Enjoy the combination of Ketchikan's finest, with Flightseeing and an all you can eat Crab Feast.
Experience why Alaska is still called, “The Last Frontier”. This amazing tour offers you a once in a lifetime experience that is sure to be the highlight of your Alaskan vacation.
You’ll feel the power of the Dehavilland aircraft as you lift off the ocean with your pilot guide in the cockpit. State of the art headphones allow you to enjoy this fully narrated tour by air as you gently glide over Tongass Narrows and into the majestic mountain ranges that make this part of the earth so unique.
Southeast Alaska is a vast wilderness landscape, with Remote Island logging camps, secluded mining towns, high altitude lakes, and native communities throughout. It is for this reason the float plane has become the most widely used and safest passenger transportation. It is the true workhorse of Alaska. Your 22-minute flight to George Inlet Lodge will bring you over the mountains to the far uninhabited side of Revillagigedo Island. You will crest breathtaking peaks where the keen viewer may see mountain goats resting on crisp snow or black bears foraging for fresh berries.
Once the plane gently touches down on the waters of George Inlet Fjord, it will glide to a stop at the dock of the lodge, where your host will be awaiting. Have your cameras ready for an unobstructed photo opportunity of your float plane lifting off with the splendid Tongass National Forest as its backdrop!
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.
Tour may operate in reserve order with your meal first.
Need to Know
3.25 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
Beautiful, educational, professional
Larry, our pilot, did an excellent job from start to finish, very professional, friendly and informative. We had a sunny day, so the fjords were not misty, not his fault. As we were taxiing back to the dock, a humpback whale breached in front of us and then again off to the side, emerging with his mouth open, scooping up fish he had entrapped with curtains of air bubbles. Stunning!
Neets Bay Bear Watch & Flightseeing – Incredible experience!
The 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!!
Great Alaskan Experience!!
We recently traveled to Ketchikan by Cruise ship and booked an excursion which included all you can eat crab legs and the George inlet Lodge and then had the chance to fly back to town, over the mountains in one of these planes! The scenery was beautiful!! We also had the Alaskan experience of a water landing which was really cool as well! I would highly recommend this to anyone who has ever wanted to fly in a sea plane cause it truly is worth your time and money!