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Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

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    What to Expect
    Embark on an Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife site located on Admiralty Island. Also known as the ‘Fortress of the Bears’ by the indigenous Tlingit people, Pack Creek boasts the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, with one guide for every five people.

    After morning pickup by van from your Juneau hotel or the port, kick off your tour with a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and the Inside Passage. Land on Windfall Island, where you’ll receive a safety briefing for your kayaking journey through Windfall Harbor. Paddle your way to the mouth of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.

    Secure your kayak and follow your guide’s lead to prime viewing locations to observe grizzly and brown bears in their natural habitat. Scamper up lookout towers to see bears playing in meadows, and head over to creeks and streams to see them swimming or catching salmon.

    Enjoy plenty of time watching bears before you return by kayak back to the floatplane. Your tour ends with van transport back to the original departure point.

    Please note: Visitors to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area must have a permit, which is limited in number and provided to tour operators only. As permits sell out quickly, make sure to book this tour well in advance.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    For cruise ship passengers and clients staying in the downtown area, the centralized meeting location is the “C” Sign located between Taku Smokeries (Green Building) and the Mt. Roberts Tramway. (Please have clients look for a person holding a sign with “Above & Beyond Alaska”.)
    *Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel.
    *Clients off cruise ships docking at the AJ Dock with 30 minutes or less between their ship’s arrival time and trip departure time will be picked up directly from the AJ Dock.

    Juneau Alaska
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Certified guide
    • All necessary equipment
    • Round-trip transportation via van and floatplane
    • Rain gear, jackets and rubber boots provided - please advise supplier of sizing
    • Snacks (bagels, water, granola and more)
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Pack Creek on Admiralty Island
    • Entry/Admission - Above & Beyond Alaska
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
    • Maximum weight per person is 250 pounds (113 kilograms)
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 10 people per booking (5 to 1, passenger to guide ratio)
    • Minimum age is 12 years
    • Operates in all weather conditions
    • There is a $50 non-refundable booking fee once this trip is reserved. This is non-refundable for any reason, including weather cancellations
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Best ladies weekend getaway by float plane to Windfall Island and Pack creek/ Admiralty Island for camping , Kayaking ,Grizzly Bears and girl time ! Above and Beyond Alaska did a fabulous job providing the best guide we could ever ask for and made sure everyone stayed safe
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    Response from Caitlin M, Manager at Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
    Responded Jun 11, 2019
    Woo hoo! Thanks Lexi! We are so happy we could take you and your friends on a tour of this special and unique area of Pack Creek. Especially being able to spend the night in such a remote place is a one in life experience. Thank you again for joining us and please come join us again soon!
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    This was certainly the best day of our six in Alaska (although the glacier trekking was a close second). I highly recommend this excursion and ABAK. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I went with my husband and two teenagers (age 14 and 16). Our guide, Liz, was
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    Response from Cait M, Manager at Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
    Responded Aug 13, 2018
    Thank you Liz!! We really appreciate you providing this detailed feedback. Pack Creek is so unique and special, definitely worth the trip! I will make sure to pass your kind words onto our Liz as well. Excellent tip for some guests - this is a more passive wildlife and scenery watching tour than our other tours. There is more down time and observation, sometimes 3 to 4 hours of sitting peacefully watching bears, eagles, and other wildlife. With no cell service, this can be especially hard on some guests so please consider that when picking your tour. For many of us though, 4 hours of wildlife watching is an amazing day and the best way to spend a vacation. Please let us know if you have any questions about what tour is best for your group. Thanks again Liz and have a great rest of your vacation!
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    This was an Amazing Experience from the Float Plane to the Bear Viewing. Our Guide, Wade, was very easygoing, helpful and accommodating. The Ranger on the Island was very knowledgeable. I would definitely do it again. Everything was provided, boots, rain gear and Lunch.
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    Response from Liz B, Manager at Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
    Responded Jul 14, 2018
    Thank you for your review Deborah! I will be sure to let Wade know. Feel free to come back any time and do the tour again; very happy you enjoyed yourself and had such an amazing trip!
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    We were accompanied by Curt for this excursion. We travelled via the Douglas Island ranges in a float plane to where the kayaks were stashed on Swan Island. The views from the plane were stunning. We then kayaked to Pack Creek bear sanctuary. We had three bear sightings.
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    Response from Cait M, Manager at Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau
    Responded Jun 30, 2018
    WOW!!! That sounds like an amazing day at Pack Creek! I have never seen deer swimming in the ocean let alone in this amazingly beautiful location so that is very special. Everyday is different at Pack Creek, because it is truly "Wild Alaska," we regularly see bears, a huge variety of birds, deer, and some marine life. This tour is perfect for anyone wanting to see true wilderness and experience the uncertainty of that as well. Some days we see nothing but beautiful scenery and hear nothing but the wind, other days are filled with unexpected sights throughout. Come prepared for the unknown! Thank you for joining us and we loved taking you on an adventure!
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 8h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Hotel Pickup
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