Natural Habitat Ursus
Offering an exclusive cruising experience within the Alaskan wilderness, the intimate Natural Habitat Ursus brings guests to explore Katmai National Park, one of the world's best bear-viewing destinations. Accommodates up to 8 passengers.
At a Glance
Accommodates just 8 passengers guaranteeing an exclusive cruising experience
Ideally designed for exploring the coastal waters of Katmai National Park without impacting the environment
Enjoy fantastic on-shore excursions with experienced naturalist guides and get right into the heart of bear country
Meals on board make the most of the freshest seafood, sourced from Alaska's waters
Visit the world-famous Brook Falls during the salmon run and watch as droves of bears flock to the waters to feed
Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Natural Habitat Ursus or take a look at our itineraries to Alaska
Accommodating just eight passengers, the Natural Habitat Ursus can offer an intimate cruising experience whilst ensuring excursions on land are highly personalized. Its small size allows you to experience the Alaskan wilderness up close whilst minimising the impact on the environment, disembarking on Zodiacs to get closer to the shore.
Following a series of flexible itineraries to ensure you see the best of this remote part of Alaska, the Natural Habitat Ursus offers a truly special experience to those with a keen interest in nature and wildlife, traveling to wherever the bears can be found for some exceptional and up-close encounters in the safe hands of the experienced expedition leader.
The Ursus is ideally designed to navigate the remote waters surrounding Kodiak Island and Katmai National Park; having started its life as a crab fishing boat it can handle tough conditions and features state-of-the-art navigation and safety equipment. It has since been remodelled entirely, complete with four comfortable cabins, two restrooms and two showers, as well as a spacious galley, dining space and small library. The dining area is the hub of the vessel and is an inviting space in which to relax and share stories of the day's adventures over dinners of freshly caught Alaskan seafood.
There are four cabins on board the Ursus with both upper and lower berths. Although small and simple they are comfortable and cosy with a clever design to maximize the limited space. There is plenty of space outside the cabins to relax.
There is a spacious galley and dining room on board which is the perfect place to enjoy conversations and delicious dinners of freshly caught salmon, halibut and crab. There is also a CD player, computer, TV and DVD player on board, as well as a small library.
Prior to boarding your cruise, explore Kodiak Island and the rocky shoreline that forms a habitat for sea lions, otters, puffins, bald eagles and whales, spending time on shore too to soak in the museums and a range of other sites. Throughout your time on board there is flexibility to travel wherever the bears are, so itineraries and activities vary. Much of the bear-viewing here can be done on foot , carefully wandering the area accompanied by experienced and knowledgeable expedition leaders who are there to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Location & Directions
The Natural Habitat Ursus travels the national parks and fjordland of south eastern Alaska which is prime bear-viewing country, taking you to the famed Katmai National Park from Kodiak Island or Homer on certain departures. Please speak to a specialist for an exact itinerary.
When to go
Cruises on board the Natural Habitat Ursus run on set departures between June and September which coincides with the warmer weather and the best time to view grizzlies in Katmai National Park.