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Paddle with Whales Kayak Adventure

Excursion Overview

Wildlife viewing in Channel Islands State Marine Park's rich and diverse ecosystem

Your Juneau Paddle with Whales Kayak Adventure begins with a van transport near the Mt. Roberts tramway building which is within a walking distance from most cruise docks. After gear outfitting, board our 6-passenger motorboat and travel to the Inside Passage where you can meet humpback whales and other marine life.

Explore Alaska's richest humpback whale feeding ground on your way to the Channel Islands State Marine Park. Your professional boat captain will facilitate wildlife viewing in this rich and diverse ecosystem. Keep an eye out for humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, porpoises, seals, and an array of bird species.

Once you land on a remote beach, your guide will teach you kayaking techniques and provide fundamental instructions. Board double kayaks and glide across the sea on a quest for a more intimate wildlife viewing opportunity. Enjoy the picturesque landscape around you and listen to your guide sharing their local knowledge of the area. This active eco-kayak whale adventure is suitable for all experience levels.

Please note: Prices for this tour vary based on tour date, where the *from* price represents the lowest discounted price. All prices are the lowest possible rate and are backed by our price-match guarantee.

Things You Need to Know


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • Lunch including salami, cheese, hummus, veggies (peppers, carrots, tomatoes), granola, and dried fruit
  • Aluminum water bottle and water
  • Gear/equipment: Double kayaks, paddling gear, rain jacket, rain pants, life vest, rain boots, and dry bag
  • State Marine Park permits


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Guests must know how to swim
  • Kayak maximum waist-chest diameter of 55 inches (140cm)
  • Not recommended for guests with limited mobility, heart, and respiratory issues
  • Guests must be able to kayak for up to 2 hours
  • Pregnant guests are not permitted
  • Signed liability waiver

Duration: 6 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal.)

  • 45 minutes - transportation to harbor for gear outfitting and to board motorboat
  • 1.5 hours - wildlife and whale watching cruise to Channel Islands State Marine Park
  • 1.5 ~ 2 hours - paddle and safety instruction, kayaking, and wildlife viewing (Please note: Actual kayak time is dependent on marine conditions, wildlife location, and client ability)
  • 1 hour - return cruise back to harbor
  • 45 minutes - return to warehouse and transport back to cruise ship terminal

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets near the Goldbelt Mt. Robert's Tramway building. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our boats can accommodate up to 6 guests.

Humpback whales and other sea animals are protected species and a safe distance of at least 100 yards must be maintained at all times according to NOAA regulations.

No, this is wild Alaska! While we have a great chance to see marine life, it is never guaranteed.

We operate 12 passenger vans.

Barring unsafe conditions, we operate rain or shine. We provide rain jacket and pants.

The temperature on the water can be 15-20°F cooler than on the ground due to the wind chill factor.

The minimum age on this tour is 8 years old.

Bottled water and lunch are included.


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Duration: 6 hours

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Duration: 6 hours

Min of 2 Required to Book

Passengers (Age 8+): $459.00

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