Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers!
What does a guarantee to see bears mean?
It means that you will see bears (from the ground) on our tour or you will get 100% of your money returned to you.
Is there a maximum Weight?
Yes, The maximum weight is 280 pounds per person
Is there a health restriction?
Clients must be healthy enough to walk 5 miles over uneven surface within 4 hours
Is there a minimum Age for your tours?
Yes, the minimum age is 8 years old but we often make exceptions so contact us if are traveling with a younger child
What is included in the tour?
- Professional Naturalist Guides
- Transportation to and from the viewing area in Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park.
- Rubber boots are provided for crossing the shallow rivers during the tour.
- Safety equipment (satellite phone, radios, survival and first aid kits, emergency food etc.)
- Have you ever had an accident with the bears hurting someone during a tour?
No, Nobody has ever been hurt by a bear on any professionally guided viewing tour in Alaska.
Do we get a refund if the tour is canceled?
If we cancel the tour because we determine that it is unsafe to fly for any reason (weather or mechanical) we issue a 100% refund.
When are the salmon running?
Of course the Salmon runs will vary from year to year and differ slightly between rivers along the coast and it is not possible to predict them with absolute accuracy. In general we start to see a few salmon running in late July and the majority of the run happening throughout August.
When is the peak time to view bears?
The bear viewing opportunities vary throughout the season and also from year to year. We see the greatest number of bears in mid to late June through mid July.
Is there any other way to get there besides by airplane?
Driving is not possible and a boat ride would take about 2 days. Like most of Alaska, it is accessible by air only.
How long does it take to get to the bear viewing area from Homer?
Depending on the area we are visiting and the route that we take, the flight will last between 45 mins and 1.25 hrs each way.
Can I bring food along on the tour?
Yes, and we recommend bringing a light snack along with you. Please avoid any meat or fish products or messy lunches.
Do you have a minimum number of nights that I can stay in the camp?
Yes, we require a minimum of 2 night stay.
Do you provide unguided drop off tours?
Do you offer bear hunting trips?
Are there a lot of bugs?
There can be depending on how wet or dry it has been and what area we are in. We recommend bringing insect repellent along with you. See the checklist of items to bring link at the top of this page.
How far away are the platforms for wildlife viewing?
There are no viewing platforms (or any man made infrastructure at all) in the areas that we operate our tours. We walk along the same trails and sit in the same areas as the bears and other wildlife.
What is the weather like?
The weather on the coast is very unpredictable. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees, even lower in September and higher in July. We recommend that you show up prepared for most any weather. See the checklist of items to bring link at the top of this page.
How far and how difficult is the walk?
We walk up to 3 miles on a typical tour. The walking is not considered difficult but we cross over rough areas when crossing the dunes close to the beach. The terrain is sloping and unlevel, soft and sandy but there is almost no elevation gain on our tours.
When are the tours available?
We generally operate our bear viewing tours between May 20 and September 15.