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Icy Strait Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search Tour

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Excursion Overview

Discover the secrets of Icy Strait on this exciting wildlife 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, making it a great destination for bear watching from Icy Strait Point. This Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Search small group tour will give you a flexible, up-close experience that large group tours simply cannot offer.

On this 4-hour van tour, there are many exciting things to see, such as the scenic view of 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: Your departure time for this tour can start 30 minutes (or more) after your cruise ship's arrival to Icy Strait. Wildlife is not guaranteed.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip guided transportation from Icy Strait Excursions Hub to the wildlife viewing locations.
  • Bottled water


  • There are no additional requirements for this excursion.

Duration: 4 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 4 hours narrated scenic drive around the island

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the Icy Strait Excursions Hub. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the van. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tour van size can vary from 12 to 14 passengers.

Our success rate for seeing bears is very high, however, wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Our area has more bears per square mile than any other place in Alaska with 1.7 bears per square mile.

A large male brown bear can be over ten feet from tail to nose and weigh up to 1800 lbs.

Yes, we have one car seat available upon request. Please leave a note at checkout if you will require a car seat.

We have one car seat available and you are more than welcome to bring your own car/booster seats with you. Our vans have seatbelts.


Guest Reviews


234 total


Allison B

On Jun 2024

We would definitely recommend this tour. Five bear sightings, some close, some far. Our guide, Daylin, did a great job keeping us safe while teaching us about his hometown and the bears.

Wendy O

On Jun 2024

This was our 3rd trip to AK and the first time we've seen bear! Daylon knew where to spot them and was very cautious and aware for our safety. He was polite and knowledgeable and we would book this tour again and again. We were a family group of 8 and they accommodated us so we could all be on the same tour.

Kristen B

On Jun 2024

Declyn was an excellent tour guide. We enjoyed the time spent with him on this tour and saw bear and eagles and a sea otter!

Caroline M

On Jun 2024

Our guide was superb - friendly and knowledgable and tried so hard to find us a bear! He did eventually but extended the tour to ensure this. It would've good to know in advance that the tour was all by road as I had thought some of it was walking. We had a gorgeous day and enjoyed our tour very much.

Walter R

On Jun 2024

You can't go wrong with this tour, had a great time and would do again!


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Duration: 4 hours

Best Price Guarantee!

Duration: 4 hours

Ages 16+

Adult: $150.00

Child (6-15): $75.00

Infant (5 and Under): $0.00

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