(Photography and Wildlife Enthusiasts)

Plymouth, North Carolina
May 27 - 30, 2018
( 4 Days / 2 Days Black Bear Encounters )

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. These are full days, seeking out wildlife. 

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 the largest of the wild black bears species in the world, to observe and photograph. Plymouth, NC 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, often growing to more than 600 pounds. Even female black bears here can 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.

Not only are these coastal bears huge, but they are also abundant. 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.

Black Bears are much more afraid of humans than vice versa. Nonetheless, they should be approached with caution and not approached at all if they have cubs. The best way to view them with the least disturbance is to stay in our vehicle. They are accustomed to vehicles and often pay them no mind. By staying in our vehicle, we have the best opportunity to peacefully observe them as well as photograph them. If they see a person outside of a vehicle they almost always turn and run away. Whenever and wherever you encounter black bears, it is certainly a memorable experience.


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.  

We will head out to observe the bears in the early morning hours, for our first session. This will give us the chance to see the bears feeding and socializing with each other. For our photographers and videographers, this will give you the opportunity to take advantage of the early morning light for unique up-close images.

  We will return for our second session, after we break for lunch in the afternoon. We head out again, to find more bears and again observe them feeding together and socializing late in the day. The late afternoon is always a great opportunity to capture unique photos of the bears feeding in that perfect golden light.  

The swamp 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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