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Per Person $269 USD
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Bears! Bears! Bears! Everyone coming to Alaska wants to see bears. This is a chance to do so without flying in a small plane, taking a fast boat, or doing whatever is necessary to capture that opportunity. Because the secret to finding bears is all about the salmon!

In your small group, you will begin with an eight-mile coastal drive to the forest area of Herring Cove. It sits within the Alaska Rain Forest Sanctuary and during your ride it will be clear to you how special this forest is - it is actually the largest national forest in the US. Your guide will be waiting for you and when you are ready, you will begin your walking expedition to locate some of the black bears that made this area their home. You will pass through tall growths of hemlock, spruce and cedar as you explore the sanctuary. An elevated walkway trail will continue to lead you to a private viewing platform that overlooks Eagle Creek where the bears come to the stream to fish for salmon. That really is the key to finding bears - go where they feed!

Nearby, the Whitman hatchery feeds into the river, which guarantees that the river will be teeming with salmon every summer. It is fascinating to watch the bears but also the bald eagles perching above, waiting to come and feed on the scraps left by the bears. Mink and marten and seals linger at the mouth of the stream, catching occasional fish that come within their reach. It is an amazing scene to watch this natural act of nature that occurs when the fish run, usually starting in mid-July and through August and early September.

Your guide will walk you through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, which was established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. Here you are able to see the birds of prey up close at the Alaska Raptor Center's raptor exhibit and you can also explore the on-site totem park.

Surely you will want to stop and check out the General Store before you return to the ship by the same scenic route.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Knowlegeable dedicated guide
  • Lovely walk through the rainforest path to observe wildlife and, likely, bears
  • Leisurely walk through the Herring Bay Lumber, Alaska Raptor Center, totem yard and blacksmith workshop

Days of Operation

Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 3 hrs - Departure will be assigned to fit your time in port.

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

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

Special Instructions

• The walking portion is on a well-maintained compact gravel. The elevated boardwalk reaches 15 feet above ground at its highest.
• This tour operates rain or shine. Please wear warm clothing, dress in layers, and wear comfortable walking shoes and rain jackets.
• Expect to be standing and observing for a period of time.
• No food or beverages are served during this tour.


• Minimum age is 12 years old.
• This tour is only available August - late September to maximize the chance of bear sightings during salmon spawning.
• The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary is a multi-use site and there will be other guests there. It is a tour offered on a limited basis only for small groups by approved companies.