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Bear Viewing • Ketchikan • Duration 3.5 Hr

Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration

Offered By Kawanti Adventures In Ketchikan, AK

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Adult : $240.88
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Child : $240.88
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About us

We’re locals who are passionate about sharing all that we love about Alaska.

That’s why we create great adventures that show off our Alaskan beauty and thrills with enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. We hire and train our staff for exceptional customer service and keep our state-of-the-art equipment up to the highest standards for safety. So you get authentic Alaska, guided by those who love her.

From the sky, you can see the grandeur of the fjords. From the zip line, you can feel the adrenaline as you soar through the treetops. From behind the wheel of your kart, you experience the landscape as a living thing. From the ground, you’ll see bears, eagles and other wildlife. No matter if you’re at elevation 0’ or 3,000’, you’ll experience the adventure that is Alaska. There’s a tour for every age, interest and fitness level. From an informative walk in the rainforest to a stunning flight over a fjord, there’s an awesome, must-have experience waiting for you.

We are local and have a deep Alaskan legacy. We have been serving the local community for more than 40 years, first through Taquan Air and then later, through ground tours. Owner Brien Salazar is deeply committed to the region, supplying scheduled and charter service to remote towns, providing year-round and seasonal job opportunities and sharing his love for the world’s largest temperate forest with locals and tourists alike. We support our community with volunteer time, donations and more.

What we'll do

Ketchikan's finest bear viewing accessible by road! Visit Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary for this unique opportunity to see black bear in their native habitat.

Your naturalist/guide will bring the rich forest to life as you meander along an improved trail, leading to an elevated boardwalk and platform system amongst magnificent stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar. Watch for bears from the safety of the raised boardwalks which maximize your viewing and provide protection. To limit resource impacts, only a limited number of small groups have access to this exclusive bear viewing area.

This is one of the most accessible bear-watching areas in Southeast Alaska. Your tour will cover a lot of ground and include many highlights.

When you arrive at the sanctuary, a naturalist guide will join you, bringing the rich forest to life as you walk along an improved trail. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent stands of spruce, hemlock and cedar trees. And soon you’ll be watching for wild bears in search of spawning salmon and ample berries.

Leaving the private elevated wildlife viewing system, the rainforest trail transforms to an additional boardwalk perched over grassy wetlands alongside Eagle Creek, home to a rich run of spawning salmon. Here bears and seals come to fish for Alaska's abundant salmon. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the tidal estuary.

These are safe, protected raised boardwalks, and you can expect to have an intimate viewing experience.

To reduce environmental impacts, only a limited number of groups have access to this private bear viewing area.

Your guide will lead you along another boardwalk system perched over the grassy wetlands alongside Herring Creek. You’ll now observe a rich run of spawning salmon and the bears and seals that come to fish for them, along with bald eagles and other birds that wait for scraps in the tidal estuary nearby.

After your walk you’ll visit the Alaska Raptor Center exhibit, where you will learn about rescuing and rehabilitating injured eagles and other birds of prey, and about their history and habitats. And you’ll see some of these awesome birds up close.

Next up, the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill and the Tsimshian totem pole park, home to an impressive 40-foot totem and 13 other poles, all from one master carver.

And don’t miss the General Store where you can shop for that perfect souvenir.

The group size will be limited to ensure an intimate experience. The focus of your tour will be to view black bears in their natural habitat. Your guide may change the order of the tour or time spent in any one spot to give you the best chance to view bears. The half-mile long trail is upon relatively flat terrain. Although the chances for seeing bear are excellent, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

What to expect / what's provided

Some of the highlights of this tour include:

*Duration: 3.25 hours

*The wildlife viewing time is approximately 60 minutes.

*The focus of your tour will be on viewing black bear in their natural habitat.

*Your guide may change the order of the tour or time spent in any one area to give you the best chance to see bears.

*Although the chances for seeing bear are excellent, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

*This tour operates in all weather conditions.

*Comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing and waterproof jacket are recommended.

*Minimum age is 12 years old

*Rain ponchos are available, if necessary.

*Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

*No food or drink is allowed on the trail

*You must follow your guide’s instructions at all times to ensure your safety

*The half-mile long trail is over relatively flat terrain

Cancellation Policy

Changes and cancellations can be made up until fourteen (14) days prior to the date of service with no penalty. Cancellations within fourteen (14) days and no-show guests result in a full forfeiture of fare.