7-Nights The Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter

An 8-Day Natural Habitat Adventures tour starting from $9,295

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Tour Length: 8 Days
Countries Visited: United States
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Tour Operator: Natural Habitat Adventures
Tour Code: STNV-1272620
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Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. These bears—the largest coastal grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as the fish swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. The private chartered boat, the Natural Habitat Ursus, is ideally designed for the Alaska adventure cruise, offering an exclusive opportunity to follow the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and amble along the beach. Ashore, NHA has an even closer vantage point watching on foot with the guide from a careful distance. The bears could not be more nonchalant about human presence! Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty.

 
  • Accommodations
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the final day, beer and wine on board the Ursus
  • Safe drinking water
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leader, boat crew and local staff
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day
  • Chest waders for shore excursions (large or small sizes requested prior to start of trip)
  • Permits and entrance fees and all taxes
  • Round-trip float plane flights

Vacation Highlights:
  • Get closer to giant brown bears—the world's biggest coastal grizzlies—in a wilder setting than anywhere else on Earth...safely on foot!
  • Cruising just offshore aboard the private chartered ship allows unparalleled access for bear watching, in the most intimate of contexts
  • View bears foraging on the beach as NHA walks ashore in the careful company of the  naturalist Expedition Leader, whose bear expertise adds immeasurably to your experience
 
Day 1: Kodiak, Alaska On arrival in Kodiak, you are met and transferred to our hotel. Depending on your timing, you may be able to explore some of the island's Native and Russian history on your own this afternoon. Options include the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, St. Paul Harbor, Baranov Museum, Alutiiq Museum and Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Our grizzly adventure officially begins this evening, when you meet your fellow travelers and our local guide for an informal welcome dinner and orientation.

Day 2: Kodiak Island Today we explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a half-day private boat trip. A cruise up a fjord to Kodiak’s protected inner realm, past tidal pools and kittiwake rookeries, may reveal sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and occasionally whales. Kodiak is remote, not often visited by travelers to Alaska, and our sense of a unique encounter with nature is palpable as we glide through the rockbound coves. We'll also spend a half-day touring historic Kodiak, with a mix of activities that may include visits to Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, a local fish hatchery, aquarium, and/or a drive up Pillar Mountain for sweeping views over the shoreline and sea.

Day 3: Kodiak / Katmai—Board Natural Habitat Ursus Our day begins with a classically Alaskan pursuit: a floatplane flight from Kodiak to Katmai to meet our private chartered ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus. The plane pulls up nearby, and we disembark to board the vessel that will be our floating home for the next several days. 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. The Ursus (which, of course, means "bear" in Latin) cruises slowly along the coast, where we commonly find coastal grizzlies, or brown bears, foraging for food. Since we are mobile, we can cruise to wherever the bears are, following them from bay to bay.

Days 4–7: Bear Viewing in Coastal Katmai While we’ve all seen footage in nature documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild, nothing prepares us for the drama of an actual encounter with these magnificent beasts, just yards away. They are North America’s largest land predators, and an adult male can weigh 900 pounds. As we cruise just off the coast, bears dot the shoreline. We go ashore by skiff for an even closer view, exploring the beaches on foot. It’s not uncommon to find massive grizzlies in great numbers; our previous trips have seen as many as a dozen of 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. We watch as they fight to capture salmon in their jaws, trying to seize spawning fish making their way up the streams that flow into the tidal area. As omnivores, they also dig for clams in the sand and browse on sedge grass. Depending on the time of our visit, we may even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting on the shore. On our other Alaska trips, we watch grizzlies from viewing platforms or vehicles. Not here. In coastal Katmai we are on foot, carefully wandering the area in our small group under the cautious guidance of our Expedition Leader. In addition, it is not uncommon for our groups to frequently see wolves and observe their interesting interactions with the bears. As a result, this trip offers a wildlife encounter that will thrill you beyond expectation. On Day 7, we plan to return to Kodiak by float plane.

Day 8: Kodiak / Depart Our Alaska wildlife cruise comes to a close today as we depart from Kodiak. We recommend that travelers book an afternoon flight out in case inclement weather prevents us from flying back to Kodiak on Day 7 as planned.
 
         
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Alaska
Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. These bears—the largest coastal grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as the fish swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. The private chartered boat, the Natural Habitat Ursus, is ideally designed for the Alaska adventure cruise, offering an exclusive opportunity to follow the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and amble along the beach. Ashore, NHA has an even closer vantage point watching on foot with the guide from a careful distance. The bears could not be more nonchalant about human presence! Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty.
 

Prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and are given in US Dollars. Airfare additional. Terms, fees and conditions apply. Fees may change slightly; please inquire. 2018 dates and pricing subject to change, are tentative and will be allocated to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guests who reserve their space prior to final pricing confirmation will receive the lowest rate within the range offered. Nonrefundable deposit fee applies. Group size limit: approximately 8 travelers. Advertised price based on Kodiak Itinerary. Please inquire for Special Photo Tour departure dates or departures to pair with an Alaskan Cruise. The following departures are based on the Homer Itinerary: 8/22/17, 8/26/17, 8/30/17, 9/03/17, 9/07/17, 9/11/17; please inquire for details. Rates vary by date of travel; please inquire for the best prices for your preferred travel dates.

Not Included: Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages on land, some gratuities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance. Single accommodations are not available on this departure. We will plan to match all travelers on land as well as on the ship. If we are unable to find a roommate match for you, you will not be charged a single supplement for the ship portion of the trip, but you will be required to pay the full single supplement for the mainland portion of the program ($370 for 2017).

 
 

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