*STARTING DATE FOR ACCEPTING 2019 RESERVATIONS IS 12/1/2018*
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 be 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 1/4 mile on uneven gravel trail and stand for duration of the tour at Neets Bay. There is an additional surcharge of $150 for any passenger whose weight is 250lb or more.
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
- Coffe, tea and bottled water
- Guests must be able to walk a quarter mile on uneven gravel trail and stand for duration of the tour at Neets Bay.
- Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for passenger safety and comfort, as well as weight and balance calculations for flight manifesting. Any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure must pay an additional surcharge of $150 on the day-of at the floatplane base.
- Comfortable hiking footwear, layered clothing and rain gear
Duration: 3 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- 15 minutes transfer to floatplane base
- 15 minutes bathroom break and loading
- 25 minutes flightseeing to Neets Bay
- 70 minutes including 1/4 mile hike to and from bear viewing platform and bear viewing at Hatchery
- 25 minutes flightseeing back to base
- 15 minutes bathroom break and shopping
- 15 minutes tranfer back to town
- This tour meets at the Liquid Sunshine Rain Gauge. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to get in and out of the planes with little assistance. Guests who have a wheelchair will not be able to take the wheelchair on the plane with them.There is a golf cart that can take guest to and from the plane once at the base. Please note that there is a 1/4 mile walk to and from the bear viewing site at Neets Bay. The pace of the walk is set by the slowest guest. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for golf cart will be required on tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
A no-bag policy applies. All bags brought to the base will be stored until you return from your flight.
Can I fly if I am over 250lbs?
Yes. However, any passenger whose weight is 250 pounds (113 kilograms) or more fully clothed at the time of departure must pay an additional surcharge of 0 on the day-of at the floatplane base.
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 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.
Not seeing answers to your questions?
Check out other frequently asked questions here!