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Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search

Price: $169.00
Tour is available from May 1 to September 30.
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Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search

Chichagof Island has been named "Bear Island" by National Geographic because it has the highest concentration of bears in the world at 1-2 brown bears per square mile. This Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search small group tour will give you a flexible, up-close experience that the large group tours simply cannot offer.

There are many exciting things to see, such as a the scenic view of a muskeg, some of the ten varieties of edible berries found on the island, viewing an old growth forest, and potential sightings of the king of the island: brown bears.

Based on current bear movements, feeding habits, and daytime temperatures, there are short stops in key locations to scope out a magnificent view of these captivating creatures, and your wildlife guide knows them all. They will also share information about the area and the Tlingit Native population.

There is also a host of other wildlife that are quite frequently spotted during excursions, including mink, marten, red squirrels, otter, beaver, ducks, sea birds, Sitka black-tail deer, and plenty of bald eagles. So be sure to bring your camera.

Please note: Wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed. However, this tour can re-position quickly, and there is a much higher chance of sightings than with the slow moving, large tour groups. Due to the remote environment, the bathroom facilities are limited and there is one restroom break provided in the middle of the tour for guests. Please take this into consideration when booking this tour.

Shore Excursion Size
Small Group
Shore Excursion Type
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
A 5 minute walk from the cruise tender pier (details will be provided with your e-ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
For all tours in Alaska, we recommend wearing layers with the top layer being waterproof. Sensible walking / hiking shoes that may get wet are also suggested.
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces, some with inclines. A collapsible wheelchair can be accommodated with advance notice. Due to the remote environment, the bathroom facilities are limited and there is one restroom break provided in the middle of the tour for guests. Please take this into consideration when booking this tour.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 66 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExclusive Wildlife and Bear SearchJuly 30, 2019

Reviewer: Kathy Mattison
Our tour guide Levi was excellent. He kept us entertained with stories about the area and the wildlife. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with him. We saw some beautiful scenery and lots of bald eagles, unfortunately no bear but we did see "evidence" of bears. We would do this tour again any time.

5 StarsBears and berriesJuly 26, 2019

Reviewer: Louis Wisniewski
Our guide(Hot shot) did a great job and worked very hard to finally find us a bear. Along the way we enjoyed his descriptions of the terrain and the abundance of salmon berries he found for us. We would definitely do it again.

4 StarswildlifeJuly 21, 2019

Reviewer: james reardon
Never saw a bear but did see black tailed deer and eagles. Spent over 4 hours riding through woods. The native tour guide was outstanding.

5 StarsExclusive Wildlife and Bear SearchJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: Sita Khufu
Learned a great deal about plants, animals, and Native American traditions in Hoonah. Learned what kinds of trail bears leave in the woods, and along the side of the road. I wished I had known to bring a lunch along to eat as we explored Icy Strait Point! I also wish there had been more than 1 bathroom stop in 5 hours!

5 StarsAwesome!June 24, 2019

Reviewer: Mary Bagshaw
Well organized, more enjoyable as it was a small group; driver was in constant contact with other vehicles regarding sightings and stayed out longer to ensure we had sight of a bear. I was able to sit in the front seat of the vehicle which meant when we did finally see a bear, I had an awesome view of it resulting in great pictures. Highly recommended! guide was well informed but would have been helpful to have more information from the guide about the bears

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