Misty Fjords National Monument with Alaskan dungeness crab feast.
Discover magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument in an impeccably maintained DeHavilland floatplane, an authentic Alaskan bush aircraft. View some of the most spectacular scenery in Alaska from the comfort of your window seat. Each participant is guaranteed a window seat and the pilot will identify points of interest en route. Enjoy a personal pilot narration with individual headsets.
Misty Fjords National Monument is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in Alaska. At 2.3 million acres, it is almost four times the area of Rhode Island. Only by air can you fully appreciate the dramatic beauty of land slowly crafted by nature over tens of thousands of years. Massive glacier action created this ice-rimmed wilderness. You will see majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, jewel-like lakes, and abundant wildlife.
Marvel at sheer walls of granite plunging more than 3,000 feet into the fjords. Lush forests of spruce, hemlock and cedar clinging to snowcapped peaks in this land of incredible natural beauty and rugged grandeur.
Your flight route is dependent on the day’s weather. You may see New Eddystone Rock and Big Goat Lake to the south, or Neets Bay and Bell Island Hot Springs to the north. Your pilot will fly over the glacier carved fjords, beautiful river valleys, and pristine mountain lakes, identifying the scenic wonders for your viewing pleasure. The dramatic Misty Fjords terrain is home to a multitude of wildlife. You may be rewarded with sightings of brown and black bear, Sitka black-tailed deer, wolves, moose and bald eagles.
Once the planes gently touches down on the waters of George Inlet Fjords, it will glide to a stop at the dock of the lodge, where your host will be waiting. Your meal will feature a fresh romaine salad, topped with mandarin oranges and tossed in homemade oriental dressing. Steaming hot Dungeness Crab paired with clarified butter follow as the main course. Savor this Alaskan delicacy that is prized for its sweet and tender meat but save room for dessert. Rich, smooth cheesecake smothered in Alaskan blueberries will be a perfect ending to this world class meal!
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 must pay an additional surcharge of $150 over the published fare direct to the tour operator. Children under the age of 2 are considered a lap child and do not require a ticket. Children ages 2 and older must have ticket purchased as per regulations.
Need to Know
3.5 hours, including transfer
Non-slip shoes, layered clothing and rain gear recommended
Aircraft weight/balance may require guests 250 lbs or more to pay surcharge
Shopping opportunities will be available at Taquan Air's terminal
All you can eat Dungeness Crab Feast
Float Plane through the misty fjords
What a super experience! Our Pilot Larry Conrad, really made the trip exciting as he related all the history as flew through the fjords. Climbing up past snow-capped mountain tops, looking down into the valleys, simple amazing.
We landed on the water in a sort of lagoon, to get out, stand on the floats and take in the view and clean crisp air.
NEETS BAY BEAR WATCH & FLIGHTSEEING – INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!
he Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing tour was one of the highlights of our cruise on the Star Princess. The entire experience was well-organized and well-executed.
My wife and I started the tour by meeting a representative from Alaska Shore Tours (Taqan Air Tours) on the pier just a few steps from our cruise ship. She was holding a sign with the excursion code clearly visible so we knew without a doubt that we were in the right place.
We were directed to a waiting bus, which was a very short walk from where we met the first representative. Once everyone attending the tour was loaded, we were driven to the marina where the planes were docked.
They presented a safety video and then directed us down a ramp onto the dock where the plane was waiting. Our pilot helped us onto the plane, checked to make sure everyone was properly buckled in and showed us how to use the headsets. He started the plane, taxied into open water, and then we took off.
This was our first time flying in a float plane. Takeoff and landing were quite smooth compared to typical wheeled planes. Seeing such a beautiful area from a relatively low altitude (compared to commercial jets) was amazing! The area around Ketchikan is so beautiful.
After a 20 minute flight, we arrived at Neets Bay. Our guide met us on the dock and gave us a short safety talk about how to behave around bears - what to do and what not to do. Then he led us up a ramp to a woodsy area. We were immediately able to see a marshy area with at least 2 dozen eagles.
The guide took us down a short trail and pointed out many signs of bear activity - scat (feces), claw markings on trees, and several plants that the bears had eaten. At the end of the trail (about 1/4 mile) was an open area with the fish hatchery.
Just as our group arrived at the fish hatchery, we heard muted "oos" and "ahhs" from another two groups that had arrived before us - bears! There were 2 bears within 50 yards, one was climbing into a spillway next to a waterfall and the other was a bit further downstream. We quickly grabbed our cameras and started making photos and videos. Just a few minutes later, we saw another adult bear and two cubs a bit further down. The bears picked several salmon out of the spillway and stream. (I'm sure people who see this every day may laugh at my amazement, but for someone who has never seen a bear outside of a zoo this was quite breathtaking!)
After quite a while of watching the bears and some nearby eagles, we (sadly) made our way back down the trail to the dock for our flight back the marina and bus ride back to the pier.
I'm sure you can tell from my description - we REALLY enjoyed our experience and would gladly do it again! Highly recommended!!
Neets Bay Bear Watch Tour
Great experience. We took a float plane to Neets Bay to a salmon hatchery. There were plenty of Bald Eagles to see and we got to see a Black Bear within about 25'-30' of us. S/he wasn't bothered by us and did some fishing before ambling off into the forest. The scenery was spectacular and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Our pilot was Mike O'Brien and our trail guide was Joshua. Both were great hosts and had a lot of knowledge. I recommend this tour.