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BEAR VIEWING...FLOAT PLANE EXCURSION TO TRAITOR'S COVE

Per Person (July 25th to August 31st) $565 USD
Per Person (250lbs - 299lbs) $837 USD
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BEAR VIEWING...FLOAT PLANE EXCURSION TO TRAITOR'S COVE

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This tour takes you to a wonderful location to view hungry black bears gorging themselves on their favorite meal--salmon. Be sure and bring your camera to catch all of the exciting action!

Your air excursion on board our DeHavilland Beaver Seaplane departs Ketchikan and flies a northwesterly course over Southeast Alaska’s brilliant Pacific Ocean and Revillagigedo Island. Your veteran, experienced pilot has unbeatable local knowledge of the beautiful Southeast Alaska landscape and will point out whales, harbor seals, sea lions, eagles, and more that can often be spotted on the way to Traitor's Cove.

Each plane is equipped with non-interactive headsets that allows passengers to easily hear the pilot's narration as you enjoy the beautiful landscape below out your own window. For safety reasons, we will not have communication with the pilot while flying, but do save your questions for our landing locations.

Upon arrival at Traitor's Cove, you'll be greeted by a local guide who will give you an explanation of the area and how to view bears without interrupting their daily routine. You'll be driven by van to the observation platform and can often catch a glimpse of black bears along the way.

From the Traitor's Cove Observatory, you'll have a great view of the Margaret Creek Fish Ladder, which has the busiest aquatic thoroughfare during the summer months. Countless steelhead, coho, sockeye and pink salmon thunder upstream over the steps of this legendary fish ladder. Of course, where there are salmon, there are black bears!

This will be an unforgettable adventure from liftoff to landing--and everything in between.

DUE TO NEW PERMITTING RESTRICTIONS, THIS TOUR WILL HAVE VERY LIMITED CAPACITY AND WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, BOOK IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

  • This tour includes:
  • Round trip transportation from the Ketchikan Visitors Center located at Berth #2
  • 40-minute round trip seaplane ride
  • Pilot narration
  • Guided van tour and eco hike
  • 1.5 hours of bear viewing
  • Amazing photo and wildlife viewing opportunities!

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Departures (local time)

  • 3.5 hrs - Morning. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.
  • 3.5 hrs - Afternoon. Tour time will be assigned upon confirmation.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please wear comfortable boots and clothing that can get wet or muddy on the trail or during embarking and disembarking the aircraft off the beach.
• We recommend that you dress in layers. The weather changes from mid-50s to mid-80s.
• All passenger weights are required. You will be asked to furnish us with the weight of each passenger.
• Bags and backpacks are not allowed on the plane because of flight regulations. They can be left at the tour operator's office and locked in a secure location.

Restrictions

• This tour is offered from July 25 - August 31.
• This tour requires a minimum of 4 people. The maximum for each plane is 6 people.
• The combined weights of the passengers cannot exceed 970lbs as we have to account for the pilot and the guide on this excursion.
• Unfortunately we cannot accept any passengers that weigh more than 300lbs.
• This excursion required all passengers to walk unaided and navigate the steps going into the airplane. We do not have the ability to take passengers with wheelchairs or scooters.
• Please be patient when awaiting your confirmation. Landing permits and space can be tough to come by. We suggest booking several months beforehand to have the best shot of getting a confirmation.
• Bags and backpacks are not allowed on the plane because of flight regulations. They can be left at the tour operator's office and locked in a secure location.
• NO food is allowed on this tour. Only bottled water is acceptable to bring with you.
Please note that this trip is non-refundable 30 days prior to your reservation. No exceptions will be made.
• The pilot will converse as much as possible, though will sometimes be in communication with ground handlers as well as other pilots. Thank you for understanding.