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Alaska's Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai

7 days with Natural Habitat Adventures   Rating: Deluxe

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Day 1: Kodiak, Alaska 
Grizzlies Kodiak to KatmaiFor those who choose to arrive early, an NHA representative will be available to facilitate transfers to explore Kodiak’s native and Russian heritage. Destinations may include the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, St. Paul Harbor, Baranov Museum, Alutiiq Museum, Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, where guns were readied to defend against an invasion during World War II. Our tour officially begins this evening, when you will meet your fellow travelers for an informal orientation dinner. 
 
Day 2: Kodiak Island 
Today we explore Kodiak’s coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a private boat trip. A cruise to Kodiak’s protected inner island, past tidal pools and offshore kittiwake rookeries, may reveal sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and occasionally whales. Kodiak is remote, not often visited by travelers to Alaska, and our sense of a unique encounter with nature is palpable as we glide through the rockbound coves. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch ashore with time to explore the coastal trail lined with wildflowers and Sitka spruce trees. This evening we savor a gourmet home-cooked dinner aboard the boat—our skipper is also a fine chef! 
 
Day 3: Kodiak / Hallo Bay 
Take a floatplane (weather-contingent) from Kodiak to Kukak Bay to meet our ship. The plane pulls up right alongside, and we disembark to board the vessel that will be our floating home for the next several days. We cruise slowly along the coast toward Hallo Bay, where we commonly find coastal grizzlies, or brown bears, foraging for food. As we are mobile, we can cruise to wherever the bears are, following them from bay to bay. 
 
Days 4 - 6: Coastal Katmai 
While we’ve all seen footage in nature documentaries of Alaskan brown bears in the wild, nothing prepares us for the drama of an actual encounter with these magnificent beasts, just yards away. They are North America’s largest land predators, and an adult male can weigh 900 pounds. As we cruise just off the coast, bears dot the shoreline. We go ashore by skiff for an even closer view, exploring the beaches on foot. It’s not uncommon to find massive grizzlies in great numbers; our previous trips have seen as many as 30 to 40 of them at once. And far from dozing lethargically, these bears put on quite a show in their efforts to fill up on enough protein-rich food to prepare them for a long winter in hibernation. 
 
We watch as they fight to capture salmon in their jaws, trying to seize spawning fish as they make their way up the streams that flow into the tidal area. As omnivores, they also dig for clams in the sand and browse on sedge grass. Depending on the time of our visit, we may even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting on the shore. On our other trips we watch grizzlies from viewing platforms or vehicles. Not here. In coastal Katmai we are on foot, carefully wandering the area in our small group under the cautious guidance of our Expedition Leader. In addition, it is not uncommon for our groups to frequently see wolves and observe their interesting interaction with the bears.  As a result, this trip offers a wildlife encounter that will thrill you beyond expectation. On Day 6 we plan to return to Kodiak by floatplane. 
 
Day 7: Kodiak / Home 
Our Alaska wildlife cruise comes to a close today as we depart from Kodiak. We recommend that travelers book an afternoon flight out in case inclement weather prevents us from flying back to Kodiak on Day 6 as planned. 
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Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. The bears of this area—the largest grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as they swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. Our private chartered boat -- perfect for our exclusive Alaska adventure cruise -- offers an exclusive opportunity to follow the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and lope along the beach. Ashore, we have an even closer vantage point as we watch from a careful distance. Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty!
  • R/T flights from Kodiak to Kukak Bay
  • Accommodations
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the final day
  • Safe drinking water
  • Services of NHA Expedition Leader, boat crew and local staff
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 and final day
  • Hip waders for shore excursions
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • All taxes
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  • Get closer to giant brown bears —the world's biggest coastal grizzlies — in a wilder setting, than anywhere else on earth!
  • Cruising just offshore on our private chartered ship allows unparalleled access for bear watching, in the most intimate of contexts
  • View bears foraging on the beach as we walk ashore in the careful company of our Expedition Leader
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Kodiak: Kodiak Inn
Cruising: Cabin onboard The Grizzly Ship - The Waters
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  • On occasion we use a different, but similar, vessel for our tours.
  • We will provide waders for travelers to use for the shore excursions. If you wear an especially large or small shoe size, or if you sometimes have trouble fitting boots over your calves, please let us know prior to your trip.
  • Group Size Limit: Approximately 6 Travelers.
  • Not Included: Travel to and from start and end point of trip, alcoholic beverages, all gratuities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes, optional travel insurance.
  • Physical Requirements: Moderate. This Alaska adventure cruise does not require a high degree of physical fitness, but travelers must be able to walk 2 miles in shallow water, over rough terrain, and through mud wearing hip waders (which can be a bit awkward and uncomfortable). For safety reasons, it is not possible to divide the group or to stay on one place while the rest of the group moves.  We ask that travelers be of sound health and able to maintain a positive attitude in a wild setting.
  • Single supplement is available in Kodiak only. Singles on the boat are not available due to space limitations.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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