What should we bring?
It is best to come in layered clothing. The temperature ranges from 30 to 60 degrees with varied and sudden weather changes. It is important to bring a hat, gloves, and waterproof walking boots. We provide you with a new set of rain gear when you arrive. Don’t forget your camera and sunglasses.
IMPORTANT: Please remember to bring any medications you may need!
What kind of insects are there and how concerned should we be?
Depending on the weather and wind conditions mosquitoes and whitesock flies can be numerous at the bear viewing sites. It is highly recommended you bring your favorite insect repellant.
Do cell phones work at the Kodiak Brown Bear Center?
There is no cell phone service, however you can receive email and text messages on you cell through our Wi-Fi service network. We do have regular phone service available.
Do you have Internet services available for guests?
High speed wireless internet is available for all guests to access throughout the Kodiak Brown Bear Center campus.
What if we have special dietary needs?
We encourage our guests to inform us of any special dietary they may have so we can prepare and accommodate their needs.
What if we have some disabilities and can’t walk very much?
The KBBC campus is on a fairly level grade with groomed & lighted walkways. Our bear viewing sites programs are designed for to accommodate guests with varying degrees of physical conditioning and capabilities.
Are there additional costs that may be incurred while at the KBBC?
Other than staff gratuities there are no hidden or additional costs.
What about alcoholic beverages at the KBBC?
The KBBC does not provide alcoholic beverages. Guests are responsible for bringing their own alcoholic beverages.
Do I need to bring rain gear and rubber boots?
The KBBC provides each guest with a set of quality embroidered rain gear. You will need to bring your own set of comfortable walking & waterproof footgear.
What is your reservation and cancellation policy?
Our reservation and cancellation policy can be found under our “reservations” tab on our website.
When is the best time to come?
Prime time bear viewing is from Aug 1st -Oct 15th
How do I get to the Kodiak Brown Bear Center?
The only access to the KBBC is by float plane. When you arrive in Kodiak you will be met by our air charter service for the 45 minute flight to the KBBC.
Is there a weight and luggage limit when flying in a chartered plane?
It is recommended that each guest limit their luggage to 50lbs.
What happens if we are weathered in?
If you are weathered and cannot get to the KBBC we will assist you in finding lodging. The KBBC does not cover expenses due to weather delays.
Should I buy travel insurance?
It is highly recommended guests purchase trip insurance in case of weather delays, flight connections and other conditions that may arise.
BEAR VIEWING QUESTIONS
How many bears can I expect to see?
The KBBC is located in the densest concentration of bears on Kodiak Island. The number of bears you will see depends upon the strength of the salmon run, time of year etc. The likelihood of seeing numerous bears is very high given our location and number of viewing sites.
How safe is bear viewing?
There have been no recorded guest injuries or fatalities in over 50 years of guided bear viewing. Our highly trained guides, bear viewing protocol and etiquette ensures our clients will have a safe and memorable experience.
How can you guarantee that I will see bears?
The KBBC is located on Camp Island in the middle of the 36 sq. mi Karluk Lake. We have proprietary access to three documented areas that are known to contain the highest concentrations of bears on the island. No client has ever come away from the KBBC having not seen bears.