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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."

Land's End Resort

Location
Homer, Alaska

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, indulge in a signature whipped coconut oil massage or other treatment at the Dreamtime Spa.

Kodiak Inn

Ideally located in downtown Kodiak overlooking beautiful St. Paul Harbor, the Best Western Kodiak Inn provides a comfortable base from which to explore the island. Spacious rooms, basic but recently updated...

Kodiak Inn

Location
Kodiak, Alaska

Ideally located in downtown Kodiak overlooking beautiful St. Paul Harbor, the Best Western Kodiak Inn provides a comfortable base from which to explore the island. Spacious rooms, basic but recently updated, have private bathrooms, pillow-top beds, free Wi-Fi access, 40-inch cable TV, microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker. A hot tub is located in the garden courtyard gazebo. The Chart Room restaurant and lounge on the second floor overlook the scenic harbor, with views of orcas, sea lions and eagles. 

M/V Natural Habitat Ursus

Our privately chartered ship, the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus, provides accommodations for up to eight passengers on our exclusive coastal grizzly adventures on the Alaska Peninsula...

M/V Natural Habitat Ursus

Location
Katmai National Park, Alaska

Our privately chartered ship, the M/V Natural Habitat Ursus, provides accommodations for up to eight passengers on our exclusive coastal grizzly 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 stern. It carries a full complement of modern, state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment. Inside, the ship is intimate and simply appointed, yet she provides ample space and facilities for our activities, accommodating eight travelers in four cabins with upper/lower berths. Guests share two toilets and two showers. A well-lit galley and dining space are the site for convivial conversation over gourmet meals prepared each day by our onboard chef. Fresh Alaskan seafood, including halibut, salmon and crab, highlight many of the dinners. The ship also has a small library, computer, DVD and CD player on board.  

Ursus
was originally built in 1984 as a crab fishing boat called the Time Bandit, which plied the storm-tossed waters of the Bering Sea and gained fame in the Discovery Channel TV series "The Deadliest Catch." In 1989 the vessel was transitioned for research use by the National Park Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies conducting scientific study and monitoring. It has since been converted and comfortably appointed for custom marine charter use. In addition to our grizzly adventures, the ship has outfitted two international filmmaking projects, the 2012 BBC/Discovery Channel documentary Great Bear Stakeout, and an NHK (Japanese public television) program on orcas hunting gray whales and humpbacks.

With the Ursus providing our accommodations offshore, we are able to visit some of the world's most pristine wilderness in Katmai National Park without leaving an impact. The central element of this adventure is our shore excursions that take place in Zodiac rafts carried on board. We frequently make wet landings (just offshore, where your feet and ankles may get wet), but tall rubber boots are provided to keep your feet dry. Ocean tides of up to 26 feet, some of the largest tides in the world, erase most of the human tracks daily.

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