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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 August 2017

From beginning to end, worth every cent. Had a blast flying in the 6 seater both to and from the bear viewing, which included stunning views of nearby volcanos and glaciers. There is nothing like seeing these from above. The bear viewing was a great...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Taking part to a bear viewing experience is one of the main reasons for which we came to Alaska. My wife, I and my son booked a tour for August 5th afternoon, unfortunately our excursion was canceled at the very last minute, after I've payed...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

I can't imagine a better tour company for bear viewing. I felt very comfortable flying out of Homer to the Katmai National Park in a small plane, including the beach landing at the viewing area. Others on the trip were from Europe with very little...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the excellent review. We put in so much effort to deliver the best possible bear view in the market, and glad to see it is appreciated. We are booking up for 2019 and hope you can come back sometime soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wife, son, and I had an incredible visit with Smokey Bay Air. The pilot and guides were excellent and we saw dozens of coastal brown bears fishing for salmon in the delta of a glacial creek. How close? Let's just say that a few...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! I could not agree with you more about your assessment of doing one of our beach bear viewing tours. It is a very diverse and active experience and we are very happy the tour, as we do it, was...More

Reviewed 19 September 2018

We were on a 5 week customised trip in Alaksa and as this excursion happened in the second week it almost caused the rest of the trip to very "regular"! We could not fly on the scheduled date due to the weather and went out...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

So glad we were able to provide you with your highlight! The bears, the scenery, the whole experience is amazing. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Can't say enough good things about the folks at Smokey Bay Air and their bear viewing trip. We met at the Bear Viewing terminal, immediately greeted by Tom, the Director of Flight Ops, and the pilot/guides, Ben and Joel. We were fitted with waders, briefed...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you so much for the detailed and excellent review! We're very happy your experience was so good and glad the weather was so nice and allowed the great aerial views. We most certainly look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 11 September 2018

I flew over to the beach near Clark Lake National Park with Smokey Bay. They weren't sure we would find bears over there as the season was ending and due to conditions they couldn't fly in to their first choice. Never the less, we had...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you, Don. We are glad we were able to find the bears for you. Also, glad you enjoyed the Mt Iliamna views as well. We like Iliamna so much, it is part of our logo!

Reviewed 11 September 2018

As a professional photographer I cannot recommend Smokey Bay enough for photographers or nature enthusiasts of all ages. Their communication, flexibility and follow-through were a refreshing change compared to other tour companies in the area. Tom was very helpful in helping to set up a...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2018

Thank you, Jen--all of us here at Smokey Bay Air really appreciate the kind words and we all enjoyed getting to know you and the others in the group. A special thanks for recognizing our ethics and professionalism. That is so very important to us....More

Reviewed 9 September 2018

I've been to Alaska for bear viewing probably a dozen times over the last ten years in various locations and Smokey Bay Air is tops. Tom (in charge of operations) is informative, honest, safety-conscious, and hires great pilots. Our pilot Ben was exceptional. We flew...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

From all of us at Smokey Bay Air--a big thank you! We're still in the midst of some incredible bluebird weather and enjoying it. We are very happy you will return!

Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

smokey bay air has a very strict safty policy which made us feel very secure.our flight was delayed twice due to wearher condition but it was worthwhile waiting. our guides were aesome. it was once in a life adventure

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you so much for recognizing our adherence to our safety standards. Please visit us again!

Reviewed 7 September 2018

From the time we arrived at the terminal, we were welcomed and given necessary gear to make our viewing experience comfortable; hip boots, etc. The pilots/guides were very knowledgeable, even to the point of making and educate guess as to where the bears would be...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thank you, Sue. Yes--whether it be the flight or the bear viewing--we always have safety as our foundation. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

This is an absolute must-do bucket list for anyone in Alaska! These group is comprised of very knowledgeable professionals that made our experience so amazing! They reached out in advance to rebook us in order to help our odds of seeing bears,and the process was...More

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Thomas S, Director of Operations at Smokey Bay Air, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Thanks for the excellent review. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and very glad it makes for such a great experience.

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The Z
9 March 2016|
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Good afternoon! Thanks for contacting Smokey Bay Air! Our minimum number of passengers for our bear viewing trips is 2, and at this time we do have several openings in the end of June, however without an exact date, I cannot... More
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Response from Tim206 | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in Smokey Bay Air! I want to apologize first for my delay in responding to your inquiry. It is best to book your trip with us as soon as you know your dates that you will be in Homer, as we do tend... More
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