Yes the bears know they are the stars of the show, and they have no interest in messing with their audience. Food supplies are plentiful, and the viewing area is relatively flat which allows the bears to see people from a distance and minimizes any surprises. The grizzly bears of Chinitna Bay are "habituated" to people, meaning they are used to seeing people and know that people do not pose a threat and are not a food source.
It's good to dress warm because you will be on the seacoast yet close to snow-capped mountain tops with hanging glaciers. Our guests prefer to dress in layers so they can easily add a layer if they get a bit chilled. The rain does not stop us from visiting the bears, so we suggest you bring sturdy two-piece rain gear. We have knee boots to get you through the muddy spots in the shore grass.
We recommend you stay as long as is reasonable for your style of travel. Most guests stay for 1-3 nights, depending on how much they want to see the bears. Those who have photographic goals tend to stay longer so they can catch the bears in different situations, weather and light. Our staff enjoy the bears so much they stay out there all season long.