Flying Service provides guided brown bear viewing
trips to Kodiak and the Katmai Coast. Our Grumman
Widgeon can carry four bear viewers along with
our bear viewing guide, and we can make
arrangements for larger groups.
trip begins at our office, located at the Kodiak
State Airport, where everyone will meet before
you climb aboard our airplane. Jo, your bear view
guide, will from the moment of takeoff provide a
running commentary about Kodiak and the Katmai
area. On the way to a bear viewing destination,
you will be flying through some of the most
stunning scenery in the world. You will see the
lush vegetation that has given Kodiak the name
"Emerald Isle". Be sure to keep a sharp
eye out while flying because there is a good
chance that you will spot a variety of wildlife,
such as whales, mountain goats, deer, bear and
about forty-minutes, Steve, your pilot will land
the airplane on the water and taxi to the beach.
Once you disembark your bear view will begin.
Each bear viewing experience will be different
depending upon the location, time of day, weather
and tidal conditions. On some bear views we may
find bears near the beach, on others we may walk
a short distance to a bear viewing area. One
thing to always remember while on a bear view
tour is that these bears are wild, and we must
respect their space and habitat.
should plan to be on tour for 4 to 4 1/2 hours
with at least 2 hours on the ground observing the
bears. So charge up those camera batteries, and
bring plenty of film and memory cards, because
there will be plenty of great pictures you don't
want to miss!
Bear Guide: Jo Murphy
has called Kodiak Island her home since she was a
small child. While growing up here she has
absorbed a wide range of knowledge on the history
of the Kodiak Archipelago, the fishing industry,
marine life, and the varieties of wildlife,
especially the brown bear. This is Jo's tenth
year as a bear view guide. Her enthusiasm is
evident through all of the insightful knowledge
she will share with you. Jo loves to bear view
and wants you to have an experience to remember.
more bear viewing photos click here.