Bear Viewing

Most visitors who take a bear viewing excursion with one of Kodiak’s local guides return saying it was one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetimes….even “life-changing.”   It is a powerful emotional experience to be in the company of the largest bear in the world and there is only one place you can do it:  Kodiak Island.

Bear-viewing is, indeed, one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September and the best way to do so is in the company of a knowledgeable guide.  Most local air taxis offer half-day viewing trips.  Multi-day bear viewing adventures can be booked with remote lodges. Some boat charters and kayak outfitters specialize in bear and wildlife viewing.  Special use cabins can be reserved through the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge office and through the Alaska State Parks office in Kodiak. 

Bears are sometimes seen on the road system.  Should you be fortunate enough to see a bear on one of Kodiak’s roadways, only stop in designated pullouts or parking lots. Stopping on the roadway is illegal and you will be ticketed for doing so.  Do not approach bears.  Use a long-lens to take photographs and travel with binoculars to see bears that may be in the distance.  Even in designated pull-outs, keep alert for high-speed traffic coming from both directions on the highway.

If seeing a Kodiak brown bear is an important component of your Alaska experience, plan ahead, select an outfitter, and book your bear-viewing experience several months in advance. 

Who Can Take You Bear Viewing?

Katmai Wilderness Lodge

SPECTACULAR BEAR VIEWING on the coast of Katmai National Park. Small, intimate guided groups, viewing and photographing wildlife in their natural habitat. Remote lodging, private baths, outstanding meals and professional staff... More »

Afognak Wilderness Lodge

A classy, true wilderness lodge in the heart of a coastal park. Elegantly rustic log cabins with modern comforts. Abundant land/marine wildlife plus outstanding fresh & saltwater fishing. More »

Ayakulik Adventures

Six day guided fly-fishing, bear viewing & nature hiking on the remote Ayakulik River. Comfortable lodging & professional guide service providing the best river fishing and bear viewing in Alaska with over 25 years of experience... More »

Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Kodiak Brown Bear Center offers exceptional viewing, fishing and cultural experiences in the wilderness with all the comforts of home... More »

Zachar Bay Lodge, Inc.

Fish with Bears! Photo Kodiak Bears fishing below waterfall! See whale, sea otter, puffin, eagles! Catch halibut and salmon in bays! River fish for salmon! Fully guided! Fly in float plane! Stay in historical cannery at full-service lodge!

Sea Hawk Air, Inc

Providing safe seaplane charters for Kodiak visitors & locals since 1985. Top rated bear viewing tours on Kodiak Island & Katmai Park professionally guided by Rolan & Jo. Flight-see beautiful Kodiak: whales, wildlife, fishing & hunting... More »

Island Air Service

Locally owned and operated for 30 years, providing daily scheduled flights to remote Kodiak Island villages. Chartered flights to the mainland and to the Alaska Peninsula. Offering customized flightseeing tours and bear viewing trips... More »

Adventure Kodiak

Kodiak and Katmai NP Coast. View and photograph brown bears interacting and catching salmon in their natural habitat. Fully guided, small groups (max. 4) luxury 6 day cruise, all inclusive. Visit Puffin Rookery, see whales, eagles, sea birds and other marine mammals... More »

Spirit of Alaska Wilderness Adventures

Immerse yourself in nature with a wilderness adventure like no other! Your private lodge with a million dollar view is fully furnished. A customized, quality experience for YOU is our priority. Self-catered... More »

Kodiak Salmon Riders

Experience Kodiak's most beautiful wilderness ATV excursion!!.  With lifelong Kodiak River Guide Julian Hiner.  Traveling 20 plus miles to view Kodiak's wild brown bears and hook Wild Alaskan Salmon!!! Call or email to book the adventure of a lifetime!

Kingfisher Aviation

A scenic flight to an uncrowded location to watch bears; it’s about as Alaskan an experience as one can have. And that’s exactly what Kingfisher Aviation provides on its personalized four-hour tours to Kodiak Island or the Katmai Coast... More »