Katmai Brown Bear Exclusive – Alaska 2024

August 19th – 25th, 2024

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The Adventure:

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?  Join us and a SMALL group of only 8 photographers as we travel via our PRIVATELY chartered vessel throughout some of the most pristine waters and locations in the world to photograph INCREDIBLE wildlife in Alaska including Brown Bears, Eagles, and Whales of all types! All, up close and personal but in a very safe environment with our private guide, chef, and Captain!

These expeditions originate in Kodiak and proceed through beautiful fjords and bays to the Katmai Coast.  This diverse expedition combines the spectacular bear viewing experiences of Katmai with the abundant marine wildlife you can only get in Kodiak.  

We will be aboard the Island C which holds the Coast Guard’s official Oceanographic Research Vessel (ORV) designation, and the highest safety rating available to commercial vessels of her class. This allows us to hidden gems and amazing locations and wildlife that not everybody can go to or see. In fact, we will be in locations very few have ever seen. Plus, as the ship has been chartered by us exclusively, we can stay as long as we want in any area OR move as we need to for the best wildlife opportunities! 

These expeditions originate in Kodiak and proceed through beautiful fjords and bays to the Katmai Coast. Each day will offer bear viewing and also offer whales, eagles, puffins and more to photograph!

*Hiking difficulty – There is some hiking on this tour.  Almost everything we photograph is within a very short walk of around a mile or so. However, you have to be able to walk on uneven ground, cross some creeks, and with waders on, be able to get in and out of a skiff(small boat) at low tides. If you have any concerns or special circumstances, please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions.

Additional information

Registration Type

Photographer, Photographer – Pay in Full



  • Dates: August 19th – 25th, 2024
  • Price: $9995  (based on shared cabins-no single space available)  See ship and accommodation description below. We have a chartered vessel and exclusive opportunities that are being made available to us! 
  • Payment plan available! 
  • Register with the link provided and we will be in contact to collect payment information
  • Airport: Arrive/Depart – Kodiak, AK  Information, and travel tips will be sent to all attendees- We recommend arriving a day early and will provide hotel information. 

Included during tour dates:

  • All Photographic Instruction
  • All meals on board with our private chef! 
  • Park Permits and Fees
  • Private Ship transportation 
  • Private Guide, Captain, Chef

NOT included:

  • Transportation to and from Kodiak, Alaska
  • Trip Insurance 
  • Personal Expenses 
  • Alcohol
  • Staff Gratuities


  • Toby Gelston

Instructors are scheduled, however they are subject to change based on needs.

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The Island - C

Welcome aboard the Island- C!  Our friends and Captains Trevor Jones and Andy Schroeder own and operate the Island C.  The Island C is an all steel 80′ x 21 twin screw, house forward research vessel.

During the majority of the year, they work with various agencies in regards to ocean clean up, research, search and rescue training and more.

During a few months of the year, when Coastal Brown Bear activity is at its peak, they offer options for people to visit and get first hand experience with these amazing animals. As they are incredible bear experts, clients get the opportunity to have encounters with these bears that the average tourist will never be able do on their own or with most companies. 

Due to our exclusive relationship with Trevor and Andy, we are able to charter the vessel just for MPA and provide a world class bear viewing and photography experience unlike any other. 

The Island-C is a working class ship. You will not find this to be like a cruise ship and it is cozy! However, this affords us the opportunity to go to locations and any times be the only ones in the entire area photographing the Brown Bears.

With that said, we will have our own chef and first mate on board and the food will be incredible! 

Tour Pack

Please download the Tour Packet from link below when it becomes available.  Much of the information contained in this packet is also available under the Tour Prep page here on the web site. However, this packet will also include some gear specifics for this tour.  Please note that specific flight information, arrival and departure times, accommodations, and other logistical information may not be in this packet. Those items will be emailed to you at various times in the planning process of each tour.

Katmai 2024 Tour Pack



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