Katmai or Lake Clark National Park
5 to 6 Hour Bear Viewing Tour
$650 - $750 per person
(Price includes the bush plane air fare or helicopter & Naturalist Guide)
Katmai or Lake Clark 5 to 6 Hour Bear Viewing Tours are available
from May 17 to Sept 20
Our Hallo Bay Naturalist Guided Bear Tour Includes:
The Services of an Alaskan Naturalist Guide.
The Aircraft and Pilot of a Commercial Rated Alaska Air Service.
1 Hour scenic flight from Homer to the Pacific coast of Katmai or Lake Clark National Park
Approximately 3-4 Hours of guided bear viewing with a Hallo Bay naturalist guide.
1 Hour scenic flight returning from Katmai/Lake Clark to Homer
including Volcano and Glaciers.
Be aware that there are weight limitations on charter aircraft and you, your camera equipment and carry on will be weighed prior to flight departure. The departure time will be anytime between 7:00am-10:00am depending on the tides and the weather.
This trip is highly recommended for those who are on a time constraint, but wish to experience staying at our wilderness camp and to view the bears in their natural habitat.
From May to early July the brown bears may be engaged in complex, fascinating mating behaviors, digging clams in the inter tidal areas and grazing on the inter tidal sedge flats. In mid July the first of the salmon runs possibly begins arriving and the bears can change their diet to that of salmon. Subsequent spawning runs of different species of salmon can continue into late September.
Hallo Bay provides the guests with three, hearty, family style meals each day. If you wish alcoholic beverages during evening meals, you will need to bring these with you as we do not supply them. We provide large, comfortable, heated weatherport cabins. Each cabin has two large cots, mattress pads, sleeping bags, pillows, table and chairs. Personal products such as towels for the showers, shampoos and soaps are not supplied by Hallo Bay and are the responsibility of the guests to bring. We operate an environmentally friendly eco camp. Products that we use and that the guests use should have the environmentally friendly label on the products. You can purchase environmentally friendly shampoos, conditioners and bath soap products at local health food stores or sporting goods stores in your area or in Homer before you fly out to our camp.
The following itinerary is a sample only and subject to change(s) due to seasons, arrival & departure times, tide & weather.
Departure time will vary between 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM: You will board your air taxi (bush plane) in Homer for your flight to Hallo Bay Wilderness. Remember to check in with the Hallo Bay office the day before your flight for current flight information.
As you approach Hallo Bay Wilderness, the pilot will fly over the camp and surrounding terrain to give you a bird’s eye perspective on the immense and incredibly rich coastal ecosystem.
Arrival/Orientation: The friendly Hallo Bay staff will meet you at the beach on your arrival. Our knowledgeable staff will escort you to your cabin, but please remember, your gear is your responsibility to carry up the hill to the camp area.
Cabin check-in and orientation will be conducted by the camp staff upon your arrival. A walk thru orientation tour of the Camp facilities will be conducted once all guests are checked into their cabins. Included will be operation of restrooms, showers, handling and care of food products and trash, availability of electricity and safety precautions for areas regularly used by bears as they pass near the Camp.
A thorough Bear Safety Orientation will be conducted by your Hallo Bay Staff. Including a mandatory description of how the guides and guests will conduct themselves while traveling through bear habitat and during bears encounters.
Now what you came all this way for….. We will walk at a leisurely and observing pace, stopping often at nearby salmon streams, or food rich meadows depending on current bear feeding habits at the time of your visit. When we come upon bears, we will stop, observe and photograph them in a manner so as not to disturb them. Your guide will answer any questions you may have and provide clear instructions on appropriate behavior around the bears. (2-3 hours and 2-3 miles total, difficulty level – moderate walk).
After supper, the guide may take the group out to the bear viewing areas again to enjoy more opportunities to observe and photograph bears and wildlife. (2-3 hours and 2-3 miles total, difficulty level – moderate walk).
The final morning, enjoy breakfast, pack your gear prior to check out and departure.
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Approximate scheduled departure time. Alaskan bush pilots do not like to wait, so everyone should be ready to load and board well in advance to the plane’s arrival.