and step onto the floats. Your pilot will share his knowledge of bear habitat and point out any signs of bear. For photos, he will position your floatplane quietly alongside wildlife.

  • Although bear sightings are common, they are not guaranteed; nor can we guarantee how close the animals will be to you. Bears are wild, with keen hearing and smelling abilities; loud noises, fragrant perfumes, and smoking reduce your chances of sightings.
  • Shoreline excursions are not permitted by the USFS within the National Monument, so all wildlife photos during this tour are taken from the floatplane platform.

Tours Available May 15th – October 5th

PRICE:
$299.00 per person (two-person minimum; solo travelers welcome).
$249.00 children 12 and under

Tour time: 2 hours
All Tour times are estimated and may vary slightly according to wind, weather and wildlife viewing conditions. All final tour routes on pilot safety discretion


Alaska Bear Viewing: Prince of Wales Expedition

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.

Margie Young

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The third largest Island of the United State is the most beautiful. Take the road less traveled through the Prince of Wales Wilderness area. A land untouched by the hands of man and a place where Black Bears walk with confidence.

A 20 minute flight will bring us to the amazing shores of this great resource.

Special permits issued by the US Forest Service will allow us to land during a shoreline excursion and explore the island. The lush rainforest and island estuaries are exactly the elements that an ecosystem requires to flourish.

It is always a pleasure to fly out to this wild island. We place ourselves within excellent bear habitat and increase our odds of an encounter just by being here. The expedition is designed especially to accommodate our cruise-ship visitors that want to get away from it all.

Although bears live here and sightings are common; they can never be guaranteed; nor can we guarantee how close they will be to us.

Tours Available May 15th – October 5th

PRICE:
$349.00 per person (two-person minimum; solo travelers welcome too)
$299.00 children 12 and under

Trip time: 2 hours (40 minute flight and over 1 hour shoreline excursion).
All Tour times are estimated and may vary slightly according to wind, weather and wildlife viewing conditions. All final tour routes on pilot safety discretion


Alaska Bear Viewing: Neets Bay Black Bear Viewing Tour

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Bear Viewing Heaven

Neets Bay, Alaska is famous for a reason… it has the highest Black bear population per square mile in North America.  After a 20 minute breathtaking flight from Ketchikan, you’ll witness and photograph bears feeding in the intertidal marine habitat.  This trip is often complimented with other wildlife sightings such as whale, Sea Otter, Sea Lion, Seal, Harlequin Duck, and the Bald Eagle.

Your seaplane will land on the water and you’ll take the opportunity to disembark and step onto the aircraft floats. Your pilot/guide will share his knowledge of the salmon-filled habitat and point out viewing targets.  You will be positioned to best capture the images of the bears you seek.

Although bears feed on salmon here and sightings are common; they can never be guaranteed; nor can we guarantee how close they will be to us.

Tours Available July 15th – October 5th

PRICE:
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$289.00 per person (two-person minimum; solo travelers welcome too).
$239.00 children 12 and under

Trip time: 1 hour and 30 minutes (40 minute flight and 50 minutes at Neets Bay, Alaska)
All Tour times are estimated and may vary slightly according to wind, weather and wildlife viewing conditions. All final tour routes on pilot safety discretion

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