September 4th - 10th, 2018
2018 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour – Daniel has photographed grizzlies in the wild for well over a decade. His guidance and experience give guests opportunities to take their own amazing images. We invite you to join us in the exceptional bear viewing location of Kodiak Island. No viewing platforms are used. Peaceful encounters with these magnificent giants of the north, there is nothing more exhilarating than photographing these bears! We’ll photograph mothers with their playful cubs and male bears feeding on and running after salmon in the rivers. Feel free to throw in a line to fish for halibut, pollock, and cod. Our goal is for each person to go home with incredible photos, new photography tips, and the memories of an experience of a lifetime. All aboard!
Meet Daniel and Tanya Cox
2018 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour Travel Plans
Tuesday, September 4 (D)
Meet the group in Kodiak, Alaska. Group welcome dinner this evening. Overnight at the Best Western Kodiak Inn
Wednesday, September 5 (B, L, D)
Morning departure to Kukak Bay by float plane, time dependent on weather. Here we’ll meet up with our captain, board the vessel, and start our coastal cruise looking for brown bears along the shoreline. Our captain is fully licensed and has over 35 years of experience in the Alaskan waters. Many of you have traveled on this tour with us in past years, and we’re happy to now offer you more beautiful, newer, larger, and better quality boat accommodations.
Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 9 (B, L, D)
Bear viewing along the shores of Katmai. We’ll start each day with a hearty breakfast and then board our skiffs and head for the shoreline. Once on shore, we’ll travel by foot in small groups to observe and photograph bears in the magnificent mountain scenery and fall foliage that surrounds us. The bears usually appear to be somewhat lethargic and rarely notice our presence, however, the cubs can be quite inquisitive and sometimes get very close. We’ll observe their many entertaining behaviors such as scratching, rolling, and playing—you never know what they will do! This is prime time for photographing males running after and feeding on chum (dog) and late sockeye (red) salmon. We may also have the opportunity to photograph eagles, belted kingfishers, sea otters, red fox, and if we are lucky a moose or wolf. Lunch will be served onboard. We’ll venture out again after lunch and follow the bears by boat or on land by foot and return to the vessel for a hearty dinner—fresh halibut might be on the menu! After dinner, we’ll plan on getting a good night’s sleep so we have plenty of energy to photograph bears the next day. Daily excursions to the bears will depend on the weather. Fishing off the boat is an option during the trip; halibut, pollock, and cod are the most common in these parts. We’ll provide additional details about fishing closer to trip time.
Monday, September 10 (B)
After breakfast, we’ll return by float plane to Kodiak. We highly recommend a late day flight from Kodiak in case of bad weather delays during the morning float plane flight. We’ll have a day room in Kodiak for the group to relax in until your evening flight departs for Anchorage for your flight home.
10 Guests Maximum
7900 pp, based on double occupancy
SPECIAL EXPLORER RATE: 6900 pp, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: Limited availability, please inquire
Pricing in US Dollars
$750 Per person due at time of booking
Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, Discover, or check accepted
Deposits are non-refundable. If cancellations are necessary, we require this request in writing. We will do our best to resell your space. Only if we can resell your space, we will refund (minus deposit and discounts given to sell your space). No partial refunds are possible for unused services.
June 1, 2017: $3000 first installment
February 1, 2018: Final payment
Check only for first and final installments. Please make check payable to Natural Exposures and mail to:
810 N. Wallace, Suite E
Bozeman, MT 59715
- Private vessel with Daniel J. Cox
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Kodiak, September 4th
- 5 nights accommodations on the vessel
- Group welcome dinner
- Group dayroom on Kodiak on September 10th
- Float plane flights from Kodiak to the vessel and back
- All meals on the boat
- All guiding
- Sales tax, fees, and permits
- Flights to and from Kodiak (Anchorage – Kodiak – Anchorage – airport codes ADQ and ANC
- Refund if the weather is not cooperating. This would include flight rescheduling fees or extra hotel nights, +/- nights on boat
- Alcoholic beverages/soft drinks
- Gratuity for guide and staff
- Fishing licenses/equipment
- Travel/emergency evacuation insurance
Flights to Book
September 4, 2018
Arrive Kodiak (ADQ) any time of day
Group welcome dinner this evening
September 10, 2018
Depart Kodiak (ADQ) late day/early evening to Anchorage (ANC) and catch a red-eye flight home. We suggest a late day departure from Kodiak in case of any bad weather delays during the morning float plane flight.
Travel/emergency evacuation insurance is not required for this photo tour, but we always recommend purchasing it for any trip. We recommend one or more of the following, depending on your needs:
Allianz Global Assistance
(use travel agency ID F203564)
Terms & Conditions
Natural Exposures cannot control nor is responsible for abnormal weather, natural disasters, or any other disaster that might affect the trip. Travel insurance should be purchased to cover any missed flights or medical problems that may affect/delay your travel. National Parks have the right to change our itinerary.
By booking a trip with Natural Exposures, you agree to the following CANCELLATION AND LIABILITY POLICY
Accommodations for 2018 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour
September 4, 1 Night
Best Western Kodiak Inn
This hotel in Kodiak, Alaska offers picturesque views of St. Paul Harbor and a convenient downtown location near museums and shops. It also offers guests a local airport shuttle, cocktail lounge, onsite restaurant, business center, outdoor hot tub, and fitness center. Rooms feature all the necessary travel amenities including pillowtop beds, cable satellite television with in-room movies, refrigerator, microwave, and free wireless Internet access. Complimentary full hot breakfast.
September 5-9, 5 Nights
84′ Private Vessel Features:
- Five guest staterooms with ample storage space above and below berths
- Plugs in all rooms
- Three onboard bathrooms
- Indoor salon area with dinner tables, a sofa, and a desk
- Beverage Bar with beer cooler
- Shaded sitting area on deck
- Air conditioning
Staterooms Available: #6 – Two single berths with sink #4 – 1 single berth with sink #3 – Upper and lower bunk with sink #2 – 1 double bed, 1 single berth with sink #1 – 1 double bed, 1 single berth with sink
Rooms will be assigned at time of booking based on availability.
Helpful Information for 2018 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour
This trip is addictive—once you have done it, you will know why! There is nothing like being on a boat along the coast of Alaska in the summer under the midnight sun with beautiful glacial mountain scenery and bears. A little fishing between bear viewing will completes your Alaska experience!
Guests must be able to walk short to moderate distances on uneven ground/wet tidal flats, get in and out of boats, and wade through low water with their camera packs. Sometimes the walks are short, and at other times the walk could be up to 1/4 mile; it depends how far the bears are out in the meadows. When we encounter the bears, we’ll walk together slowly as a group. The bears are accustomed to human encounters. Caution and patience is always needed to photograph bears in the wild.
Knee high rubber boots/hip waders will be needed, and bring boat shoes or slippers for onboard the boat.
Daniel will phone each guest personally prior to trip time to discuss camera gear and make suggestions for what to bring. You can visit Dan’s Gear for the Brown Bear Photography Adventure blog post for additional information.
Licenses can be purchased in Kodiak. Aside from incredible bear viewing, there will be an opportunity to fish for halibut, pollock, and cod. The boat will have a supply of fishing gear.
The mother and cub populations are typically the best in June but can be seen during this time of year too; September is the best time to see male bears running after and feeding on chum salmon. For safety, we’ll always travel in small groups. The number of mothers and cubs varies each year. We cannot guarantee wildlife, however, this area has been a favorite of photographers for bear viewing for many summers. Our captain is experienced and knows the needs of a photographer. Our schedule will be flexible but dependent on weather. We can move by boat along the coastline to increase the number of bears we can locate and then go to shore to photograph them. Sometimes we’ll photograph off the skiff along the shore. The majority of the tour is spent in coves, fairly close to the shore, and we’ll anchor in a quiet cove each evening with calm waters.
A package including an itinerary will be mailed to each guest closer to trip departure time.
Testimonials from Natural Exposures' Explorers
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