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“Amazing Experience !! :)”

Sasquatch Alaska Adventure Co
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$680.00*
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Alaska Bear Country Day Trip to Katmai or Lake Clark by Airplane
Ranked #5 of 57 Tours in Homer
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Sasquatch Alaska Adventure Co. will guide you through a Life changing experience on our Alaska Bear viewing tours, guided Camping tours and Glacier tours.
Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

We (a couple) booked a bear viewing tour with Sasquatch through alaskatours.com website. This was the 2nd day of our Alaska trip so we drove from Seward where we stayed the previous night all the way to Homer. We booked the 2pm trip and arrived at the sasquatch office at around 130pm. The weather wasn't looking good and we were told that the trip was cancelled due to inclement weather (rains, in our case). We were terribly disappointed a) because we were gonna miss the most awaited part of our entire trip b) We weren't informed about the cancellation in advance and we just drove 5 hrs to nothing. Zack could only offer few comforting words at the time but said we could do the tour the next day morning, if weather permits that is. We took a drive to the nearby Homer spit, sat for couple of hours and decided that if he had to take the tour we had to cancel/miss our other activities in the trip. So we decided against it and drove to Cooper Landing where we were booked for the night.

We couldn't sleep the entire night, so decided to give a call to Zack at 5:30am and asked him if he is doing the morning trip. He said he will check the weather and let us know by 7. He called at 7 and told that though there is fog it was expected to burn away and we were good to go. No bfast, no bath we pushed the gas pedal and rushed the drive back to Homer. When we reached at 10am, the fog wasn't off yet and we had to wait. This time we did and at 12 noon, Zack told us that the tour was ON. :)

It was a group of 10 with Zack and Tim. We were given knee length boots and had to sign some papers. Once done, we were on the tarmac by the planes waiting for confirmation from Homer ATC on weather. We did some more waiting there and finally at 1pm, we took off, 5 in each flight.

The views were amazing right from the start. We passed along the beautiful homer spit, the kachemak bay, snow covered mountains, glaciers and even a volcano covered with snow. During the 45 mins flight we had to wear headphones to save us the noise the plane would make and also to enable us to listen on the radio and know what's going on.

We landed along a shore in Katmai Natl. park and walked along streams of water to spot 2 bears waiting in the water. We sat as close as 20 feet and the bears walked as close as 10 feet from us. One of them caught a fish and it was a sight to watch. Then came another and joined the party. A little while later, a momma bear came with its cub in tow. Cub breast fed just 8 feet from where we were sitting. We were so silent in awe of what we witnessed.

After spending close to 2.5 hrs with the bears we found our way back to the plane and to Homer.

I'll let the pictures say the remaining, but 3 cheers to the sasquatch team for making this adventure happen even when weather wasn't cooperative.

6  Thank vamsisv
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Totally top notch! Zack and his wife Nancy - also a commercial pilot - led us on our day trip to Hallo Bay in the Katmai. Landed on the beach at Hallo Bay after flighseeing over glaciers and Cook Inlet. Saw seven or eight bears, including a mom and her cub, who seemed to know Zack so well that they came within about 15 or 20 yards of us, paying us no mind. Zack and Nancy were solicitous of us (two not-so-spry or young couples) and made us feel as welcome as if we were two thirty year old couples. The right personalities for the hospitality industry!

The bear viewing was memorable. We must have spent a leisurely 3 hours walking around the bay to the meadows where the bears were, watching them up close feeding and lazing, and unsuccessfully fishing (end of the salmon run season). No hurry or rushing. Zack and Nancy seemed as excited about it as if this were their first trip.

This exclusion couldn't have been better. Expensive, but worth every penny for a trip you will remember forever.

1  Thank steve g
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Could not have asked for a better experience all around. Zack and Tim went out of their way to accommodate us when another bear viewing company cancelled on us. They worked with us so we could get in a private trip and it was incredible:) Flew over mountains, volcanos, and landed on the beach. UP close and personal with many bears fishing just yards away from us. always felt safe, in the air and on the ground. A very knowledgable, customer service oriented company. Book with the best, Zack and Tim.

1  Thank Ronlfos
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

it was just outstanding!! having bears that close was just crazy!!! it's just been perfect!
thank you for that experience!

1  Thank supergatou
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

We drove to Homer for the day, just to do this outing. I always missed seeing bears when I visited National Parks, so I thought this was a good opportunity to check it off my bucket list. Wow, what a great decision it was. The weather was perfect, with just a few broken clouds, and 60 degree temps. The flight to Katmai was a blast, with fantastic views of glaciers and active volcanoes. We set down on a beach, and after a modest walk, found our first bear of the day. It was not our last, as we encountered over a dozen different bears; sleeping with cub, snoozing alone, taking walks, and of course, eating salmon and flounder from the plentiful streams. They went out of their way to keep us away from other tourists, and make the trip a solitude experience for us. At times, we were within 5 feet of a bear, with no nervousness at all. Tim and Zack were in full control at all times, and we always felt safe. After shooting about 500 photo's, we headed back to Homer on a delightful flight back. Absoulutely fantastic trip, and would recommend Sasquatch Alaska Adventure Co to anyone wanting to have a GREAT bear experience.

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