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Alaska Bear Viewing Tours

Alaska's Wild Bears

Powerful and primal, bears are the ultimate symbol of the Alaskan backcountry. And seeing a bear in the wild is an extraordinary—and humbling—experience. So it’s no surprise that thousands of visitors each year tell us that bear viewing is at the top of their Alaskan bucket list.

It’s unlikely, however, that you’ll just happen upon a bear roaming the state’s massive untamed wilderness.

So what's the secret?

Increase your chances by hiring a professional guide. These experts know the prime spots to find bears.

Book your bear-viewing adventure with one of our recommended guide companies below. A typical day of bear viewing includes a flight, a short hike to the viewing location, hours of photographing bears, then a return flight.

Bear Viewing Map and FAQs

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Price Range

$250 walk-in tours, - $900 for remote fly-in

Best Time to Go

Mid-June to mid-August

Where to Go

Most bear-viewing tours leave out of these places:

  • Anchorage
  • Kenai/Soldotna
  • Homer
  • Juneau
  • Ketchikan
  • Kodiak

Fairbanks View All

View polar bears in the wild

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Juneau View All

Tours from Juneau include a short flight into prime brown bear viewing territory. Pack Creek is a remote, untouched wilderness area on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska. The area is home to a large population of brown bears, and visitors can expect to see majestic landscapes, diverse wildlife, and untouched forests. Other sights include rivers, streams, glaciers, and alpine meadows.

Season: May - September $989 7 - 8 hrs

Pack Creek Bear Tours offers ful­ly guid­ed adven­tures to Admi­ral­ty Island or Chichagof Island, each home to more than 1,500 brown bears! After a beau­ti­ful 20- or 25-minute float­plane ride, you’ll land on a remote beach. Take a short walk to the bear-view­ing area, where you can watch these mag­nif­i­cent crea­tures for hours in their nat­ur­al environment.

Season: Early-May to Mid-Sept $999 5.5 - 6.5 hrs

Bear” wit­ness to the largest con­cen­tra­tion of brown bears any­where in the world. Admi­ral­ty and Chichagof Islands are unique­ly acces­si­ble; just a short flight from Juneau, and Wild Coast’s dai­ly small-group trips are sched­uled to work for cruise ship guests and inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers alike. All trips have a net-pos­i­tive impact on the envi­ron­ment by being 125% Carbon-Negative!

Season: May 1 – Sept 30 $979+ 5.5 hrs

The jour­ney is not just about bears; you might also encounter seals, sea lions, moose, wolves, and an array of birdlife. Ide­al for cruise ship vis­i­tors, this tour is designed to suit both short and full-day sched­ules, with snacks and a deli­cious shore lunch pro­vid­ed on longer trips. Expe­ri­ence the mag­ic of Alaska’s wilder­ness and its majes­tic bears in a safe, respect­ful, and inti­mate setting.

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Homer View All

Tours from Homer include destinations such as Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks, seeing wild brown bears along the coastline. Both locations are two of the best places to see brown bears in their natural habitat. In addition to brown bears, visitors may see caribou, deer, wolves, moose, and many species of birds. There are also many beautiful landscapes to explore and take in, including glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and active volcanoes.

Season: May 1 – Sept 30 $1499 4 hrs

A scenic 25-minute heli­copter flight from Homer lands you in the bear-view­ing par­adise of Lake Clark Nation­al Park. You’ll land on a beach, where an expert guide from Bear Moun­tain Lodge will take you in a 4WD vehi­cle to watch bears as they feed on salmon, sedge grass­es, wild berries, or clams.

Season: May 1 – Sept 30 $375+ per person 30 min - 4 hrs

Get a spec­tac­u­lar bird’s‑eye view of the stun­ning area around homer. Take off from Homer with Alas­ka Heli­copter Tours to explore the area’s vol­ca­noes, glac­i­ers, and water­falls — or even go bear-viewing! 

Season: Year Round Call for rates 2+ nights

This pri­vate, mod­ern 3‑bedroom house in Homer offers lux­u­ri­ous accom­mo­da­tions in a gor­geous set­ting, with 5 acres of pri­vate green space, panoram­ic views of Kachemak Bay and Grew­ingk Glac­i­er, a fire pit, ful­ly land­scaped gar­dens and out­door decks to take it all in. Just steps from your door is the unique, 9‑hole Homer Golf Course, where you can play golf under the mid­night sun. The golf course also boasts 2 pri­vate suites which can be combined  ...more

Season: Open as soon as Mother Nature allows $20+ 9 holes

When is a golf course more than a golf course? When it’s the 9‑hole, par‑3 golf course in Homer, Alas­ka. Sure, you can play a round on this scenic course— it’s the last golf course in Amer­i­ca at the end of the road”, and the only golf course in Homer, Alas­ka —but it’s also a great spot to just relax with a beer or a glass of wine. Enjoy the breath­tak­ing views of Kachemak Bay and Grew­ingk Glac­i­er, all while enjoy­ing tem­per­a­tures that are  ...more

Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day $399+ / night

Soak in breath­tak­ing views of water and moun­tains when you stay in one of the 4 charm­ing­ly rus­tic log cab­ins at this inti­mate, fam­i­ly-owned prop­er­ty beyond Homer. Acces­si­ble only via water taxi, each ocean­front log cab­in fea­tures a porch with chairs to take in the view, along with a bath­room and show­er with hot water and a propane heater. There’s no elec­tric­i­ty, mak­ing it the per­fect place to unplug.

Season: Year Round Visit Website for Rates & Availability

Stay in one of the 4 unique, mod­ern, and cozy cab­ins that make up this inti­mate resort, all of which mar­ry a lux­u­ri­ous aes­thet­ic with dra­mat­ic Alaskan views. And while the loca­tion feels pleas­ant­ly tucked away, you’ll be just 5 min­utes from down­town Homer. Guests also have access to the Nordic-style spa, set in its own build­ing with a large deck and 6‑person out­door hot tub.

Season: Year Round $14.99+

Dri­ve through Alas­ka with an audio tour guid­ing you along icon­ic routes. Audio Tour Alas­ka gives you an insider’s take on every­thing from points of inter­est to his­to­ry, wildlife, and cul­ture, along with cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries. Guides to pop­u­lar routes include Anchor­age to Tal­keet­na; Tal­keet­na to Denali Nation­al Park; Denali to Fair­banks; Anchor­age to Seward; Tern Lake to Homer; and the Denali Park Entrance area and the Denali Park road.

Season: Year Round Visit website for rates

Pri­vate rentals set atop a 500-foot bluff right on the ocean, over­look­ing the shim­mer­ing waters of Kachemak Bay. Most of the homes fea­ture pri­vate out­door salt­wa­ter hot tubs and all have high-end appli­ances, art from local artists, a Weber gas grill, and top-qual­i­ty and local­ly-made toiletries.

Season: May - September $849 - $1058 per person, per night all-inclusive 3-5 night exclusive camp buy-outs, 2 night non-exclusive stays

An epic ocean­front wilder­ness expe­ri­ence, on the beach in stun­ning Sel­dovia Bay, Alas­ka. Your hosts, Scott and Janet Ogan will help you taste the exhil­a­ra­tion of a true Alaskan expe­ri­ence in their off-grid, hand-craft­ed lodge. It’s a small, fam­i­ly run inti­mate expe­ri­ence. Their mis­sion To empow­er guests to recon­nect with their loved ones, and God’s cre­ation, through the extra­or­di­nary place, that we are stew­ards of, at Tree­house Cove Lodge.”  ...more

Season: June 1 - October 1 Custom, call for rates. Up to 10 guests

A ful­ly cus­tomiz­able expe­di­tion that show­cas­es Alaska’s beau­ty by land, sea, and air. The trip starts with a pri­vate flight from Anchor­age to Homer, where guests stay in a pre­mi­um log chalet. Choose from var­i­ous activ­i­ties includ­ing dri­ving an amphibi­ous vehi­cle, bear view­ing, fish­ing, hik­ing, and kayak­ing. On the fourth day, board the M/V Pere­grine and explore Kenai Fjords Nation­al Park, glac­i­ers, ice caves, and water­falls while look­ing for  ...more

Season: June 15 - Aug 25 $865 Per Guest, $750 Per Rider 9 hrs

Jet ski­ing in Alas­ka?! Absolute­ly! This activ­i­ty is not as extreme as it sounds — you’ll be toasty warm all day as you cruise along the shore­line of Kachemak Bay. Your adven­ture begins with a 25-minute float­plane flight, the M/V Pere­grine will be anchored await­ing your arrival. After a safe­ty brief and dri­ving tuto­r­i­al, you’ll be ready to tour the coast of Alas­ka. After sev­er­al hours of wildlife view­ing you’ll enjoy hearty bar­beque lunch before  ...more

Season: Mid-May to October 1 $3450+ (Up to 6 Guests) 5 - 8 hrs

Spend 5 to 8 hours ply­ing the gor­geous waters of Kachemak Bay on a lux­u­ry ves­sel. Your pri­vate group will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see dif­fer­ent types of wildlife: Orcas, Hump­back and Minke whales; sea lions; Dall’s por­poise; sea otters; puffins; seabirds; and more. Enjoy a gourmet meal aboard, stop in the vil­lage of Sel­dovia, or take a skiff ashore for beachcombing!

Season: May 10 - Sep 15 $1565 per Argo (Up to 3 Guests) 7.5 hrs

There are reg­u­lar ATVs, and then there are ATVs built for explor­ing Alas­ka: 8 x 8 Argos. These sim­ple to dri­ve, amphibi­ous vehi­cles make explor­ing the Alaskan back­coun­try even more fun — and you can find the unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to dri­ve one with Des­ti­na­tion Alas­ka, out of Homer.

Season: Year Round $99+ per day

Rent a car from Alaskan Car Rental in Anchor­age for your Alaskan adven­ture. Great val­ue, wide selec­tion, 247 sup­port, and local advice make this the per­fect choice.

Season: May 1–Sept 30 $300 4 hrs / $10,500+ 3+ days 4 hrs - 3+ days

Set sail on a lux­u­ri­ous 70-ft yacht out of Homer for 3+ days of fish­ing, hik­ing, kayak­ing, and wildlife view­ing while indulging in mass amounts of seafood. Your itin­er­ary will depend on the inter­ests of the group, and the expe­ri­enced local crew can ful­fill those interests.

Season: Year Round $310+ ¾ & Full-day

Go fish! Cast your line for icon­ic Alaskan salmon and hal­ibut — as well as oth­er species — as you explore the shim­mer­ing waters around Homer with the pas­sion­ate fish­ing pros of Mav­er­ick Char­ters. The stun­ning area is one that many trav­el­ers don’t get to explore, and all ages can enjoy this unfor­get­table out­ing — no expe­ri­ence necessary!

Season: May - August Tours $550+ | Rentals $45+ 4+ hrs

With snow-capped peaks and tow­er­ing trees all around, you’ll set off onto the calm waters of shim­mer­ing Kachemak Bay in a thrilling way — pad­dling a standup pad­dle­board. These long, wide, stur­dy boards are built to han­dle the waters of Alas­ka, and no expe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary. Go with your own pri­vate group; an expe­ri­enced guide will be right there to offer instruc­tion and fun tales of the area. Or rent a board and explore this stun­ning area on your  ...more

Season: May 15 - Oct 1 Private Air Charter $1160+ (Up to 5 Guests)

Fam­i­ly-owned and oper­at­ed, Des­ti­na­tion Alas­ka Adven­ture Com­pa­ny, has a pas­sion for show­ing peo­ple Alas­ka. Whether your must-see list includes nation­al parks, glac­i­ers, vol­ca­noes, great fish­ing, bear view­ing, or more, Homer is not only a great base for flight­see­ing but also a great home base for your trip. Browse avail­able tours, dream up an adven­ture of your own, or let the pros at Des­ti­na­tion Alas­ka help you cre­ate one!

Season: May 15 - Oct 1 $8750 (Up to 10 Guests)

34 hal­ibut fish­ing char­ters, or skip the 2‑hour boat ride to the fish­ing grounds and fly straight to the boat instead! From world-class hal­ibut to five species of native salmon runs, the ocean is teem­ing with life. All trips are pri­vate to ensure you and your group have the best pos­si­ble expe­ri­ence. Fur­ther cus­tomize the expe­ri­ence by adding a din­ner or wildlife cruise to your day on the water.

Season: May 15 - August | Operating Daily $59 - $119 per person

What’s an afford­able, com­fort­able, and reli­able way to get around the Kenai Penin­su­la? Just hop aboard one of Alas­ka Bus Company’s 27-pas­sen­ger shut­tle bus­es! This sum­mer­time-only ser­vice runs 7 days a week. The 5‑hour route runs in both direc­tions between the Anchor­age air­port and the charm­ing town of Homer, stop­ping in Gird­wood, Coop­er Land­ing, and Soldotna.

Season: May 27 - Sept 8 $1495+ 8 hrs

See Alaskan Coastal Brown Bears in the wild on a float­plane trip to Kat­mai Nation­al Park. Vis­it Brooks Falls or join a guid­ed tour to oth­er remote loca­tions with­in the park. Both trips pro­vide 5 hours on the ground with the bears. Found­ed in 1991, Emer­ald Air Service’s mis­sion is to increase the under­stand­ing and appre­ci­a­tion of the unique ecosys­tem that sup­ports bears.

Here’s our list of places to see wildlife on the Kenai Penin­su­la, as well as tours to get you to the good spots.

Season: May 1 - Sept 30 Tent $30+, RV $70+

Ocean Shores offers amaz­ing views from all of its sites — plus, it’s warmer here than on the Homer Spit, since it’s not as windy. All sites have a pic­nic table and the side sites have fire pits. You’ll also find DirectTV, Wi-Fi, free show­ers as well as coin-oper­at­ed laundry.

Season: May 1 - Sept 15 $3,450+ per day Four-day, four-night

Char­ter their pri­vate, live-aboard, 60’ yacht. Wake up each day in the mid­dle of untouched wilder­ness and go sea kayak­ing, hike through bore­al forests, fish for tro­phy hal­ibut and salmon, or spend a qui­et day on the water pho­tograph­ing wildlife

Vol­ca­noes not only shaped the face of Alas­ka but also make for spec­tac­u­lar sights. Here are the top vol­ca­noes to look for and pho­to­graph dur­ing your Alas­ka vacation.

$229+ per person Half to Full-Day

Enjoy remote Alas­ka at its best. Go with this small, fam­i­ly-owned com­pa­ny in Homer for a mag­i­cal kayak­ing expe­ri­ence and a gor­geous hike to an ice­berg-stud­ded glac­i­er lake! 

Season: May - September $100+ 2 hrs - Full Day

Whether you’d like to go on a per­son­al­ized boat tour of the Homer area or take a water taxi to the Alaskan back­coun­try, Homer is an ide­al place to launch from, and Cold­wa­ter has the boats and exper­tise to get you there. Explore places like Kachemak Bay State Park, the small town of Sel­dovia, and pic­turesque Hal­ibut Cove.

For many Alaskans, trav­el by plane is essen­tial for work, get­ting to med­ical appoint­ments in the big city, or con­nect­ing with fam­i­ly in anoth­er part of the state. For vis­i­tors, plane trav­el helps max­i­mize their lim­it­ed time explor­ing the state, show­cas­es spec­tac­u­lar views of the land, and gives an authen­tic peek into Alaskans’ air-cen­tric lifestyle. Ravn Alaska’s net­work offers flights to major Alas­ka cities such as Anchor­age and Fairbanks,  ...more

Locals know this Homer insti­tu­tion as the place that has every­thing — from sport­ing goods to oil for your car, art sup­plies to pre­scrip­tion med­ica­tions. While it has a stag­ger­ing amount of vari­ety, it main­tains a charm­ing mom-and-pop vibe.

Season: May 9 - Sep 6 $140+ 4.5 to 8.5 hours

Explore a qui­et coast­line just a few miles from Homer, where you’ll kayak through the pro­tect­ed waters of Tut­ka Bay in search of amaz­ing views, wildlife and adven­ture! Your guide leads the way on a half-day or full-day tour, glid­ing past dense woods, rugged shore­line and hid­den coves. Add on fish­ing for the fresh­est in Alaskan salmon or rockfish!

Season: Year Round Summer $375+ per night | Winter $250+ per night

If you can’t decide whether you’d rather have sun­set or sun­rise views on vaca­tion, Between Beach­es Alas­ka per­fect. Perched on a spit near Sel­dovia that offers both East and West water views, this idyl­lic spot also offers the chance to watch whales, otters, seals, shore­birds and eagles while enjoy­ing the tran­quil­i­ty of a unique set­ting. Choose from 6 cabins.

Season: June 1 - Sept 15 $3500+ per person (private lodge, max six guests) 3 & 5 day all-inclusive packages

Your own idyl­lic log chalet —is sur­round­ed by more than a mil­lion acres of Kachemak Bay State Wilder­ness Park and Kenai Fjords Nation­al Mon­u­ment. Every day offers a first-class adven­ture. There are miles of love­ly hik­ing trails and trout fish­ing sup­plies are pro­vid­ed. You may ask the pilot to return and take you for a day of brown bear view­ing, or oth­er fly-out adven­ture! Immers­ing your­self in some of the best of Alas­ka involves just a  ...more

Season: Year Round $895 Bear Viewing, $585+ Flightseeing 45 min - 5 hrs

Watch bears dig­ging for clams, wan­der­ing the sedge grass, or nurs­ing their young – all in a short flight from Homer to Kat­mai or Lake Clark Nation­al Park. Smokey Bay’s bear tours last about five hours total — includ­ing flights and about three hours on the ground. On any giv­en day there will always be a morn­ing out­ing (leav­ing at 8 a.m. at the lat­est) and pos­si­bly one that leaves around 2 p.m.

$675+ per person 2 - 8 hrs

Tour­ing Alas­ka by heli­copter gets you to unimag­in­ably wild and remote places. Some of the most amaz­ing have been scout­ed by Alas­ka Ulti­mate Safaris. Explore a glac­i­er sur­round­ed by snow-capped moun­tains, or climb to the steam­ing sum­mit of an island vol­cano. In either case, the views are unpar­al­leled and the expe­ri­ence is surreal.

Season: June 1 - Sept 15 $1699 per person 4 - 8 hrs

For many Alaskan trav­el­ers, bears are the ulti­mate high­light. Pair a mag­nif­i­cent sight­ing with a gor­geous heli­copter flight­see­ing ride and you’ll have an unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence. On this unique tour from Homer, you’ll take a heli­copter ride out into one of Alaska’s gor­geous nation­al parks to wit­ness these spec­tac­u­lar crea­tures in the wild.

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 04 $6595 to $6795 (+ internal air) 6 Days / 5 Nights

In the best way pos­si­ble. you’re out­num­bered by bears dur­ing your stay at this pri­vate fly-in wilder­ness camp. Fly by char­tered plane from Homer to Alas­ka Bear Camp on a 5‑night, 6‑day all-inclu­sive pack­age. This deluxe back­coun­try camp accom­mo­dates just 14 guests in some of the best bear habi­tat in the world. In con­trast to day trips cater­ing to dozens of vis­i­tors at a time, Bear Camp offers a rare and exclu­sive wilder­ness immersion.

Season: Mid April to September $265+ 3/4 to Full Day Excursions

Homer is the hal­ibut cap­i­tal of Alas­ka, and this long­time char­ter com­pa­ny offers a blue-chip way to get to the fish. They have high-qual­i­ty boats, expe­ri­enced cap­tains, and enthu­si­as­tic crews — as well as an inside line on find­ing hal­ibut, rock fish and sil­ver salmon. But they also offer a vari­ety of oth­er ways to enjoy the waters off Kachemak Bay, from wildlife cruis­ing to pad­dling a kayak or hik­ing in Kachemak Bay State Park. 

Season: May 15 - Sept 15 $685+ 3 hrs -11 hrs

Spend sev­er­al hours or a full day watch­ing bears in the wild on a quin­tes­sen­tial Alaskan adven­ture with a fam­i­ly-run com­pa­ny. Start with a scenic flight out of Homer over Kachemak Bay and into Kat­mai or Lake Clark Nation­al Park. Once you land, your pilot/​guide will take you to an opti­mal spot to watch and pho­to­graph these mag­nif­i­cent crea­tures in their nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment, hunt­ing, play­ing, and relax­ing. Spend any­where from 1.5 to 9 hours on the  ...more

Quick: what’s the longest com­bined rail and high­way tun­nel in North Amer­i­ca? It’s the Ander­son Memo­r­i­al Tun­nel, and you’ll dri­ve through it on the scenic and his­toric dri­ve to Whit­ti­er. The Kenai Moun­tains-Tur­na­gain Arm Nation­al Her­itage Area is a place whose val­leys and moun­tains, com­mu­ni­ties and peo­ple tell the larg­er sto­ry of a wild place and a rugged fron­tier. This audio guide gives you the inside scoop on its fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ry. You’ll…  ...more

Difficulty: Easy

From the base of the Homer Spit, take this 4‑mile paved trail to the Nick Dudi­ak Fish­ing Lagoon. The trail is in excel­lent con­di­tion and is flat as a pan­cake for most of its length. The first mile of trail is along a broad estu­ary that is great for bird­ing. Once you pass the one-mile mark you’ll be rid­ing past fish­ing boats that are out of the water being worked on as well as a few shops.

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 6 miles

This is one of Home­r’s top hikes. It starts on top of Bay­crest Hill, cross­es Dia­mond Ridge Road, then fol­lows Cross­man Ridge to the Bridge Creek Reser­voir. Through­out, it rolls through forests, mead­ows and over streams. The area is excel­lent for bird­ing and catch­ing a glimpse at the occa­sion­al moose.

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 2 miles

One of the top trails on the Homer side of Kachemak Bay, Dia­mond Creek is a 2‑mile trail that takes you through for­est, alders, and tall grass mead­ows before descend­ing to the beach, where you’ll find small Alaskan sealife.

Season: May 28 to Aug 31 $7000 per person All-inclusive 5-night packages

The McBride Fam­i­ly has per­fect­ed their all-inclu­sive world-class Alaskan expe­ri­ence. Their amaz­ing local Alaskan team and pro­fes­sion­al guides will per­son­al­ize and cus­tomize your stay based on your inter­ests, the tides, and the weath­er. Your days can be qui­et and relax­ing or filled with action-packed adven­tures includ­ing sea kayak­ing, hik­ing, tide pool­ing, marine and wildlife view­ing, boat excur­sions, beach camp­fires, bird watch­ing, and more!  ...more

$189+ per night

Not many hotels can say that every room has a great view, but Ocean Shores was designed that way. Each room fea­tures views of Kachemak Bay and the sur­round­ing moun­tains. Also the ocean front prop­er­ty has a nice path to our seclud­ed beach and tide pools of Kachemak Bay. Or explore the near­by town of Homer.

Season: Year Round Lodging $135+ | RV Park $65+ per night

Drift­wood Inn presents a vari­ety of lodg­ing options, includ­ing hotel rooms, deluxe lodges, a fam­i­ly cot­tage, and an RV park — all of which have great views of Bishop’s Beach and Kachemak Bay. This fam­i­ly-owned and ‑oper­at­ed inn and has free Wi-Fi, cof­feemak­ers in most rooms, and a cozy lob­by with a fire­place. And you’re with­in walk­ing dis­tance of cof­fee shops, bak­eries, book­stores, and restaurants.

Season: May to September $1100 per adult, per night 2+ nights

Alaska’s Ridge­wood Wilder­ness Lodge is a pre­mier, full-ser­vice des­ti­na­tion lodge in Hal­ibut Cove adja­cent to the Kachemak Bay State Park. Your hosts under­stand that expe­ri­enc­ing Alaska’s great out­doors is a pri­ma­ry goal for those active in mind and spir­it, so they have designed numer­ous guid­ed adven­tures to choose from, includ­ing hik­ing, glac­i­er kayak­ing & wildlife view­ing. You can also add-on a fish­ing char­ter or bear view­ing tour during  ...more

Season: May - September $3995+ per person, all-inclusive 3 days / 4 nights to 6 days / 7 night

Enjoy the seren­i­ty of this inti­mate, all-inclu­sive lodge, which sits on a pri­vate beach just a 20-minute water taxi ride from Homer. Fam­i­ly-run and com­plete­ly ren­o­vat­ed in 2022, the Lodge at Otter Cove offers 5 lux­u­ry cab­ins with 7 pri­vate rooms and 3 deli­cious meals a day. Choose your activ­i­ty each day from fish­ing, kayak­ing, hik­ing, and more. 

This is one of the few spots along the road sys­tem where you might catch hal­ibut from the shore. Check out the beach, which sur­rounds the Land’s End Hotel, on the Homer Spit. Here, you’ll find a small park­ing lot, and the water’s only about 100 feet away.

Difficulty: Easy Distance: 3 miles

This trail, hands down, is one of the most pop­u­lar hikes in the Kachemak Bay State Park. It is one of the eas­i­est hikes in the park as the trail is well main­tained, and you can’t beat the view of the glac­i­er at the lake. For the first 1.5 miles, the trail mean­ders through mixed cot­ton­wood and Sit­ka spruce. These cot­ton­woods are some of the largest in the park so take time to appre­ci­ate their enor­mous size. After 1.5 miles, the trail proceeds  ...more

Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 2 miles

Prob­a­bly the sec­ond most trav­eled trail in the park, this trail offers a great day hike for those spend­ing time in the lagoon. You can start hik­ing the trail from the ranger sta­tion or the trail­head in Hal­ibut Cove Lagoon. The trail tra­vers­es up numer­ous switch­backs to a place called First Lake. On a hot sum­mer day, a soak in this lake can’t be beat.

Season: Year Round $10 adult, $5 child

Homer’s Pratt Muse­um pre­serves the sto­ries of the Kachemak Bay region and pro­vides a gath­er­ing place for peo­ple to learn and to be inspired by this region and its place in the world. The museum’s exten­sive col­lec­tion offers an excel­lent way to learn more about the land­scape, com­mu­ni­ties and ecosys­tems of the area.

The Homer Spit is a long, nar­row fin­ger of land jut­ting 4.5 miles into Kachemak Bay. Dot­ted with busi­ness­es, the area caters to vis­i­tors and pro­vides numer­ous recre­ation oppor­tu­ni­ties, from fish­ing and beach­comb­ing to shop­ping and boating.

Out on the tip of the Kenai Penin­su­la, at (lit­er­al­ly) the end of the road, sits the quirky town of Homer — the eco­tourism cap­i­tal of Alas­ka. Artists, adven­tur­ers, and food­ies all come to expe­ri­ence the town’s cre­ative ener­gy, great restau­rants, and gor­geous wilder­ness. And at the entrance to town, just off the Ster­ling High­way, you’ll find the Homer Cham­ber of Com­merce Vis­i­tor Center.

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Anchorage View All

Tours from Anchorage include destinations such as Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks, seeing wild brown bears along the coastline. Both locations are two of the best places to see brown bears in their natural habitat. In addition to brown bears, visitors may see caribou, deer, wolves, moose, and many species of birds. There are also many beautiful landscapes to explore and take in, including glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and active volcanoes.

Season: May 10th – Mid September $1075+ 6.5 to 10 hrs

Hop aboard one of Regal Air’s planes depart­ing from Anchor­age and after a short, scenic flight you can be watch­ing enor­mous brown bears swat salmon from Alaska’s rush­ing waters. Tours vis­it one of two des­ti­na­tions: Lake Clark Nation­al Park or Brooks Falls in Kat­mai Nation­al Park.

Season: June 1 - Sept 18 $1350 Day Trips from Anchorage Day trip & multi-day excursions

Brooks Lodge offers their own bear view­ing tours which are less expen­sive than most, and give you more time at Kat­mai Nation­al Park to watch bears feast­ing on sock­eye salmon from sev­er­al view­ing plat­forms. A com­mer­cial flight from Anchor­age takes you to King Salmon where you’ll switch to a small float plane for a quick 20-minute flight to Brooks Camp. After a brief safe­ty ori­en­ta­tion, you can watch bears from sev­er­al view­ing plat­forms, join the  ...more

Season: May 22 to Sep 01 $930 per person 6-7 hrs

With Alas­ka Air Ser­vice you’ll fly from Anchor­age to Lake Clark Nation­al Park, where they’re a licensed park con­ces­sion­aire. On the 6- to 7‑hour expe­di­tion with an inti­mate group (there’s a 4‑to‑1 guest-to-guide ratio), you’ll start with a land­ing inside the park on a beach or in the grass­lands to watch bears. Then you’ll trav­el, unrushed, to oth­er spots in the park. Few oper­a­tors include mul­ti­ple loca­tions, but show­ing you as much of the park’s  ...more

Season: Jun 01 to Sep 04 $6595 to $6795 (+ internal air) 6 Days / 5 Nights

In the best way pos­si­ble. you’re out­num­bered by bears dur­ing your stay at this pri­vate fly-in wilder­ness camp. Fly by char­tered plane from Homer to Alas­ka Bear Camp on a 5‑night, 6‑day all-inclu­sive pack­age. This deluxe back­coun­try camp accom­mo­dates just 14 guests in some of the best bear habi­tat in the world. In con­trast to day trips cater­ing to dozens of vis­i­tors at a time, Bear Camp offers a rare and exclu­sive wilder­ness immersion.

Season: May to Mid September $995+ 6 - 10 hrs

Take off by sea­plane for an all-day bear-view­ing expe­di­tion. Fly past glac­i­ers and vol­ca­noes to the brown-bear coun­try of south­west Alas­ka. Your Sea­plane Bear Safari will take you to Brooks Riv­er Falls in Kat­mai Nation­al Park, home of the world ’ s largest salmon run. You can also fly 70 miles south­west of Anchor­age to Lake Clark Wilder­ness Pre­serve for amaz­ing bear view­ing and lux­u­ri­ous accom­mo­da­tions at the Redoubt Bay Lodge. Rust’s, which has  ...more

Season: July 1 - Sept 30 $1250+ per person 6 - 12 hrs

View­ing brown bears in their nat­ur­al habi­tat is one of the most amaz­ing things you can do in Alas­ka. If it’s high on your list, book a flight-see­ing/ bear view­ing trip with Trail Ridge Air, know­ing that per­son­able pilots will take you to where bears splash and fish, and where vis­i­tors run out of words to describe their amazement.

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Ketchikan View All

Tours from Ketchikan include a short flight or boat ride into prime bear viewing territory. Anan Creek and Traitors Cove are remote, untouched wilderness areas in Southeast Alaska. The area is home to a large population of black and brown bears, and visitors can expect to see both species sharing the same habitat. The area is part of the Tongass National Forest and is home to some of the best salmon runs in Alaska.

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Kodiak View All

Tours from Kodiak focus on the coastal brown bear species, seeing brown bears along the Katmai coast and the subspecies of Kodiak brown bears on Kodiak Island. Both locations are two of the best places to see brown bears in their natural habitat. In addition to brown bears, visitors may see caribou, deer, wolves, moose, and many species of birds. There are also many beautiful landscapes to explore and take in, including glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and active volcanoes.

Season: June -  September $6,252+ 6 nights

Immerse your­self in a mul­ti-day Alaskan adven­ture that promis­es incred­i­ble views and jaw-drop­ping bear view­ing in Kat­mai Nation­al Park, along with a warm cama­raderie that only a small group expe­di­tion can cre­ate. Explore from your home base on the Island C, a research ves­sel that gets you close to the action while pro­vid­ing com­fort­able lodg­ing and deli­cious meals.

Season: Sep 18 to Sep 23 $6000 per person 5 nights / 6 days

On this six-day, all-inclu­sive sum­mer­time expe­di­tion, you’ll head to gor­geous Kodi­ak Island with Dan M Lee and Jes­si­cal Hay­dahl, two pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers spe­cial­iz­ing in Alas­ka. Your small group tour includes two brown bear view­ing fly-outs and a marine wildlife tour. You’ll come away not only with bet­ter tech­ni­cal skills, but you’ll also learn how to think out­side the box in order to cap­ture the sto­ry behind the image, and how to document  ...more

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Kenai / Soldotna View All

Tours from the Kenai/Soldotna areas concentrate on traveling to Lake Clark National Park, seeing coastal brown bears along the shoreline. You will see breathtaking scenery, including mountains, glaciers, rivers, and lakes. You may also see moose, caribou, and countless bird species.

Season: May 25 - Sept 15 $575+ 2 to 3 hrs

Fly out of Sol­dot­na with Natron’s own­er and pilot, Tim. You’ll soar over the Cook Inlet towards Mt. Iliamna Vol­cano and land on a beach, right where the bears are. You’ll watch them play­ing and clam­ming and be close enough to take amaz­ing photos.

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