Location Map & Facilities
Location, Access, Facilities & Services
Hallo Bay is an eco-friendly camp located 120 air miles southwest of Homer, Alaska on the wild and remote Pacific Coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The Alaska Peninsula is a part of an area called “The Ring of Fire” a volcanically active chain of volcanoes located on the leading edge of the Pacific Tectonic Plate.
There are no access roads within 300 miles walking distance of Hallo Bay. On the Alaska Peninsula, Hallo Bay is approximately 25 miles south of Cape Douglas and 6 miles east of Kaguyak Volcano. Hallo Bay Camp is located a stones throw from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by the 6400 square mile Katmai National Park on the remaining three sides which also has no roads leading to it.
Hallo Bay has one of the most beautiful beaches and wildlife viewing areas in Alaska. The variety of bear viewing areas offer many different opportunities to observe Alaska’s coastal brown bears in their natural habitats. Big River and Clint’s Creek, which are located to the north and south of the Camp respectively, produce an excellent variety of seasonal salmon runs. The coastal tidal flats offer good clam digging and sweet sedge grass meadows for the feeding brown bears.
Hallo Bay is the only Eco-sensitive facility of its kind designed exclusively for bear and wildlife viewing on the 485-mile long Pacific coastline of Katmai National Park. There are no public services, marked trails or airports available in Katmai National Park within 70 miles of Hallo Bay. The Mc Neil River Wildlife Sanctuary located 30 miles north of Hallo Bay is the only other facility equal to Hallo Bay offering eco-responsible, sustainable and unspoiled wildlife viewing in the entire Southwest Alaska coastal brown bear habitat areas.
Access from Homer is the most weather reliable and cost effective method of accessing Hallo Bay. The bush plane flight from Homer offers one of the most scenic views of glaciers, volcanics and fabulous coastline. Activities and Lodging in the Homer area are many with prices very reasonable by Alaska standards and the people are very friendly and helpful. New for Homer and a must see is the USF&W Islands & Ocean Visitor Center.
The design intent at Hallo Bay Bear Camp is to create an acute awareness of the surrounding natural pristine beauty by being a part of the environment rather than focusing attention on luxurious accommodations which leads to isolation from the environment.
Comfortable Heated Cabins
There are five Hansen Weatherport design guest cabins. Four cabins are quite large (12′ x 20′) and the fifth cabin is designed for the single travelers, being of somewhat smaller in size. All the cabins are heated, have wooden floors, typical walk in doors, windows with screens, a small sink and vanity, table/chairs, and cots/bedding.
Clean Hot Showers
There are two separate and private Paloma design showers located in separate buildings. Guests will find the showers refreshingly clean and sanitary, providing unlimited amounts of hot water for a relaxing shower after the day’s adventures. Personal products such as towels for the showers, shampoos and soaps are not supplied by Hallo Bay and are the responsibility of the guests to bring. We operate an environmentally friendly eco camp. You can purchase environmentally friendly shampoos, conditioners and bath soap products at local health food stores or sporting goods stores in your area or in Homer before you fly out to our camp.
Composting Bathroom Facility
There are two separate bathrooms serving the camp. This bathroom unit is of the environmentally friendly Clivus Multrum composting design. Guests will find the sanitary facilities clean and odorless as typical of all Hallo Bay facilities.
Our galley is quite large and has many common kitchen conveniences such as range and refrigerator. In addition a large fireplace adds a nice touch to the evenings or rainy day chill.
Refreshing Drinking Water
Water for drinking and cooking purposes is further purified at Hallo Bay with the use of special Doulton passive filtering and purification systems. No chemicals are used in our water systems. Guests will need to provide their own personal water bottles or containers for trail use.
Delicious Family Style Meals
The cook provides a nice variety of hearty, family style meals and can consist of grilled pork chops, roast beef, pork ribs, roast chicken, hamburgers, pasta and vegetable dishes, etc and prepares the packed lunches if the guests are going to be out all day. A variety of refreshments, snacks, baked goods and cookies are always available in the galley.
Solar and wind power furnishes the majority of electrical power for recharging electrical devices such as camera and camcorder batteries. The very quiet gasoline generator is only operated during periods which the solar system may not produce enough power, i.e. rainy days, etc. The electricity to recharge camera or laptop batteries is available from 8am until 9pm each day. International guests should remember to bring proper adapters for the electrical outlets.
Trash & Garbage
Trash and garbage is collected in specially designed odor containing poly bags and stored in a bear proof container area until the next aircraft flight, which transports this material back to Homer for proper landfill disposal. The camp personnel and guides are very strict regarding the handling of any food or trash, both in the camp and in the field. In 12 years of operation we have never had a bear damage the camp or cause a bear to be displaced in anyway and we fully intend to maintain this perfect record.
Guides & Staff Quarters
The guides quarters are four smaller cabins strategically placed throughout the camp location. In this manner Hallo Bay personnel are always nearby and available for any need that may arise.
On arrival, guests are given a Hallo Bay facilities and use orientation by the camp staff and the cook will define the use of the galley area.
The camp utilizes an Iridium satellite telephone for communications. Guests requiring the use of the satellite phone should be aware that use charges can run upwards of $4-$7 per minute. Single Side Band (SSB) and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communication equipment is utilized at the camp by the guides for communication between guides, camp, marine vessels, aircraft and for emergency USCG communications.
Your chosen Trip Itinerary will provide you with more in depth information as to the day to day activities. However, all activities, outward from the camp location will be accompanied by a Hallo Bay guide due to the sheer number of bears and natural dangers in this remote wilderness area. One will not find this rule restrictive, but rather you will find the measure of safety and education it affords, priceless.
We feel that the naturalist guides of Hallo Bay are some of the finest wilderness guides in Alaska, their concern for their guests, the wildlife and the land is without reproach. Hallo Bay can accommodate 8-12 guests per day at the camp. In this manner guests will have a quality learning experience to complement their wildlife adventure.
Bear Safety Orientation
A bear safety orientation will be conducted by our guides after the guests have checked into their cabins and prior to the first outing into bear country. The safety of our guests is always foremost in the operation of Hallo Bay. In our 12 years of operation we have never encountered a problem with bears in the field or bears in the camp.
Education & Research
Education plays an important role at Hallo Bay as our involvement will indicate. Anyone can show you bears, but at Hallo Bay, not only will we safely guide you to the bears, we will expand your knowledge of these magnificent animals and their habitat as well as other local wildlife, marine life and plant life.
Hallo Bay Goals
Hallo Bay, while offering a splendid opportunity for our guests to observe the Alaska brown bear, will also learn and appreciate the higher value of reasonable and sustainable use practices. Hallo Bay is a direct challenge to all wilderness businesses and visitors to attempt or better their endeavors in utilizing these sustainable methods to preserve our natural resources. Hallo Bay has just begun to find its place in the nature of the environment it operates in. We still have much to study and learn to better coexist with nature.
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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