Each year, Discover Kodiak hosts an annual fundraiser called the Chocolate Lover's Fling & Art Auction. This is an event where we bring the community together to celebrate the artists, muscians, and culture of Kodiak, and of course....chocolate!
This event is also the key fundraising that helps Discover Kodiak, a non-profit, to reach its mission each year: to promote sustainable development of the tourism industry throughout Kodiak Island Borough, thereby increasing economic opportunities, jobs and local tax revenues.
The Chocolate Lover’s Fling and Art Auction was introduced in 2009 by former Director, Janet Buckingham, as a fundraiser for the convention and visitors bureau. More important to founders, however, was hosting a community event that brought together the community for an elegant evening of chocolate, wine and art. Discover Kodiak is a strong supporter of the arts, so a playful “Kodiak style” themed art auction was added to the evening to feature an amazing array of Kodiak artists. Each year the auction is based on a type of fish that brings out the true uniqueness of Kodiak. This ranges from halibut tails to salmon. The Fling has become a ‘not to be missed” event in Kodiak and has sold out the last 5 years! I’m so happy to continue this tradition for years to come. We’d love for you to be an important part of the evening as well.
Most visitors who take a bear viewing excursion with one of Kodiak’s local guides return saying it was one of the most amazing experiences of their lifetimes….even “life-changing.” It is a powerful emotional experience to be in the company of the largest bear in the world and there is only one place you can do it: Kodiak Island.
Bear-viewing is, indeed, one of the most popular activities on Kodiak Island. The best time to see a Kodiak bear is during July, August and September and the best way to do so is in the company of a knowledgeable guide. Most local air taxis offer half-day viewing trips. Multi-day bear viewing adventures can be booked with remote lodges. Some boat charters and kayak outfitters specialize in bear and wildlife viewing. Special use cabins can be reserved through the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge office and through the Alaska State Parks office in Kodiak. In 2012, the Kodiak Brown Bear Center opened on Karluk Lake, in the heart of the 1.9 million acres of the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge.
Bears are sometimes seen on the road system. Should you be fortunate enough to see a bear on one of Kodiak’s roadways, only stop in designated pullouts or parking lots. Stopping on the roadway is illegal and you will be ticketed for doing so. Do not approach bears. Use a long-lens to take photographs and travel with binoculars to see bears that may be in the distance. Even in designated pull-outs, keep alert for high-speed traffic coming from both directions on the highway.
If seeing a Kodiak brown bear is an important component of your Alaska experience, plan ahead, select an outfitter, and book your bear-viewing experience several months in advance.
Kodiak and Katmai NP Coast. Watch and photograph Kodiak bears interact and catch salmon in their natural habitat. Fully guided, small group luxury cruise. Visit Puffin Rookery, see whales, birds and other marine mammals... More »
Six day guided fly-fishing, bear viewing & nature hiking on the remote Ayakulik River. Comfortable lodging & professional guide service providing the best river fishing and bear viewing in Alaska with over 25 years of experience... More »
Providing safe seaplane charters for Kodiak visitors & locals since 1985. Top rated bear viewing tours on Kodiak Island & Katmai Park professionally guided by Rolan & Jo. Flight-see beautiful Kodiak: whales, wildlife, fishing & hunting... More »
Locally owned and operated for 30 years, providing daily scheduled flights to remote Kodiak Island villages. Chartered flights to the mainland and to the Alaska Peninsula. Offering customized flightseeing tours and bear viewing trips... More »
Immerse yourself in nature with a wilderness adventure like no other! Your private lodge with a million dollar view is fully furnished. A customized, quality experience for YOU is our priority. Self-catered... More »
A scenic flight to an uncrowded location to watch bears; it’s about as Alaskan an experience as one can have. And that’s exactly what Kingfisher Aviation provides on its personalized four-hour tours to Kodiak Island or the Katmai Coast... More »
Fish with Bears! Photo Kodiak Bears fishing below waterfall! See whale, sea otter, puffin, eagles! Catch halibut and salmon in bays! River fish for salmon! Fully guided! Fly in float plane! Stay in historical cannery at full-service lodge!
SPECTACULAR BEAR VIEWING on the coast of Katmai National Park. Small, intimate guided groups, viewing and photographing wildlife in their natural habitat. Remote lodging, private baths, outstanding meals and professional staff... More »