3 Hours Duration
Up to 45 minutes in flight
A Brand-New Adventure
With limited spaces
As your soar through the Inside Passage
Bear sightings very common (though not guaranteed)
Experience the best of the annual Ketchikan salmon run: the bears who use this time to feast! As the salmon capital of the world, Ketchikan & it’s surrounding islands feature some of the best bear viewing opportunities in Alaska, thanks to the plentiful food for these beautiful creatures. The Prince of Wales Bear Viewing Tour gets you as close as is safe to these magnificent animals. And you’ll be accompanied all the while by your knowledgeable guide, there to teach you about bears and more! Only operated during the Ketchikan salmon run for optimal bear sightings, this unique excursion will take you on a scenic flight to the neighboring island of Prince of Wales, where you will have the opportunity to view the salmon, bears, and more from the Dog Salmon Creek Bear Viewing Platform.
Please note: while this tour is designed to operate during peak bear season and there is a high chance of sightings, we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings on this tour.
The Prince of Wales Bear Viewing Tour kicks off with a 20-minute scenic float plane ride from Ketchikan to Prince of Wales Island. Along the way, your pilot will share tales and natural history through your two-way headset, as well as answer any questions that come up. Upon reaching the Island, your Alaska Bear Guide will meet you for a short scenic drive to the bear-viewing site. A 250-yard walk will take you out to the platform itself at Dog Salmon Creek while your guide shares their knowledge of flora and fauna of the Tongass along the way. Here, the Prince of Wales Bear Viewing Tour reveals the wonder of the Ketchikan salmon run: the wildlife it feeds. With four separate species of salmon spawning in the creek, this creek draws in eagles, ravens, bears, and more. Due to extremely limited permitting to preserve habitat, this tour ensures a unique and intimate setting with the bears! So, remember your cameras and experience wild Alaska!
The Prince of Wales Bear Viewing Tour operates in late-July through mid-September to provide the best opportunity for bear sightings.
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.