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Great Alaska Adventures
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

We recently enjoyed a week's worth of adventure at the Great Alaska Adventure Lodge with a large group of family members from age 6 to 70. Everything was fantastic! The guide staff was outstanding (especially with our large group)! They went above and beyond to keep us informed, entertained, and most importantly safe! The food was also fantastic-delicious morning breakfasts, amazing happy hour apps, and full course dinners each night-enjoyed by all. Daily trips were terrific, and could be adjusted if necessary. The staff was friendly, accommodated our needs, and made us feel welcome and comfortable. I would highly recommend a day trip to Bear Camp and the Glacier trip to Kenai Fjords National Park. Congrats Great Alaska! We will be back (especially to do some more fishing!).

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

We didn't stay at Great Alaska, only went on the 1 day bear camp trip that we booked through Kenai Princess. My average rating is for the overall experience, not for bear camp itself.

Bear camp on its own is awesome! We saw literally 29 bears (including many cubs) in an hour and a half from 1 viewing platform. These are coastal bears in their natural habit. Amazing!

Unfortunately our overall experience was not so amazing. We had a long drive from Princess Lodge to Great Alaska, which was expected, and I'm not complaining about that. The drive was actually pretty nice. Our driver was really talkative and only had great things to say about bear camp, which got us pretty excited. Then we got to Great Alaska and waited about 2 hours before actually going to the airport (with a mediocre lunch in there), and then we waited another hour once we got to the airport. Then after at bear camp we were told we only had an hour and a half before the plane would be back to pick us up. When got back to Great Alaska we waited another hour for our driver to take us back to Princess lodge. If you like waiting in a hotel lobby and/or on an airport runway the 1 day trip is the trip for you!

If I could have a do over I would stay overnight.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kent J, Owner at Great Alaska Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

To this reviewer and other travelers reading this review: Our bear camp experience is not a zoo. To get to the location requires 45 minutes of flying time each way. Travel time for this particular traveler was 25 miles from the Kenai Princess Lodge to our main lodge on the Kenai river- if 24 miles of driving ("a beautiful drive", I believe it was called in this review) is considered a long drive, then perhaps Alaska is not the place for you. Finally, if seeing 24 bears in a single day experience is not enough for you to consider the trip a success, then I don't know what we can do to make it a success for you. With a full time staff of 5, and a full time permanent camp, and nearly 2 hours of chartered flying time per guests, our investment in BearCamp is substantial, and it means it is not in inexpensive experience.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I spent five days at Great Alaska Adventure Lodge, each day fishing with my favorite guide "Lucas" - professional, skilled, good teacher and always passionate about our fishing. We had several days of sockeye and coho limits; king season was closed. Also got some huge fat dolly varden and trout. Fishing by drift boat is the way to go! Lodge staff were attentive, the food was good and the scenery from the lodge outstanding. I met powerful and interesting people from all over the world!

There were many adventures available to me that I will partake in next time I come - bear viewing, kayaking, hiking, fjord and glacier viewing. The accommodations were comfortable - and I loved the evening happy hour each day.

The only draw back had nothing to do with the Lodge - waking up at 4:15 am each morning - ouch!

Five stars - Go Great Alaska Adventure Lodge!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Kent J, Owner at Great Alaska Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Dear Great Alaska Traveler:

thanks so much for your very kind review. We loved having your wonderful family and it is gratifying to see that you enjoyed the trip as much as we enjoyed having you.

Safe travels to you and perhaps we'll see you at one of our lodges in Mexico or Costa Rican lodges sometime soon!

Sincerely,

Kent

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Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I was on a solo trip and stayed overnight at the Bear Camp. There isn't enough space here to express how nice the staff and facilities were. The food was EXCELLENT and the staff catered to your ever need.
If you want to see bears, this is the place. Bears were always around and the staff went out of their way to make sure we all had plenty of photo opportunities.
This place is a must while visiting Alaska.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

My husband and I experienced the overnight stay at the Bear Camp and loved it. We had only one other person with us and he was wonderful company. The crew and facilities were first rate for a wilderness camp. Actually, they were better than we had hoped. We had such a wonderful time viewing loads of bears in their natural environment. At one stage there were 14. I appreciate the care that the staff take in ensuring that humans do not impact on the bears either negatively or positively. This causes the bears to show little or no interest in humans and keeps us all safe. We highly recommend at least an overnight stay during which you will see and be able to photograph these gorgeous brown bears at different times of the day and at varying activity levels. It may seem to be a little pricey but I now know that it is really worth it and such a unique experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

if you are looking to go to alaska, go to Great Alaska adventure lodge!
everything was exactly as advertised. EXCELLENT!
great guides, great people, incredible fishing. they have a package for everyone.
i will go back again.
Larry H

Room Tip: bring or buy small cooler for room. all rooms had great view, some are closer to lodge
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

We stayed for a week and didn't want to leave. Everyone who works at the lodge was amazing. They all have an impressive knowledge of the area and Alaska in general even though most of them are not from there. It was such a warm friendly environment and it was great to feel like part of the family. Getting together with the staff and other guests at happy hour every night was the perfect way to end an exciting day. Great range of guests from serious fisherman to families. There are a variety of fishing options as well as other activities for the young, old and everyone in between. Bear Camp (and the flight there) was incredible.
I cannot say enough good things about my stay. Thank you so much for one of the best vacations ever.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Kent J, Owner at Great Alaska Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Dear Great Alaska Traveler:

Thanks so much for your great review! There is nothing better than knowing that our guests appreciate the hard work we put in making sure your trip is all that you hoped it would be.

We loved having you, and hope we'll have the privilege of seeing you again some day down the road!

Sincerely,

Kent

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Address: 33881 Sterling Hwy, Sterling, AK 99672-9510 (Formerly Great Alaska Adventure Lodge)
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Location: United States > Alaska > Sterling
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Sterling
Number of rooms: 23
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