Visit the home of the bears on a personalized, guided, bear viewing excursion with Above & Beyond Alaska. You will avoid the crowds with this small-group trip with a maximum of five participants.

A group of people observe bears in their natural habitat.

Watch bears in their natural habitat in a small group led by an expert guide.

Fly from Juneau into the wilderness in a classic Alaskan float plane. The trip includes flights, permits, lunch, outfitting and an experienced bear guide to make sure that you get the most out of your time in bear country. They’ll read the bear behavior, tides and weather to give you the best opportunities for outstanding wildlife viewing. Above & Beyond Alaska only hires guides with years of experience leading wilderness trips in Southeast Alaska’s bear country.

Depending on when you go, you’ll have the chance to see bears and their mating displays, foraging, browsing or fishing for salmon. You might get up close to mothers teaching cubs how to catch salmon, spot sleeping bruins in grassy day beds, and wander trails stamped out by bears.

Both trips are an immersion in bear country. You’ll walk on the same ground as the bears.

Quick Hop in a Bushplane

Your guide will meet you for an orientation and outfit you with rubber boots and gear you'll need for a day in the wilderness. The 25 - 30 minute floatplane ride takes you over turquoise coves, rocky shores and green islands as you look for whales, eagles, and bears. Touching down a float plane is very gentle, as they say, like “landing on liquid glass.” It’s a short step down off the float and into the wilderness.

Three Options with Hours of Bear Viewing

Pack Creek

Visit the renowned Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area on Admiralty Island. This is their premiere trip, designed by guides with decades of experience at Pack Creek. A short quarter-mile along a rocky beach takes you to a low spit overlooking a meadow where you can observe bears fishing in the creek or foraging along the shoreline. There is also the possibility of a one-mile hike through towering, 500-year old spruce forest to an observation tower, where you may see spawning salmon and bears.

Pack Creek gives you the most time of on the ground, which means that you’ll have more opportunities to see bears as they use this area. This option has you in bear habitat for about 5-6 hours.

Fortress of the Bears Kayak Adventure

Combine to Alaskan adventures for a truly epic day. From mid-June through the end of August you have the opportunity to land near Windfall Island, where you’ll get safety and paddling instruction from your expert guides, who are all wilderness first-aid certified and go through advanced training each year. Then grab your paddle and set out across the area’s shimmering waters for about an hour. There you’ll meet a ranger, who will cover bear country safety, and head to the main viewing area or hike about a mile to an observation tower. You’ll have about three hours to spend watching these majestic creatures go about their day. Then it's back in the kayak to meet your float plane for the return trip to Juneau.

Waterfall Creek

A shorter trip to Waterfall Creek offers excellent bear viewing opportunities during the peak of the salmon runs in late July and August. Pack Creek brings their exclusive, small-group experience to this bear viewing area, however, they can sometimes accommodate larger groups here. After landing on the beach, you’ll walk a quarter-mile over easy terrain. Then you’ll spend up to three hours watching bears chase salmon in the creek, with a roaring waterfall in the background.

For all trips, participants must be able to disembark from the floatplane onto the beach and walk on moderately challenging, uneven and occasionally slippery terrain. Participants may be asked to sit still for extended periods of time.

A vast wilderness, veteran guides, scenic flights, and the potential for seeing brown bears in their natural habitat make these tours a top-rated opportunity for bear viewing in the Inside Passage.

About Above & Beyond Alaska

Since 2002, owners Becky and Sean—passionate environmentalists and longtime guides themselves—have run Above & Beyond Alaska. Their excursions marry their love of the Tongass National Forest and Inside Passage areas with their excitement for sharing this special place with visitors. All of their trips are by kayak, foot, boat, or plane, and all are in intimate, small groups—the best way, they say, to experience Alaska, since that’s how they would want to do it themselves!

What to Bring

  • Day pack
  • Lightweight rain gear—jacket, and pants if available
  • Water bottle
  • A warm jacket or sweater
  • Hat or baseball visor
  • Sunglasses
  • Optional: binoculars and/or camera gear in a protective case

Getting There

Latitude: 57.906435
Longitude: -134.271727
Driving Directions

Prices & Dates

Season May - September
Duration 7- 8 hrs
Rates Pack Creek // $989 per person | 8 hrs | May 10 - Sep 10 | Kayak option mid-June to mid-August
Waterfall Creek // $939 per person | 7 hrs | July 25 - Sep 1

Pack Creek Bear Tours

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