Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search

Icy Strait Cruise Excursions | Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search
Price: $159.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 to 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier or cruise ship tender pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Bottled Water, Snacks
Recommended Dress For all tours in Alaska, dressing in layers is recommended with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible shoes that may get wet are suggested.
Restrictions 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.

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.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  23 ReviewsReview This Tour
Bear, Wilderness & Wildlife Search
October 11, 2022
We also took this excursion back in 2018. At that time we saw bear feeding at the creek. This time we saw the hind-end of a bear running into the brush. I think our guides were more knowledgeable this time, and that was surely appreciated. You cannot always guarantee that bear will be seen. We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion!
Reviewer: Joseph Ruff
5 Stars
Wasn't our day for bears
September 07, 2022
It's a good walk from the ship to the tour building. There are shuttles if you need one. Our driver was very knowledgeable and is not seasonal employee, but a resident. Leaving town, we were lucky to catch a pod of whales bubble feeding. Our search was through the forest outside of town. That search wasn't very fruitful (no fault of the driver). We were able to spot a mother bear with her cub in the distance. By this time, we were running late. As we rounded one bend, we saw a large male bear walking on the side of the road. But before anyone could react, it turned off the road and ran off. Our next stop was the 'Fortress of the Bear' bear sanctuary. Here the bears orphaned or abandoned are kept. This is the place to see them a bit closer up. Once back in town. we stopped at the we stopped at the historical museum (we did not enter) to view some totem poles. We walked down to the river and saw it was absolutely filled with salmon. I would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Richard Wasney
5 Stars
Amazing time
August 29, 2022
We had a wonderful time with out guide. He and his wife helped us pick wild berries, we saw a bear fishing for salmon, and we learned about the powers of devil's claw. When we got back to town, they called their friend who opened their shop us to us so that we could take some devil's claw home. Amazing trip. Don't miss it!
Reviewer: Teresa Vigueras
5 Stars
Why I came to Alaska
August 10, 2022
I'm not obsessed with bears, but I'm sure fascinated by them. I 've a few black bears and grizzlies in my travels, but never a brown bear. We got to see one on this tour, and that was one of our goals in coming to Alaska. Our guide John has had long and deep ties to the area, and was very knowledgeable about everything, from his native heritage to the animals to the land. I'd do this tour again if I knew he'd be the guide.
Reviewer: David Burton
5 Stars
August 03, 2022
Our guide was a native of the land and a Raven for her Tribe. Wonderful person. We saw a brown bear at the very end after we almost gave up on seeing any bears.
Reviewer: Kevin Boriack
4 Stars
Amazing Experience
August 19, 2021
Talk about seeing the "real Alaska"! Doesn't get better than this. Our driver, Mike, was so helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Thank you for an amazing experience!
Reviewer: Lisa
5 Stars