Air Transportation for Day Trip Guests
Information for Half Day Bear Trip Guests
The price of the aircraft is included in the Half Day Bear Tour price. There is no additional air cost for the Half Day Bear Tour.
The Half Day Bear Tour groups, with our naturalist guide, do not get flown to our base wilderness camp in Katmai but are flown to a different bear viewing area approximately 12 miles from the camp. The reason for this is that the Half Day Bear Tours land near the areas where the bears are concentrated at any given time to best insure visitors the opportunity to observe them in the very limited time offered by the Half Day Bear Tours. There are, however, no buildings, platforms or walkways in this entire area so please be prepared to experience a wilderness area.
It is very important that you check in with our Hallo Bay office the day before your scheduled flight to camp. This tells us that you made it to Homer and allows us to weigh you and your carry on and provide you with additional information you may require prior to your flight.
Cessna 206 bush plane aircraft are used for the 135-mile flight from Homer to Hallo Bay. These are wheeled aircraft that depart Homer Airport on a beautiful and scenic flight, which terminates with a beach landing 200 feet from our facilities where Camp personnel will be awaiting your arrival.
This season, we will be chartering bush planes from a local Homer company, Adventure Airways.
Packing for Your Flight
Alaska bush planes do not have the flexibility of taking unplanned additional weight, baggage or passengers. When traveling by bush planes one must understand that bush planes are designed to land on primitive landing strips, thus weight and seat limitations of the aircraft are strictly enforced by safety conscious pilots who will not vary from this.
Luggage and carry on in small bush planes is stored for transport in two areas of the aircraft, in the belly pod and in a small cargo area. Our recommended size for all duffle bags or camera bags is no larger than 25″ long by 15″ in diameter. Cameras should have a proper case which will protect them.
Passengers will be allowed to carry a small bag or camera which they may keep near them and easily accessible. Small being considered something in the size of a fanny pack, anything larger will need to go into the pod or under the cargo netting.
What Not To Bring
__Do not bring any type of Bear spray, pepper spray or Bear mace (any guest caught bringing these items will have their trip terminated immediately).
__Absolutely no firearms of any kind.
For more information feel free to contact us.