Neets Bay Bear Viewing and Flightseeing with Alaska Shore Tours
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  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing
  • Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing

$369.00

4.62 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
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Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing

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With exclusive access to one of Alaska’s prime black bear habitats, the Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing experience is among the absolute best tours in Ketchikan Alaska (or the state at-large!) for experiencing the Last Frontier’s inspiring scenic beauty. One of our newest Ketchikan cruise excursions, this limited-space adventure starts with a flightseeing journey over awe-inspiring wilderness. Then it’s off through lush old-growth rainforest toward a favorite hangout among the true locals, namely the pack of black bears that makes a home of Neets Bay Creek. For the adventurer and the lover of wildlife, this gem among Ketchikan cruise excursions provides an unparalleled opportunity for encountering Alaska’s wildlife up-close and personal!

As with our other Ketchikan cruise excursions, the Neets Bay Bear Watch and Flightseeing tour begins with pick-up at the cruise docks. At the airbase, you’ll board an Alaska-classic DeHavilland floatplane (equipped with wide windows perfect for sightseeing!) for a glorious flight over Revillagigedo Island and the lush Tongass Rainforest. Keep your cameras on-hand for towering granite domes and tumbling whitewater falls! Following a thrilling water landing, your expert naturalist guide will lead the way on a quarter-mile hike through the ancient Alaskan woods. You’ll pass by the Neets Bay Salmon Hatchery, where each year many thousands of fry begin their journey toward the ocean, before arriving at last at famous Neets Bay Creek. Here, you’ll see firsthand what makes this one of the best tours in Ketchikan Alaska, as you’ll likely have the chance to watch hulking black bears fish for salmon from the crystal-clear waters! Make sure you have plenty of film! Then, once you’ve had your fill of wilderness immersion, you’ll enjoy one more stunning flight back to Ketchikan. With unforgettable aerial views and a high probability of seeing Alaskan wildlife up-close in its natural habitat, it’s safe to say the Neets Bay Bear Watch is one of the best tours in Ketchikan Alaska!Looking to combine a flightseeing adventure with a stunning boat ride beneath soaring cliffs? Check out one of our new Ketchikan cruise excursions, the Misty Fjords Cruise & Flightseeing tour.

3 Hours Duration

About 1 ½ hours on-site


A Brand-New Adventure

With limited spaces


Stunning Views

Above glacially carved fjords


Wildlife Opportunity

Bear sightings very common (though not guaranteed)

Port

Ketchikan

Type

Float Plane, Wildlife Viewing

Length

3 hours

Adult Rate

$369.00

Child Rate

There is no child rate for this tour. All participants will be charged at the adult rate, except for lap children under 24 months.

Infant Rate

Free (under 24 months). Guardians should be able to carry infants both ways on a quarter-mile hike.

Minimum Age

There is no minimum age to participate on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour., Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty., Including 'Flex Cancel' allows refunds up until 24-hours before the tour., Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure (or within 24-hours with 'Flex Cancel') are nonrefundable.

Customers' review

Rated 4.62 out of 5 stars
13 reviews

13 reviews for Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wonderful ExperienceWe had a great experience with good pilots and guide once we arrived. It was a good day as we saw 3 bears including one catching a salmon. Could have easily spent more time watching the bears.
    The only downside was the snacks outlined in the booking notice of juice, muffins, etc. were not provided which made for a fair time from pickup to drop off without at least a drink.

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  2. 5 out of 5

    The best part of our holidayWe loved this. The ride out on a float plane was amazing, going over stunning scenery. Neets Bay is a beautiful setting. Before we landed, we saw a bear, there were about 7-8 black bears in the creek. All males. We watched them looking for salmon, they would choose a spot, watch, and then grab a salmon. It was amazing. Could have stayed there all day watching these critters!

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  3. 3 out of 5

    Beautiful flightThe scenery was gorgeous!! The 3 stars is because I was expecting to be in pristine nature and was disappointed to see metal buildings and a fishing operation. Also, the pilot allowed a two-year-old in the cockpit on the return flight. The parent sitting in the back was continually admonishing the child to not touch the controls and the keep their feet off the control board. I felt this was a lack of judgment from the pilot and was uncomfortable with the situation.

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Neets bay bear and salmon hatchery via seaplaneThis tour was so great! Going in a seaplane to Neets Bay. Got to see beautiful scenery on the way there and back. Arrive at Neets Bay to bear viewing platform that is right near where the bears are eating salmon. See and experience a salmon hatchery. Our pilot Adam was awesome!

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Great Excursion!The flight with our captain, Jim, was over gorgeous scenery. After a walk through the hatchery grounds with our guide who pointed out a couple of dens and gave us a good safety talk, we saw 5 or 6 black bears feasting on salmon. One or two had to grab and run so the other bears didn't steal their catch! This will definitely be remembered!

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    Will we make it back to the ship in time? What if we don't?

    Answer: We've never left anyone behind and only schedule tours that work well with your cruise ship's itinerary. We leave plenty of cushion so you can confidently book your trips independently.

    Do the flights ever get canceled due to weather?

    Answer: Yes, safety is a number one priority so weather conditions are taken into account each day. In certain cases, the weather can lift and a slight delay will still allow the flight to continue. However, if a flight is canceled completely due to weather circumstances, you will always receive a full refund.

    Are we guaranteed to see bears?

    Answer: No. Although most parties do, in fact, see multiple bears at Neets Bay Creek, we can't know with certainly that they'll be present at the time of the tour.

    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 of course refund the full cost of the tour.

    What should we wear and bring?

    Answer: For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a jacket, as the air temperature will be a few degrees cooler than the ground temperature. Since you'll be doing some hiking, tennis shoes or boots and a rain jacket is advisable as well.

    Can you see wildlife from the plane?

    Answer: If you have sharp eyes, it's certainly possible to see wildlife on the mountains below. The plane flies low enough to distinguish individual animals, but of course the pilots have to respect local wildlife so it's not a direct objective of the flightseeing portion of this tour.

    How big are the planes?

    Answer: There are a few types of planes used for the tour, and you'll typically be in a group of 6-10 guests on the flight. Everyone gets a window seat on these flights.

    What is the best time of year for seeing bears?

    Answer: The annual salmon run typically reaches its very peak around mid-July, so bears are often most numerous here around this time. Bears inhabit the area and fish in this creek throughout the summer and early fall months, however.

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