The Bears of Katmai

4 Days

Overview

July 17 – 20, 2023

$2,195

This tour is an extension of the July 2023 Alaska tour. We’ll stay in Homer, the eco-capital of Alaska and a hub for much of its fishing, sailing, hunting and wilderness exploration. The town is an attractive main street with a number of great restaurants and shops.  Our unique hotel is at the very end of the Homer Spit with exceptional views of Kachemak Bay.

We will visit the great Katmai National Park with a professional guide, focusing on the famous Brooks Falls area. Brooks Falls is the single-most famous attraction in Katmai National Park and not for the waterfall itself, but because it’s one of the major salmon runs in the State, perfect for bears hunting salmon. From the end of June to the end of July the falls attract more giant Brown Bears (Grizzlies) than probably any other place on earth.

We will also spend a day at the Peterson Bay Field Station in Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay has a remarkable 28′ tidal difference in the course of the month. It is a long inlet that sort of captures the very angry Bering Sea. In that finger-like estuary lives some of the greatest diversity of marine life on earth, including nearly half of all the species of clams. The islands that we will probably hike a bit on teem with wildlife, including a diversity of sea stars, octopus, red squirrels, black bears, harbor seals, sea otters, and a myriad of land and seabirds.

OPTIONS Per Each of 2 Sharing Single Deposit
Main Trip: 5-17 July $ 12,830 $ 17,565 $ 1,850
Extension: 17-20 July $ 2,195 $ 2,725 $ 350

Itinerary

EWT will assist you booking your commercial flights to Homer. These often bundle well into your continental journey to/from Alaska. At the Homer airport take a cab to the hotel. Homer is the eco-capital of Alaska, hub for much of its fishing, sailing, hunting and wilderness exploration. The town has an attractive main street with a number of great restaurants and shops. Our unique hotel is at the very end of the Homer Spit with exceptional views of Kachemak Bay. Nothing further is included today except an important briefing about tomorrow’s Bear Flightseeing Trip at the air company’s offices. Overnight at the Land’s End Resort.
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The day is spent on an exciting day trip with a professional guide and private pilot into the great Katmai National Park, focusing on the famous Brooks Falls area. Brooks Falls is where the short Brooks River runs out Naknek Lake into Brooks Lake. The falls is the single-most famous attraction in Katmai N.P. and not for the waterfall itself, but because it’s one of the major salmon runs in the State. The falls are about a half-mile wide, not very high (nowhere over 8') and so perfect for bears hunting salmon. From the end of June to the end of July the falls attract more giant Brown Bears (Grizzlies) than probably any other place on earth. Overnight at the Land’s End Resort.
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A full day trip to the Peterson Bay Field Station in Kachemak Bay. We’ll take a boat and a trained professional guide and the activities of the trip are defined by the tides at the time. Kachemak Bay has a remarkable 28' tidal difference in the course of the month. We might stop at islands for seal haul-outs or be able to walk along the shores of Peterson Island, but throughout the excellent docent guides provide a remarkable explanation of this very important part of Alaska. Kachemak Bay is a long inlet that sort of captures the very angry Bering Sea. In that finger-like estuary lives some of the greatest diversity of marine life on earth, including nearly half of all the species of clams. The islands that we will probably hike a bit on teem with wildlife, including a diversity of sea stars, octopus, red squirrels, black bears, harbor seals, sea otters, and a myriad of land and seabirds. Hot drinks are provided and Liz will have ordered picnic lunches for everyone. Normally the trip returns to Homer around 4 p.m. Overnight at the Land’s End Resort.

Special Option: You can replace the Peterson Island excursion with a long morning’s charter deep-sea fishing trip for fresh halibut and salmon. Your catch will be filleted and deep-freeze vacuum sealed then shipped to your home.
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Hotel checkout is at 10 a.m. You’ll use a cab or Uber to return you to the airport to begin your journey home starting with your connecting flight to Anchorage. EWT will be happy to assist arranging your complete air journey.
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Cost Includes

  • Everything as described in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in brackets at the end of each day’s description
  • Small plane day-trip to Katmai from Homer
  • Hosting throughout by Liz Heck, provided that a minimum of 6 persons are reserved.

Additional Expenses Not Included

  • All commercial air fare
  • Tipping (Liz Heck does not accept tips)
  • Some meals
  • Most beverages
  • Items of a personal nature like souvenirs or gear