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Beluga Air, LLC operates a 1964 Dehavilland DHC-2 Beaver on floats. This aircraft is the quintessential ‘bush’ aircraft of Alaska and Canada. It was purpose designed for backcountry operations and has the ability to carry a large load in and out of very small places. The Beaver has a huge fan base as is evidenced by many websites dedicated to it. Wikipedia-DeHaviland DHC-2 “Beaver”
Yes, you are welcome to bring bear spray but please LET THE PILOT KNOW AHEAD OF TIME. The canister must be stored in the float, as an accidental discharge in the cabin could disable the pilot.
Yes, we have limited parking. The parking lot is not secured, and Beluga Air, LLC is not responsible for theft or damage to your vehicles or their contents.
Yes, the dog must be either in a kennel or tied to the interior of the aircraft. Please pick up after your dog while on the Beluga Air, LLC premises. Please notify us ahead of time so we can make sure there is room on your flight. Extra charges for weight may apply.
An old Alaskan adage says, “whether you are riding a horse, driving a car, or riding on a plane, always dress like you have to walk out”. Dress comfortably and with layers.
Contact us via phone (907)235-8256 or email Angela@Belugaair.com. To hold a reservation we require a 50% deposit which can be paid with Credit Card, Check, PayPal or Wire transfer. We will not hold a reservation without the deposit. The balance of the payment will be due the date of travel.
All Credit Card transactions will have a 3% processing fee added to the total (PayPal transaction fee is 4%).
We do not, however, please contact us and we can recommend lodging in the area.
Each passenger is allowed 300 lbs (136 Kgs) for seat fares, or, if you charter the aircraft a total of 1,200 lbs (people or gear). For seat fares: we allow each passenger 300 TOTAL pounds of weight – personal body and gear together. It is CRUCIAL you contact us PRIOR to your flight if you are not within this weight allowance. You may need to arrange with us or other passengers on your flight to purchase an additional seat to take in your excess weight. We are limited for very important safety reasons. Please call us with your concerns and we’ll go over some options.
The fewer hard-case bags the better. Soft-sided, water-proof, duffel bags work the best for travel throughout Alaska.
Both our pilot and our bear guide are dedicated specialists in their respective areas of expertise. Instead of cutting costs and utilizing a pilot/guide we provide the best of both worlds. An analogy – you don’t call an electrician to fix a water leak, you call a plumber!
We only use a float plane for our tours which provides a high level of safety given all the cross-water flying we do. Flying the Beaver on floats allows access to areas that wheeled planes cannot go to view bears, which may be more remote.
Our philosophy is that a smaller group provides a better experience for our clients and minimizes our impact on the bears. Because of that we only take one group per day, using just one plane with a group of 4 or 5 clients.
There is certainly an element of seasonality to the bears. We can reliably find bears SOMEWHERE nearby generally late-may through September. The areas will change based on fish runs and bear movement of course. For simplicity’s sake, we have kept ALL of our bear tours, guided or not, regardless of area at $675.00 (even though flight times and guide fees change our cost depending on area).
Here’s a basic idea of places and times we go:
Late May-June: Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park (guided trip)
Early-Mid July: Brooks Camp in Katmai National park (non-guided trip) OR Chenik Lake (guided trip)
Mid-July-Early August: Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park OR Morraine Creek/Crosswind Lake in Katmai National Park (both guided trips)
August- Morraine Creek/Crosswind Lake in Katmai National Park (guided trip)
September – Crescent Lake in Lake Clark National Park (guided trip by pontoon boat)
Our best advice for your trip is – keep your plans flexible! This is coastal Alaska, and weather conditions are highly unpredictable. Whether or not we can make the trip is 100% in the pilot’s discretion. If he feels uncomfortable, we do not go. You will get a full refund for any weather cancellation.
Our suggestion is to schedule your bear trip for the earliest day that you will be in Homer. Should weather prevent us from going, we will do our best to fit you in another day as our existing schedule allows.
Brooks Camp is a particularly prone to weather cancellations. The geography of the mountain passes and the distance from Homer means there is a high probability of unfavorable conditions at least 3-4 times per summer. It is impossible to predict bad weather far in advance. Trust us, we want you to get there just as badly as you do! We know you’ve come a long way, waited a long time, and spent a lot of money to see these bears. However, your safety is our NUMBER ONE CONCERN.
Because we sell seat fares, we do not give discounts for children (just like a traditional airline – a seat is a seat). If you are a large family group, please contact us directly about a group discount.
Our minimum age for GUIDED bear-viewing trips is 11. Our guide would still like to speak with the parents about the walking and attention span that is required for these types of trips. Our desire is to give ALL guests on the trip a quality experience, and kids are welcome if they are well-behaved and listen to the guide!
There is no minimum age for children to go on the un-guided Brooks Camp trip.