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Emerald Air Service, Inc.

Homer, AK, USA
About Emerald Air Service, Inc.
Fly with us in our deHavilland Otter Floatplanes (everyone has a private seat/every seat has a window) to spend a day in Katmai with the Coastal Brown Bears. We offer two trips-our keystone trip is our "guided" hiking trip to the Katmai bush-expect to walk 4-5 miles through the wilds of Katmai while learning about the bears and where they live. We also offer an unguided trip to Brooks Falls in late June through early August. Both trips give you 5 hours on the ground with the bears- Founded in 1991 by Ken and Chris Day we've enjoyed sharing the bears and where they live for many years-this is a trip done with heart-we truly want you to leave understanding the bears and where they live-feeling it was the trip of a lifetime with great pictures to show for it.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I feel remiss at not being able to post this review sooner as we were travelling for an extended period after this trip and only recently got home. The Bear Viewing Expedition to Katmai National Park with Emerald Air Services was one of the most...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank raandaka
Reviewed September 30, 2019

This was one of our best bear viewing experience ever and our guide Lance was the best. We got pretty close to the big grizzly bears feeding on salmon and Lance made us feel safe and comfortable. Overall Emerald air bear viewing expedition experience was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 26, 2019

This will be the most memorable experience we've had on any vacation! We flew in an Otter sea plane with Dave as our pilot. He was terrific and took the time to fly over whales and over a volcano that was still smoking. Lance was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank eileenw1951
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

This was truly the trip of a lifetime. The guide (Lance) and the rest of the staff were helpful and organized. The trip itself was amazing. We saw the volcano, many bears at close proximity and even a whale on the way home. We always...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Adventure310969
Reviewed July 22, 2019

We were fortunate to be the first group to fly on Emerald Air's newly certified Otter. All of the staff, from the manager to the pilot and especially, Lance, our guide were friendly, helpful and knowledgable. As soon as we landed (after a comfortable 1...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Mike L
Reviewed July 3, 2019

From the moment we arrived the staff was eager to help us and get us ready. Our guide Lance was funny, calming, confident, and knowledgeable. Our pilot Wes added to the trip with this sight seeig and jokes.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Inspire52718016826
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

We booked a trip with Emerald Air in September 2018 with a trip date of July 2019. We are currently in Fairbanks and moving to Homer in 9 days time and have received an email to say the trip is cancelled and the money will...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Chris D, General Manager at Emerald Air Service, Inc., responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

We are so sorry we were not able to get you out to see the bears. Let me explain the "certification" issue: we recently purchased 2 beautiful Turbine deHavilland Otters-top of the line planes with every safety bell and whistle available. The crux is that...More

Reviewed July 2, 2019

Our trip out to Katmai to be present with bears and take in the breathtaking scenery was probably the best thing we did on our trip to Alaska, and we did a lot of cool things. We researched which company to take and by far...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank annaM5626PG
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Seeing bears was a dream and it came true thanks to Emerald air service ! After a beautiful flight over Katmai NP, we landed with our guide to the tundra. We walked to the river and trees facing us started to move : it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dehouckclaire
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Saw the most beautiful bears. Didn’t want to go home..... Our 10 years old boy had the time of his life... and sod ud mummie

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Adventurers8 | Reviewed this property |
We have been to Hallo Bay twice, haven't been to Brooks Falls. We plan to go to Brooks Falls next time. We went to Hallo Bay again because we had such a great experience the first time, and did again on the second visit... More