4½ Hours Duration
About 45 minutes on-site
A Brand-New Adventure
With limited spaces
Along glacially carved fjords
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.