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


The bears and Salmon ladder are amazing- nothing like it. The float plane ride was very authentic and our pilot was right out of Northern Exposure. I would absolutely do it again. Our guide to see the bears was dedicated and very knowledgeable.


WOW – WOW – WOW – This was my #1 excursion during my 7-day Alaskan cruise

We did the Misty Fjords tour. Family of 5 (mother, father, kids - 11, 7 & 5). We were fortunate and had the plane to ourselves (plus the pilot). It looks like the plane would hold 7 people + pilot. One passenger rides, "shotgun" in the co-pilot seat. We had a large group go, and they even took a 1-year old up.

You meet at their, very comfortable, building, watch a safety video, then are escorted to the dock by your pilot to your plane. Our pilot, Brentwood, was very experienced, safe, knowledgeable, and really engaging. I felt incredibly safe. I think the planes are powered by 9-cylinder engines. LOTS of torque. I couldn't believe how effortlessly the plane got airborne.

You fly about 30 minutes out, land in a remote lake, walk out onto the pontoons for about 15 minutes, then take off and fly back to the dock.

We flew at 3K feet. The views were beyond words. "Stunning, beautiful, breath-taking, spectacular", I could go on and on. I will never forget this excursion.

Some of the views may make the queasy a little shaky, but the experience will be worth it. Even though you're flying at 3K feet, some of the mountains you'll fly over will look like you're clearing them by only a couple hundred feet. Flying into the valley to land on the lake made my wife a little uneasy, but she was happy to do it.

Our 5-year old son fell asleep ten minutes into the trip. He never woke up for the landing/take-off on the lake, or the landing back by the dock.

Mark - North Carolina

Neets Bay Bear Watch by Floatplane

This was an amazing tour! We were picked up from our cruise ship in a bus and taken to the floatplane dock. The floatplane pilot was very professional and pointed out all the interesting view points along the way. On arrival to Neets Bay our guide walked us along a short track to the bear hide, where we sat and waited for the bears to come. There were plenty of eagles flying around and the salmon were swimming upstream but not a bear in sight! Everyone was very patient and just as we were about to leave a black bear appeared! It was a fair distance away however I was very happy to say I saw a bear. The floatplane pilot took us back a different way so we were able to see more of the beautiful landscape.

Jodz04 - Australia