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Homer Flyout Adventures

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Homer, AK, USA
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About Homer Flyout Adventures
We provide guided bear viewing trips into Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks. We will ensure an intimate experience into the wilderness as seen in the Disney movie "Bears". We usually limit our groups sizes up to six, but can accommodate larger parties. Our guided trips depart Beluga Lake in Homer and Lake Hood in Anchorage. You will enjoy an incredible sightseeing flight (45-90min) over the "Ring of Fire" volcanoes, glaciers, and wilderness in route to where the bears are most numerous. We provide hip waders, snacks, water, and light rain gear. Our trips start at $599 a person. Note: Guests need to be capable of walking several hundred yards in sand and mud. Join us for a "Bucket List Experience"!!
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greily_hofmann wrote a review Aug 2016
Innsbruck, Austria1 contribution
The Bear Viewing Tour was really nice with a small group and 11 bears in a beautiful landscape. In any case recommendable.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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mhljones wrote a review Aug 2016
NY37 contributions41 helpful votes
Martin is a first-rate pilot and guide, a real pro. he goes out of his way for customers in every respect, and he also knows Alaska and the bears. In short, you cannot do better.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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Ruth B wrote a review Jul 2016
Farr West228 contributions74 helpful votes
Where do I begin? With 6 people in our party, Charlie (our EXCELLENT pilot) had to make two flights to take us all out to see the bears. My 2 daughters and I were the first group to fly, with my husband, and our 2 friends, in the second group. As Charlie was doing a final plane check, and we were waiting, he asked who wanted to be co-pilot, being a bit nervous, I pointed at my oldest daughter and said: 'she does'. As I climbed into the plane, Charlie sensing my nervousness about the flight since I'd never been in a small plane before, puts a life-vest over my neck, clips it and says, 'pull this when you hit the water'. But I'm flying! I don't want to hit the water!! I want to stay in the air!!! Charlie has a great sense of humor, and I never felt unsafe, the entire flight, or while on land with our guide, Alex. Our flight was great, Charlie even asked my daughter if she wanted to fly the plane, she said her first thought was NO! But the words that came out of her mouth were, Um, sure I guess. That was one of the highlights of the trip for us! She's so glad I stuck her in the co-pilot seat! He even took a picture of her flying the plane with our camera for us! We landed quiet far away from land, so we hopped off the plane into water that was just below the top of our waders. It was VERY windy at the bear viewing area that day, so it was a challenge walking through the water to meet Alex and the previous group already on the land, but we made it without any problems. Alex was a great guide, very knowledgeable about the bears, the area, etc. She was also very fun to just hang out with, she's got a great personality. Alex said that kind of wind was very unusual, she'd never been out there with it that windy. We were a little disappointed at how far away we were from the bears, as well as the number of bears we could see. We really only saw were only 3-4 bears. We walked quiet a ways towards them, but the bears were still REALLY far away. The amount of water, and where we had to stop, was due to the tide. Not that we wanted to be right next to the bears, but we had look through binoculars to really see them. Even though we all trudged through several water area's, above our knee's, loaded with sticky, sinking mud, some in the groups slipping and falling in, or nearly falling in, and getting stuck in the mud, (that would be me, for about a split second, I thought maybe I'd be bear bait!) etc. we all loved our experience! While we were trudging toward our bear viewing area, Charlie went back to pick up the rest of our group. When he came back, his plane was empty. Charlie guarantee's that you will see bears, and he's honest and up front about things. He told the others in our group that they would have to walk quite a distance, that it was very windy, and that there was only a couple bears, and that they were very far away. He let them decide if they still wanted to make the trip out, and said he would refund their money if they chose not to. They decided not to come, which due to the amount, and difficulty of the walking we did, was best for our friends who were to fly out with my husband. They probably would have had a very hard time with the walk, especially in the wind, water and mud. Charlie took the first group back, and left us out for a little longer than he normally would have, hoping that more bears would make an appearance. There was one more bear that did show up. Through Alex's binoculars we watched a mother bear and her cubs. The cubs were very playful, jumping and climbing all over each other and mom. We saw her take her cubs to safety when the new bear came on the scene, then allow them to come back out when she felt they were safe again. We saw a bear wade out in the water and catch a fish then carry it to a shallower area and eat it. So even though we were very far away, we could see them- thanks to Alex's binoculars. We also had a pair, but unfortunately, my husband who didn't make the trip, had them in his pack. While waiting for Charlie to pick us up, we learned(from a man who lives right there) that the reason there were so few bears, was because of the planes earlier that morning which had landed on the beach area that we were sitting on. When the planes land on the land vs landing on the water, it scares the bears away. He watches them head right back into the woods when the planes land. I guess there are some issues going on with the FAA and the pilots landing in that area right now, we heard about a couple problems that were reported a couple days before we were there, and then on the news the next night about another incident that happened the day after we were there. Charlie and Alex are very respectful of the wildlife and their habitat. We are impressed and grateful for that. From our experience, and with our limited knowledge we'd like to encourage anyone considering taking a bear viewing trip to make sure the people you are flying with, use float planes and don't land where they disrupt the bears. If we are fortunate enough to come to Alaska again in the future, we'll find Charlie and fly out with him again. He and his staff are excellent. We highly recommend them.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Sanrole wrote a review Jul 2016
Bern, Switzerland6 contributions1 helpful vote
We couldn't fly out because of the wind. Well we have no influence on the weather and safty has priority. But we asked him to call us in advance, what he didn't do. He didn't even pick up the phone when we tried to call him. In the end he let us show up 4 times until we asked for a refund. We had to drive down to Homer from Soldotna. Sadly we lost lots of time because of bad organisation.
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Date of experience: July 2016
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Response from Charles T, Owner at Homer Flyout Adventures
Responded Aug 2, 2016
Dear Sanrole, Very sorry to hear you were delayed repeatedly due to poor weather. You are correct in that safety is our first priority. Please understand that there is a bit of a scramble on weather days as we are trying to get everyone re-booked and juggling lots of folks vacation plans. Again sorry we did not keep you more informed. Best Regards Charlie
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Jessica O wrote a review Jun 2016
Savannah, Georgia1 contribution
Skilled pilot, excellent bear viewing, beautiful landscape, all in all a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this as a once in a lifetime chance to see bears in their natural habitat.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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