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Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

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Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Go deep into the Alaskan wilderness to a protected wildlife site with the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. This bucket-list day trip to Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area includes a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and a kayak paddle through Windfall Harbor. An informative guide takes your small group of no more than 10 people into the woods to observe brown bears romping in the meadows and catching salmon in rivers. The Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area issues a limited number of visitation permits, exclusively to tour operators. Avoid disappointment by booking this tour well in advance.
  • Full-day exclusive Alaska bear viewing adventure in Pack Creek from Juneau
  • See brown bears in their natural habitat at the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area
  • Kayak to Admiralty Island, the location of the viewing area
  • Enjoy two scenic floatplane rides over Alaska's Inside Passage
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Limited number of permits—likely to sell out!
  • Hotel and cruise ship terminal transport, gear, snack, and bottled water included

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

An exclusive visitor permit grants access to secluded bear viewing locations via kayak and float plane rides.
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Certified guide
All necessary equipment
Round-trip transportation via van and floatplane
Rain gear, jackets and rubber boots provided - please advise supplier of sizing
Lunch, Hearty Snacks, and water
National Park fees
Gratuities
There is a $50 non-refundable booking fee once this trip is reserved.

Departure Point

490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Embark on an Alaskan wilderness adventure on this small-group day trip to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area, a protected wildlife site located on Admiralty Island. Also known as the ‘Fortress of the Bears’ by the indigenous Tlingit people, Pack Creek boasts the highest concentration of brown bears in the world. Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, with one guide for every five people.

After morning pickup by van from your Juneau hotel or the port, kick off your tour with a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and the Inside Passage. Land on Windfall Island, where you’ll receive a safety briefing for your kayaking journey through Windfall Harbor. Paddle your way to the mouth of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.

Secure your kayak and follow your guide’s lead to prime viewing locations to observe grizzly and brown bears in their natural habitat. Scamper up lookout towers to see bears playing in meadows, and head over to creeks and streams to see them swimming or catching salmon.

Enjoy plenty of time watching bears before you return by kayak back to the floatplane. Your tour ends with van transport back to the original departure point.

Please note: Visitors to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area must have a permit, which is limited in number and provided to tour operators only. As permits sell out quickly, make sure to book this tour well in advance.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Above & Beyond Alaska
Our warehouse location is available for luggage storage, bathrooms, and resources.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pack Creek on Admiralty Island
The Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary on Admiralty Island is home to the densest concentration of brown bears in the world. Come join us for exploring this "Fortress of the Bears" in remote wild Alaska.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
  • Maximum weight per person is 250 pounds (113 kilograms)
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • There is a $50 non-refundable booking fee once this trip is reserved. This is non-refundable for any reason, including weather cancellations
  • Bear sightings are not guaranteed. This is wild Alaska!
  • Trips in May 15th - June 15th and September 1st - 10th will NOT include kayaking. Guests will fly directly to the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Due to the inherent risks involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
  • The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is a wilderness area with no facilities, restrooms, or shelter on site. All garbage and waste must be packed out.
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – please stress to your clients the importance of dressing appropriately.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip.
  • Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (140cm). Maximum weight limit is 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) find operating the rudder challenging, as the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance; however, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle our kayaks
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing from Juneau?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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This experience was the most...
Brian S
, Aug 2017
This experience was the most memorable of anything I have done. Stacy made this trip safe and enjoyable for my wife and myself.
star-5
Only one word: AMAZING! This was a...
Take me away
, Sep 2012
Only one word: AMAZING! This was a great company to deal with. Corey was a fantastic guide and pretty good photographer! Would highly recommend this tour. Not only did we see bears, but we had a float plane trip and kayak included. Magical day.
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This was an amazing day tour, the...
TravelTammy
, Jul 2012
This was an amazing day tour, the kayaking was fun, and getting to see the grizzlies was great. We were also lucky to get to see another 12+ grizzlies as we were flying back at the end of the night including babies. We had two fun and informational tour guides. This is a tour that I would highly recommend to others.

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