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Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer provided by Adventure Airways

Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer

Alaska Bear-Viewing Day Trip from Homer
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5-6 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
What to expect
Make your own way to Homer Alaska Airport to meet your pilot–guide. Receive a safety briefing and orientation, then board your bush plane. Alaska's coastal brown bears follow their food source, which moves from clamming and sedge meadows in the spring, to chasing wild salmon later in the summer. Depending on the seasonal migration, you'll fly to either Katmai National Park and Preserve or Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. En route to your destination, gaze down at large glaciers and lava flows from old volcanic eruptions, hearing commentary about the landscape from your pilot–guide. When you land, you can expect ample time on the ground in the habitat of the wild bears before returning in your aircraft to Homer. Be prepared to hike up to three miles (4.8 km), walking over uneven, soft, or muddy terrain to designated lookout platforms with excellent viewing opportunities of grizzlies in their natural environs—sightings guaranteed. Your guide provides a thorough review of safe bear–viewing practices. Please note: bear spray and fish products of any kind are prohibited on this tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38308P1
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
National park fees • Professional pilot/guide • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Hip boots for use
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks
Duration
5–6 hours
Departure details
3589 Brown Bear Loop, Homer, AK 99603, USA 3589 Brown Bear Loop. Homer, AK 99603 Right behind McDonalds on the corner of Beluga Lake. We Drive to the Aircraft From this location
Inclusions
National park fees • Professional pilot/guide • All taxes, fees and handling charges • Hip boots for use
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Food and drinks
Departure details
3589 Brown Bear Loop, Homer, AK 99603, USA 3589 Brown Bear Loop. Homer, AK 99603 Right behind McDonalds on the corner of Beluga Lake. We Drive to the Aircraft From this location
Duration
5–6 hours
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
Not wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Due to weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must weigh less than 225 lbs.
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Minimum age is 7 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Bring camera, rain gear, water and a snack
Do NOT bring fish products of any kind
Do NOT bring bear spray
Be prepared to walk up to 3 miles over uneven, soft, or muddy terrain.
Infants must sit on laps
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    3589 Brown Bear Loop
    3589 Brown Bear Loop, Homer, AK 99603, USA
    3589 Brown Bear Loop. Homer, AK 99603 Right behind McDonalds on the corner of Beluga Lake. We Drive to the Aircraft From this location
    See address & details
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    Adventure Airways
    Stop: 5 hours
    Board a Bush Plane at Homer Alaska Airport for a small-group trip to Katmai National Park & Preserve or Lake Clark National Park (depending on weather and Bear activity), both of which offer unparalleled bear-viewing opportunities. The exact location will change throughout the season as Alaska's coastal brown bears follow their food source, which moves from sedge meadows and clamming in the spring to chasing wild salmon later in the summer. Fly past glaciers and volcanoes en route to your destination  Upon landing, prepare to hike up to 3 miles (4.8 km) over uneven, soft, or muddy terrain to  views of grizzlies roaming and hunting for food in their natural environment — sightings guaranteed.  You'll spend approximately 3 hours on the ground in this wild bear habitat and learn from your guide about safe viewing practices along the way. Then hop back aboard your aircraft for the return flight to Homer Please note: fish products and bear spray of any kind are prohibited on this tour.
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  • You'll end at
    3589 Brown Bear Loop
    3589 Brown Bear Loop, Homer, AK 99603, USA
    3589 Brown Bear Loop. Homer, AK 99603 Right behind McDonalds on the corner of Beluga Lake. We Drive to the Aircraft From this location
    See address & details
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5.0
47 reviews
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Emily
5 contributions
10/10 experience
Jun 2021 • Friends
This was such an amazing trip! We got to see so many bears up close on the beach at Lake Clark! Trent was very knowledgeable about the bears and the area. Even with a bit of wind and rain this was a 10/10 experience! Highly recommend!!
Written 24 June 2021
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Megan F
1 contribution
10/10
Jun 2021 • Friends
What an amazing experience! We were surrounded by so many bears! The pictures don’t even do it justice.

Trent was great guide with some much knowledge and made us feel safe the whole time.

I loved it so much I’m coming back again but trying out a different tour!

Wish I could give more than five stars!
Written 24 June 2021
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CPLD
Lake Forest, IL4 contributions
Fun family adventure. Pricey, but worth it.
All we expected. Martin made us feel safe the whole time. Was within 30 feet of bears. Flight was smooth. Martin took great photos for us too.
Written 18 June 2021
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Ashley C
Houston, TX10 contributions
Kind of “meh” for the VIP pricing.
Jun 2021 • Family
Booked this last minute as a way to spend our last day in Alaska before heading home.

Positives: We saw bears! Trent had a nice facility, the airplane was clean and comfortable, he’s very nice and has a great smile. Most importantly, we had a lot of confidence in his piloting skills and felt safe with him when close to the bears.

Negatives: I feel like this trip is overpriced. We did a Denali glacier landing tour for 1/2 the price and that was breathtaking. Although enjoyable, I don’t think it’s worth $850/person after tax. I’d do it again if it was closer to $300/person or I’d just suggest skipping. Trent might have been having a bad day but he seemed a little bored. He had a lot of facts about the bears but you had to ask him to get them. On the flight over and back he didn’t do a great job of providing a narrative of the surrounding areas or a 411 on the bears - it was a silent ride. He didn’t appear to be a bear enthusiast although I 100% appreciated how calm he was around them.

I’m guess glad I did it but for $1,736.40 for 2 ppl, I would have rather done something else (or a lot of other things to total the same price). Also worth noting, he has a float plane and a regular plane and will use whichever makes sense for the area that has the most bears. If you’re like me and really want a float plane ride, I’d suggest calling ahead to confirm.
Written 17 June 2021
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KKofA
Austin, TX20 contributions
Extraordinary bear viewing experience
Martin is the sole owner and operator and he is both knowledgeable and passionate about providing a first class bear viewing experience. Having operated his business for over a decade he knows the area extremely well and takes one to the best place to see bears where one has less chance of encountering many other groups.
We felt safe flying with him as he is focused, has over 40 years flying experience and is fastidious about safety.

Martin is a keen photographer and provides opportunities to photograph the bears with the most favorable lighting and composition.
He is patient and caring so one can enjoy the experience without feeling rushed.
At the end of a magical few hours in which we were fortunate to encounter numerous up close bears, he flew us over the surrounding glaciers and volcanoes before heading back.
The perfect conclusion to a memorable and extraordinary experience.
Written 14 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sarah
The Woodlands, TX8 contributions
Have to do it!
This was a wonderful trip! One of kind of experience you can’t miss! Trent is very nice and we enjoyed so much! He is so nice with my little one, answered all the questions. And we feel safe all the time.
Written 2 June 2021
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Ferg42995
Texas406 contributions
Wonderful, Special, and Professional Experience
Jun 2020
What an experience!! Our family of two adults and one teen were first booked with another company who ended up not being able to take us. So they connected us with Trent at Adventure Airways and we were THRILLED with how things turned out. First, Trent is very personable. That alone makes you enjoy your trip and gives you confidence since he is also the pilot. The plane was clean and well-cared for. Now for the trip. We flew across the bay and landed on a beach at Lake Clark National Park. There was a bear right there clamming and we got to enjoy him for a while. We then walked a short distance to view bears grazing in a meadow. Throughout, Trent was very good at providing us education about the bears, their habits and habitats, as well as some of the plant life. In addition he brought a tripod with a mounted scope so we could see some bears even closer. Overall, we saw about 20-25 bears. It was fantastic! No, we did not see them catching/eating salmon but it was not the season for it yet. But they are fascinating to watch no matter what they are doing. Highly Highly Highly recommend this company!
Written 28 June 2020
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Thibault d
San Francisco, CA32 contributions
We simply loved it (and felt super safe too)
This is an absolute must do in Alaska. Trent was great at telling us about bears, we saw plenty, and from very close (always felt super safe)

On top of that the flight was fabulous and landing on a beach is not something you do every day

Really loved it
Written 15 June 2020
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Keshav P
Redmond, WA9 contributions
Walking with the bears
Aug 2019
Had great time in the bear country. Our guide and pilot Trent was very proficient. We saw many bears, few of them from 50 yards distance. Felt very safe and calm in the bear country.
Written 5 August 2019
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Steve S
49 contributions
WANNA SEE BEARS UP CLOSE? GO WITH TRENT!!
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a VERY expensive 1/2 day, so we were very careful in picking a flight. I weigh 250 pounds and had to speak with Trent personally in order to get a flight waiver to go, which spoke volumes about him as a pilot and air safety. I am a high-time pilot myself, and I know an expert pilot when I fly with he or she -- Trent is that!

We had a very pleasant flight out to the park from Homer airport. Climbed out to about 7,000 to get out of the haze and rougher chop (it was smooth today, but something to be aware of if you suffer from motion sickness). We literally hit a 40 knot headwind at one point and had to make a quick flight change, which Trent did flawlessly

Once on the ground, Trent KNOWS where to find the bears. We scouted 8 or 9 total brown bears -- Mommas, cubs, Big Males, etc. You need to be prepared to have some patience, and also to walk a good deal through the muck (hip waders provided at no extra charge), brush and tidal soup if you want to get closs. How close is close? Trent took us to within 40 yards or so of this mamoth female who was fishing along the shore. Got some amazing close up photos, and we never thought we'd get this close to a Grizzly Bear! Close enough to hear them spar-fight, grunt, huff-huff, and yowl at one another. Trent was not afraid to ix his patience with his knowledge. We loaded up the plane and move three times during the trip, then chased the bears on foot a well, but we got all of the shots we came for.

Very nice flight back home, and my wife and the other two folks in the back seats fell asleep.

We VERY highly recommend this trip. One off the buckt list -- Thank You Trent!!!
Written 3 August 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: Adventure Airways
kbarbano
kbarbano
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Great flight!
Our bear flight was canceled due to in-climate weather , so the owner took us to see the glaciers. The flight was
dlhNewYork
dlhNewYork
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Highly recommend!
We booked a last minute trip over the glaciers since the weather wasn't good enough for the bear trip. It is an am
903henrym
903henrym
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Brooks Falls 08/25/20
We (a group of 5 people) flew to Brooks Falls to watch bears catching fish August 25th. Trent is very professional
lkbrinkerhoff
lkbrinkerhoff
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Memories of Lifetime
The entire experience with Trent was amazing. The flight to Brooks camp was smooth and he did a wonderful job of sh
abudd77
abudd77
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Professional, magical , amazing
Trent - the owner, piloted us to one of the most magical, thrilling and inspiring places you can go to in Alaska, B
deedeetoo
deedeetoo
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Wonderful Family Trip to Brooks Camp
We had a wonderful trip to Brooks Camp with Trent! We had a great flight over to Brooks Camp at Katmai - we were t
Kelsey W
Kelsey W
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Mt Iliamna Volcano Tour
Trent took us on a beautiful flight over Cook Inlet to Mt Iliamna. We got an up close, unbelievable view of the vol
07nan
07nan
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Highlight of our Alaskan trip
I had booked Adventure Airways because someone in a review here said Trent was a great pilot and that's what I want
CMR3103
CMR3103
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$900 worth of pain!
My review is two parts,5 stars for Brooks Falls and 1 star for Adventure Airlines. The bears are not to be missed b
42wapi
42wapi
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Just awesome!
The flight was breathtaking—glaciers, volcanoes, Cook Inlet. Excellent and friendly pilot. Saw too many bears to co
TravelJunkieSussex
TravelJunkieSussex
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Amazing Bears
Pilot and bear guide Trent gave us a truly memorable 5 hour trip from Homer airport and we could not have been in b
Ellie K
Ellie K
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Bucket List, Katmai National Park by Seaplane...Superb!
We signed up to go to Katmai National Park through Adventure Air out of Homer, Alaska. We went by Seaplane. It wa
Christina S
Christina S
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Great trip to Katmai!
Trent is a great pilot and seeing the bears at Katmai was amazing! The varied landscape at Katmai makes for spectac
Turley2013
Turley2013
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Bear watching
Trent is an excellent pilot...I say that with authority as I too am a pilot. We had a fabulous experience watching
Sally F
Sally F
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Bear viewing trip
We had a fantastic outing to Brooks Falls in the Katmai Preserve! A big part for it was our flight wth our pilot T
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