Alaska Bear Encounter by Land & Sea

4.5 hours | Ketchikan | K T N - 6 8 5
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Includes snack, Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT

Neets Bay Bear Observatory
Located 40 miles north of downtown Ketchikan, Neets Bay is known for the black bears that are attracted to the thousands of coho, chinook, and chum salmon that return every year to the bay. Visitation to the area is limited to protect this pristine wilderness area. The nearby Neets Bay Hatchery ensures that the river is teeming with salmon every summer. Typically, large numbers of bears gather here to feed on these huge runs of salmon that are returning to spawn. A narrated motor coach tour takes you to your waiting boat. Once aboard, the vessel will cruise through breathtaking Tongass National Forest to Neets Bay. When you reach the dock, you'll disembark near the base of a stream, where an informative guide will brief you on the habitat you're about to explore and the bears you may be observing. Enjoy the serenity of this unspoiled scenic wilderness and the chance to see smaller woodland creatures as you walk along a well-maintained, quarter-mile forest trail. While you make your way to the viewing platform, the naturalist guide will share his knowledge of the different kinds of salmon, their life cycle and the bears who live in the forest and return every year.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
Photographers and nature enthusiasts will marvel at this opportunity to take a rare look into the world of Alaska's bears, one of the state's most majestic animals. From the bears catching salmon or frolicking on the shore to the whales, eagles, and sea lions that frequent Tongass National Forest-your camera will be working overtime!

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
At 16.7 million acres, the picturesque Tongass National Forest is the nation's largest national forest and covers most of Southeast Alaska, surrounding the famous Inside Passage. Behold the towering hemlock, spruce, and red and yellow cedar that surround you as you make your way to the viewing platform.

Special Notes:

Bear sightings not guaranteed. Wear comfortable hiking footwear and dress warmly. Rain gear recommended. Water and snacks will be provided.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer from pier to Clover Pass and board sightseeing vessel

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:30
Time at site:
00:15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Wildlife viewing cruise to Neets Bay

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
01:00
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
Yes

Short walk to viewing area at observatory and time to watch for bears

Time at site:
01:15
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Photo/video opportunity:
Yes

Return cruise to Clover Pass

Transport type:
Motorized Vessel
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
01:00
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No

Transfer back to cruise ship pier

Transport type:
Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Transport Capacity:
36
Travel time:
00:30
Wheelchair accessible:
No
Restroom available:
No