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Kodiak & Katmai, Alaska

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Alaska calls to those seeking the splendor of an untouched wilderness. Full of spectacular locations for nature and wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, Kodiak and the coast of Katmai National Park and Preserve serve as the setting for the ultimate Alaskan adventure.

Brown Bears

The bears that inhabit Katmai National Park and Preserve are brown bears (Ursus arctos).  About 2,200 brown bears are estimated to inhabit the park, making Katmai one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world.

Noted as some of the largest bears in the world, adult male brown bears in Katmai can weigh over 1000 lbs (454 kg) at their heaviest in the fall and typically weigh 600-900 lbs. Adult females average about 1/3 less than adult males.

From our vantage point either aboard the boat or ashore with our experienced guide from a careful distance, we have the ultimate access to safely view all kinds of wild bear behaviors and activities. 

Trip Highlights

With a maximum of 8 passengers, we’re able to safely approach the bears and other wildlife with the least disturbance, allowing us to respectfully witness and photograph natural behaviors. A typical excursion has us following the bears along the shoreline as they fish for salmon, dig for clams, and stroll along the beach. With our experienced guide, onshore excursions will put us exceptionally close to the action. Other wildlife that may be seen include gray wolves, sea otters, bald eagles, harbor seals, sea lions, puffins and other coastal seabirds, and possibly whales.

Itinerary

Five full days, two half days aboard the boat Coastal Explorer allows exceptional flexibility to navigate along the coastline of Katmai National Park and Preserve, giving us the best opportunities to capture all of the incredible landscapes and wildlife of the area.

Day 1: Overnight in Kodiak for morning departure
Day 2: Depart Kodiak by sea plane, arrive at accommodations for the week: the Coastal Explorer, afternoon bear excursion
Day 3-7: Small boat and onshore excursions
Day 8: Morning excursion, depart Coastal Explorer, depart Kodiak, AK

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Schedule and Rates

Join us in Kodiak and Katmai, Alaska from July 18 – July 25, 2019 and August 29 – September 6, 2020 for an unforgettable bear expedition.

Cost: $7495

Includes 6 nights comfortable accommodation on the Coastal Explorer, all meals, activities & excursions onboard, 1 night stay in Kodiak, R/T sea plane flight Kodiak to Coastal Explorer. Not included: round trip airfare to Kodiak, AK from home city, meals in Kodiak, excess baggage fees, transfers and crew gratuities.

Book a Trip

Our July 2019 expedition will provide fantastic opportunities to see sows with young spring cubs and bears foraging for sedge grass and fishing for salmon. Our August/September 2020 expedition is during prime time to see the pre-hibernating bears voraciously fishing for salmon as well as for watching the larger more active cubs. Contact us for more information!