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Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search

Price: $149.00
This tour operates from May - September
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Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search

For an in-depth look at the Icy Strait's vast wildlife, look no further. This fun Icy Strait tour takes you through Hoonah and Tongass National Forest in search of the area's most fascinating creatures. Together with your expert guide, you'll search for the amazing animals that call the Icy Strait home. Grab your camera and embark on a unique Icy Strait adventure

Your journey starts with a quick drive through Hoonah, which is home to the local Tlingit population. During your brief trek here, you'll get a quick taste of the inhabitants' way of life. Expect to see totem poles and other cultural points of interest as you make your way toward the Tongass National Forest.

Upon arriving in Tongass National Forest, your jaw will drop at the natural beauty surrounding you. Among the attractions you may see are salmon-bearing streams and scenic hillsides adorned with native flora. The route you take through the Tongass depends on your guide and the weather. Your tour leader will determine the best viewing sites for that particular day. Regardless, you're in for a treat as you journey through the forest in search of black tail deer and brown bears. The secluded area is rife with photo opportunities, so make sure your camera is fully charged.

To embark on the ultimate Icy Strait excursion, make your reservation now. This is one Icy Strait tour you don't want to miss.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Bottled Water, Snacks
For all tours in Alaska, dressing in layers is recommended with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible shoes that may get wet are suggested.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. Due to very limited capacity, all guests must be accounted for at the time of booking, please bear this in mind when selecting the number of individuals participating on this tour. Minimum age to participate on this tour is 6 years. Also note this tour is conducted on unpaved logging roads that are dusty and bumpy, this is not a luxury tour.
5 Stars5Based On 16 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsAwesome excursion!October 05, 2019

Reviewer: Trudy Lemke
Our tour guide was so awesome! She wasn’t giving up until we found a bear. We walked down to the water through the trees and low and behold we saw our first bear catching salmon, so cool! Then we went back to the van and parked at the end of the bridge and waited for a bit, then we saw our second bear from afar in the river. We loved this excursion.

5 StarsBear Watching in Icy Point StraitOctober 05, 2019

Reviewer: Marryanne S. Graham
Great informative guide, small group (6) rather than the masses of the cruise ship's excursions.

5 StarsBecky's got a gunSeptember 11, 2019

Reviewer: Helen Stone
Saw 3 bears and a Timber Tiger (squirrel) as well as salmon waiting to die. One bear was spotted feeding on salmon. Brilliant trip with great commentary from an extremely passionate guide, Becky. The rifle was only in case of an emergency but was reassuring after tales of bears getting too close to towns and people.

5 StarsReview of B, W and W searchAugust 28, 2019

Reviewer: Meg Milani
This was one of our favorite side trips in Alaska. The guide was wonderful. He took us out in beautiful area. This was our opportunity to see bear down by a river. We also liked the port of Icy Strait.

5 StarsBears up closeAugust 03, 2019

Reviewer: Becky Kratz
Luke was our guide on our tour on July 17 Island Princess cruise. He took us on a wonderful descriptive tour of the island and we saw not only one but two bears, up close and personal. One was a baby crossing the road right in front of our van. The second was spotted crossing a creek and he came out of the trees, walked around, let us take lots of pictures and then crossed the road right in front of us as we stood on the bridge. Luke was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was an excellent time

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