By Mary Norman
The Katmai National Park Coast is as rugged and pristine as it was 10,000 years ago. There are no roads to get here, in fact there are no roads here at all. You have a choice of flying in a small plane or cruising in a liveaboard small ship. You will be well off the beaten path and see more diverse wildlife than most people see in their entire lifetime.
This is brown bear habitat and shared with 13 more species of animals, 11 species of sea mammals, and 240 species of birds. Spring will find bears eating sedge grasses in the meadows, combing the coastline lifting rocks in hopes of finding crabs and other small sea life, and digging for clams during mid to low tides. By June sows will be nursing cubs in the meadows while sows without cubs and boars will be courting. Once the salmon start running the bears are avid fishermen and the wolves start harassing the bears distracting the bear and stealing their fish.
2019 was exceptionally dry and warm which led to the bears being unusually lethargic and just lying down or digging holes in the beach to take naps.
Sea birds are abundant while cruising and when anchored in quiet bays. The black oystercatchers lay their eggs in the sand just above the high tide line. Eagles and other birds build nests in the trees and cliffs.
Captain Mike keeps tide charts on the Single Star for planning twice-daily shore excursions. All shore excursions are guided by Katmai Service Providers certified guides. Their observations and knowledge of bear behavior are essential to keeping everyone safe.
When going ashore, everyone must wear hip boots or chest waders for disembarking the landing craft skiff and for crossing streams so that you can be in the best location for taking pictures of the wildlife.
All of the photos you see here have been taken by Adventure Kodiak’s staff or our guests.
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