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Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours
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  • Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours
  • Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration with Alaska Shore Tours


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Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration


3 Hour Duration

From pick-up to drop-off

Wildlife Opportunities

Bear and eagle sightings common

Walking Tour

With expert naturalist guide

Transportation Included

Pick-up and drop-off at cruise docks

The Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is one of the most accessible excursions Ketchikan offers for excellent bear viewing opportunities! This walking tour through Southeast Alaska’s bear country only operates in August and September (during the salmon run) for prime bear viewing opportunities. Watch these beautiful wild black bears search for spawning salmon alongside Herring Creek from the safety of a raised boardwalk. A limited number of guests allowed at this private viewing area provides for an intimate experience and optimal wildlife viewing. Your naturalist guide teaches you about the native plants and wildlife as you walk through the rainforest filled with giant spruce, hemlock, and cedar trees. Additionally, bears aren’t the only animals you’re likely to see! Eagles and seals are commonly spotted along the nearby tidal estuary. Have your camera ready because the Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration provides many incredible sights that you’ll want to capture!

Your Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration begins with convenient pick-up close to the cruise docks in downtown Ketchikan. The gorgeous sightseeing begins with a narrated coastal drive to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary. This location at Herring Cove is just far enough out of town to provide the perfect environment for bears to wander in search of berries and salmon. There are a few excursions Ketchikan offers here, but your special tour includes a private area reserved just for bear watching. When your full-hour of mesmerizing bear viewing concludes, it’s time to visit the Alaska Raptor Center! Get up close to these magnificent birds of prey while you learn about the sanctuary’s amazing rescue and rehabilitation work. Furthermore, explore the fascinating Herring Bay Lumber Company Sawmill and the Tsimshian totem pole park. Last but not least, the General Store offers refreshments along with unique Alaskan souvenirs. At 3 hours, you’re left with time in your day to explore other excursions Ketchikan offers or visit the famous Creek Street district in downtown.


The Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration is among the most easily accessible bear viewing excursions Ketchikan offers. However, if you’re looking for an exclusive bear tour that includes a floatplane ride, check out the Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing Tour!




Town Tours, Wildlife Viewing


3 hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All guests pay the same rate.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to participate on this tour is 12 years.


Guests should be able to move in and out of the van for transportation., No food or drink is allowed on the trail., The minimum age is 12-years-old., This activity is rated as "easy" and includes walking for short distances (totally approximately a half-mile) over relatively level terrain, with a few steps and slight inclines., You must follow the guide’s instructions at all times to ensure your safety.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 14-days before your tour for a refund, less any non-refundable fees., If for any reason the tour is canceled (due to unpermitting weather, for example), or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund minus any non-refundable fees.

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    Are we guaranteed to see bears?

    Answer: Although the chances for seeing bears are excellent, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    How much time is dedicated to viewing bears?

    Answer: The focus of this tour is on viewing black bears in their natural habitat. The wildlife viewing time is approximately 60 minutes.

    What should I wear?

    Answer: This tour does operate in the rain, and a rain poncho is provided if you need one. Because you will be adventuring into the beautiful Alaskan outdoors it is necessary to be prepared with appropriate clothing for inclement weather. It is a good idea to dress in layers, and include a rain or waterproof jacket. Also, for your comfort, sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Don’t forget your sunglasses and remember to bring your camera with space for lots of pictures!

    Where does this tour meet?

    Answer: Dock-to-dock transportation is included with this tour. Detailed meeting instructions are included with your tour voucher. The guide provides a narration of the 16-mile round trip coastal drive to the reserve.

    What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?

    Answer: It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases, we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will refund you.

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