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Alaska Bear Adventures
Ranked #1 of 63 Outdoor Activities in Homer
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Owner description: Bears Are Our Passion! At Alaska Bear Adventures with K-BAY AIR we focus all our considerable knowledge and experience EXCLUSIVELY on Your Alaska Bear Adventure. Others offer Bear Viewing as a sideline.... As a family operated business, we "live" Bear Viewing 24 hours a day from mid-May to early September. We fly bush planes to the best places in the world for Guided Wilderness Bear Viewing.Fly safely, View Safely.Please read our reviews.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

If you are even considering taking a bear watching trip book with Alaska bear adventures(k-bay), honestly this trip was once in a lifetime and the best money we have ever spent. Mike was so nice and it really did feel as if this was his first trip too. He was so excited and into it. We saw bears of course and one mother bear with a cub. We watched as she fished and then nurse her cub. We even heard the cub purr. It was an amazing experience. Just remember to bring bug spray! They were awful out there.
The flight seeing was just half the fun as it was so beautiful.
We all felt very safe with mike by our sides.

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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Mike took us out to Lake Clark for some bear viewing. He does this all the time, but seemed like it was his first. He was so into it. Saw many bear. Loved how Mike so respects these animals. He gave us a little surprise by taking us close up to the volcano (it was a clear day) An absolute first class trip and worth the money!

2  Thank Dakota79
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

overall this was an amazing experience. We arrived the day before for a weigh in and to get our flight time. The next day we arrived at the hangar and were given hip waders, safety instructions and brought to the planes. the trip over to Lake Clark national park was beautiful and we did a little flight seeing on the way which was great. we stayed as one big group (12) after landing on the beach and walked over to see the bears. I'm not sure how many we ended up seeing, but it was around 25 including 9 cubs. The closest they got to us was 15-20 ft and even with that I felt safe the entire time as the guides really know how to behave and be safe in this situation. It really was an awesome trip that I will never forget!
The only thing I didnt like was checking in the night before. I've been on flightseeing before that included a weigh in and didn't have to show up the day before so I'm not sure why this is different here. Fortunately there is a lot to do in Homer though.
Some people may have issues with the price (650/person) and so you'll have to decide if being so close to bears is worth the price.
You have to be able to kneel while watching the bears which could be an issue for some people.
Finally, this company uses several different locations for bear viewing so if you have a particular one in mind that will make or break your trip, clarify with them before booking.

3  Thank claude_francois99
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

Arrive at K-Bay Air’s hangar at the Homer airport at 3:00 for our scheduled 3:30 flight. They fit you with some hip-wader boots (bring some extra socks to put on if you need to make a larger boot fit better) and a personal flotation device that straps onto your waist (it’s unnoticeable when it is on and only needs to be worn while flying). They do a quick safety checklist rundown before walking us out to the plane for some additional safety items and for boarding.

Our flight included 5 people and the pilot, Mike, who is also the owner of the company - a very friendly guy. We board and head west for about a 45-minute flight to Lake Clark National Park, enjoying the scenery on the way. We land on a beach and could feel the colder temperature difference – make sure to bring additional layers along with some water and snacks.

Mike guided us down the beach towards the mouth of the river where the bears typically fish – about a 10 minute walk – pointing out jade that would be lying on the beach. On our way, we stop at an open field to see if any bears are grazing – no luck, so we continue on until we spot 2 cubs sitting on the bank watching their mother fish. As we move closer over the ridge, we notice two other bears fishing as well (along with 5-6 in the distance). We’re probably within 50-feet before we sit down to watch for just over an hour.

Eventually Mike took us across the stream to observe the bears from a different angle. A couple water crossings would be just over 2-feet deep and the current was stronger in some areas than it looked. Again we would sit/kneel down and observe for around another hour. At one point, you could count 17 bears – 8 fishing near us and the other 9 off in the distance, several hundred feet away.

Head back towards the plane after just over 3 hours of watching the bears. The time never seemed to drag on and it was a great experience. After loading up our gear, we take off a little after 8:00 for just over a 30-minute return flight.

Mike was extremely knowledgeable and would answer any questions asked of him during the trip. He would share his stabilized binoculars with anyone to give them a better, less shaky view of the bears. He also took many photographs that he ultimately uploaded to his website for us to download. I thought it was the highlight of our trip to Alaska and would highly recommend K-Bay Air to anyone.

2  Thank TXPD
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

The trip to Katmai was the most amazing experience I had in Alaska. I never could have imagined being that close to bears. Watching them fish and interact with each other made me feel like I was inside a BBC documentary. Tom was an amazing guide and fantastic pilot. He made us feel safe while making sure we saw as much as we could.

2  Thank Ryn M
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