Explore our promoted experiences
- Shore excursion to Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area from Juneau
- See brown bears roaming free in their natural environment
- Kayak through Alaska's Inside Passage to Admiralty Island, the location of the viewing area
- Enjoy a scenic floatplane ride over Alaska's Inside Passage and Tongass National Forest
- Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience
- Hearty snack and bottled water provided
- Round-trip transportation from your port or hotel
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Departure & Return
The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
Return DetailsReturns to original departure point
What To Expect
After convenient morning port pickup, kick off your tour with a floatplane flight over Tongass National Forest and the Inside Passage. Your pilot makes a smooth landing 25 minutes later on Windfall Island. Receive a safety briefing for your kayaking journey through Windfall Harbor, and then following your guide, paddle to the mouth of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island.
Secure your kayak on shore and walk to prime viewing locations to observe grizzly and brown bears in their natural environment. Head over to creeks and streams to see them swimming or catching salmon, and climb up lookout towers to see bears romping around.
Spend a leisurely three hours watching bears, before you kayak back to the floatplane site. Your shore excursion ends with van transport back to Juneau port.
Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required. Visitors to the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area must have a permit, which is limited in number and provided to tour operators only. As permits sell out quickly, make sure to book this tour well in advance.
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-ofcall. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- You must include the following in the comments section when booking: raingear & shoe sizes for each passenger, (for adult men and women, S-XXL and youth, S-L) and any pertinent medical information
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Maximum weight per person is 250 pounds (113 kilograms)
- Minimum age is 12 years
- There is a $50 non-refundable booking fee once this trip is reserved. This is non-refundable for any reason, including weather cancellations
- Bear sightings are not guaranteed. This is wild Alaska!
- Trips in May 15th - June 1th and September 1st - 10th will NOT include kayaking. Guests will fly directly to the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary.
- Due to the inherent risks involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
- The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is a wilderness area with no facilities, restrooms, or shelter on site. All garbage and waste must be packed out
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – please stress to your clients the importance of dressing appropriately.
- RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip.
- Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (140cm). Maximum weight limit is 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) find operating the rudder challenging, as the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance; however, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle our kayaks
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
- OPERATED BY Above and Beyond Alaska
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
Learn more about cancellations.
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff