Adventure with wild bears

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver


What’s Included

  • Transportation from hotel to floatplane dock

  • Floatplane flights

  • Accommodations while on board the Coastal Explorer

  • Experienced guide while on shore

  • Photography instruction

  • Lots of fun


August 12 - 18, 2020

August 7 - 13, 2021

Limited to 8 guests

2020 Trip:
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Receive a $200 discount if paying by check. Your spot will be reserved once check has cleared. See payment address at bottom of page.


Katmai Trip Itinerary


Day 1 - August 12

Group breakfast in Kodiak. Board floatplane mid-morning. Fly out to the Coastal Explorer. Unpack and settle into your cabin on the boat. Spend the afternoon on shore photographing brown bears.

Days 2 - 6 / August 13 - 17

Up early and out for bear viewing. A flat-bottomed skiff, with a drop bow, making it easy to get in and out, will take us to shore. Depending on the tides we can get right to shore. When the tide is low we may have to walk out to where the boat can pick us up. Sometimes that can be a mile or so on mudflats, not hard walking but you have to keep that in mind with the camera gear. Skiff rides around the bay looking for eagles and sea otters is also an option.

Day 7 - August 18

Pack up and depart. Floatplane arrives mid-morning. We should have time for a skiff ride in the bay before departure. There is a 5:00 pm flight back to Anchorage that is recommended or spend the night in Kodiak and depart in the morning.


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Notes and Details


Remaining balance due 120 days prior to departure

Not Included

  • Flights to and from Kodiak

  • Hotel in Kodiak pre and post trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Gratuities

Cancellation Policy

  • 121+ days prior to departure – full refund, less $500 administration fee

  • 91 – 120 days prior to departure – 75% refund

  • 59 – 90 days prior to departure – 50% refund

  • 59 days or less prior to departure – no refund

We reserve the right to cancel the trip due to inadequate registration or unforeseen circumstances. If that is the case all deposits and payments will be refunded in full, less the 3% credit cards fees.

Travel insurance is highly recommended. Especially due to the weather that can happen in coastal Alaska. We are not responsible for weather related delays and/or changes in the itinerary due to weather.

Other notes

We won’t know exactly where in Katmai we will be - it depends on the bear activity. The joy of being on the boat is that we can go where the bears are. The usual bays are: Geographic Harbor; Hallo Bay; Kukak Bay; and Kinak Bay.

Travel as light as possible with gear. The floatplane carries 4 – 5 people plus gear, but it is easy to be overweight. Weight limit for gear is 50 pounds. Please do your best to meet that.

Hip waders are required, they will be provided but you can bring your own.

The captain maximizes our time with the bears. When the weather is good we may be out all day, so be prepared for all types of weather.

GOOD rain gear is necessary. Head nets are also a good idea.

It is advisable to fly on the Alaska Air jet flights in and out of Kodiak. The jets fly in bad weather. The small Raven flights get shut down due to the weather more often.

A suggested camera gear and clothing list will be sent after your deposit is received.

Contact Information

Sue Cedarholm
PO Box 323
Jackson, WY 83001


Photo Gallery - All Images ©Susan E Cedarholm

In addition to being an incredible photographer and videographer herself, she still finds time to explore other artistic avenues, each of wish she excels at. I could only wish for 1/10 of her artistic skills. I know that whatever path she chooses to take in the future, will bring only success to herself and a lifetime of wonderful memories to all of those who are lucky enough to travel with her.
— Laura O.