Kodiak: Island of the Bears
Tour length: 3 days
Price per person (based on double occupancy): starting at $1,516
Valid: June 15 to September 15, 2023
Visit Alaska’s largest island, home to the world famous Kodiak brown bears. You’ll have an opportunity (weather dependent) to enter the region’s most popular park, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.
This 2,812-square-mile area encompasses two-thirds of the Island.
The refuge is home to 3,500 bears with males that normally weigh in at more than 800 pounds but have been known to exceed 1,500 pounds and stand more than 10 feet tall!
Day 1 – Anchorage/Kodiak
Depart Anchorage via Alaska Airlines to Kodiak, Alaska’s largest island. Coined “The Emerald Isle,” Kodiak’s diverse habitat ranges from rugged mountains and alpine meadows to wetlands, spruce forest and grassland – all various brilliant shades of green.
Pick up your rental car (not included) and start exploring on your own. Stop at the Kodiak Visitor Center for maps and be sure to check out the museums and historic sites. Kodiak is also known for excellent birding opportunities and the local Audubon Society offers guided hikes on most Saturday’s from May through October. A schedule of their hikes is available at the Visitor Center. Overnight in Kodiak.
Insider tip: Though it adds convenience and freedom, a car is not necessary for this trip as the hotel will provide airport shuttle and offers a restaurant on site. Day trip providers also provide hotel pick up/drop off.
Day 2 – Kodiak
If your dream is to see wild bears in their natural habitat, then you’re guaranteed to enjoy today as you embark on a guided half-day bear viewing tour to the Katmai Coast or the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. An optional dinner cruise is available this evening when you return. Overnight again in Kodiak.
Day 3 – Kodiak/Anchorage
Your return flight to Anchorage is scheduled for this evening, leaving the day open for optional excursions or independent exploration. Hikers will find a network of trails around town and on the Kodiak road system, many winding through dense forest of Sitka spruce with spectacular views of the rugged coastline. Tour ends today.
– Rental car is not included in total price.
– A 2-person minimum is required for the bear tour included in this package.
- Roundtrip airfare between Anchorage and Kodiak
- All applicable taxes and fees
- Kodiak overnight accommodations with breakfast included
- Guided Kodiak brown bear ½-day viewing tour.