Grizzlies Kodiak to Katmai Alaska Bear Viewing
Coastal Katmai, just off Kodiak Island, is home to hundreds of massive coastal brown bears that come to the pristine shorelines to search for fish and dig for clams in preparation for winter's freeze. This special trip is operated from a small boat providing access to areas where very few others have been, stopping to go ashore in one of the planet's most prolific grizzly bear areas. Alaska bear viewing does not come better than this!
Your accommodation for the cruise part will be aboard the 73-foot Ursus originally gained fame as a crab fishing boat called Time Bandit, which plied the storm-tossed waters of the Bering Sea and was featured in the Discovery Channel TV series "The Deadliest Catch." The vessel was later transitioned for research use by the National Park Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Since retrofitted for custom tourism charters, this veteran of wild Alaskan waters now offers our guests comfortable wilderness accommodations.
An important part of this Alaska bear viewing holiday are the shore excursions which take place from onboard Zodiacs.
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For those who choose to arrive early, a representative will accompany you to explore Kodiak's nat...
Today explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a private boat trip. Journey...
Kodiak to Katmai
Early this morning take a floatplane (weather-dependent: you may depart earlier or later in...
Katmai Park Coast
While we’ve all seen footage in nature documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild, no...
Return to Kodiak today by floatplane for 1 last night - then depart Kodiak the next day....
For those who choose to arrive early, a representative will accompany you to explore Kodiak's native and Russian heritage. Destinations may include the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, St. Paul Harbor, Baranov Museum, Alutiiq Museum, Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, where guns were readied to defend against an invasion during World War II. Meet your fellow travellers this evening at an informal orientation dinner.
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Today explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a private boat trip. Journey to Kodiak’s protected inner island, past tidal pools and offshore kittiwake rookeries, amid sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and oftentimes whales. Kodiak is remote, not often visited by travellers to Alaska, and the sense of a unique encounter with nature is palpable as you glide through the rockbound coves. Also enjoy a half day tour of historic Kodiak.Close
Kodiak to Katmai
Early this morning take a floatplane (weather-dependent: you may depart earlier or later in the trip if conditions require) from Kodiak to Katmai, to meet the ship. The plane pulls up right alongside, and you disembark to board the vessel that will be your floating home for the next few days. The 73-foot Ursus offers guests comfortable wilderness accommodations. The Ursus (which, of course, means "bear" in Latin) cruises slowly along the coast, where you will commonly find coastal grizzlies, or brown bears, foraging for food. The ship can cruise to wherever the bears are, following them from bay to bay.
4 nights aboard 'Natural Habitat Ursus'.Close
Katmai Park Coast
While we’ve all seen footage in nature documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild, nothing prepares you for the drama of an actual encounter with these magnificent beasts, just a few yards away. They are North America’s largest land predators, and an adult male can weigh 900lbs. As you cruise just off the coast, bears often dot the shoreline. Go ashore by skiff for an even closer view, exploring the beaches on foot. It is not uncommon to find massive grizzlies in great numbers; previous trips have seen as many as 30 to 40 of them at once. And far from dozing lethargically, these bears put on quite a show in their efforts to fill up on enough protein-rich food to prepare them for a long winter in hibernation. They fight to capture salmon in their jaws, swiping out at a slippery fish with talons as long as a man’s fingers. They dig for clams in the sand and browse on sedge grass. Depending on the time of your visit, you may even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting on the shore. In coastal Katmai you will be on foot, carefully wandering the area in your small group under the cautious guidance of your Expedition Leader. As a result, this trip offers a wildlife encounter that will thrill you beyond expectation.Close
Return to Kodiak today by floatplane for 1 last night - then depart Kodiak the next day.
1 night Kodiak
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You will need to leave a day or two either side of the trip for travelling. Flights arrive into Anchorage.
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