The Bears of Admiralty Island (with optional island Kayak)


An unforgettable wildlife viewing experience! With the world’s highest concentration of brown bear, Admiralty Island is known as the “Fortress of the Bears.” From Pack Creek to Windfall Harbor Bear Sanctuary, the bear viewing options are endless!

Bear eating salmon in Southeast Alaska

Book this tour soon – permits are limited and sell out early!

Your guide will greet you, outfit you and provide a safety briefing. Then you will begin with fabulous flightseeing as you wing your way through the fjords of Southeast Alaska to your viewing location.

From here, you’ll kayak to either Pack Creek or Windfall Harbor, both prime brown bear viewing areas. These world-class wildlife viewing destinations provide protected habitat for brown bears while affording visitors unique opportunities to view and photograph wildlife.

Brown bear, eagles and other wildlife abound! You will see bear fishing for salmon and/or eating berries, shellfish or meadow grasses. Eagles are extraordinarily abundant along the shoreline, and the cries of loons haunt Admiralty’s lakes. This is truly one of the gems of Southeast Alaska.

Bear Viewing at Pack Creek includes a kayak from Windfall Island to Pack Creek, a total roundtrip paddling distance of about two miles. Of the two primary bear-viewing areas at Pack Creek, the most accessible is a sandy spit of land right at the mouth of the creek, a short beach hike from where floatplanes land and boats tie up. Slightly more challenging is a beautiful one-mile trail through an old-growth rain forest to a viewing tower. The tower has room for eight people and is an excellent place to watch bears as they roam directly below you.

Bear viewing at Windfall Harbor includes a kayak from Staunch Point. This is one of the most scenic paddling trips we offer with a total roundtrip paddling distance of about five miles. You’ll kayak along the remote coastline of Admiralty Island looking for bears while also keeping watch for marine wildlife in the ocean waters. Windfall Harbor is even more remote and rugged than Pack Creek, as there are no designated structures from which to view wildlife once you get there. You are in true bear country and our guides have several “secret locations” to pull kayaks ashore for scenic breaks and bear viewing


Other Information

Trip Activities: Floatplane flightseeing, ocean kayaking, bear and wildlife viewing

Duration: About 8 hours including round trip transportation from the cruise ship harbor

Tour Operator Provides: Professional guide, required permits, transportation from/to cruise ship harbor, round trip air transportation to/from the kayaking/viewing location, all necessary paddling equipment, tandem kayaks, rain jacket and pants, rubber boots, hearty snack and bottled water

You Bring: Dress in layers, sunscreen and sunglasses

Special Notes

Call or email to check pricing and request reservation: # ABAK-3