The good: I will start by saying the Pilot/guides were very nice. We got lucky and had great weather so we could do some flightseeing of a volcano.
The bad: We had to wear these hip boots for the "adventure" instead of are normal shoes. When we landed on the beach (Cool) we walked 75 yards down the beach to one viewing area to watch the bears eat grass. (we went in late June and that is what the bears do then. Salmon runs are very specific and only last a few days so unless you plan ahead you will watch the bears act like cows). After about 30 mins we walked another 75 yds past the plan to another viewing area to see the same bears from a different angle eat more grass. I would have been fine wearing saddles and more comfortable. I was expecting an adventure when their website said we had to be fit enough to hike 4 miles and were going to wear boots. You do get to see bears and there are no cages and in reality that is the only way you will see them in the wild around there is at sights like this were people fly in and the male bears are chased off so the mothers with young are not afraid.
The ugly: We paid for the 7 hour "adventure" thinking we would get a chance to get deeper into bear country with more time, so logic said. However from wheels up at the airport in Homer to wheels down in Homer our trip was 4 hours and 2 minutes. I emailed the booker to say that the pilots must have been confused and that I had a great time but wanted a refund of the extra time we paid for that was not included. She replied shortly saying that there would be no refund and that the pilots left the bear area because of safety reasons. I being on the trip was surprised to know that there was a safety concern since that was the first I had heard of it so I inquired. She informed me that the tide was rising and the pilots did not want to run out of beach in order to make a safe take off. That is a great thing. However anyone can search for tide charts online for years in advance. Alaska Bear Adventures are professionals there is no way the rising tide "surprised" the pilots and they had to make a safety call on the spot. They scheduled the flight time, they knew when they had to take off from the beach, and they knew full well we were not going to get a full 7 hour adventure we paid for. In my mind that is an underhanded way to suck money out of tourists. There is no way they should have allowed us the option of paying for 7 hours that day.
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