A scenic 20-minute flight in the seaplane will give you breathtaking views as you have a chance to witness and photograph bears feeding in the intertidal marine habitat. Additionally, there are great chances to see many of Alaska's other wildlife creatures including whale, sea otter, sea lion, seal, harlequin duck, and bald eagles.
Once the seaplane lands on the water you'll be able to disembark from the seaplane and step onto the aircraft floats. Your pilot will share their knowledge of the salmon-filled habitat and point out viewing targets for you. From the aircraft you will have a chance to watch the bears feed on salmon here if their appetites hit. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, keep your camera ready for a myriad of photo opportunities!
NOTES: Guests should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions. .
Duration: 1.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 40 minutes. Bear Viewing time: 50 minutes.)
- Although bears feed on salmon here and sightings are common; they can never be guaranteed; nor can we guarantee how close they will be to us.
- This tour is great for all ages & abilities
- Comfortable hiking footwear, layered clothing, and rain gear
Duration: 1.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 40 minutes of roundtrip flight
- 50 minutes at Neets Bay, Alaska - aircraft positioned for bear photos and guests will remain on aircraft floats
**All tour times are estimated and may vary slightly according to wind, weather, and wildlife viewing conditions. All final tour routes on pilot safety discretion.
- This tour meets at the bronze statue adjacent to Visitors Bureau for a courtesy shuttle pickup. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is limited mobility and wheelchair accessible.
How many passengers ride in the floatplane together?
There is a maximum of either 6 or 9 passengers per floatplane. If there are more than 9 passengers, multiple planes will fly at the same time for the tour to accommodate the additional guests.
What is the temperature in the floatplane?
The temperature during flight is usually similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equipped with heaters if necessary.
Will I get a window seat on the plane?
Yes, all seats on the floatplane have a window view.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Guests should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions.
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Aug 2019 - Peter L.
Flying in the sea plane was a great experience! The scenery was wonderful. Our pilot was an extremely nice young man, very engaging and providing lots of information. It would have been nice if we could have seen more bears.
Aug 2019 - Angel L.
I didn't see any bears unfortunately but my daughter did but very far away, can barely recognize them from where we re at otherwise it was great!
Aug 2019 - Jeff B.
Amazing experience. Pilot was very friendly and knowledgeable. Flight to the bay was breathtaking.
Aug 2019 - GUY C.
Staff and pilot were very chatty and friendly. Plane was comfortable and the spot we landed in to bear watch was beautiful. Sadly, we didn't see too many bears and those we did see were a little far away - but that's somewhat out of their control.
We did see bears though and had a great time overall.
Jul 2019 - Nancy L.
Pilot was great and courteous and flew us to two different spots but saw no bears. They just weren t coming out to eat. It was disappointing not seeing bears but first time up in Seaplane was enjoyable. Can t control nature. Would do it again but maybe not early in morning but later in afternoon
Jul 2019 - Kim M.
Very good excursion, our guide was relaxed and very knowledgable. Wish we had seen more bears but overall the experience was great.