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- 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
Departure & Return
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.
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
What To Expect
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.
- 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 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.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Face masks required for travellers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
- Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitised between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff