2 Night Tour
The Classic Nature Tour
Includes Tent, Meals, Naturalist Guides & Bush Plane Airfare included in price.
$2000 Cash Price Basic Trip
Rate shown is per person. Bush plane airfare included in price.
The Classic Tour is a 2 Night tour.
From May to early July the brown bears may be engaged in complex, fascinating mating behaviors, digging clams in the inter tidal areas and grazing on the inter tidal sedge flats. In mid July the first of the salmon runs possibly begins arriving and the bears can change their diet to that of salmon. Subsequent spawning runs of different species of salmon can continue into late September.
Hallo Bay provides the guests with family style Mountain House meals each day. If you wish alcoholic beverages during evening meals, you will need to bring these with you as we do not supply them. We provide comfortable, safari tents. Each tent has two large cots, mattress pads, sleeping bags and pillows. Personal products such as soaps are not supplied by Hallo Bay and are the responsibility of the guests to bring. We operate an environmentally friendly eco camp. Products that we use and that the guests use should have the environmentally friendly label on the products. You can purchase environmentally friendly soap products at local health food stores or sporting goods stores in your area or in Homer.
The following itinerary is a sample only and subject to change(s) due to seasons, arrival & departure times, tide & weather.
Departure time will vary between 8:00 AM- 11:30 AM: You will board your air taxi (bush plane) in Homer for your flight to Katmai. Remember to check in with the Hallo Bay office in Homer the day before your flight for current flight information.
Arrival/Orientation: The friendly Hallo Bay staff will meet you at the beach on your arrival. Our knowledgeable staff will escort you to your tent, but please remember, your gear is your responsibility to carry to the camp area.
Check-in and orientation will be conducted by the camp staff upon your arrival. A walk thru orientation tour of the safari camp will be conducted once all guests are checked into their tents.
A thorough Bear Safety Orientation will be conducted by your Hallo Bay Staff. Including a mandatory description of how the naturalists and guests will conduct themselves while traveling through bear habitat and during bears encounters.
Now what you came all this way for….. We will walk at a leisurely and observing pace, stopping often at nearby salmon streams, or food rich meadows depending on current bear feeding habits at the time of your visit. When we come upon bears, we will stop, observe and photograph them in a manner so as not to disturb them. Your naturalists will answer any questions you may have and provide clear instructions on appropriate behavior around the bears.
(3-4 hours and 2-3 miles total, difficulty level – moderate walk).
After we get back to camp, dinner will be served in the small galley early evening.
After supper, the naturalists may take the group out to the bear viewing areas again to enjoy more opportunities to observe and photograph bears and wildlife for a few more hours.
Breakfast the next morning is served in the galley. Your lunch will be packed in preparation for your outing for the day.
After breakfast, we go on another naturalist walk to the bear viewing areas. (5-6 hours and 3-4 miles average, difficulty level – moderate walk). If on any of the days the mid day is hot, we will take an afternoon break at camp. This time is planned as an opportunity for you to relax around camp, and have a early dinner. In most cases, this is the warmest time of the day and wildlife is generally inactive because of the heat.
After supper, the guide may take the group out to the bear viewing areas again to enjoy more opportunities to observe and photograph bears and wildlife for a few more hours.
When we get back to the galley in the evening after bear viewing, the guests can lounge around the galley discussing the days adventures, and relax with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate. The guests can spend the evenings playing cards, enjoying board games, reading a good book, putting together puzzles, or falling asleep in their tents to the sounds of the evening song birds, light breeze and the incoming tides.
The final morning, enjoy breakfast, pack your gear prior to check out and departure.
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Approximate scheduled departure time. Alaskan bush pilots do not like to wait, so everyone should be ready to load and board well in advance to the plane’s arrival. The plane usually gets to camp right after breakfast so there will be no time to go out to the field to observe bears the morning your are to depart the camp.
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.
For more information feel free to contact us.