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, are flown to Hallo Bay on the West Coast of Katmai National Park. We also have the option to view bears in the area near our wilderness camp, along the coast, which is 12 miles North of Hallo Bay. 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 either by phone or stop by the office the day before your scheduled flight to camp. This tells us that you made it to Homer and we can give you the departure time for the next day.
The bush plane company that we charter utilizes Cessna 205 or 207 bush plane aircraft for the 129-mile flight from Homer to Hallo Bay. The flight is approximately one hour in length. The aircraft will land on the beach on the coast of Katmai.
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.
__The pilot of the air charter will cancel your trip immediately if anyone shows up at the office or plane drunk, drinking, intoxicate by alcohol or drugs.
For more information feel free to contact us.