Ketchikan Neets Bay Bear Adventure via Floatplane

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. 

Do you offer any discounts or promotions?

We offer the local wholesale rates for all of our tours because we feel that everyone should get the same lowest price possible regardless of how many excursions you book. No tricks, no gimmicks, no hidden fees.

Do you offer tours for large groups?

Definitely, arrangements of tours for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements.

Can multiple families book this tour and be together?

Yes! Multiple families may join the same tour as long as adequate space is available and the maximum is not exceeded.

What happens if my ship is delayed getting into port?

If your ship is late, please call your tour operator so that your tour time can be adjusted. If an alternate tour time is not compatible with your schedule, your ticket will be fully refunded with no fees or penalty.

What if my tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

All tours that cancel because of weather will be fully refunded with no fees or penalties.

Where do I meet the tour operator to be picked up for my excursion?

All tours pick-up either at your cruise ship or within a short walking distance of your cruise ship unless otherwise noted. When you purchase your excursion, your ticket will be sent to you via email with detailed meeting instructions and emergency contact information. If you have any questions relating to a specific excursion, please contact the tour operator listed on your ticket.

How close is the pick-up location to the cruise ship?

This will vary from port to port. Most excursions meet you either in front of your cruise ship or within a maximum 5-10 minute walk from your ship unless otherwise noted. All pertinent directions and details will be listed on your ticket.

What happens if the excursion runs late and I miss my ship?

We guarantee that your tour will return on time. If you were to miss your cruise ship because the tour did not return on time, we will comp your hotel, food, and flight costs associated with meeting your cruise ship the next day. We have never had a passenger miss their ship.

Does the tour include transportation?

Yes. All tours pick up from the main cruise ship terminal and include round-trip transportation unless otherwise specified for the specific tour.

What if I am unable to print my ticket before I arrive in port?

All reservations are saved under the name you purchased your excursions and are kept on file with your tour operator. Having your tickets in-hand is the optimal choice to avoid confusion because the directions and meeting instructions are included. Please contact us if you are unable to print the tickets.

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Adult Price: $389.00

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Child Price: $389.00

  • Alaska Shore Excursions
  • 212 Admiral Way Ste. 5 Juneau, Alaska 99801
  • 1-888-586-8489