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Bear viewing tours


We are going to Homer the end of August and I am looking for recommendations on the various guides. I've seen Emerald Air highly recommended, but they are not available. Does anyone know or have experience with AK Adventures or Bald Mountain Air? I can't seem to find any reviews on either of them.

Thanks so much

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1. Re: Bear viewing tours

Bald Mountain Air has been mentioned favorably on the boards in the past. Another one mentioned a lot is Rust's but they might only fly from Anchorage - I am not sure about that.

If it is a day tour, check out how long your actual bear viewing time is and where you are going. For example, Brooks Falls at Katmai has their peak in July and September. Rust's has a good "calendar" on their site - www.flyrusts.com/alaska-bear-viewing.html


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We are scheduled with Bald Mountain Air in late August and have been very happy with their customer service, website information and recommendations. One of my empoloyees grew up in Homer and he checked with several friends and they all recommended Bald Mountain.

With that said my first choice was Emerald but one of our traveling companions can not fit into the "waders/boots" that are necessary to wear.

If you have a chance rent IMAX Bears...the section with grizzilies was filmed with the owners of Emerald Air in Katmai..........beautiful images.

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Thanks all for your feedback.

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I've gone with Bald Mountain Air, therefore and I can only comment on them. Bald Mountain Air was fantastic. I had such a wonderful experience. I've been with them twice, once in June, once in July to Brooks Falls. I hear August is good too. I don't know if they do this on all trips, but on the way back to Homer on each trip, we were given a scenic tour, once over a mountain to get close to Carabou, and once over a glacier which was spectacular. I feel safe and confident with Bald Mountain. I give them my highest recommendation with enthusiasm. I can't wait to do it again. Bear tours out of Homer are a unforgettable experience. I hope you get to go, and speak up to ask to sit by the pilot for the best view.

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