Photo: Brad Josephs, Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leader

 Photo: Brad Josephs, Natural Habitat Adventures Expedition Leader

Alaska’s Coastal Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai

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Close Encounters With Mighty Alaskan Brown Bears from Natural Habitat Adventures’ Private Small Ship

Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. These bears—the largest coastal grizzlies in the world—gorge on spawning salmon as the fish swim up the rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. The private chartered boat, the Natural Habitat Ursus, is ideally designed for this Alaska adventure cruise, offering an exclusive opportunity to follow the bears along the shoreline as they fish, dig for clams and amble along the beach. Ashore, you have an even closer vantage point as you watch on foot with Natural Habitat Adventures’ guide from a careful distance. The bears could not be more nonchalant about your presence! Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty.

Trip Highlights

**  Get closer to giant brown bears—the world’s biggest coastal grizzlies—in a wilder setting than anywhere else on Earth…safely on foot!
**  Cruising just offshore aboard our private chartered ship allows unparalleled access for bear watching, in the most intimate of contexts
**  View bears foraging on the beach as we walk ashore in the careful company of our naturalist Expedition Leader, whose bear expertise adds immeasurably to your experience

The World’s Most Intimate Grizzly Encounter!

A Maximum of Just 8 Travelers Because Natural Habitat Adventures travels aboard a privately chartered small ship, their group size is limited to no more than eight guests. A very small group is essential to approach the bears safely without disturbing them. You won’t find a more intimate and personal bear-viewing context! Nor will you find a better guide-to-guest ratio on any Alaskan tour.

An Exclusive Itinerary into the Heart of Coastal Grizzly Habitat The itinerary, which is offered solely by Natural Habitat Adventures, focuses exclusively on nature and bears—not busy ports and tourist towns. In fact, you can’t get here by cruise ship or by road—they access this untouched wilderness by floatplane, then transfer to a private small ship to explore the coast. This is an experience you simply cannot get on a standard Alaska tour package.

Their Own Privately Chartered Ship Natural Habitat Adventures travels aboard their own chartered vessel, the Natural Habitat Ursus, where they are the sole guests. This converted research ship, comfortably retrofitted to accommodate tourists, is ideal for exploring the scenic wilderness waterways of Katmai National Park. Specially designed for shallow water navigation, the Ursus allows us to cruise close to shore, watching bears foraging in the meadows and clamming on the tideflats. And because you sleep aboard at night, the route can be flexible—you follow the bears!

Watch Bears on Foot—Just Yards Away! It seems impossible to fathom—standing at close range on the ground with Alaska’s mighty brown bears. Yet that’s exactly the amazing opportunity this unique adventure affords. When you step ashore among the bears, you are the only humans around—and they are completely nonchalant about your presence! It’s the only experience of its kind available anywhere.

Explore Kodiak Island or Kachemak Bay by Chartered Boat  Depending on which departure you select, your itinerary will include a private boat tour from Kodiak Island or Kachemak Bay off Homer. Kodiak is remote, well off the standard Alaska tour itinerary. Yet its rockbound coves, tidal pools and offshore seabird rookeries abound with wildlife. On a chartered dayboat cruise, you’ll likely to see sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles, and often whales. The skippers are also gourmet cooks, and you’ll enjoy the personal touch of a home-cooked lunch aboard the boat. The Kachemak Bay boat cruise is likewise an opportunity to witness abundant marine life including whales, porpoises, sea otters and sea lions, and we may glimpse moose, black bears or coyotes on shore, too.

The World’s Finest Naturalist Guides The NHA Expedition Leaders who guide the grizzly adventures are professional naturalists and bear experts. Natural Habitat Adventures take pride in employing Alaska’s most qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guides, and their Alaska Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years’ experience each. They also receive additional training from leading WWF scientists. Expedition Leaders regale guests with their in-depth knowledge while remaining close at hand to ensure safety and comfort in every respect.

Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Alaska Bear Encounter Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that they will meet the lofty expectations established in their promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company.

Feel Good About the Way You Travel  Natural Habitat Adventures cares deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with them, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset—Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.

Natural Habitat is WWF’s Travel Partner Because of their commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures. World Wildlife Fund—the planet’s leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation of which they are exceedingly proud!


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