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Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Observe majestic Kodiak brown bears in their natural habitat, while staying in a deluxe cabin on Karluk Lake.

Tour Overview

Visit the renown Kodiak Brown Bear Center for this 6-day bear viewing adventure on Kodiak Island. Located in the heart of the 1.9 million acre Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge on Karluk Lake, this remote wilderness outpost with private cabins has a maximum capacity of only six guests to you can enjoy top flight Kodiak brown bear viewing immersed in the observation, photography and learning about the largest carnivore on earth! Kodiak Refuge is on one of the most productive watersheds in the world and home to one of the highest densities and concentrations of brown bears in the world. This Alaska bear watching tour offers a chance to see the famous and legendary Kodiak brown bear at home in their natural habitat.

What's Included
  • Roundtrip flight Anchorage to Kodiak City
  • Roundtrip flight by floatplane from Kodiak to the lakeside Kodiak Brown Bear Center on Karluk Lake
  • During the stay at the Kodiak Brown Bear center, deluxe cabin accommodations with private bathrooms, all meals and daily guided activities including bear viewing, kayaking and fishing
  • 2 nights hotel in Kodiak City
  • All taxes and fees
What's Not Included

Transfers in Anchorage and Kodiak, meals during the stay in Kodiak, gratuities and fishing license.


Tour Itinerary

Important - Please overnight in Anchorage before this program. Due to weather reasons, please schedule 2 nights in Anchorage after this program!

Day 1
Anchorage to Kodiak

In the afternoon transfer on your own to Anchorage airport to meet a scheduled flight to Kodiak Island. On arrival in Kodiak transfer to your hotel on own. Rest of evening at leisure in Kodiak. Overnight at a hotel in Kodiak City.

Day 2
Kodiak to Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Morning at leisure in Kodiak City. Around mid-day, transfer to the floatplane base in Kodiak on own. At around 1:00pm depart on an approx. 45 minute to 1 hour float plane flight to Camp Island on Karluk Lake. The Kodiak Brown Bear Center is situated on a 58 acre site known as Camp Island on the Karluk Lake which has over 30 miles of shoreline with countless tributaries creating one of the highest salmon concentrations on Kodiak. This adventure offers visitors unparalleled access and opportunities to observe and study these legendary bears in their natural habitat and surroundings from viewing areas strategically located in the field as well as from the lodges custom built 30′ catamaran. After a safety orientation you will be immersed into a guided bear viewing adventure. The evening dinner is served in the dining cabin. After dinner you’ll settle into your comfortable and well-appointed cabin for your first overnight stay at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. All guest cabins are directly at the water’s edge and each cabin has a private outdoor deck where bears and other wildlife can often be seen as well. (times listed are subject to change)

Day 3
Kodiak Brown Bear Center

Camp Island affords a lodging buffer from the abundant bear activity around the perimeter of the lake and provides a curious and entertaining population of local wildlife such as deer, fox and river otter. After breakfast you will embark on a day of guided bear viewing to one of three prime viewing areas and enjoy a scenic nature and wildlife cruise of the 36 square mile Karluk Lake by heated catamaran. Overnight at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.

Day 4
Kodiak Brown Bear Center

The island is one of the most researched bear habitat areas in the world and you will likely have opportunities for interactions with researchers and wildlife photographers today. There is a good chance to see the bears all summer as the area is great habitat for sows and cubs. However, starting August 1st the bear concentrations are beginning their peak due to the prolific salmon runs entering Karluk Lake and this increases the chance to see the bigger male bears called boars. Overnight at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center.

Day 5
Kodiak Brown Bear Center to Kodiak

In the morning after breakfast, you will have the opportunity to participate in a guided activity (bear viewing, kayaking or fishing). After lunch you will check out and prepare for the return flight to Kodiak in the early afternoon. Transfer to your hotel in Kodiak on own. Overnight at a hotel in Kodiak City.

Day 6
Kodiak to Anchorage

Morning at leisure to explore Kodiak City or as weather window for delayed returns from the Kodiak Brown Bear Center. In the afternoon transfer on own to the Kodiak Airport. Afternoon / evening flight from Kodiak to Anchorage. Upon arrival in Anchorage transfer on own.

The layover time in Kodiak City is needed for potential weather delays and due to flight schedules. We cannot shorten the stay in Kodiak City.

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Dates & Rates

To complete this reservation we will need for each person: Full name including middle name(s), gender, date of birth and body weight.

The minimum age to stay at the center is 18 years old.

Our Standard Program Includes:

2 and 3 star hotel accommodations.

The program will include a combination of hotels or motels that are considered moderate to standard tourist class. Please be aware not all hotels have shuttle services.

Standard train car seating on all rail services (reserved seats).

If you would like to book the standard program but with upgraded rail seating, the option and surcharge will be listed when you save to your cart.

Our Upgraded Program Includes:

* 3 and 4 star hotels (best available) wherever possible.

The program will include standard rooms at this category of hotel where possible. Alaska has very limited hotel choices in remote areas and small towns. The properties will typically offer a wider range of services such as a full-service restaurant, room service and perhaps a pool or spa facilities. Please be aware the upgraded accommodations in downtown Anchorage do not have hotel shuttle services. Many of the upgraded hotels also offer guaranteed view rooms for additional cost. If you would like a specific room type, in addition to the upgraded program, please ask us about availability and cost difference.

Deluxe dome train car seating between Anchorage, Denali and Fairbanks, or Anchorage and Seward.

All journeys between Anchorage and Whittier are in standard seating as deluxe dome cars are not available on that route.

Prices for single travelers or parties of 3 people or more on request. Please contact us.


Cancellation Policy:
Up to 61 days prior: 50% cancellation fee
60 to 0 days prior: 100% cancellation fee/ non-refundable

Due to limited availability and a short operating season, stays at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center are non-refundable even if your flights to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center are delayed or cancelled for weather related reasons, or for reasons beyond the center's control.


The folks at Alaska Tours were great. All of the arrangements were taken care of very well. The lodge at King Salmon was first class. The staff there, and at the sea plane areas, took very good care of us. I would recommend Alaska Tours to anyone who wants to take a trip like we did.

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