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Emerald Air Service, Inc.

1244 Lakeshore Drive, Homer, AK 99603
+1 907-235-4160
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Ranked #2 of 43 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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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Sarah and Craig are really doing their utmost to show you the bears and everything they know about environment, flowers, etc. We got those long boots and the plane took us in a nice flight to Katmai. Sarah knew so much about the bears, age, family, etc. you could see that she really cares and loves these animals. If ever... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I signed up for the trip concerned about the cost but it wildly exceeded all of my expectations. Sara and Craig were great hosts. Sara was the perfect guide. The group was small. The bear viewing was surprisingly close. The setting was beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We had the awesome experience of seeing the bears up close and personal with Sarah and Craig. Their professionalism and knowledge about the bears, their habitat and their efforts to en sure we saw as many bears as possible was just amazing and made our day truly memorable. For us travelling all the way from Australia it was to be... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I only had so many disposable dollars to spend in Alaska. I was in Anchorage for two weeks for my job. My choice was take the train to Denali to see Mt. McKinley or see the bears. I decided to see the bears. I prioritized my must sees and bears won by a long shot. My internet was spotty at... More

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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The trip was spectacular. Sara guided on the ground and Craig piloted (13K hours). saw brown bears in natural setting, getting within 20yards, as the bears in Katmai have not been contaminated by human feeding. 6hours plus of leisurely hiking through the meadows along bear trails, enjoying the incredible beauty of the park. A once in a lifetime experience that... More

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Chicago, IL
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This goes under the category of "this is why we work". We work every day so we can afford to go on trips like this. It was a once in a lifetime, amazing experience. Everything was just so fantastic. The guides were so knowledgeable, with not just the bears but with all of the flora and fauna. Any question I... More

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Louisville, Colorado
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

My family (myself, husband and son) enjoyed the flight to Katmai National Park the last week of August, 2013. My husband is an amputee (left knee disarticulation). Thanks to Craig and Sarah and the froggers they provided, he was able to embark and disembark the plane without any incident to himself or his prosthetic limb. This was an experience of... More

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