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


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Neets Bay Bear Watch


4½ Hours Duration

About 45 minutes on-site

A Brand-New Adventure

With limited spaces

Stunning Views

Along glacially carved fjords

Wildlife Opportunity

Bear sightings very common (though not guaranteed)

With exclusive access to one of Alaska’s prime black bear habitats, the Neets Bay Bear Watch Adventure is among the absolute best tours in Ketchikan Alaska (or the state at large!) for experiencing the Last Frontier’s iconic wildlife. One of our newest Ketchikan cruise excursions, this limited-space adventure starts with a scenic boat ride through the multitude of islands surrounding Ketchikan. 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 Adventure begins with pick-up at the cruise docks. At Clover Pass on the North end of the island, you’ll board a thirty-six-passenger vessel (equipped with wide windows perfect for sightseeing!) for a beautiful & fully narrated cruise North of Revillagigedo through lush Tongass Rainforest. Keep your cameras on hand for towering granite domes and wildlife opportunities! Upon arriving at your destination, 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 the 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 a quiet cruise back to Ketchikan. With incredible 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 for a bear viewing experience closer to Ketchikan? Check out the Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration.




Staff Pick, Wildlife Viewing


4 ½ hours

Adult Rate


Child Rate


Minimum Age

The minimum age for participants is 5 years old.

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: 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 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.

    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.

    What should we wear and bring?

    Answer: For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a jacket. Since you'll be doing some hiking, tennis shoes or boots and a rain jacket is advisable as well.

    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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