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Icy Strait Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Excursion

Icy Strait, Alaska / USA (Excursion ID S1926)

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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from your Icy Strait cruise pier area!
  • English-speaking certified local guides!
  • Potential wildlife sightings!
  • Exploring the Alaska woods!
  • Learn about the local people and their way of life from locals!
  • Nature walk!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Icy Strait and the surrounding area!

This is a unique opportunity for you to see brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, and other wildlife up close in the natural scenic beauty of the last frontier, Alaska. A perfect excursion for those looking to get out and experience nature.

After meeting your guide, you will set off into the forest surrounding the small town of Hoonah on Chichagof Island where your ship will anchor off Icy Strait Point. Due to it having the highest concentration of bears in the world (1-2 brown bears per square mile), Chichagof Island is named "Bear Island" by National Geographic. This small group setting will give you a flexible, up-close experience that the large group excursions simply cannot offer.

There are many exciting things to see and do during your nature excursion such as a visit to Muskeg, which is a low-lying marsh area usually home to many birds. Other activities may include viewing some of the ten varieties of edible berries found on the island, walking through an old-growth forest, and potential sightings of the king of the island... its brown bears.

Bears are most commonly seen near the streams, pulling ripe salmon out with their paws or feasting on the many blueberry patches among the brush.

Based on current bear movements, feeding habits, and daytime temperatures, there are shortstops in key locations to scope out a magnificent view of these captivating creatures - and your wildlife guide knows them all. They will also share information about the area and the Tlingit Native population that has lived here for hundreds of years before the white man arrived. Have no fear, the guide will keep you at a safe distance from the bears.

The Chichagof forests also are home to an array of other wildlife that is quite frequently spotted during excursions, including mink, pacific marten, red squirrels, otter, beaver, ducks and seabirds, Sitka black-tail deer, and plenty of bald eagles. So be sure to bring your camera and have it ready!

Please note: Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed. As this tour can move from one spot to another quickly, there is a much higher chance of sightings than with the slow-moving, large tour groups with lots of trampling feet.

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Children (4 to 12 years): $99.99$99.99$0.00
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Icy Strait Exclusive Wildlife and Bear Excursion Reviews

This is a unique Sitka Excursion that offers you the opportunity to see brown bears, Sitka black-tail deer, and other wildlife up close, in the natural scenic beauty of the last frontier - Alaska.


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Miami, FL
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
The guide was amazing, professional and very knowledgeable, although the sightings are not guaranteed we did walk quite a lot to see a bear but it was worth it. We saw about 4 bears at the edge of a river it was amazing.
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EL Paso, TX
Beautiful Experience!
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
This was an amazing experience, the amazing wildlife we got to see was outstanding. We spotted a pack of brown-bears which were the highlights of our trip. Real-life was so much better than the photos turned out though.
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Arlington Heights, IL
Simply Magnificent!
     5/5  (Visited on August 2019)
We had this tour while traveling on the Island Princess in late August. This tour was small with only 4 in our group and the guide was very knowledgable and shared his love of the area. Highly recommend!
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Fort Worth Texas
Such a beautiful journey and Phil was an awesome guide!
     5/5  (Visited on May 2018)
Phil was our guide on this adventure. Hands down Alaska has the best nature experiences and we just loved it! We spotted a lot of wildlife but you have to be respectful and keep a safe distance and Phil will show you how. Sadly we did not spot any bears but we did now when is the best season but now we have an excuse to return for second visit in August when it's the best time!
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Once in a lifetime experience
     5/5  (Visited on January 2016)
The best way of seeing bears on their natural habitat; Bear Island, was amazing. My son was so excited because he got to see bears, eagles, squirrels; we did some amazing photos, unfortunately on our way back home we lost our camera :(
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