Frequently Asked Questions About Our Trips
When is the best time to see the bears?
Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp is located near the highest natural concentration of brown bears in Alaska so anytime from May to September provides opportunities to observe the bears. Unlike areas like Brooks Camp where bears only come to the area to feed briefly during the fish run, Hallo Bay has what one might call “food seasons”. During these changing food seasons, bears feed on the food source easiest to obtain whether it be fish, berries, clams, or sweet grasses. Hallo Bay is a food rich natural habitat where bears just feed on specific food sources at different times.
What other wildlife is possible to see?
At any given time you might see Moose, Wolves, Foxes, River Otters, Beavers, Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Eagles and other Birds (see our bird list).
How difficult are the various Trips?
Overall, the trips offered at camp with the exception of the “Coastal Treks”, are considered easy to moderate with most walking conducted on soft sand beach, grass meadows or creek beds. The average age of our guests is 52 and have ranged from age 8 to 86.
What types of activities are available?
Besides bear watching, there is bird watching, incredible fossil hunting, tide pooling and beach combing.
Are children allowed at the Wilderness Camp?
Children are welcome and we do not have an age restriction on children. We do however suggest that children are old enough to participate in the activities and that the parents maintain parental supervision at all times when in the wilderness setting. Our naturalists enjoy youngsters, but require that they do not disrupt the tour. If you feel your child is old enough to handle this kind of adventure, we would definitely welcome them. One of our most memorable clients was 15 months old and we have had many nice young guests that range from ages 2-18.
Will we have a tent to ourselves?
Our safari tents easily accommodate a couple traveling together. We also have the availability to take single travelers without additional charges. Single travelers will get their own single tent.
How are the tents furnished?
Our tents are furnished with large cots, sleeping bags, liners, and pillows.
What other amenities are available?
The area has no access to electricity for recharging batteries so all guests need to make sure they bring extra camera batteries with them.
Are meals included and how are they served?
All meals are included and are cooked and served in our small comfortable galley. Meals consist of mountain house dry meals that you add hot water to and we add canned or fresh vegetables to the dinners as well.
What do I need to bring?
Your personal clothing, equipment and personal products such as soaps are not supplied by Hallo Bay and are the responsibility of the guests to bring (see appropriate lists). We operate an environmentally friendly eco camp. You can purchase environmentally friendly water-less hand soap products at local health food stores or sporting goods stores in your area before you fly out. Also, if you would like any alcoholic beverages while at camp, you are more than welcome to purchase them and bring these with you, as the safari camp does not supply them.
Bathroom facilities available?
Katmai National Park regulations dictate that we dig a hole in the ground with a shovel and use the bathroom facilities in that way. Toilet paper is to be put into a ziplock bag and thrown out into the garbage.
Luggage amount limits for the trip?
With the luggage, carry on and camera gear that you bring, just remember when you land you will need to be able to carry all of your luggage and gear from the beach in one trip. The staff at Hallo Bay are not allowed to help the guests carry any of their gear. As long as you can carry everything from the beach up to the camp in one trip, you can bring it.
Does the Flight have ‘Rules’?
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.
Does the Wilderness Camp have ‘Rules’?
The staff conducts a complete orientation program outlining the rules and procedures for guests upon arrival and check in.
What happens if a guest violates the rules or procedures?
If a guest violates the rules or procedures, they are flown back to Homer immediately, without refund and on a very unpleasant flight called a COD flight. Neither Nature nor Hallo Bay will tolerate ignorance of the rules in this wilderness setting.
Can I leave the area on my own?
Due to the large amount of bear activity in the area, there are limitations on where guests may go without our naturalists. No guest is allowed to leave alone without one of our naturalists.
Can weather prevent us from flying to or from the wilderness camp?
The weather or volcanic activity in Alaska can be very unpredictable. Fog, low cloud ceiling, ash or inclement weather can prevent the bush plane from flying you from Homer to our safari camp. It can also prevent you from departing our camp the day you are scheduled to leave. If you take any medications, bring enough for seven days. This way you will have your extra medication with you which could prevent a medical emergency or at a minimum, prevent undue stress.
Please look into Trip Insurance to cover any additional expenses you may incur if you are weathered into Homer or weathered into camp. They will cover you for any weather delayed or canceled trip, in town accommodations, plane rescheduling, etc.
Is the Air Taxi (bush plane) transportation from Homer included?
Air taxi services, while conducted by a separate company from ours, are included on the trip invoice unless otherwise stated. Once you book your tour with us, we make the bush plane reservations for you.
How long is the Air Taxi trip from Homer?
The trip takes approximately 1 hour to one and one half hours, depending on the weather conditions and route taken from Homer to Katami.
Are there weight or baggage limitations on the bush plane and how do I determine my weight and that of my luggage?
The Air Taxi service will weigh both you and your luggage upon check in at our air service facility.
See the Air Taxi page for additional information.
Our advertised prices, specifications and availability are subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to correct typographic, photographic, pricing and or descriptive errors.
By purchasing services from Alaska’s Hallo Bay Wilderness Camp you are agreeing to the terms and conditions which we have set in place governing our operations. If you are not comfortable with these terms we respectfully ask that you do not book with us as these are our company policies set in place for your safety, the safety of other guests, staff and our deep concern for protecting this magnificent wilderness area and the wildlife within it from those who may not realize how very fragile it is and how easily it can be overrun. Our watch is one of concern for all living things and their environment.
For more information feel free to contact us.