Bears of Katmai, July 2021    (4 Days)


July 25 – 28, 2021

This tour is an extension of the July 2021 Alaska tour.  We’ll stay in a boutique hotel in Homer, the eco-capital of Alaska and a hub for much of its fishing, sailing, hunting and wilderness exploration. The town is an attractive main street with a number of great restaurants and shops.

We will visit the great Katmai National Park with a professional guide, focusing on the famous Brooks Falls area. Brooks Falls is the single-most famous attraction in Katmai National Park and not for the waterfall itself, but because it’s one of the major salmon runs in the State, perfect for bears hunting salmon. From the end of June to the end of July the falls attract more giant Brown Bears (Grizzlies) than probably any other place on earth.

We will also spend a day at the Peterson Bay Field Station in Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay has a remarkable 28′ tidal difference in the course of the month. It is a long inlet that sort of captures the very angry Bering Sea. In that finger-like estuary lives some of the greatest diversity of marine life on earth, including nearly half of all the species of clams. The islands that we will probably hike a bit on teem with wildlife, including a diversity of sea stars, octopus, red squirrels, black bears, harbor seals, sea otters, and a myriad of land and seabirds.

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Day 1: HOMER

Sunday, July 25, 2021

You must individually book your commercial flights to Homer. These might bundle into your continental journey to/from Alaska.  At the Homer airport take cabs or Uber to the hotel with nothing further scheduled this afternoon. Homer is the eco-capital of Alaska, hub for much of its fishing, sailing, hunting and wilderness exploration. The town is an attractive main street with a number of great restaurants and shops. Our unique hotel is just outside the city proper on a spectacular location on the Bering Sea. Ubers are convenient into and out of town which is nearby. Overnight at the Homer Inn and Spa.

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Day 2: HOMER

Monday, July 26

The day is spent on an exciting day trip with a professional guide and private pilot into the great Katmai National Park, focusing on the famous Brooks Falls area. Brooks Falls is where the short Brooks River runs out Naknek Lake into Brooks Lake. The falls is the single-most famous attraction in Katmai N.P. and not for the waterfall itself, but because it’s one of the major salmon runs in the State. The falls are about a half-mile wide, not very high (nowhere over 8') and so perfect for bears hunting salmon. From the end of June to the end of July the falls attract more giant Brown Bears (Grizzlies) than probably any other place on earth. Overnight at the Homer Inn and Spa.

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Day 3: HOMER

Tuesday, July 27

A full day trip to the Peterson Bay Field Station in Kachemak Bay. We’ll take a boat and a trained professional guide and the activities of the trip are defined by the tides at the time. Kachemak Bay has a remarkable 28' tidal difference in the course of the month. We might stop at islands for seal haul-outs or be able to walk along the shores of Peterson Island, but throughout the excellent docent guides provide a remarkable explanation of this very important part of Alaska. Kachemak Bay is a long inlet that sort of captures the very angry Bering Sea. In that finger-like estuary lives some of the greatest diversity of marine life on earth, including nearly half of all the species of clams. The islands that we will probably hike a bit on teem with wildlife, including a diversity of sea stars, octopus, red squirrels, black bears, harbor seals, sea otters, and a myriad of land and seabirds. Hot drinks are provided and Jim will have ordered picnic lunches for everyone. Normally the trip returns to Homer around 4 p.m.  Overnight at the Homer Inn and Spa.

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Day 4: HOMER

Wednesday, July 28

Hotel checkout is at 10 a.m. You’ll use a cab or Uber to return you to the airport to begin your journey home with a commercial flight back to Anchorage.

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