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Neets Bay Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

Neets Bay Bear Adventure & Flightseeing

By Taquan Air Tours
This once-in-a-lifetime wildlife expedition with the wild black bears of Southeast Alaska is certain to charm everyone from nature-lover to photography enthusiast. Depart via an authentic Alaskan floatplane with digital CD audio systems and individual passenger headsets to Neets Bay. Neets Bay is one of the finest bear viewing locations in Alaska. The flight is over the largest National Forest in the United States. Neets Bay is also home to one of Southeast Alaska's salmon hatchery operations. During a ¼-mile guided walk along a stunning, well-maintained nature trail through the Alaska rain forest, your naturalist guide will describe the habits of the bear and the lifecycle of their favorite meal - salmon. A secure, covered viewing area allows for up-close observation of the bears in their natural habitat among the wilderness beauty of the Tongass National Forest. Other wildlife possibilities include eagles, Sitka black-tail deer, mink, marten and seals.

Ages 2-99, max of 30 per group
Duration: 3h 15m
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
Audio guide: English

  • Bottled water
  • Transportation
  • Entry/Admission - Tongass National Forest
What's not included
  • Gratuity %

  • Taquan Air, 4085 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
    Guests that do not require transportation must meet at the Taquan Air flight terminal at departure time. Please check in at the front desk for further assistance.
Pickup details
  • All guests are to meet at Berth 2 near the Ketchikan Visitors Center and large bronze statue. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the departure time on your ticket. Our driver guide will be there holding a sign.
Port pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
  • Berth 2, 201 Dock St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6459P2

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: all passenger names, all passenger weights, and cruise ship/hotel name.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6459P2

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      Tongass National Forest
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      The Tongass National Forest is approximately 17 million acres, making it America's largest national forest.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
    Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
    • Taquan Air Tours
      Ketchikan, United States
      Joined in September 2010
    • eoireitum
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      Expensive Plane Ride
      I found this rather expensive for what it was. Yes, it was great taking off and landing on the water. Once in the air, there was not really that much to see. The pilot gave us some commentary on the history of the area where you get views of the wooded hills and fjords. If you are lucky, you might see some whales.
      Written 7 October 2023
    • jerrysV3385LQ
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      Mailed It In
      On 7/25/2023 we took the Misty Fjords flight seeing tour. There were a total of 8 passengers on a well maintained DHC-3. The best I can say is that Taquan Air completely mailed it in. For the price it should have been significantly better. Buyer beware and spend your valuable money on other activities. The total cost for all 8 was close to $3,000 for which we got a seaplane flight that fell well short of how it was hyped by the cruise line or on Taiwan Air’s site. We expected that there would be narration by the pilot pointing out landmarks and notable features. The pilot didn’t utter a single word after boarding. Instead there was a cheesy pre-recorded narration that was spotty and difficult to understand. Passengers shouldn’t ask, “ are we at the Misty Fjords”. The pilot, although clearly proficient, was going through the motions and was clearly disinterested in anything except for talking to his fellow pilots in the radio. This was the only regrettable experience of the 2-week Alaskan experience. Don’t do it!!!
      Written 29 July 2023
    • shlossman
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      Not worth it at all
      The take off and landing from the water was different and the sites were ok. BUT, no pilot narration… in fact he didn’t speak after takeoff once. There was a bogus recorded voice that intermittently cam I’ve the headphones to point out a couple things about a few areas. TOTAL RIP-OFF. We should have asked for a refund. There were four of us. 1500+ for a quick hour tour of some ok mountains. Research before paying.
      Written 29 July 2023
    • thyme4pictures
      0 contributions
      Soaring over the monument
      The views were fabulous. The pilot did a great job of personalizing locations with explanations of his own experiences at different spots. He also answered questions clearly and succinctly. Takeoff and landing were each well done.
      Written 21 June 2023
    • Carenhughs123
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      Worth every penny!
      We had a great trip. The fjords are beautiful! The trip was exactly 60 minutes. The scenery is amazing! Highly recommend Taquan air!
      Written 15 June 2023
    • Shiela V
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      A must do excursion
      We went in October fully knowing the weather is not great this time of year, we were blessed with sunshine and had an amazing time. Felt safe at all times and the 1 hour flight was very informative. Definitely a must!
      Written 21 October 2022
    • toddshulman707
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      Great Tour, meeting location a trek
      Very professional & accommodating staff. The only down side was the meeting place was downtown & my ship docked at the NCL terminal which was a 20 minute shuttle & 10 minute walk away. They did drop me and a couple others off at the NCL dock after the flight so that was good. Our flight did not land in the middle of it, as some reviewers have noted. The pilot told me this is an extra cost & they try to avoid doing it due to the dangers involved. My pro tip: sit in the co-pilot’s seat, it has the best view.
      Written 15 August 2022
    • catherinepH9401KQ
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      The views were absolutely gorgeous! So glad I got to do this. Only regret is that while we landed on the water, we didn't actually get to step foot on land as the description suggested. Great otherwise. Thanks
      Written 5 August 2022
    • Mary K
      0 contributions
      The ultimate views of Alaska
      Wow what a ride! Not only do we get to see the beautiful waterfalls and waterfalls and pools of water among the mountains and the snow, we landed on a tiny Little Rock formation where the pilot let us get out and take pictures. The views were amazing and the tour was so fun! Talk about photo opportunities!
      Written 24 July 2022
    • Paradise600129
      0 contributions
      Otter or Beaver?
      I took a Float trip to Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island for business. Due to poor weather, this was my fourth attempt. Taquan very graciously rescheduled 3-times without charging me. The pilots are experienced, and the de Havilland plane float planes are in great condition. No white knuckles here.
      Written 29 October 2021
    • Passport53807675363
      0 contributions
      Bucket list plane ride.
      Super fun plane ride today with pilot Chuck. He’s been flying this route for over 25 years. He provided local commentary to enhance the company audio and music. We felt very safe. Wonderful scenery and our touch down in the middle of a fjord lake was just so great. We do recommend.
      Written 13 August 2021
    • Y6519DIbryans
      0 contributions
      An amazing experience
      We had a great trip out on the floatplane. We had to reschedule due to cloudy weather. I appreciate that they really wanted us to be safe and have an enjoyable experience. Our pilot was great and was able to give us informational commentary on the trip. We flew over amazing landscapes and mountains and landed on the water near Misty Fjord. We were able to get out there and take pictures of the amazing scenery.
      Written 10 July 2021
    • edwardld972214
      0 contributions
      Best tour ever!!!
      So good this tour deserves 10 stars! This was one of the best tours we have ever done. We felt safe and secure. Michelle shared lots of information about the area and history. This is a must do tour!
      Written 3 July 2021
    • Q6886KXjohnm
      0 contributions
      I have always wanted to take a float plane and experience a takeoff and landing on the water. I asked Chuck our pilot where the best seat was and he said beside him, so i got to experience this from the co-pilots seat! The weather was beautiful and it was truly an experience i will always remember, and that is what vacations are all about. this is definitely something i would do again! Thank you Chuck for the wonderful day flying!
      Written 6 November 2019
    • Steve J
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      We did a 7 day cruise down the coast of Alaska which was breathtaking throughout, but this was one of the highlights. Cruising over the mountains, you look down at beautiful lakes and fjords, and see glaciers in the distance. The fact that you take off and land on water in a wonderful old plane just enhances it further. When the pilot let me sit in the co-pilots seat for the flight back, I was in heaven!
      Written 22 October 2019
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