I recently led a bear photography tour/workshop in Katmai and we used Katmai Adventure Lodge for their guides and hospitality. My students and I were very pleased with the entire experience.
First of all, this is not a "high end" lodge, nor does it purport to be. We were more concerned with being out in the field photographing bears than we were hanging around in the lodge. So all we wanted was a clean, comfortable place to sleep, eat, and meet in the evenings for story telling and sharing laughs. The lodge is clean, comfortable, cozy, and in the absolute perfect location for what we really wanted – access to the bears of Katmai.
The service of the staff - on every level - was top notch. All of the staff and management went above and beyond what was expected in terms of making it a successful trip for all of us, which it was. The food was fantastic. Not fancy or pretentious, just exactly what you would expect in a wilderness lodge; generous portions of delicious meals at breakfast and dinner and bag lunches in the field. The rooms were very comfortable and quiet. We all slept well.
Each morning our guide, Chris, would drive us eight miles to the air service and we would fly to a remote location for bear photography, depending on the conditions. Over the course of 4 days, we saw and photographed more brown bears than we could count. Chris worked extra hard to be sure we were all satisfied and got the bear experience we expected. It exceeded our expectations, actually. My clients were very happy and so was I.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Katmai Adventure Lodge you can experience the Alaskan vacation of a lifetime. Bear viewing, kayaking, hiking, flight seeing, fishing, beach combing, and rafting are all accessible day trips from the lodge. Our beautiful log lodge is right at river’s edge, with stunning views in every direction. Each of our well-appointed guest rooms has its own bathroom with hot water, showers, and flushing toilets - luxuries not always found in remote lodge. ... more less