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Scenic Bear Viewing

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Homer, AK, USA
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Alaskan Coastal Brown Bear Viewing in Katmai National Park or Lake Clark National Park. Includes a bonus flight-seeing trip in a five passenger bush plane with a beach landing in the remote wilderness. These parks have no road access or facilities. We spend three hours or more with the bears then fly everyone back to Homer. With two airplanes we can now take a 2-10 people. This is an active wilderness adventure. You must be able to walk up to 2-4 miles at average pace. Any health issues that might impact this must be discussed with Martin by phone or email prior to booking a trip. Please call Martin to inquire about our trips that accommodate people who experience special needs. This trip involves air travel in small airplanes. Anyone afraid of flying or who is claustrophobic must discuss their concerns with Martin before you book a trip. Weight limit of 250 lbs. per passenger for safety reasons.
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travelwithtwins13 wrote a review Dec 2021
Arizona118 contributions13 helpful votes
Our family of 4 flew mid July with Martin. I did a lot of research on safety and also spoke on the phone with Martin, who is a highly qualified former military pilot. He is all about safety and we felt completely comfortable with our family flying in his plane. As for the bears and the safari - AMAZING experience. Couldn't replicate it anywhere. We have gone on safari in Africa and this is comparable as far as the closeness of the animals, the time spent, and the (very different) beautiful scenery. We saw twin bears nursing, a bear fight, bears scavenging for food, all up close. We never felt unsafe. We saw other, larger companies with larger groups watch the bears from the shore, but we were right on the mud flats with the bears. They just ignore you. Martin is trained in bear safety.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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oscher81 wrote a review Sep 2021
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We went late in the season (Sept 7th) and we weren't sure if we were going to get bears. Martin promised us bears and sure enough we saw them. I lost count. You could see them as you flew over the beach. We saw the northern lights in Fairbanks, kayaked a Glacier, and the scenic bear watching with Martin was up there with everything we did while in Alaska. Granted, you can't control weather it was perfect for us that day. Martin was amazing and the flight was just as part of the experience as best watching. We had fun with him. We have fun on most of our tours because we make sure the guides also have fun with us. We had lunch on the beach while watching bears play and eat. Everything we wanted from our visit to Katmai. Again, treat your guides well and you will get rewarded. Martin flew us by mountains and we got to see beautiful blue crater lakes. We went with scenic bear because I read Martin was the owner and felt he would want us to have the best time. We were right. Felt safe the whole time. Martin also takes pictures and shares with you at the end.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Joan P wrote a review Aug 2021
Rye, New York174 contributions52 helpful votes
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This Brooklyn born woman thought this might be fun but was scared too. Bears are not in my Milieu. My boyfriend really wanted to do it and somehow I said “Yes” The flight was excellent. Flying in a 6 seater was scary too . We flew to Clark National park in the foggy misty rain . Very smooth flight . I felt comfortable in our captains hands . He was an excellent experienced pilot . As a bonus he flew us over Grewingk Glacier which was quite a beautiful bonus , We saw 5 bears up close . But the exceptional experience was when three bears walked up on the shore . A mama and her two Cubs . She Dug a bed for them and then breast fed then until all three huddled together in to sleep . It couldn’t get better viewing than this . Very special to see bears in their natural habitat. Go go and don’t worry . You will be fine and enjoy a great experience
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Erin G wrote a review Aug 2021
Naperville, Illinois8 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was the highlight of our 12 day dream Alaskan vacation. We were a little hesitant as we were already spending a lot of money on this trip but it was worth every penny without a doubt. We had an up close and personal encounter with bears on a remote area near Lake Clark National Park. We felt safe the entire time. Martin was a very experienced pilot and guide. We walked about a mile through mud and shallow water in the provided boots. It was not hard at all. The close up pictures and of our family are something we will cherish forever. Don’t miss this experience.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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BostonMarathon2013 wrote a review Jul 2021
4 contributions3 helpful votes
We researched and read many reviews for the best bear viewing in Alaska and found "Scenic Bear Viewing". Prior to scheduling a day, we had some questions and concerns. Martin responded promptly, assuringly and thoroughly months ahead. We scheduled our tour for Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate that early morning and Martin apologized for the delay. Since we had a flight out that night from Anchorage (5 hour drive), we had a decision to make about whether to stay. Martin did not sway us, was patient and understanding. We were most impressed with his emphasis on flight safety and the caution exercised. Our story could have ended there had we driven off. About one hour later, we were informed to head on over to the Homer airport. The weather cleared and the trip was on! We got outfitted with boots (waders) and climbed aboard with another very nice couple. The takeoff was flawless as the skies cleared even more. We flew across the inlet to a remote area where the brown bears hunt for clams. Imagine landing on a beach in paradise. The adventure began without delay. We spotted several bears immediately. I will leave what transpired to the imagination, only to say that the experience is the stuff off dreams and fantasies. Martin was informative, interesting, and quite reassuring in the presence of wild beasts that could use you as a frisbee at free will. His calm demeanor accompanied a profound enthusiasm for these amazing animals. We had plenty of time for photography and videography for the duration and any questions we could divine. It became obvious during our outing that Scenic Bear Viewing stood considerably above and beyond other tours. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch while Martin shared more of his experiences. As the tide rose and the wind picked up, our best bear friends bade us farewell for the day and we prepared for the return trip to Homer. This ranked tops in my lifetime as the most spectacular, jaw-dropping, unbelievable, out-of-this-world flight. You will see why when you fly it, weather permitting. So this ranks as one of the most memorable days of my life. Just pinch me. It was exceptional, thrilling and elevating - no pun intended. You’ll experience a great round trip flight of a lifetime with unmatched views and an experience with these gentle giants that will stay with you forever. “Scenic Bear Viewing” says it all. But expect even more, and then celebrate. This was the grand finale of our Alaskan trip. Don’t forget to bring an extra battery and keep your fingers on the camera shutter!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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