Alaska Bush Pilot Experience

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Experience the life of an Alaska bush pilot!

Superb scenery, stops at remote outposts, and a true bush pilot experience are yours on this unique way to see the real Alaska.

Join us on one of our daily scheduled mail, freight, and passenger flights to one or more of our neighboring communities or secluded wilderness areas. Communities include historic native villages, remote camps, and colorful fishing towns. Stops at such locations as Thorne Bay, a timber harvesting community located in a scenic bay, the native village of Hydaburg, once a reservation, and remote residences in the Behm Canal, near historic Loring, could be included on your chosen route.

From on board a DeHavilland Beaver or Otter you will fly over some of the most beautiful tree-clad mountainous areas in the sprawling 16.8 million-acre Tongass National Forest. The nation’s largest forest is filled with numerous islands, most of which are uninhabited, that are intertwined with pristine bays and sounds. Your pilot will identify points of interest and any wildlife sighted along the way. All landings will be made in hidden harbors and sheltered inlets. Shortly after dropping off any mail, supplies, or passengers, the flight will continue onto the next destination. Each stop could become a unique photography opportunity for the nature lover and photographer with some flights including up to four stops. There is no better way to experience our way of life and to meet friendly back-country Alaskans in their environment.

Please Note: Flightseeing tour conducted on a daily schedule or with a four fare minimum. Weather could alter flight routes for safety and quality assurance. Taquan Air operates under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Passenger names and weights are required by the FAA for weight and balance calculations and flight manifesting. To ensure aircraft weight and balance is within operating parameters, guests weighing 250 lbs. (clothed weight) or more may be required to pay an additional surcharge of $150 over the published fare direct to the tour operator. A no-bag policy applies; however, if you have medical needs that require a carry-on bag, please contact us in advance of your tour departure. All other bags brought to our terminal will be stored until you return from your flight.

Need to Know

Closed-toe non-slip shoes and rain gear are recommended

Aircraft weight/balance may require guests 250 lbs or more to pay surcharge

Difficulty Level: Easy

This experience includes walking for short distances over relatively level terrain and several steps. Participants should be able to move into and out of buses or vans and into and out of confined spaces, such as small aircraft.

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Guest Reviews

Great experience!

This was a side trip from the Alaskan cruise in late August. Larry our pilot was very knowledgeable and asked if we had a veteran in our group of 6. I'm a navy vet, female, and 74 and he invited me to sit in the co-pilot seat! He had to help hoist me up there and down again and was extremely polite and respectful! I didn't take photos because I didn't want to miss any of the sights. The tour was exciting as I had never been in a seaplane before. Would definitely recommend it as a once in a lifetime experience.

Johnie R - Arizona

Bear Guide

We had a great tour. The pilots were fabulous and Allie was a phenomenal bear guide. Thanks for a great tour and I would recommend to others.

Andrea K


We were sailing Carnival and next to last port of call was Ketchikan. We opted for the Neets Bay Bear Watch or tour...
When we arrived to the float plane port, Taquan airlines was our carrier.
Great pre-brief. If you have a camera back pack.. they might ask you to leave it there.. locked up. It will depend on type of airplane, amount and weight of passengers and ultimately the pilot. I had been briefed prior to and didn't take mine but mounted the large lens on the camera and had the smaller lens in my coat.
Pilot was great and described the flight and scenery the entire time we flew out and back.
It was a very hot day.. and low tide.. .the group before us told us they didn't see any bears.. Our guide told us it was iffy. We did see a few bear caves and marks where they climbed the trees. When we arrived at the fish hatchery... there were no bears and we waited and waited.. I did get a few good shots of eagles looking for a free lunch. Someone told our guide that there was a mother bear and cub on the way back down the trail. (short hike out and back by the way)... We found the bears and the guide made sure we stopped at 3 - 4 places to get good shots.
No one can control the: weather, tide, and bears... so be prepared for anything or nothing. Flight out and back was phenomenal. The pilot even offered to take pictures of us beside the airplane.. Great time.. thank you..