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ALASKA'S BEAR COAST

Alaska Grizzly Encounter: Kodiak to Katmai

Meet Mighty Brown Bears Up Close from Our Private Small Ship Base

8 Days | Jun–Sep

Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. These bears—the largest coastal grizzlies in the world—gorge on clams, mussels, sedges and spawning salmon as the fish swim up the glacial-fed rivers that pour onto wild beaches. Our private chartered ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus , designed for exploring the Alaskan marine wilderness, offers an exclusive opportunity for just eight guests to follow and photograph bears as they fish, forage and amble along the shoreline. Ashore, we watch safely on foot with our Expedition Leader, an expert bear naturalist who knows these magnificent animals intimately. The grizzlies could not be more nonchalant about our presence! And you won't find a more remote and pristine setting in which to observe them. Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty.

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1 - Kodiak, Alaska

  • Day 2 - Kodiak Island Wildlife Cruise

  • Day 3 - Kodiak / Floatplane to Katmai—Board Natural Habitat Ursus 

  • Day 4 - Bear Viewing in Katmai National Park

  • Day 5 - Bear Viewing in Katmai National Park

  • Day 6 - Bear Viewing in Katmai National Park

  • Day 7 -Bear Viewing in Katmai / Return Flight to Kodiak 

  • Day 8 -Kodiak / Depart

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Guided by expert bear naturalists, you won't believe how close you'll get to giant brown bears—the world's biggest coastal grizzlies—safely on foot!

 

Following Katmai's roadless coast aboard the private ship Natural Habitat Ursus, just eight guests have unparalleled access for bear viewing and photography.

 

Fly over Kodiak Island and across Shelikof Strait to reach the roadless wilderness where the bears live, backdropped by views of the Aleutian Range.

ACCOMMODATION

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From Sky Suites, Club Class Mini-Suites, Balconies, Premium Oceanview, and Interior staterooms, you will quickly notice the Sky Princess offers amazing accommodation options. From the moment you step aboard, you will feel welcome and right at home. Interested in booking a Sky Suite? Contact Melissa directly for pricing. Many of the suites are already sold out. 

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M/V NATURAL HABITAT URSUS

Our privately chartered ship, the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus, provides accommodations for up to eight guests on our exclusive grizzly bear adventures on the Alaska Peninsula. Ideally designed for exploring the remote waters of coastal Katmai National Park, the Ursus (Latin nomenclature for "bear") is 73 feet long with a deep displacement hull and an exceptionally seaworthy design with a high bow and fine horseshoe-shaped stern. It carries a full complement of state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment. Inside, the sturdy vessel is intimate and simply appointed, yet with ample space and facilities for accommodations and activities. The Ursus sleeps eight guests in four double cabins with upper/lower berths. Each cabin has a wash basin. Two bathrooms with toilet and shower are shared between the four cabins; each bathroom is connected to two cabins in a Jack and Jill layout. A large galley and well-lit dining space are the site for convivial conversation over creative home-cooked meals prepared each day by our accomplished onboard chef. Fresh Alaskan seafood, including halibut, salmon and Kodiak scallops, highlights many of the dinners. The ship also has a small library, computer, DVD and CD player on board, with a selection of regional books and documentaries.

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KODIAK COMPASS
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Optimally located in the heart of downtown Kodiak, the island’s newest hotel features extra-large all-suite accommodations. Although Kodiak is a far-removed destination that’s not on most Alaska travel itineraries, its remote location doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice comfort or amenities. Spacious contemporary suites have views of either the harbor or mountains. They feature either one king, one queen plus sofa bed, or two extra-long full beds, a sitting area, workspace with desk, and a kitchenette. Roomy bathrooms have walk-in showers. The main lounger offers inviting fireplace seating with a big screen TV. A well-appointed fitness center has a solid selection of equipment and weights if you need to squeeze in a workout. A guest laundry is also on the premises.

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TRIP PRICING


8-Day Itinerary: From $10695 (+internal air)

Internal Air Cost: $1194 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: $21390 (+internal air). If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $1500 per person (nonrefundable)

Custom Departures: For private customized trips for your family, check out our partners at Off the Beaten Path!

Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

Take a ride on the Flam Railway, kayak on the Naeroyfjord, visit a Viking village, join a hike on the Briksdal Glacier, hop in a zodiac and go King crabbing, ride an ATV in Honningsvag, tour an Arctic cathedral, and the activities go on and on!  Friends, there is no shortage of exciting shore excursions on this 14-Day adventure.  Since this is a newer cruise itinerary for Princess, they are unveiling some fantastic opportunities for us!  Book your cruise now and start reserving your favorite tours.  

Nat Hab's Alaska Bear Camp

A Total Immersion with Brown Bears from Our Private Fly-In Wilderness Base

6 Days | May - Aug

A genuine encounter with the Alaskan wilderness often starts with a bush plane. And this adventure begins with a private flight across Cook Inlet, passing active volcanoes and massive glaciers before landing on a pristine beach. The stretch of sand is empty, except for the brown bears that live here—and we often see them roaming the meadow or ambling along the shore before we even land. Nearby, our sustainable bush camp provides a base for exploration in the very midst of the bears. On the site of an old homestead, the camp fronts the bay in an untouched setting that looks just as it did when the first pioneers ventured into these remote wilds. It's a peerless location: the camp occupies an enclave of private land surrounded by Lake Clark National Park, one of the world’s most renowned bear-viewing destinations. Against the backdrop of the ice-clad Aleutian Range, Nat Hab's Alaska Bear Camp offers rustic luxury and total solitude—with enough bear thrills for a lifetime and then some!

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ITINERARY

  • Day 1 - Homer, Alaska

  • Day 2 - Nat Hab's Alaska Bear Camp—Bear Viewing

  • Day 3 - Alaska Brown Bear Experience 

  • Day 4 - Alaska Brown Bear Experience 

  • Day 5 - Bear Viewing / Fly to Homer / Kachemak Bay Private Cruise

  • Day 6 - Homer / Depart

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Alongside expert naturalist guides, watch bears from our private inholding within Lake Clark National Park, where they roam, fish and forage in view of camp.

 

Our isolated Bear Camp on Cook Inlet is easy to reach via a scenic chartered bush plane flight from Homer, past dramatic mountain ranges and glacier-iced volcanoes.

 

Deluxe tent cabins ensure your comfort in the most remote of settings, while chef-prepared gourmet meals and enclosed gazebos with fire pits enhance your stay.

ACCOMMODATION

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From Sky Suites, Club Class Mini-Suites, Balconies, Premium Oceanview, and Interior staterooms, you will quickly notice the Sky Princess offers amazing accommodation options. From the moment you step aboard, you will feel welcome and right at home. Interested in booking a Sky Suite? Contact Melissa directly for pricing. Many of the suites are already sold out. 

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LAND'S END RESORT

Land's End Resort enjoys a choice location on the beach at the very tip of the famous Homer Spit, the western terminus of the U.S. highway system known locally as "The End of the Road." It's the only hotel on the spit, and it's within walking distance of the lively small boat harbor where fishermen are constantly unloading the day's catch. Rooms feature views of Kachemak Bay with one king-size or two double beds, a full bath, desk with chair, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, coffee maker and private deck. Specializing in freshly caught local seafood, the casual Chart Room restaurant enjoys one of the finest locations for dining in Alaska, surveying the broad expanse of Kachemak Bay with marine life often in view outside the picture windows or from the large outdoor deck. Wheel House Espresso offers coffee pick-me-ups, and a gift shop is also on site. If time permits, take a sauna, swim in the heated pool, or soak in the outdoor hot tub in view of the Kenai Mountains.

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NAT HAB'S ALASKA BEAR CAMP

Nat Hab's private Alaska Bear Camp on Cook Inlet is a sustainable base for exploring Alaska's most pristine brown bear habitat, providing wilderness accommodations that are low on impact yet high on comfort. Built on a historic homestead on the ancestral land of the Dena'ina people, the remote parcel on roadless land was grandfathered in to remain private when Lake Clark National Park was established in 1980. It's the only such property within the park with this exclusive status. Surrounded entirely by the park today, Bear Camp offers a premier location for immersive encounters with brown bears—the world's largest "coastal grizzlies"—exclusively for Nat Hab guests.

Our deluxe backcountry camp is designed for an unobtrusive presence among the bears, with tent cabins erected on a raised deck in front of the forest, facing the Chinitna Bay shoreline. These custom heavy-duty WeatherPort tents offer sturdy protection against the elements. Each has a solid door and hard floor and is warmed with a propane space heater and illuminated with battery-powered lights. Solar energy provides a portion of the camp's electricity needs, including the electrified fence that surrounds the camp for protection against bears and other wildlife. Each tent cabin is furnished with two twin beds. Charging stations for cameras and phones are available in the dining tent. The bathhouse has hot showers and state-of-the-art composting toilets, and each tent also has a nighttime porta-potty for essential needs. Biodegradable toiletries in refillable bottles are provided. Meals are served in the communal dining tent, which also serves as a space for socializing, guide presentations and topping up your camera batteries. A small library is available in the shared tent, featuring bear-centric titles. Food is a highlight at Bear Camp (and not just for the bears!), with our resident chef creating impressive dishes that draw extensively on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including fish and seafood straight out of regional waters.

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TRIP PRICING
$6595 to $6795 (+internal air)

Internal Air Cost: $1296 per person (this will be listed separately on our invoicing).
Single Occupancy: For a single room add $1195. If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars.

SHORE EXCURSIONS

Take a ride on the Flam Railway, kayak on the Naeroyfjord, visit a Viking village, join a hike on the Briksdal Glacier, hop in a zodiac and go King crabbing, ride an ATV in Honningsvag, tour an Arctic cathedral, and the activities go on and on!  Friends, there is no shortage of exciting shore excursions on this 14-Day adventure.  Since this is a newer cruise itinerary for Princess, they are unveiling some fantastic opportunities for us!  Book your cruise now and start reserving your favorite tours.  

 

JOIN MELISSA AND MASON FAIL in this amazing voyage!   

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