Emerald Air Service is the oldest guided bear viewing company based in Homer and have had the pleasure of sharing respect, understanding, and love for Alaska’s Coastal Brown Bears with many thousands of guests while maintaining a perfect safety record in over 30 years of operation.
We operate out of two turbine de Havilland Otters on floats; spacious seats–each with a window and a headset. The areas of Katmai National Park which we visit are a scenic hour's flight past volcanoes and glaciers lining Kachemak Bay and the Cook Inlet. Keep an eye on the water as we commonly see whales and sea otters. Spend a day in Katmai's back-country with a small group lead by our naturalist guide or come with us to Brooks Falls to see the iconic moment of salmon leaping up waterfalls only to be caught in the jaws of Coastal Brown Bears. Either trip you choose, you will have 5 hours on the ground with these awe-inspiring bears.
One of Emerald Air Service’s defining attributes is that our main goal is to educate guests about Katmai’s majestic residents, the Coastal Brown Bear, and the country in which they live. We hope everyone who takes one of our trips leaves with not only great photos, but with an understanding of bears, with knowledge of how to move respectfully throughout their world, and with a love for wild places.