Images of Alaska’s enormous brown bears are among the most iconic wildlife photos on earth. There's no more exciting travel photography experience in Alaska than the chance to capture incredible close-up shots of the largest coastal grizzlies on the planet – our primary mission on this special bear-focused itinerary. Here in the remote reaches of Katmai National Park, far from standard cruise ship and tour bus routes, a select few travelers have the chance to not only glimpse these magnificent bears, but to spend days in their midst, spending hours safely capturing close-up images of them against a backdrop of snowcapped peaks and saltwater inlets. If you're looking for the ultimate opportunity to photograph Alaska's brown bears, you simply must choose to travel with Nat Hab. Here's why:
- A Maximum of Just 8 Travelers
We travel aboard a small, privately chartered boat with a maximum group size of just eight guests. Because we travel with so few people, we can comfortably approach the bears safely without disturbing them. You won't find a more intimate or exciting setting in which to photograph bears, nor will you find a better guide-to-guest ratio on any Alaskan tour.
- An Exclusive Itinerary into the Heart of Brown Bear Habitat
Our special itinerary — offered solely by Natural Habitat Adventures — focuses on nature and bears, wasting no time in cruise ship ports and tourist towns. In fact, you can't get even here by cruise ship or by road — we reach this remote wilderness by float plane. No standard Alaska tour package can provide these exceptional wildlife photography opportunities.
- Our Own Privately Chartered Ship
We travel aboard a chartered vessel that offers a perfect way to explore the scenic wilderness waterways of Katmai National Park. Our boat is a converted research tug with a shallow draft, which allows us to cruise along the shoreline, watching bears forage in the meadows and dig clams on the tideflats. And since we sleep aboard, our route can be flexible - we follow the bears!
- Photograph Bears on Foot - Just Yards Away!
It's hard to fathom that we can stand at close range on the ground with Alaska's mighty brown bears. Yet that's exactly the amazing photo opportunity this unique adventure affords. We are the only humans around, and the bears are completely nonchalant about our presence. You won't find such an experience anywhere else!
- Explore Rarely Visited Kodiak Island
Kodiak is remote, and an unusual feature on an Alaska tour itinerary. Its scenic shores offer rich photography opportunities, with abundant wildlife in its rockbound coves, tidal pools and offshore seabird rookeries. On our private chartered dayboat cruise, we're likely to see sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles, and frequently whales. Our skippers are also fabulous cooks, and we enjoy a home-cooked gourmet dinner aboard.
- The World's Finest Naturalist Guides
NHA Staff Expedition Leader Brad Josephs leads our Alaska grizzlies photo tour. A noted bear expert and Alaska resident (when he is not guiding our bear adventures around the world from China to Churchill), Brad is one of the state's premier naturalist guides. We take pride in employing Alaska's most qualified, dedicated and passionate natural history guides, and our Alaska Expedition Leaders average more than 15 years’ experience each. They also receive additional training from leading WWF scientists. Our Expedition Leaders regale guests with their in-depth knowledge while remaining close at hand to ensure safety and comfort in every respect. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- A Commitment to Bears & Wildlife
In keeping with our commitment to the conservation of bears and other wildlife, we've created a special website, Alaska Bears & Wolves, managed and edited by NHA Expedition Leader Brad Josephs, to showcase photos and stories and educate readers about these charismatic animals. Take a look, and share the link with your friends, too!
- Our Quality Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Alaska Bear Encounter
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which clearly states that we will meet the lofty expectations established in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset – Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures. World Wildlife Fund — the planet's leading environmental conservation organization — has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
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for this trip.