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Kodiak Island Alaska Bear Viewing: Munsey's Bear Camp
Munsey's Bear Viewing Lodge is located in Uyak Bay on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The scenery is stunning with snow-capped mountains rising out of the clear, blue ocean. The bay abounds with Kodiak bears, sitka black-tailed deer, foxes, whales, harbor seals, sea otter, and many species of birds, including eagles and puffins. The guest cabins at the lodge are clean and comfortable with private bathrooms, hot showers, and spacious sitting rooms. Mike Munsey's parents, Park and Pat Munsey, started Munsey's bear Camp in 1956. Mike was born on Kodiak island, so living with Kodiak bears has always been a way of life for him. Mike attended the University of Hawaii for his degree in wildlife biology and conservation, and this is where he met his wife and partner, Robin, who was attending the university for her bachelor's degree in marine biology. She later received her master's degree in fish and wildlife biology from the University of Arizona. After college, Mike and Robin returned to the remote wilderness of Kodiak's Uyak Bay where they now reside year-round. Mike is a licenced Alaska Master Guide and has more experience guiding bear viewers than any other guide on the island. Mike and Robin both possess a US Coast Guard Captains Licence as well as Wilderness First Responder Certification.
A huge Kodiak bear climbs the riverbank across from you in plain view, his white claws gleaming in the sunlight. He glances at you and then stretches out for a nap. Suddenly, a bear charges out of the woods to your left and into the river. She pounces on a salmon and carries it to a fallen log. You hear bones crunch as she consumes her lunch, and you hope your video camera is picking up the sound. Splashing water and pounding feet cause you to lift your head from your camera and glance to your right, where you see one bear chasing another bear down the middle of the river. The lead bear has a salmon in his mouth, and his pursuer seems intent on stealing the prize. You realize that you are nearly surrounded by bears and look nervously at your guide, but when he smiles and nods, you return to the difficult task of deciding upon which bear to focus your camera first. This is Bear Viewing with Munsey's Bear Camp. The Kodiak Archipelago has a thriving population of more than 3,500 Bears. The best time to observe these big bears is during the summer months when they are feeding on wild Alaskan salmon. These viewing conditions are ideal for photography and videography. We take small groups of no more than six people in order to minimize the impact and ensure a quality Bear Viewing experience. Unlike many popular bear viewing locations in Alaska, such as in Katmai National Park, we are not restricted to viewing platforms or designated areas. We are able to go where the bears are and enter their world as quiet observers. There are no crowds of people.
We offer fishing trips for Halibut and Salmon. Fish from our 43-foot charter boat in saltwater, or fish freshwater streams and rivers on the island. The fishing is exciting and there is always something biting. Guided fishing is included in our wildlife vacation tour packages. The nutrient-rich water of Uyak Bay supports thriving populations of Pacific halibut and salmon. The long fiord-like bays allow us to fish from our 43-foot charter boat in protected, calm water, where we catch halibut at depths from 20 ft. (7 meters) to 150 ft. (50 meters). For first-time visitors to our lodge, we suggest you try everything we have to offer by combining bear and wildlife viewing and whale watching with some fishing. If you know you don't want to fish, then we will book you with other non-fishermen. By keeping our maximum group size to six guests, we are able to tailor our trips to accommodate the wishes of everyone. We do not follow a set schedule, and each five-day trip of our season is unique. This not only meets the needs of our guests but also keeps it fun and exciting for us. In August, we fish for silver salmon in the bay, and in July, we stream fish for pink salmon and Dolly Varden.
▶ 5 Nights Cabin Accommodation with private bath
▶ Charter Boat Services
▶ Round Trip Air Transportation from | to Kodiak
▶ Professional Guide Service
▶ All Meals
▶ Tour Documentation & Sightseeing Information
6-Day Munsey's Brown Bear Camp Package Rates
|Tour Number | TA-WV5 | Rates per Person in US$
6-Days | 5-Nights Package | Daily Departures