June 23rd - 30th, 2016
2016 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour – NEW BOAT! 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 permits are needed and 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 bears digging up clams and feeding on sedge grass. Feel free to throw in a line to fish for halibut – come home with a BIG FISH story! 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!
2016 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour I Travel Plans
Thursday, June 23 (D)
Meet the group in Kodiak, Alaska. Group welcome dinner this evening. Overnight at the Best Western Kodiak Inn
Friday, June 24 (B, L, D)
We’ll plan for a morning departure to Kukak Bay by float plane, 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. We’re happy to offer you beautiful, newer, larger, and better quality boat accommodations.
Saturday, June 25 – Wednesday, June 29 (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 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! We may also have the opportunity to photograph eagles, puffins, sea lions, fox, and even possibly a 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 or lobster 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. We’re fortunate to have full days of light in Alaska during the summer which will give us the best chances for photography opportunities. Halibut fishing is an option during the trip. We’ll provide additional details about fishing closer to trip time.
Thursday, June 30 (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’S RATE: 6900 pp, based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: 750
Limited single space available
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, 2015: $3000 First Installment
February 1, 2016: Final Payment
Check only for first installment and final payment. 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, June 23rd
- 6 nights accommodations on the vessel
- Group welcome dinner
- Group dayroom on Kodiak on June 30th
- 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
June 23, 2016
Arrive Kodiak (ADQ) any time of day
Group welcome dinner this evening
June 30, 2016
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:
(use code natexp)
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 2016 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour I
June 23, 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.
June 24-29, 6 Nights
78′ Private Vessel Features:
- Six 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 #5 – Upper and lower bunk 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 2016 Alaska Brown Bear Boat Photography Tour I
Natural Exposures has offered this trip several times in the past. We’ve decided to offer it again since the accommodations have improved on this new privately leased boat. Guests who have done this trip have loved it and many would come yearly with us. This trip is addictive and once you have experienced 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, bears, and if that’s not enough of an experience, a little halibut fishing between bear viewing completes the experience – we’ve caught 100-150 pound halibut off the boat on past trips!
Guests must be able to walk short to moderate distances on uneven ground, get in and out of boats, and wade through low waters with their camera packs. Knee high rubber boots/waders will be needed, and bring boat shoes or slippers for on board the boat. 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.
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, this area has great halibut fishing. The boat will have a supply of fishing gear.
The mother and cub populations are typically the best in June, while July and August have better photography opportunities for bears digging up clams and possibly feeding on 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 for bear viewing has been a favorite of photographers for years every summer. 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 sent out to each guest closer to trip departure time.
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