Nature puts on few displays as arresting as Alaskan brown bears feeding on summer’s bounty. These bears—the largest coastal grizzlies in the world—gorge on clams, mussels, sedges and spawning salmon as the fish swim up the glacial-fed rivers that pour onto these wild beaches. Our private chartered small ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus, is ideally designed for our Alaska wilderness expedition, offering an exclusive opportunity to follow and photograph bears along the wild shoreline as they fish, forage and amble along the beach.

Ashore, we have an even closer vantage point as we watch safely on foot with our Expedition Leader, a naturalist bear expert who knows these magnificent animals intimately. The grizzlies could not be more nonchalant about our presence! Here in Katmai National Park, experience this rarest of encounters with Ursus arctos in all its untamed majesty.

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World’s biggest coastal grizzlies

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Great Alaskan Grizzly Encounter

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Day 1

Kodiak

After arrival, explore some of the island’s Russian and native history at leisure. (D)

Day 2

Kodiak

A cruise up a fjord to Kodiak’s protected inner realm, past tidal pools and kittiwake rookeries, may reveal sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and occasionally whales. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Kodiak - Katmai

Your day begins with a floatplane flight from Kodiak to Katmai to meet the private chartered ship, the Natural Habitat Ursus. The Ursus gained fame as a crab fishing boat featured on “The Deadliest Catch”. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Coastal Katmai

Nothing prepares you for an encounter with Alaskan brown bears in the wild. Go ashore by skiff, exploring the beaches on foot. It’s not uncommon to find massive grizzlies in great numbers. Watch as they capture salmon in their jaws, dig for clams and graze on sedge grass. Maybe even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting on the shore. It’s not uncommon to see wolves and observe their interesting interactions with the bears. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Coastal Katmai

Please see day 4 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Coastal Katmai

Please see day 4 for today's itinerary. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

Coastal Katmai

Today, you will return to Kodiak by floatplane. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

Kodiak

Your Alaskan adventure ends today. (B)

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