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Emerald Air Service, Inc.

1244 Lakeshore Drive, Homer, AK 99603
+1 907-235-4160
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Ranked #1 of 44 Activities in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Please join us for the bear viewing trip of a lifetime. Find yourself in pristine, remote areas where you are not limited to paved trails or... more » Owner description: Please join us for the bear viewing trip of a lifetime. Find yourself in pristine, remote areas where you are not limited to paved trails or platforms--where you are away from the crowds. Fly in our deHavilland Beaver on floats across Cook Inlet to Katmai--bear country--and spend a full day watching thse magnificent creatures. An unforgettable experience. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

My husband arranged the tour, and I was worried about the safety of getting so close to bears. However, it turned out the most wonderful experiences ever! Our guides, Craig and Sarah are very experienced and the way they talked about the environment and bears really shows their love and passion for the wildlife and nature. During the whole trip,... More

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I am not the adventurous type. This trip to Alaska was organised by my sister, and hopping on a small plane to go out and see bears was very much out of my comfort zone. This would have to be one of the best things I have ever done. Craig and Sarah were lovely and the way they spoke about... More

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Holon, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We would like to compare two ways of bear watching :on Brooks waterfals in Katmai N.P and second way by strolling along one of rivers to watch bears ,so we reserved places on Beluga air service for Brooks waterfalls,and with Emerald air for stalking bears on some river coast. But when we get to Emerald air Sara told us ,that... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nothing to dislike. Sarah and Craig are friendly and professional, this was the best adventure we had in Alaska. We got to see about a dozen bears during mating season and were able to get very close to a number of them. Our photos were awesome and memories I won't forget. Best thing we did in Alaska!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Ok, I was fearful of flying in a small floatplane and put on a ear patch and wristbands for motion. Craig was such a good pilot, it was never a problem. Unfortunately, we flew for an hour within 1 mile of our destination and had to turn back because of the weather. A front came in well ahead of schedule.... More

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Farmington, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was the most terrifying yet AMAZING thing I've ever done! The flight was great and the hiking moderate. We were able to see about 10 to 15 different bears. We ate lunch with a couple of bears fishing right by us. We did a lot during our stay in AK (kayaking, fishing, glaciers....etc) but this took the cake. Sara... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Words cannot describe the unbelievable experience we had with Craig! His flight skills are amazing and the day we had with him and the bears was educational, emotional and awe inspiring. We saw 25-30 different bears in their natural setting, fishing, protecting their cubs and even a family reuinion with nursing cubs at the end. Totally up front and personal,... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

When we first arrived at Emerald Air Service, we were given big rubber thigh high boots. Then our group of 6, plus the pilot and our guide Sarah got on a sea plane for a trip lasting about an hour, flying to Katmai. Sarah pointed out wildlife and islands to us that we were flying over. When we arrived at... More

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Parkland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Alaska find a way to get to Homer and do this trip. I planned this trip months in advance and Sara was so professional booking the trip and answering all the questions I had. We were so lucky on the day we went as the weather was absolutely perfect. Weather changes quickly... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wow, wow, wow! Katmai NP on a beautiful day ..... Great float plane flight out of Homer, AK .... Up close and personal with 20 or so Brown/Grizzly bears ..... hiking 5 miles in gorgeous terrain .... Super naturalist guide Sara .... It doesn't get any better! Thank you for the highlight of our Alaska trip!

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