Each tour begins at the Juneau airport for outfitting and orientation to Alaska’s wilderness and bear safety. We fly over forest, ocean and mountains to take you into bear country. Once on the ground, your guide will help you get in the best place to view bears and also share our love of this wild place.
Each tour includes all taxes, permit fees, lunch, your guide and flights. We can provide rubber boots, rubber rain-gear, as well as binoculars and spotting scope. Your professional naturalist-guide is with you though the whole trip and back to the airport (only additional cost is a discretionary guide gratuity).
When you arrive at the Juneau Airport you will be met by your trip leader, an experienced wilderness guide and naturalist. Our guides are all Alaskan residents, and all have many years, and in some cases decades, of guiding experience throughout Alaska. They know bear country!
After introductions, your guide will review the day’s itinerary and safety briefing, outfit you with necessary gear including boots, rain gear and binoculars.
You will then board a classic Alaska bush plane operated by Alaska Seaplanes for the 20-25 minute flight to Admiralty or Chichagof Island. Your pilot and guide will be on hand to assist you out onto the plane’s float and onto the beach.
Once ashore, Bears can be seen at any time, although usually we will walk several hundred yards to the best viewing area. Lunch is always eaten onshore near the plane drop-off beach. Bathroom break? No problem – we do what the bears do. Your guide carries all needed supplies.
At the end of the tour, your pilot and plane will return for the flight back to Juneau. Your guide will escort you back to our outfitting room to change foot wear, retrieve any personal belongings you left behind, and perhaps exchange Facebook, Instagram or email addresses to facilitate sharing of photos and stories from the day!
If you can’t decide which tour is best for you, or with any other questions, please call us at 907-209-54327 seven days a week.
Whale Watching from Juneau
Although we don’t conduct our own whale watching trips, we do have an opinion about who to go with! Check out www.jayleensalaska.com. Jayleen was raised on an island near Juneau in the heart of the whale feeding grounds, and her father started the most popular whale tour in Juneau many years ago. Now Jayleen, an experienced whale captain since age 18 and a professional photographer, has started her own whale watch half-day tour. It is highly personalized and limited to just 4-6 people.