Plymouth, North Carolina
May 27 - 30, 2018
( 4 Days / 2 Days Photographing Bears )

Day 1 - We will pick you up from the New Bern Airport (EWN) and travel 2 1/ 2 hours, via private van to Plymouth, NC.  When we arrive, we will check you into your hotel. The evening is yours to relax and prep for our trip in the morning. ( If you are joining us after our sandtiger shark expedition, we will leave Morehead City in the morning. )

Day 2 and 3 -  We will wake up early and spend the morning seeking out bears to photograph in an open top swamp buggy.  We break for lunch. Then you can relax or explore the town. In the late afternoon we will seek out the bears again, till we run out of light. 

Day 4 - We will depart at 7am and drive you to the New Bern airport (EWN) for your journey home. Make your return flights after 12 noon.


We are headed to Plymouth, North Carolina, to seek out wild black bears to photograph. Plymouth is located on the Roanoke River about seven miles (11 km) upriver from its mouth into the Albemarle Sound in North Carolina's Inner Banks region. The black bears around the Albemarle Sound are the largest of their species in the world, often growing to more than 600 pounds. Even female black bears often reach 300 pounds. Elsewhere in North America, male black bears usually don’t exceed 200 pounds, and females usually reach a maximum weight of about 150 pounds.

We have chosen this location because there are an estimated 8,000 bears in this area. Which is the largest concentration of black bears in the southeastern United States. We are limiting the amount of people we are bringing with us to ensure the best opportunities to photograph the bears.


Our trip will be conducted using an elevated open-top swamp buggy. Our guide has been working with the bears in this area for over 20 years. We will spend each day going out on two, half day trips. Bears are active in the early morning and late afternoon. So we will head out in the early morning for our first photo session, break in the afternoon and then head out again, late in the day, for our second photo session for different behavior and photography opportunities. The buggy will give us access to places we just could not get to in a regular vehicle. This is a one of kind photography expedition with up close encounters with wild black bears. 

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