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Kodiak Island’s abundant wildlife includes brown bears, whales, seals, sea lions and otters. Some researchers see Kodiak bears as unique sub-species, due to their startlingly long residence on the island.

Generally larger than their mainland relatives, Kodiak bears have lived on the island for around 12,000 years, and 3,000 live in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

The island’s wintering wildfowl has a combined population exceeding one million. Year round, some 237 bird species have been recorded here.

In the town itself, sightseeing highlights include the National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Centre, Baranov Museum, Alutiiq Museum, Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, where guns were readied to defend against an invasion during World War II.


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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, humpback whale, orca, sea otter, bald eagle
  • Where: Southwest Alaska, Alaska

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Alaska Bear Odyssey

Combine two prime locations for seeing grizzly bears, in areas of phenomenal natural beauty. The world’s largest brown bears can be found on Kodiak Island, whilst Katmai National Park offers great opportunities to view them fishing for salmon, and here you will also find the wild volcanoes of the Valley of 10,000 Smokes.

  • When to go: Jun-Sep
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £7,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Brown Bears of Kodiak

View the grizzlies of Kodiak Island (the largest in the world) gorge on salmon that swim up the rivers to spawn. This small-group trip also spends some time in Katmai National Park on board a private vessel, which enables you to reach remote spots and encounter bears as they feed along the shoreline.

  • When to go: Jun-Aug
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,945 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Comfort Inn

Located a short distance from Kodiak airport, this small and quiet hotel sits beside the Buskin River and offers en suite rooms, a restaurant and fitness centre. Nearby is Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, home to abundant wildlife, including brown bears, whales, otters and a huge number of wildfowl.

Zachar Bay Lodge

Set in the heart of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Zachar Bay Lodge is a friendly and comfortable accommodation with just 11 rooms. The surrounding mountains provide great wildlife opportunities, birdwatching and a variety of outdoor activities. The lodge is accessible by floatplane.