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Address: Homer, AK
Phone Number: 907-235-2237
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We offer Half Day and Overnight Bear and Wildlife Viewing Trips out to...

We offer Half Day and Overnight Bear and Wildlife Viewing Trips out to Katmai National Park from May through September. We have been guiding trips to Katmai for 26 years, and we have a perfect safety record with our experience with the bears. Hallo Bay Bear Camp is a fully sustainable wilderness camp designed to be a trend setting model of responsibility and low impact to this environment. Our guests observe the bears in their natural habitat where there are no viewing platforms or man-made trails. We limit our groups in size because it is our experience that small groups are much less impacting than large groups of people on any wilderness outing. The smaller group size intimidates wildlife less and leaves a much less impacting footprint on the habitat.

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Amazing experience, engaged people, very, very basic infrastructure

Priceless experience, you get never closer to the beauty of nature. Bears. wolfe, eagles - all. Sunrise is breathtaking. People are great, Lance (guide) and Tim (pilot) stand out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Paradise, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been fortunate to visit Alaska many times to view and photograph bears. Each trip has been different, but well worth the time and money. Unfortunately, Hallo Bay is the exception to my bear-viewing experiences. We had one good day of bear viewing--the weather was extremely warm and there was a scarcity of bears during my stay. Anyone who... More 

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Oroville, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Readers of reviews of the Hallo Bay Camp should only pay attention to reviews of the 2015 season. The owners of the lodge no longer control the property that the lodge operated from. There is no permanent lodge. Tom G's review is right on the money. I differ from his review in that management never let me and several other... More 

3 Thank William A
Saint James City, Florida
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Different length trips are offered by this company. For our first, we chose the one day adventure. Included was a one hour flight on a small (5 passenger) plane, a beach/ stream/ rocky walk to where bears had been spotted earlier. Our guide, Jerry, was knowledgeable and interesting, sharing a wealth of information while being safety minded. We saw 6... More 

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Haines, Alaska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

The only reason I am giving this excursion two stars is in appreciation of the absolutely fantastic job done by the camp crew who did their very best to see to the care, comfort, and enjoyment of their guests. Otherwise, given management’s utter disregard to the relationship between cost and quality, I would have been hard pressed to award a... More 

4 Thank Tom G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Priceless experience, you get never closer to the beauty of nature. Bears. wolfe, eagles - all. Sunrise is breathtaking. People are great, Lance (guide) and Tim (pilot) stand out. Be aware - there is zero sanitary infrastructure. A shovel and a couple of bushes round the camp is as good as it get´s. Should not hold one back to go,... More 

Thank Swissflyer60
Chicago, Illinois, USA
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Don't think, just go! I highly recommend this company if you are thinking of going to Hallo Bay (Katmai NP) to see brown bears. Their communication during the booking, check-in and transfer process was very good and they have top-notch guides when you get there. I highly recommend doing an overnight package, if you can, for an even more intense... More 

Thank EisBaer
Oakhurst, CA
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Such a wonderful life experience. One I will never forget. First, I must mention the current camp is much more primitive than the reviewer before me experienced. No bathrooms or electrical chargers. But what fun. I'm no photographer but I got some amazing pictures. Everyone had our safety foremost and I never felt threatened. Thank you Vivian, Lance, Jerry, and... More 

Thank GoldenKatie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I'm very late in writing this review ... almost a year ... but I'm planning another trip to Hallo Bay. This is definitely a place for your 'bucket list'. Hallo Bay is a permanent tented camp located on the Alaska Peninsula, at the edge of Katmai National Park. A friend and I had been looking for a place to photograph... More 

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Red Wing, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The original camp sounded much more comfortable than the current "digs," but it's definitely a truer wilderness experience if you stay overnight. Our trip over was a bit scary due to weather, but our pilot from Germany was spectacular. And, there's no controlling weather! We walked miles in the cold wind and rain, and the bears did not disappoint. We... More 

Thank dobiemomny
Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We booked a half-day bear viewing trip to Katmai NP with Hallo Bay. We were impressed by their website, the pictures and the description of the half-day tour to Katmai NP. However, we never got to go to Katmai NP which was advertised as a scenic one hour flight along the coast. Instead the pilot took us to the shores... More 

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