Adventure with wild bears
“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” -Mary Oliver
Transportation from hotel to floatplane dock
Accommodations while on board the Coastal Explorer
Experienced guide while on shore
Lots of fun
August 12 - 18, 2020
Limited to 8 guests
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.
Notes and Details
Remaining balance due 120 days prior to departure
Flights to and from Kodiak
Hotel in Kodiak pre and post trip
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.
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.
PO Box 323
Jackson, WY 83001