Grizzlies Kodiak to Katmai | Alaska Bear Viewing

Holiday Duration: 9 Nights

Overview

Overview

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.

Ursus

Ursus

The M/V Natural Habitat Ursus, provides accommodations for up to eight guests. Ideally designed for exploring the remote waters of coastal Katmai National Park, the Ursus (Latin nomenclature for “bear”) is 73 feet long with a deep displacement hull and an exceptionally seaworthy design with a high bow and fine horseshoe-shaped stern. It carries a full complement of state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment. Inside, the sturdy vessel is intimate and simply appointed, yet with ample space and facilities for accommodations and activities. The Ursus sleeps eight guests in four double cabins with upper/lower berths. Each cabin has a wash basin. Two bathrooms with toilet and shower are shared between the four cabins; each bathroom is connected to two cabins in a Jack and Jill layout. A large galley and well-lit dining space are the site for convivial conversation over creative home-cooked meals prepared each day by our accomplished onboard chef. Fresh Alaskan seafood, including halibut, salmon and Kodiak scallops, highlights many of the dinners. The ship also has a small library, computer, DVD and CD player on board, with a selection of regional books and documentaries.

With Ursus providing the accommodations offshore, you are able to visit some of the world’s most pristine wilderness in Katmai National Park in exceptional solitude without leaving an impact. The central element of this adventure are the shore excursions to see the bears on foot. Transfer from the Ursus to the beach in an open aluminum skiff carried on board. Frequently wet landings are made (just offshore in the intertidal area, where you may walk in water to your knees), but chest waders with waterproof neoprene booties are provided to keep your feet dry. Ocean tides of up to 28 feet, some of the biggest tides in the world, erase most of the human tracks daily.

"Holiday of a lifetime!"

We all had a fantastic time, spending quality time together and created some amazing memories - thank you!
All the itinerary information and extra maps and info all came in very useful thank you - especially the journey times & directions which helped us plan in advance and be sure we’d put the correct address in the GPS!
Overall we really did have the holiday of a life time, a truly special family experience with something to suit everybody, thank you Jeanette for your patience in arranging it all for us - we’ll certainly recommend your services to family and friends

Amy & Matthew - Travelled to Ontario & Quebec

Itinerary (9 Nights)

Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.

Day 1

Fly into Anchorage and overnight ready for your flight to Kodiak the next morning. 1...

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Day 2

Anchorage to Kodiak

Fly from Anchorage into Kodiak where you will be met and transferred to your hotel....

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Day 3

Kodiak Island

Today explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a private boat trip. Journey to...

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Day 4

Kodiak to Katmai

Early this morning take a floatplane (weather-dependent: you may depart earlier or later in the trip...

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Days 5-7

Katmai Park Coast

While we’ve all seen footage in nature documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild,...

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Day 8

Katmai to Kodiak

One last morning for time with the bears before a flight back to Kodiak by...

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Day 9

Kodial to Anchorage

Fly back to Anchorage for a night before your flights back to the UK. 1...

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