Bald Mountain Air Service
Bald Mountain Air Service
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Your Alaskan brown bear adventure begins with Bald Mountain Air. Bald Mountain has been taking folks from all over the world to see the Bears since 1993. We are the Oldest Bear Viewing Company in Homer Alaska and operate Turbine Powered Floatplanes with the latest in navigational equipment for our client's safety. Our unique state of the art Aircraft are all Weather compliant and can access areas seldom visited by others. And, we're still owned by the same Family! Your floatplane trip is over some of the most scenic country Alaska has to offer. Prepare for the awe-inspiring beauty awaiting you on this amazing adventure. And, if it's bears you want to see ... we guarantee it! It doesn't get better than this: a fabulous floatplane ride with eye-popping views; landing in pristine Alaskan wilderness on a floatplane led by an honest-to-goodness lifelong Alaskan Guide/Pilot. This could be the best day of your life watching nature's most magnificent creatures, the Alaskan brown bear.
Homer, United States
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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linjono
San Francisco, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My partner and I had an amazing time with Bald Mountain Air. We knew the falls wouldn’t be packed with bears when we would be in Alaska so we picked Bald Mountain Air as they plan good alternatives in Katmai to the falls and they are a float plane which we wanted to experience. On the day of our flight it was rainy so they postponed by an hour or two but it cleared up and we had beautiful weather and still got to experience our entire time in Katmai. It was so easy to get checked in, the flight was easy and fun, the views were beautiful, the landing was smooth, wading through the water in the waders was exciting, and we saw a ton of bears!!! Literally there were so many bears. Ricky was a great guide, the rest of our tour was all friendly and fun, and the scenery was breathtaking. The bears were pretty chill minus one who started to approach our group but Ricky was right there to help. I felt safe the entire time and in awe of where we were and what we were experiencing. We don’t ever spend this much money on a one day experience but this was worth it- it was a once in a lifetime experience and we loved every minute of it. If you are on the fence; don’t be! Bald Mountain Air is worth it.
Written March 21, 2024
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jdturner76
Tulsa, OK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Absolutely incredible experience! Katmai was even better than I had hoped for, seeing bears everywhere! The views flying across Kachemak Bay and back were stunning. Special thanks to our pilot, Ricky, for making this such a memorable event!
Written September 9, 2023
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Becky O
Gresham, OR17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It’s hard to believe we were so close to such beautiful and big brown bears! Our original tour date was eventually cancelled after waiting several hours to see if the weather would clear. But it did not, and our pilot and guide, Ricky, called it off. We later learned that three other planes from other companies took off that morning and had to turn around within a half hour of leaving. We rebooked to the next available date, and that too, was cancelled due to weather. By this time we felt very sure that Ricky had our safety in mind. Our third attempt was a “go!” and was fantastic. We somehow didn’t even get rained on once we left the float plane in Katmai. While the salmon run was clearly close to over, we still got to sit for 3.5 +/- hours watching the bears fish and eat. We watched approximately ten bears, to include a mom with one cub, and another with three. Ricky was always mindful of the bears behavior and reactions to us, and kept us feeling safe the entire time. Of course my distance estimate from the bears could be off, but I think we were only about twenty feet away from some of them, although it felt closer at times. This was truly an experience of a lifetime! I can’t imagine finding another company as accommodating, or another pilot/guide as easy going, safe, and informative as Ricky.
Written September 5, 2023
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Marip76
Trieste, Italy31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great experience! Our guide was nice and well-prepared, he furnished clear information about our tour and how to behave in presence of bears. We enjoyed the flight and the beautiful view. The bear viewing was spectacular: we had the opportunity to see many bears while cathcing salmons and we had the feeling to be special guests in their natural environment. We would repeat the experience, even if it was very expensive!
Written September 5, 2023
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thisis99
North Carolina127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Absolutely amazing trip. Ricky (pilot, guide) was great. The plane ride was smooth. Ricky led the group to see so many bears (I think >50 that day); close and safe. Once in a lifetime experience.
Written August 26, 2023
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Ria K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
The excursion was wonderful. Bears everywhere, including a mama with three spring cubs. The flight was great. The pilot went out of his way to point out everything of interest, and we felt very safe throughout the whole trip.
Written August 23, 2023
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Mark P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The excursion was fantastic, we were able to experience bears in their own habitat. We all felt comfortable both in the plane and on the ground. Everyone from the booking to the trips was extremely friendly and helpful. Highly recommend taking a tour with the.
Written August 19, 2023
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Melanie T
Olympia, WA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Bald Mountain delivered six of us to Brooks Falls for a classic bear-watching trip. Brooks Falls is iconic and Bald Mountain AIr Serice ensured a great experience with thorough and quick communication re all details. They made sure we were prepared for the flight, and their pre-flight briefing helped us novices know how to best enjoy our time at the Falls. It "ain't cheap," but Bald Mountain made the trip a great value. Good people who know what they are doing.
Written August 19, 2023
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Cindy P
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Ricky was our pilot and we had the experience of a lifetime. Brown breast all around us fishing for salmon. We were so close we could witness the interactions between the bears. Not once did we not feel safe. Ricky was the best, and would definitely recommend this experience!!
Written August 12, 2023
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triatlantis
Hamburg, Germany92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
There are many airlines or tour operators in Homer which offer trips to Brook Falls during the salmon run in July/August to watch bears. We chose Bald Air beacuse they offer a longer time at the falls.
The pilot was very friendly and did some pre-info in homer before take-off.
Bald Air only offers the transfer - BUT there is really no guide needed once you are at Katmai. There is a ranger station and you can´t miss the path to the plattforms.
Using this transfer allows you to spend your time there on your one schedule.
Yes it is a lot of money, but if you can affort it, it is worth every penny.
Written August 10, 2023
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