Your six-pack licensed captain will guide you on a saltwater safari through the Tongass Narrows, Clover Passage, and temperate rainforest to Neets Bay, navigating the vessel on a path of scenic sanctuaries, stunning bays, and inlets, past a majestic lighthouse, seeking marine and coastal wildlife viewing opportunities along the way.
Black Bear Watching in Neets Bay
Neets Bay is located 40 miles north of Ketchikan and approximately 90-110 minutes (one way) by boat.
Quite often you will be able to observe the captivating behavior of whales breaching and tail-slapping, revere bear trails and salmon streams, and marvel at bald eagles feasting on salmon leftovers from the bears foraging.
At Neets Bay, black bear line the shore, catching as many protein-rich salmon as they can. Watching them fish and interact with each other in a natural setting is an amazing experience. Keep an eye out, as you may also spot Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, marten, and seals which all populate the area. All viewing is onboard from the comfort of our Coastal Cruiser.
While wildlife is abundant, sightings are not guaranteed.
30’ Aluminum Chambered Boat with twin Honda 250 outboards, heated cabin and restroom on board, life jackets and light snacks provided; smooth riding, superior maneuverability, generous deck, and great visibility for memorable photos.
seating up to 6 passengers
tour duration is 4-5 hours
Check the current weather forecast in Ketchikan and pack appropriate clothing for the conditions.
When exploring Alaska, it is important to have the correct clothing to stay warm and comfy. Pack clothing items that can be layered, a lightweight shirt, a sweater and a lightweight jacket, allowing you to adapt to the varying temperatures. Lightweight rain gear, waterproof hiking shoes or sneakers help keep you and your feet dry and cozy. Gloves, scarves, and dry socks prevent you from getting chilled. Pack a hat and sunglasses. We provide binoculars to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities. Be sure to bring your camera and rainproof jacket.
Remote Black Bear Viewing in Traitor’s Cove via 30’ Aluminum Chambered Boat. Among the old growth rainforest, pristine rivers, striking mountains, and soaring eagles is the powerful black bear. Explore a nook of the Last Frontier and witness the noble black bears feasting, frolicking, or slumbering in the wild.