Alaska Leader Tours invites you aboard the 110' R/V Alaskan Leader to experience Brown Bear Viewing at its wildest in the beautiful and remote area of Katmai National Park and the Alaska Peninsula. This trip originates from Kodiak Island which is known as the Emerald Island and is worthy of exploration as well. We will coordinate flight service for you from Kodiak, Alaska to the R/V Alaskan Leader anchored up off the Katmai Coast in a calm protected bay. Your air charter will embark upon a scenic flight over the Sheilokof Strait to the remoteness of the Alaska Peninsula. Along your aerial excursion, your pilot will guide you as you fly to the Katmai National Park to be on the look-out for whales, bears and points of interest. After approximately 1 hour in the air from the City of Kodiak you will arrive to the vessel where your bear viewing adventure begins with Alaska Leader Tours. We are proud to be permitted to work within the Katmai National Park.
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During your stay aboard the vessel that will be anchored up in calm, protected waters at all times, you will experience all the comforts of home while enjoying first class meal service and accommodations aboard the magnificent 110' Exploration Vessel Alaskan Leader. Once a High Line Bering Sea Crabber, the Alaskan Leader was refitted into an Exploration Vessel in 2006 with all the comforts of a floating lodge. The main cabin lounge area provides a comfortable gathering area with wrap around leather sofas, large picture windows and 72" HD TV offering on board Satellite TV and the ability to replay your day's video or photos for all to enjoy. The vessel has berths for up to 12 guests. We have private staterooms for couples and singles, as well as, an inviting bunk room with traditional vessel berths.
Every morning meal service will be provided around our custom made Alaska Sitka Spruce log dining table that seats 10-12. Lunches will vary from sit down to sack lunch depending on your day's itinerary. Evening appetizers and meal service will be split between main cabin and back deck depending on the weather and your preference. You will enjoy plenty of fresh caught Alaskan Seafood for your evening meal service. We pride ourselves in providing First Class meal service. We are not a large Cruise Ship but you can expect to dine on: King Crab, New York Steak, Salmon, Shrimp, Halibut, Pork Tenderloin and Halibut Wraps. Meals are served Family Style and portions are generous. Deserts are typically made fresh daily for evening dining. Appetizers focus on Alaska Seafood favorites: Smoked King Salmon, Smokin' Hot Jalapeno Halibut Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, Salmon Dip, Smoked Oyster Cracker and Veggie/Cheese Platter. Depending on vessel move schedule, breakfasts vary: Scrambled Eggs and Ham with Country Potatoes; French Toast and Bacon; Fried Eggs and Sausage Patty; Pancakes and Sausage; Bagels, Salmon Locks and Fruit; Cereal; Yogurt and many variations. We try to provide fresh fruit and vegetables with our daily meal service. Lunch service is usually a sack lunch for the field: sandwich, snack and juice box or water. Lunches occasionally served aboard vessel will typically be light and could be homemade soup and sandwich or seafood pasta salad.
Each day you will have the opportunity to plan out your adventure with your Bear Viewing Guide. You will be able to utilize any number of our auxiliary vessels captained by a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Whether you want a day trip to cruise the beaches viewing the brown bears from Alaska State Waters in our 38' Landing Craft with heated cabin or you want to be transported to State Beaches and Tidal Flats for closer viewing and photography opportunities we can accommodate you. Other vessels available for exploring the beautiful, scenic coastline include our 16' Boston Whaler, 28' Ocean Mako or two person kayaks. Whatever you choose to do, you will have ample opportunity to view the Majestic Alaska Coastal Brown Bears in their remote, pristine habitat.
During your adventure exploring the coast of the Katmai, it is not uncommon to experience the excitement of viewing a plethora of flora and fauna. The wildflowers of Alaska will be in spectacular phases of bloom along the coast and serve as your backdrop while viewing an array of marine mammals and wildlife, including Sea Otters, Sea Lions, Seals, Orcas, Humpback Whales, Eagles, Sea Birds and of course, the Magnificent Alaska Coastal Brown Bears.
Bear behavior will vary depending on time of year. Bears start to emerge from hibernation in late April and May with prime viewing during June, July, August and September. In early spring the bears will be found on or near the beaches feeding on spring grass shoots, sea weed and sea crustaceans. As summer progresses, their diet turns towards fattening up on the returning salmon as they enter into the streams to spawn. Having gorged on the summer salmon runs, the bears continue to feed on the remaining berries and few fish still around for the month of September. As October approaches they begin to think of that long winter nap approaching and head for their den areas preparing for winter hibernation.
Bear Viewing Guide Service, All meals and snacks
Beverages provided: soda, juice, water, coffee, tea and hot chocolate
Lodging (including pillow, bedding, towels and wash cloths)
*Feel free to bring your own beer, wine or spirits as we do not provide them
Rates and Reservations:
3 Day/2 Nights
Stay -- $3,000.00 4 Day/3 Nights Stay -- $4,000.00 5 Day/4 Nights Stay -- $5,000.00 6 Day/5 Nights Stay -- $6,000.00
7 Day/6 Nights Stay -- $7,000.00 • Book early to reserve your trip date.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to hold your Bear Viewing Date. The balance is due 30 days prior to your trip date. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cashier Check and Wires for deposit. We only accept bank wires for the balance of your trip.
Bear Viewing Gear List:
Lightweight rain gear, preferably non-breathable
Hip Waders are provided
Slip-on/off shoes for the boat travel on main outside deck (Inside of the main lodging vessel is a "socks only" environment to keep our living area clean. We recommend open back slippers for easy on and off.).