Your excursion begins as you board your motorcoach for a short drive to the float deck. Upon arriving, you'll board a DeHavilland Beaver or DeHavilland Otter floatplane with a guaranteed window seat for a 25-minute flight.
You'll fly over Revillagigedo Island en route to Neets Bay in Tongass National Forest. A fully guided nature walk along a quarter-mile trail through old growth forest takes you to Neets Bay Creek, a remote site where the annual gathering of fish is a huge draw for the region's most plentiful concentration of black bears. Along the way, you'll witness Neets Bay Salmon Hatchery, where summer and fall chum, fall coho and chinook salmon are produced to keep the supply plentiful.
From a viewing platform, you'll spend 45 minutes watching black bears fishing for and feeding on salmon heading upstream to spawn, and eagles perch in surrounding trees waiting for scraps. Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, keep your camera ready for a myriad of photo opportunities.
Your excursion concludes with a 25-minute return flight back to the float deck, and a relaxing drive back to the pier.
NOTES: Guests should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions. Participants must be able to walk 1/2 mile on uneven gravel trail and stand for duration of the tour at Neets Bay.
Duration: 3 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Flight time: 50 minutes. Bear Viewing time: 45 minutes.)
- Noise canceling digital headset to listen to the pilot's narration
- Route map and bottled water.
- Guests must be able to walk ½ mile on uneven gravel trail and stand for duration of the tour at Neets Bay.
Duration: 3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 30 minutes roundtrip transportation to floatplane base
- 25 minutes flightseeing to Neets Bay
- 20 minutes scenic walk to bear viewing platform
- 45 minutes bear viewing at Hatchery
- 25 minutes return flight to Ketchikan
How many passengers ride in the floatplane together?
There is a maximum of either 6 or 9 passengers per floatplane. If there are more than 9 passengers, multiple planes will fly at the same time for the tour to accommodate the additional guests.
What is the temperature in the floatplane?
The temperature during flight is roughly similar to the ground temperature, and each plane is equiped with heaters if necessary.
Will I get a window seat on the plane?
Yes, all seats on the floatplane have a window view.
What type of bears might I see on this tour?
At Neets Bay, black bears are the most dominant species and brown bear sightings should not be expected.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Small bags may be brought along but must be stored in the rear cargo area of the floatplane.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Outside foor and drink are not allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
Bottled water is included.
Are there any physical requirements for this tour?
Guests must be to walk ½ mile on uneven gravel trail and stand for duration of the tour at Neets Bay.
What type of clothing should I wear?
Guests should wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress appropriately for weather conditions.
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