We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Emerald Air Service, Inc.

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 1244 Lakeshore Drive, Homer, AK 99603
Phone Number: +1 907-235-4160
Website
Improve this listing
Description:

Please join us for the bear viewing trip of a lifetime. Find yourself in...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 128 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 125
    Excellent
  • 0
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Amazing

I was 11 when I came and still are 11. This was a really cool experience for me. We got in a seaplane, saw some great scenery, landed, saw some bears fishing, sat down next to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
Logan M
,
Jersey City, New Jersey
Add Photo Write a Review

128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Jersey City, New Jersey
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I was 11 when I came and still are 11. This was a really cool experience for me. We got in a seaplane, saw some great scenery, landed, saw some bears fishing, sat down next to some other bears fishing, and at the end a bear trotted just about 10 feet away from us, looked us over and trotted off.... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Logan M
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Our day on Katmai exceeded all expectations as the highlight of our excursions in Alaska. The Emerald Air attention to comfort, security and detail gave us the ability to relax and enjoy the full experience of Katmai. When will you ever spend a day walking in confidence among the Grizzlies where there are more bears than people? Our guide had... More 

Helpful?
Thank DianeAndDon
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
51 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

On my 80th birthday this is what I chose to do, and I'm so glad I did. What a wonderful experience. One my wife and I will remember for the rest of our lives. As far as we are concerned it couldn't have been more perfect. We were provided with wading boots, Then we had the approximately one hour scenic... More 

Helpful?
Thank Mike082
Level Contributor
18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I have waited a long time to be able to experience an adventure like this and I was not disappointed. Even though it rained relentlessly our pilot and guide was excellent. He took us to all of the areas he knew there would be bears and we were not disappointed. Very expensive, but for me, it was well worth the... More 

Helpful?
Thank Yvitoledo
Millboro Springs, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The overall perception of these folks is slow, take it easy and foremost safety. They WILL put you on bears. Take your time getting to the bears. Take your time with them. Stephanie (pilot & guide) did a great job piloting the plane & talking about the bears; their ecosystem and the scenery while airborne. Dress WARMLY in layers regardless... More 

Helpful?
Thank Roger H
san francisco
Level Contributor
157 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This is a first class operation - in fact the locals recommend this tour. Booking is easy and the trip is a bucket list adventure- top 5 trips of my lifetime. Our pilot Stephanie was great - perfect landing on a small lake and great technique in approaching the bears. Don't be concerned that the bears are so close- they... More 

Helpful?
Thank costaricagregg
Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Our group of four hailed from all over - New York, California, Texas and Australia. Not one of us has anything but praise for Emerald Air and Floatplane Lodge! The cabin we shared on the shore of Beluga Lake was perfect - two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and eating areas. It was cute and spotless. The grounds of the Lodge... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank melismike
Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We had reservations for a full day of bear watching and planned our Homer vacation/Alaska trip around Emerald Air reservation. I understand Alaska weather is unpredictable and it is better to cancel than fly dangerously. We were informed the flight was cancelled when we arrived at 8am. Same for the other couple we met later in the day. It is... More 

Helpful?
Thank BL007
San Antonio
Level Contributor
332 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went to see bears with Emerald Air Service. There were 6 of us in the plane with the pilot. It is about a 1 hour flight to the national park where we landed on a lake and trekked to the river to see bears. We saw a number of bears, some closer than we thought possible. We felt safe... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Otto W
Roswell, New Mexico
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Our guide and pilot was Eric. He was the best. He answered every question we had and what a great guy. BEARS! OH MY! When you are looking for bear tours ask your self do you want inexpensive or the best, Trust me, book with Emerald Air, they are the best for a reason, Small groups and you are with... More 

Helpful?
Thank Terri018

Been to Emerald Air Service, Inc.? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Emerald Air Service, Inc. and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Emerald Air Service, Inc. staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?