Bear Watching at Icy Strait Point

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

** Please post your recommendations ONLY in response to request...do not start a new thread. Thanks!
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 07:08 PM.
#1
Fresno, California
567 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
MercedMike: You have mentioned several times about the great experience you have bear watching with Keith from Tekk Outfitters. Can you tell me how long the excursion was and what the price was? I looked up his web site but there is no detailed information regarding the bear watching excursion, pricing, etc.
#2
Fresno, California
567 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
I am hoping this will be seen by MercedMike or others who have used Keith for bear watching at ISP. Would like a little input as to length of time, and pricing.
#4
Syracuse, New York
49,366 Posts
Joined May 2000
I am the original "recommender" , going with him his first year in the cruise ship tour booking business. The tour I went on, ran 3-4 hours.

I suggest you contact him directly and inquire what his current timeframe is.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Alaska travels

[email protected]
#5
5,361 Posts
Joined Apr 2000
Well, Keith is pretty flexible.

What happened on our tour was this:

We got off the ship and met Keith. There was another party booked to go with us, so we waited for them. After about half an hour, Keith took us into Hoonah for a tour of the town, including his house with the moose antlers and all that. Along the road we saw numerous eagles nesting. Then we went back to ISP to check on the other party. They never showed up. Keith arranged with a friend to wait for them, just in case, and we went off on our tour.

I have a report (slightly humorous) at http://www.bully4.us/volendam.html. We spent about 4 hours on the logging roads, getting further and further off the beaten track. Keith had asked whether we wanted to stay with the van, or get out and hike around more. We chose to stay with the van but some groups can go hike. (Keith carries a gun just in case.) All along the way Keith pointed out salmon, bear sign, scenery, logging and lots of other interesting stuff. We had a good close up encounter with "Toby", a good size bear fishing his way up the stream. After meeting the bear, Keith admitted he was always more relaxed when we had seen OUR bear! We did a bit more looking and then drove back into Hoonah, settled with Keith, and stopped for crab at "The Office Bar." I would say that we actually spent 6 or 7 hours in the whole experience, at a very relaxed and flexible pace. The ladies had an hour or so afterwards to look around ISP and shop, but it pretty much used up the day.

So when you email Keith, tell him (or actually Edna, his "princess") what you want and he can arrange it with you, I am sure. I think for healthy mobile people it would be great fun to go hiking with him! To book the whole van for your group rather than sharing can be a bit more expensive. We loved Keith and he did a great tour for us. Many thanks to BQ for tipping this board off to the great TECKK Outfitters!

Have a GREAT cruise!
#6
416 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
We went on a tour with keith last June. It was AWESOME, and we didnt even see one bear, he said that was actually the first time that he hasnt seen one bear, we were out there for a long time. This was the best experience I have ever had on a cruise or any other vacation. It was a sight of the REAL Alaska. I highly recommend this tour, we didnt even see a bear and we all had a BLAST! I also used Keith to go whale watching right after our bear tour and that was by FAR the most amazing thing I have ever seen. His boat is gorgeous and the whales that we saw were bubble feeding, it was so nice and peaceful, we were the only boat out there. It was much better than our whale watching in Juneu, although that was fun, a few tail sightings just dont compare to the bubble feeding we saw. Obviously bubble feeding is rare to see and most wont have the same experience. I highly recommend anything having to do with Keith!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
-K



Diamond Princess 1/07-Mexican riviera
Golden Princess 1/08-Mexican riviera
Sea Princess 6/13/09- Alaska inside passage rt SF
Carnival Paradise 10/16/09-Baja Mexico
Norwegian Star 6/12/10-Alaska Inside Passage
Norwegian Star 3/19/11-Mexican Riviera
Norwegian Epic 1/7/12- Western Caribbean

#7
Johnson City, TN
15 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
We are taking a land tour prior to our cruise. It includes the Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali. I know there's no guarantee of seeing bears in Denali or with Keith of Teckk Tours. Just wondering if it would be "overkill" to do both on the same trip.

We're going whale watching in Juneau with Harv and Marv. We're not interested in zipline or fishing. So I'm just trying to plan what to do in ISP. All of the posts have been very helpful.

Any advice? Thanks.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#8
5,606 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Originally posted by MercedMike
Well, Keith is pretty flexible.......
So when you email Keith, tell him (or actually Edna, his "princess") what you want and he can arrange it with you, I am sure.
We took a whale watching tour with Teckk Outfitters and after the boat ride we got in Keith's van and he took us out to look for bears. He found 3 bears for us and seemed to know exactly where they would be. It was a wonderful day. We would not hesitate to book with him again.
#9
iowa
55 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
We went with Keith last June. He knows the bears and has named them. We went a long time without seeing one. He asked when we had to be back, would have stayed out longer if needed. We saw 3 bears. followed one at 35mph for 1/2 to 3/4 mile. Bear would sit down, turn to see if we were still there and then run some more. Did this 3-4 times. We are going back again this year. Awesome
#10
Syracuse, New York
49,366 Posts
Joined May 2000
Originally posted by GST53
We are taking a land tour prior to our cruise. It includes the Tundra Wilderness Tour in Denali. I know there's no guarantee of seeing bears in Denali or with Keith of Teckk Tours. Just wondering if it would be "overkill" to do both on the same trip.

We're going whale watching in Juneau with Harv and Marv. We're not interested in zipline or fishing. So I'm just trying to plan what to do in ISP. All of the posts have been very helpful.

Any advice? Thanks.
These are different bears, based on diet.
There is no salmon in Denali Park. IF you want the chance of seeing bears and salmon, then go out of Hoonah.

There is a pretty fair chance of seeing bears in Denali Park, I always have. Only you can decide what you wish to occupy your time with???
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Alaska travels

[email protected]
#11
Johnson City, TN
15 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Do we need to schedule Bear Watching with Keith of TECKK in advance or can we do it the day we get to ISP?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#12
San Diego, California
5,274 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
Originally posted by GST53
Do we need to schedule Bear Watching with Keith of TECKK in advance or can we do it the day we get to ISP?
He usually books up early so I wouldn't wait. I am going with him in September and started emailing with Edna last year.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Mark

1986--West Caribbean on Fairwind; 1986--East Caribbean on Sea Princess; 1988--Bermuda on Nordic Prince; 1989--Mexico on Jubilee; 1990--East Caribbean on Sun Viking; 1992--Baja on Viking Serenade; 1994--Baja on Viking Serenade; 1995--Mexico on Regal Princess; 1995--Panama Canal on Royal Princess; 1997--Mexico on Song of America; 1998--Mediterranean on Inaugural Grand Princess; 2000--So Caribbean on Inaugural Ocean Princess b2b; 2001--Caribbean on Nordic Empress; 2001--Europe on Legend OT Seas; 2002--Panama Canal on Infinity; 2004--Transatlantic on Grand Princess; 2005--French Polynesia on Tahitian Princess; 2006--So Caribbean on Adventure OT Seas; 2007--Baltic on Jewel OT Seas; 2008--Mexico on Dawn Princess; 2009--So America on Radiance OT Seas; 2009--Mexico on Mariner OT Seas; 2010--Alaska on Radiance OT Seas; 2012--Panama Canal on Millennium; 2012--Xmas Markets Danube River Cruise on AmaLyra; 2013--Eastern Med on Reflection; 2013--Transatlantic on Reflection; 2014--Rhône River on AmaDagio; 2015--Australia/New Zealand on Solstice; 2016--Pacific Coastal on Infinity; 2017--West. Caribbean on Equinox.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
332 cruising days and planning for more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



#13
Syracuse, New York
49,366 Posts
Joined May 2000
Originally posted by GST53
Do we need to schedule Bear Watching with Keith of TECKK in advance or can we do it the day we get to ISP?
You need to schedule it ahead. IF you want to take a chance and be fully accepting of NOT going, then you can wait and try and call him when you get there.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Alaska travels

[email protected]
#14
40 Posts
Joined Apr 2007
prncscruiser ...

I have to laugh. I was on a trip with Keith LAST WEEK. We did have a great time butdid not see one bear. Not one. And, interestingly enough, he said it was THE FIRST TIME he had taken someone on a tour and not seen a bear. I certainly don't want to bad mouth him, as we did have a good time and got to see a lot of "real Alaska" we'd never have seen otherwise. I don't regret going on the tour and it was worth the money. But, I just have to laugh about it being "the first time" he'd not seen a bear. Quite a character.
#15
4,234 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Originally posted by drj011105
prncscruiser ...

I have to laugh. I was on a trip with Keith LAST WEEK. We did have a great time butdid not see one bear. Not one. And, interestingly enough, he said it was THE FIRST TIME he had taken someone on a tour and not seen a bear. I certainly don't want to bad mouth him, as we did have a good time and got to see a lot of "real Alaska" we'd never have seen otherwise. I don't regret going on the tour and it was worth the money. But, I just have to laugh about it being "the first time" he'd not seen a bear. Quite a character.
Not the first time of hearing a similar story. I guess that is why they label it a bear "search." And now with the internet age, lying certainly gets discovered quickly!
#17
Syracuse, New York
49,366 Posts
Joined May 2000
Originally posted by texasmomoftwo
We will be in IC Point around the 20th of June next year. Is it too early to see bears?
Contact the vendor directly, IF you are referring to Hoonah??? Will you be going to Denali Park?? Would see bears there.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Alaska travels

[email protected]
#19
Syracuse, New York
49,366 Posts
Joined May 2000
Originally posted by texasmomoftwo
Hi, BQ. Is it too early to see Bears with Keith in Icy Strait mid-end June next year?
Get this information direct from the vendor.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Happy Alaska travels

[email protected]
#20
Concord, California
3,437 Posts
Joined Jun 2000
Another option is to head out with Kenny (our guide was his friend Phil) from Brown Bear Lodge. I went out with them a couple weeks ago and we saw 12-15 bears during the day. Phil told some great stories and was a lot of fun. We were with him all day from about 8:15am until at least 4pm. Phill was willing to drive us around as long as the ship was in port.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
[email protected]

Princess 54 cruises HAL 4 cruises Celebrity 4 cruises
RCCL 4 cruise NCL 1 cruise Carnival 1 cruise
Alaska 26 Caribbean 14 Mexico 11 Coastal 5 South America 2
Panama Canal 2 Hawaii 2 Transatlantic 2 Baltic 1 Tahiti 1
Australia/New Zealand 1 Norway 1