Alaska’s Grizzlies: Kodiak to Katmai

from £7314
excluding flights *
7 nights Jun-Sep


Specially designed for wildlife lovers, this small group holiday focuses on exceptional bear viewing in two of Alaska's prime grizzly locations. Far off the beaten track, spend time on Kodiak Island before cruising the coastline of Katmai National Park for truly close encounters with the world's largest coastal grizzly bears.


  • Chance to see wolves, whales, sea lions, otters and bald eagles - and of course, grizzly bears!
  • Very small group size and a remote setting allows for exclusive and personal wildlife encounters
  • Boat-based exploration ensures flexibility to maximize bear viewing opportunities
  • To date, this trip has had a 100% success in finding bears

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Kodiak Inn
  • 4 nights in cabins aboard The Ursus with shared bathroom
  • Floatplane transfers
  • All meals

Full description

Intimate Bear Viewing Experience

This unique holiday offers one of the most intimate bear-viewing experiences in North America. Travelling in a small group of just 8 people, accompanied by a renowned and highly experienced naturalist guide, you will fly from little-visited Kodiak Island to the remote Katmai coast.

Cruising the coastline you will not see any viewing platforms, cruise ships or buses filled with day-trippers, but instead will find wild and isolated beaches that you will share only with the Grizzlies.

Incredible Encounters

Largest coastal grizzlies in the world, these Alaskan brown bears can be spotted feasting on spawning salmon as the fish swim upriver, digging for clams or munching on sedge grass at the water's edge. You may see them playing, eating or interacting with wolves, or simply ambling along the beach.

Your Research Vessel

Your home for 4 nights is the converted research vessel Natural Habitat Ursus, providing a comfortable base that is ideally suited to exploring the scenic waterways of Katmai National Park. With a flexible itinerary, you can cruise to where the bears are, navigating shallow water close to shore to watch bears foraging on the tideflats.

Katmai and Kodiak

Heading ashore by zodiac, you will walk along the beaches of Katmai - your small group size offers the opportunity for closer encounters with the bears without disturbing them.

You will also spend 3 nights on beautiful Kodiak Island – known as Alaska's 'Emerald Isle' for its lush valleys. In addition to discovering the island's fascinating history and strong Russian influences, you will also cruise its rocky bays in search of sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and whales.

Responsible Travel

Since 2007 all Natural Habitat's trips and office operations have been completely carbon-neutral, making them the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. Beginning in 2019 Natural Habitat is now offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures.

To find out more about this project and Natural Habitat's commitment to responsible travel please see the 'Other Information' tab.



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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £1,000 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person

Departure Duration Twin Price (pp)
17*, 21*, 25*, 29 June 2019 8 days £7,314
03, 07, 11*, 15*, 19 Jul 2019 8 days £7,314
02*, 06*, 10, 14, 18, 22*, 26*, 30 Aug 2019 8 days £7,314
03, 07* Sep 2019 8 days £7,314

Note: Departure dates marked with an asterisk (*) indicate Special Photo Tours offering more opportunity to photograph the bears. The itinerary remains unchanged on these departures however, you may travel at a slightly slower pace to maximise photo opportunities. On these departures your Expedition Leader will share photography tips and guidance with their in-depth knowledge, while also remaining close at hand to ensure the safety and comfort of the group.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom at Kodiak Inn
  • 4 nights in cabins aboard The Ursus with shared bathroom
  • All meals (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on final day)
  • Drinking water
  • Services of Expedition Leader, boat crew and local staff
  • Floatplane transfers
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group Size:
Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


Day 1: Kodiak

Arrive in Kodiak, gateway to Kodiak Island. Time permitting you may wish to explore independently, before meeting your fellow travellers this evening for an informal orientation dinner.

Day 2: Kodiak

Today you will explore Kodiak Island's coastal waters and rocky shorelines on a private boat trip. A cruise to Kodiak's protected inner islands, past tidal pools and offshore kittiwake rookeries, may reveal sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and occasionally whales. You will also explore the historic town of Kodiak, with a mix of activities that may include visits to the Alutiiq Museum, Fort Abercrombie, Russian Orthodox Church, fish hatchery and research centre, aquarium, local microbrewery and a drive up Pillar Mountain for fantastic views over the shoreline and sea.

Day 3: Kodiak - Katmai - Board the Natural Habitat Ursus

Take a floatplane (weather permitting) from Kodiak to Katmai, enjoying exciting aerial views. The plane will pull up right alongside 'the grizzly ship' – the Natural Habitat Ursus, your floating home for the next few days. Cruise slowly along the coast where coastal grizzlies, or brown bears, are commonly found foraging for food. Travelling by boat offers the flexibility to cruise to wherever the bears can be seen, following them from bay to bay.

Days 4-6: Coastal Katmai

Over the next couple of days you will explore the wild coastline of Katmai National Park, in search of close encounters with Alaska's grizzlies. These are North America's largest land predators, with adult males weighing up to 900 pounds. As you cruise just off the coast, you may spot bears dotted along the shoreline. Board the Zodiacs for a closer look or go ashore to explore on foot. It's not uncommon to find grizzlies in large numbers; previous trips have encountered as many as 30 to 40 bears at once.

The bears are likely to be very active too as they strive to fill up on enough protein-rich food to prepare them for a long winter in hibernation. Watch as they fight to capture salmon in their jaws, trying to seize spawning fish as they make their way up the streams that flow into the tidal area. As omnivores, they also dig for clams in the sand and browse on sedge grass at the water's edge. Depending on the time of season, you may even see bears mating or cubs gallivanting on the shore, as well as other wildlife such as wolves and birds.

Day 7: Katmai - Kodiak

After an unforgettable cruise you will return to Kodiak by floatplane for a final overnight stay at Kodiak Inn.

Day 8: Kodiak

Your wildlife adventure ends after breakfast today.

Other Information

Read on to find out more about Natural Habitat's commitment to responsible travel.

Since 2007 all Natural Habitat's trips and office operations have been completely carbon-neutral, making them the world's first 100% carbon-neutral travel company. Natural Habitat embarked on this ambitious project in partnership with Sustainable Travel International, paying to offset the carbon emissions that result from all their office and trip related activities.

Beginning in 2019, Natural Habitat are now offsetting all guests' flights to and from the starting point of their adventures, increasing the total amount of their carbon offsetting by 300-400%! Here's how it works: Natural Habitat calculate the carbon emitted from activities on your adventure (the majority of these emissions result from burning fossil fuels for transportation).  They then fund carbon reduction projects to balance emissions in an amount equal to that released on their trips. For example, they pay for the reforestation of native tree species in Zimbabwe and the provision of efficient, biomass-fuelled cook stoves in Rwanda to replace the burning of wood.

From the beginning of January 2007 through the end of 2018, Natural Habitat have offset 17,272 tons of carbon dioxide. According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) this is equivalent to 3,648 cars not on the road for a year; 2,551 homes not using electricity for one year or 447,624 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

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