Day Tour Special

The Basic Bear Viewing Tour

Coast of Katmai National Park

The Basic Bear Viewing Tour in May

 

We are introducing The Basic Bear Viewing Tour this season with a special shoulder season (May).  The Basic Bear Viewing Tour is limited to a maximum of 5 guests and is very similar to our Standard Guided Bear Viewing Tour with the main exception being that The Basic Bear Viewing Tour will be guided by the pilot of the aircraft rather than one of Hallo Bay Camp’s World Class naturalist guides.  In utilizing our aircraft pilot as the “bear guide when on the ground” Hallo Bay Camp naturalist guides have invested many hundreds of hours in the field training of our pilot in regard to guest safety, good bear viewing practices and photo requirements.

When we do not include a separate naturalist guide in addition to the pilot on the aircraft transporting you to the bear viewing area we are able to utilize that open seat for an additional guest thus making the tour cost more cost effective.  Depending on the total weight of the group, 4-6 guests will make up the total number of people on this tour.  As is our practice we will provide a bear safety orientation at our Ocean Drive office prior to flight with complimentary coffee, tea and pastries, we furnish the rubber knee high boots or waders as might be required, ground transportation from the office to the aircraft and back and more.

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The Flight To The Pacific Coast of Katmai National Park

The aircraft flight departs Homer on a route taking you across the Cook Inlet past Mount Augustine Volcano (which is visible from Homer) and then follows the lush green coastline of the Alaska Peninsula which is capped with active volcanoes and massive glaciers terminating in iceberg filled lakes. This is the habitat of one of the largest natural concentrations of Brown Bears in the world.

The Walking Required

The walking distance from where the aircraft lands to the bear viewing areas can vary with the season and what the bears are doing. Katmai National Park regulations require that aircraft land a minimum of 500 yards from bears so not to disturb them. In the course of the bear viewing trip it is reasonable to assume you may walk a total distance of one to one and one-half miles. The walking is at a relatively slow pace so as not to disturb the bears. The grassy terrain is natural and fairly level with only wildlife trails.

The Bears

The brown bears living along the Pacific Coast of Katmai are for the most part, mild mannered toward humans. One of two main reasons for this is the rich bounty of natural foods available to the bears in this natural habitat. The second reason is the diligence of the guides to deny the bears the opportunity to associate humans with food. (A single unopened candy bar with human scent on the wrapper falling from a poorly closed day pack can sign the death warrant of a bear). In 25 years of working with the bears of Katmai, Hallo Bay guides have never had a client injured by a bear, had to destroy a bear for any reason or had their camp damaged by a bear. Few come close to this operating record.

Weight Information

Be aware that there are weight limitations on charter aircraft and you, your camera equipment and carry on will be weighed prior to flight departure. The normal weight allowance is 200# per person including backpacks and camera bags. Or if you are traveling as a couple, the combined weight can be up to 400#.

Sample Itinerary

The departure time will be anytime between 7:00am-10:00am depending on the tides and the weather.

The below is only a sample itinerary.

8:00 AM Depart Homer on a scenic flight across the Cook Inlet over volcanoes, glaciers, and along the Alaska Peninsula

9:00 AM Arrive along the coast of Katmai National Park
A bear safety orientation will be given before entering into the bear viewing areas

9:00 AM-1:00 PM Bear viewing with your naturalist guide

1:00 PM Depart from the beach of Katmai for Homer

2:00 PM Arrive back in Homer to enjoy our local hospitality

What To Bring and What to Wear

  • Bottles of water to last the day
  • Small day-pack large enough to carry your equipment & lunch
  • Binoculars
  • Camera with LOTS of film
  • Warm clothing and Hiking boots
  • Light weight rain gear
  • Insect repellent and Sun block
  • Medications – any that you regularly take, bring enough for two days. If the weather prevents us from returning to Homer from Katmai, we will spend the night at the wilderness camp. This way you will have your extra medication with you which could prevent a medical emergency or at a minimum, prevent undue stress.

***Clothing and rain gear should be dark colored. We prefer that you do not wear whites, yellows or any bright colors. Also please make sure that you bring rain jackets and rain pants as we will be sitting on the wet tidal flats and meadows.

***We supply the knee high rubber boots to our Half Day bear trip guests.
We have boot sizes between 4-13. Any guest with a foot size smaller or larger than
this will have to supply their own rubber boots for the trip.

Bathroom facilities at the bear viewing areas at the Katmai area.
There are no bathroom facilities at the bear viewing areas. Feel free to use the washroom at the bush plane hanger in Homer before you are to fly. We abide to the Katmai National Park “Leave No Trace” Programs. While out on location, if you feel the need to use a bathroom, we will dig a ‘cat hole’ in the ground for you to then cover up after you are finished. No bathroom tissue will be allowed to be placed into the cat hole. Make sure that you bring a ziplock bag to place your bathroom tissue in as we do not want to leave anything out in the wilderness. You can then dispose of your ziplock bag when you return to Homer.

What Not To Bring

Please avoid bringing tuna, salmon or any fish based sandwiches for your lunch.

Absolutely do not bring any type of Bear spray, pepper spray, firearms or Bear mace (possession of any pepper spray/mace type products or firearms on the aircraft or in the field with Hallo Bay guides will cause the trip to be terminated immediately without refund). The nature of the flight from Homer to Katmai may require the aircraft to fly at 10,000 feet at which point pepper spray/mace containers may discharge without warning incapacitating the pilot thus placing the aircraft and all passengers in a deadly situation.

Payment

Trip Booking Deposit

A $50.00 Per person Deposit is required upon booking to confirm your Day Bear Viewing Tour date.  The tour balance shall be due on the morning of the Tour prior to your flight.  Guests have the option of a full refund of any money paid or they may choose an alternate available tour date if inclement weather conditions create unsafe flying conditions causing the pilot to cancel your scheduled tour.  Additionally if a guest cancels their tour at least 30 days prior to their scheduled tour date, we will refund their $50.00 per person deposit.  Cancellation less than 30 days prior to the the Day Bear Viewing Tour will result in the guest forfeiting the $50.00 per person deposit.

The above payment/cancellation/refund policy pertains only to the Half Day Bear Viewing Trips and is not applicable to any other trips offered by Hallo Bay.

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 Camps 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.

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