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Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search

Price: $149.00
This tour operates from May - September
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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.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 9 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWe did get very close to BearsOctober 05, 2018

Reviewer: Scott Brooks
It is a bit of a rough drive down old logging roads but the scenery where they take you is beautiful. The Bears are wild but the guides knew where to find them. We got within 10 meters.

5 StarsA Great Excursion!September 17, 2018

Reviewer: Steve & Judy Childers
Becky was our guide and was awesome. We saw multiple bears in two different locations, including a sow with cub. She shared many informative local and nature facts in an interesting and fun way. We would book this excursion again, if Becky would be our guide.

5 StarsReally great!July 30, 2018

Reviewer: Mary Roll
Our guide, Becky lives in the town of Hoonah so she lives with the bears year round. We had a great time- she showed us so many different areas around Hoonah, told us about living in Alaska year round. We had a small group- only 7 of us so it was a very personal tour. My husband got great photos - we love "Brutus" the biggest brown bear we've ever seen. Becky is great!

4 StarsFun experienceJuly 09, 2018

Reviewer: State of Maine resident
Our guide was very informative and gave us information regarding Icy Strait and its customs and inhabitants. Did see a coastal brown bear, eagles and black tail deer. The guide was great about going back to view the one bear that we saw so we could take pictures from the van. Disappointing that we only saw one but he was worth seeing !

5 StarsReviewFebruary 04, 2018

Reviewer: Juanita Ruff
It was wonderful. Great guide, small group and we saw bears.

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