Want to get out onto the open Alaskan waters? Our captains and naturalists will take you in search of humpback and killer whales, sea lions, porpoises and so much more! Your Juneau whale watching journey will take you through Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel, all popular spots for spotting some of Southeast Alaska's finest wildlife.
Take a guided bus ride from downtown Juneau out to Auke Bay, where you will board one of our specially designed boats with large windows, heated cabins, and outdoor decks. Come aboard for an up-close viewing of Alaska's most incredible creatures, while listening to a naturalist and experienced guide.
There is a 100% guarantee or your money back to see the majestic humpback whales that travel to Alaska for feeding in the nutrient rich waters. Once a whale is spotted, our captain will slow down and passengers are allowed out on the decks for a truly unique and up-close experience. With plenty of time out on the water, you're sure to see an array of spouts, tails, breaches, and more from these magnificent whales!
Coupled with this tour is a stop at world-famous Mendenhall Glacier! Take in the massive and mighty glacier, an explosive river of ice with rugged crevasses and a vibrant blue color. At the glacier you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore the walking paths and the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center. Make sure you have your camera ready to snap photos of the famous Black Bears feeding on Wild Alaskan Salmon as you walk along raised trails over salmon spawning streams. It's truly a wild experience!
Included: Snacks and beverages. Admission to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center.
Please note: 100% Guaranteed whale sightings or full refund on the whale watching portion of your tour. You'll be in a boat with a fully enclosed, heated cabin with restrooms on-board and outdoor decks for viewing. Child's rates, if applicable, are for children age 2-12.
This tour operation is under permit with the Tongass National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.
Duration: 4.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. Whale watching: About 2 hours. Time at glacier: 45mins - 1 hour.)
How many passengers does the boat hold?
There are 2 different sizes of boats used, with a maximum capacity of either 38 or 49 guests. Compare this with the boats used by the cruise lines which hold up to 150 guests at once!
What is the seating arrangement in the boat?
Every boat has open seating as well as outside viewing areas when permitted.
Is there an inside seating area on the boat, is it heated?
The interior of the boat is heated when needed due to weather conditions to keep a comfortable environment.
How close will we get to the whales?
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.
Are whale sightings guaranteed?
Sightings are guaranteed or you'll receive a full refund for the whale watching portion of your tour.
What is the temperature on the water?
Air temperature can drop as much as 20F with the wind chill factor when viewing whales outside.
How many passengers does the tour bus hold?
The maximum capacity for this tour is 51 guests.
What is the seating arrangement of the tour bus?
There is open seating on the tour bus, however if you require a certain seat due to physical impairment then please inform your tour guide.
Is there enough time to hike to Nugget Falls waterfall?
No, unless you can walk 2 miles within 45 minutes. Nuggest Falls is located about 1 mile from the Visitor Center and can be seen from the parking lot and various walking trails and view points around the Visitor Center building.
Will I see any bears on this tour?
Wildlife is abundant in Southeast Alaska and sightings are possible on any tour. Bears are often seen near the glacier during the late summer salmon spawning season, however this is not a designated bear watching tour and nothing can be guaranteed!
Will I be able to walk on the glacier during this tour?
Walking on or getting up close to the glacier is not possible during this tour.
Is admission inside the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center included?
Yes, admission is included.
Are there any age restrictions for children?
There are no age restrictions for this tour.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
Are food and drink included?
Beverages, bottled water and a light snack (granola bar) are included.
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