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“See Bears in Their Natural Habitat” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Emerald Air Service, Inc.

Emerald Air Service, Inc.
Ranked #5 of 53 Tours in Homer
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
New York City, New York
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“See Bears in Their Natural Habitat”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 our destination, Sarah explained the safety rules. We felt safe the whole time with the bears. We hiked in single file and saw many bears close up. Sarah told us a lot of interesting information about them. She knew them so well, they were like her friends. She was very friendly, always offering to take pictures of us with the bears nearby in the background. These pictures really wowed our friends! It was a wonderful day!

Visited June 2014
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Parkland, Florida
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best experience of our life!!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 in Alaska and I was so afraid we may not get to do this trip. Sara, Craig and their son Nicholas are such a nice family. The greeting was warm, the flight to Katmai was informative, the flight was smooth. The terrain where we hiked was flat and so pristine. Bears were everywhere and I never felt in danger. Sara knows these bears and knows their behavior. Shall we call her the "Bear Whisperer!" The bears barely acknowledged that we had come into their territory. The only other people in the area where park rangers and professional photographers. I have some fabulous photos from this experience but nothing will ever replace the memories my family made this day. Highlight of our 3 week trip to Alaksa and we did some incredible things.

Visited June 2014
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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Katmai nirvana!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 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!

Visited July 2014
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 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 we would advice a trip: go and see the bears with Sarah and Craig.

Visited June 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Highlight of our trip to Alaska”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited June 2014
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