Bear Viewing Tours

Day Tours

Day Tours

Couple posing in front of a group of bears playing in the waterGoing bear viewing should be part of any Alaska adventure! As specialists in brown bear viewing and photography, we offer both day and multi-day guided bear viewing and wildlife photography tours to Katmai National Park, McNeil River Refuge and the Alaska Peninsula.

Day Tours depart from Homer for a one hour flight, taking you across the Cook Inlet then following the rugged and pristine coastline of the Alaska Peninsula to Katmai National Park where you will see more volcanoes and massive glaciers terminating in iceberg-filled lakes and of course bears!

It is reasonable to presume you may walk four to six miles during the trip depending on the season and level of bear activity. The terrain is generally not steep but we do walk on beaches, bear trails, tidal flats and cross some small creeks.

What Is Included:

  • 1 Hour scenic flight from Homer across Cook Inlet to Katmai National Park
  • Guided bear viewing
  • 1 Hour return flight to Homer
  • Hip boots to wear for the trip

Sample Itinerary*

8:30 AM Check-in and pre-trip briefing.

9:00 AM Depart Homer on a scenic flight across the Cook Inlet and along the Alaska Peninsula

10:15 AM Arrive at Katmai National Park

10:30 AM – 3:00 PM Bear viewing with your guide

3:15 PM Depart Katmai for Homer

4:30 PM Arrive back in Homer

*This is the preferred itinerary, but tides, weather or animal behavior may cause changes

Premium Photography Day Tour

Premium Photography Day Tour

Taking day photo tours to the next level! The ultimate experience for photographers desiring more time in the field than standard day trips offer. As specialists in brown bear viewing and photography, we do more than just take you to a location. We take the time to provide guidance on how to best capture the experience. Working with lighting, composition and creativity instead of just focusing on only on f-stops, ISO and equipment.


  • $4500. for up to 4 photographers*


  • About 6 hours in the field with the bears *
  • Total trip time about 9 hours*
  • A professional brown bear photography guide
  • Photography tips and techniques
  • Air transportation/flight seeing in a classic De Havilland Beaver on floats
  • Hip boots to wear for the trip
  • All taxes and fees

*Weight dependent – total weight allowance for participants including photography gear is 1000 pounds.
**Actual time with bears is dependent on weather or animal behavior which may cause changes

Multi-Day Tours

Bears of Katmai Multi-Day Photography Tours

water bearOur bears of Katmai multi-day photography tours are designed for those who desire more exposure to the bears, than is offered with a standard one day trip. Most clients stay between 2 and 4 nights, however longer stays are available.

We limit the group size to just 4 clients. All of our tours are fly-in trips to Katmai National Park and the Alaska Peninsula, which is world famous for bear viewing and photography. The Alaska Peninsula is world famous for bear viewing and our trips take you off the beaten path and down bear trails away from the crowds.

We guide tours from late May through September 15. When is the best time to come? There really is no bad to time to come, it’s really more a matter of what best fits your schedule. In late May, June and through late July the bears are engaged in mating, mothers with cubs are grazing in grassy flats and meadows. In late July when the salmon runs begin, the bears start changing their diet to that of salmon and in August the bears continue to feast on salmon. In September the season turns to fall the bears are now eating berries and any available salmon. All air transportation is from Homer to our remote camp. Click for Rates & Reservations information.

What to Expect

Departing from Homer – Your adventure begins in Homer. On the day of your trip, you will board a bush or float plane for the scenic flight across Cook Inlet to the eastern coast of the Alaskan Peninsula where our camp is located. The flight itself is an exciting part of any Alaskan adventure. We recommend that you arrive at least a day before to ensure that your luggage arrives and that you can call to confirm with the flight service your departure time. It also allows you an opportunity to shop for any last minute items you may need.

Safety First – All clients are given a bear safety orientation. Bears can show up at any time it is important to know how to act around them. All guides are certified in first-aid and CPR. A satellite phone and a VHF radio provide us with communications linking us to our pilots and the rest of the world. However all the technology in the world is no substitute for “common sense” your most valuable tool in the wilderness!

Physical Activity – These trips can be enjoyed by almost everyone! Most of the time is spent sitting watching and photographing bears. However it is possible to cover 2 to 5 miles of easy to moderate hiking in a day. So if you engage in some sort of regular physical activity or aerobic exercise than you will do fine on our trips.

Daily Hikes and Outings – Your naturalist guide will plan the daily itinerary based upon by the interests of the group, physical condition of group, bear activity and weather.

Accommodations – For sleeping we use spacious, high quality expedition style tents. Each of these tents is used to house two people. They provide you with ample space for your gear, as well as a comfortable retreat should we get “weathered in”.

Meals – Breakfasts and dinners are health consciously prepared and served family style. Lunch is usually sandwiches along with cookies or fresh fruit. Beverages such as coffee or tea are provided, however we do not provide alcoholic beverages.

multi-day campsite

Bears By Boat Photo Tour

Alaska Katmai Coast Grizzly/Brown Bear Photography Tour

On this amazing adventure, you will have 7-days to immerse yourself in a majestic landscape few travelers to Alaska ever visit. Starting from Homer, Alaska we will cruise in our private chartered ship to the rugged and remote coast of Katmai National Park. You will be photographing bears in a way most can only imagine, in some cases just yards away, while being surrounded by snow-capped mountains, glaciers and volcanoes.

Having a private chartered ship, offers us opportunity not only to follow and photograph some of the largest brown bears in the world, but also explore different locations and bears along the coastline as they fish, dig for clams and roam along the numerous beaches and coves. Ashore, you will hike with your guide and group leader Dave Bachrach to photograph these majestic bears. The days are long and photo opportunities are abundant. Dave works hard at getting you to the right place at the right time for your photography by using his extensive knowledge of bear behavior and photography experience.

This is a limited participant, 8 maximum boat-based photography tour aboard a private chartered ship. Since we sleep aboard we can be flexible be with our daily plans, often traveling at night you can find yourself in a new location when you awake! Departing from Homer, we also have special opportunities along the way to photograph marine mammals including whales, seals and sea otters.

Trip Highlights

  • Limited to 8 photographers
  • Access to multiple locations for photography
  • Flexible schedule to maximize photo opportunities
  • Daily shore excursions
  • Comfortable shipboard accommodations
  • Guaranteed to see bears!

Dates and Pricing

  • Dates: Dates: August 27 – September 2, 2019
  • Price: $6999.00 per person
  • Tour begins and ends in Homer, Alaska

Includes: 7 days of onboard ship accommodations, guide, photo instruction, all meals while on the tour, double occupancy accommodations.

Not included: travel to/from Homer, Alaska, lodging in Homer before or after the trip, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities for crew and guide.

To reserve your space, send a 50% payment within 10 days of booking your tour.
To reserve your space, send a 50% payment within 10 days of booking your tour. Final payment is due by April 30. Reservations made after April 30 require full payment. All participants are required to purchase trip insurance for this tour.

For additional info please contact us by phone at: 907-235-1805 or email us at: