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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure Tour

Please be advised that you must leave yourself at least 1 hour between your arrival to Juneau and tour start time if traveling by cruise ship and arriving after 10:30am. if your ship is arriving before 10:30am, you can choose a departure time that is 30 minutes after your arrival.

For an amazing experience and the chance to have an excursion you'll never forget, come aboard for this Juneau whale watching adventure including our 100% guarantee you will see whales!

Our captains and naturalists will take you in search of humpback and killer whales, Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears, and deer, making for the ultimate Southeast Alaska wildlife viewing. Your Juneau whale watching journey will take you through Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal, or Saginaw Channel.

This Juneau whale watching tour leaves downtown and drives through the beautiful Mendenhall Valley on the way out to scenic Auke Bay. At Auke Bay, all passengers will board one of our specially designed boats for Southeast Alaska wildlife viewing. Large windows inside a heated cabin provide for a comfortable and exceptional viewing experience. Two outdoor decks provide for up-close viewing capabilities of some of Alaska's most incredible creatures. Our experienced guides and naturalists take you on a whale watching adventure of a lifetime throughout the majestic glacier-carved waters of Southeast Alaska.

The highlight of this tour is seeing the humpback whales that have traveled to Alaska for feeding in the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska's capital city. Once a whale is spotted, our captain will slow down and allow the passengers outside on the front and back viewing decks for excellent picture opportunities and an up-close experience.

This is a day you will never forget! Included in this tour are complimentary snacks and beverages. Don't forget to bring a warm and rainproof jacket to spend some time on one of the outdoor viewing decks!

Included: Snacks and beverages.

Please note: 100% Guaranteed whale sightings or full refund. Our boats are fully enclosed with a heated cabin and restrooms on-board. There are also two outdoor decks for viewing. Child's rates are for children age 2-12.

What are the best whale watching tours in Juneau?
The best Juneau whale watching tours are:

When is the best time to go whale watching in Juneau?
Whale watching in Juneau is probably the best in the world, but the best time to go whale watching in Juneau is June through August. In Late July and August, whales begin Bubble Net Feeding and you can see 10-12 whales jumping out of the water at once.

Am I guaranteed to see whales?
Yes, on our Juneau whale watching tour you are guaranteed to see whales or your money back. Our guides know the best places to find the majestic whales that visit Juneau in the summer.

View all of our Juneau whale watching tours.

Duration: 3-3.5 hours (Roundtrip from cruise ship terminal. )


  • Roundtrip transportation from the cruise ship terminal
  • 100% Guaranteed whale sightings or a full refund for the whale watching portion of your tour
  • Beverages and light snacks
  • Restrooms available onboard the boat

Duration: 3.5 hours. Tour times below are approximate:

  • 1.5 hours - and roundtrip transportation
  • 2 hours - whale watching onboard a boat

Meeting Instructions:

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

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is limited mobility accessible. Guests must be able to climb 4 steps into and out of the bus. There is limited space for collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. There is no storage available for motorized scooters. Please leave a comment during checkout if accommodations for collapsible equipment will be required on tour.


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.

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!

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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Check out other frequently asked questions here!

Customer Reviews
May 2023 - Paul P.

Booked this through Alaska Shore Excursions as it was much better value than through the cruise ship. Actual whale watching was with a local company - brilliant service, very well-organised, informative crew and we were lucky enough to see humpbacks, orcas, and sea lions. Fab!

May 2023 - Jacqueline A.

The tour was flawless - bus to marina and on board boat. Disappointed that we did not see whales "closer up" but that was NOT the fault of our tour !! Enjoyed the time on the water chatting with other tourists so all in all, all, a wonderful day and excellent tour guides on board. Thank you !

May 2023 - Brian S.

They had people at the dock waiting for us and guided us to the bus that took us to the harbor. Boat and guides on the boat were very informative and got us on a killer whale within 20 minutes. Also got to see a humpback whale before returning to marina. Tour was great and accomplished what we wanted.

Oct 2022 - Hope K.

Even though it was mid-October, we were lucky enough to see 15+ whales. It was such an awesome experience. From pickup to drop off, the crew was so friendly and informative. Had a blast. Definitely recommend!!!

Sep 2022 - Brad K.

We had a wonderful time! Picked us up right where they said and same with drop off. The ship's crew was awesome and went out of there for us! The bus driver told us a lot about the town as we drove to the boat for the tour and on our way back to the cruise ship! Totally recommend and will use again in the future!!!!

Sep 2022 - Darri G.

What an awesome experience! Whales in every direction! Some coming right near the boat as we drifted in the bay. It was definitely the highlight of our trip.

Sep 2022 - Mark K.

The crew, was awesome from safety to finding whales and sea lions. We had a great time Jeff was very informative regarding the whales and marine life. Monica was our boat operator and she did a fabulous job. The company is family owed and operated. We highly recommend this tour.

Sep 2022 - James S.

The naturalists on board were knowledgeable and the boat captain knew where to find the whales. A great experience!

Sep 2022 - Nicole G.

Such a great trip! We saw so many whales. Small snacks provided. Team were super friendly. Easy pick up and drop off from the pier.

Sep 2022 - Laura Y.

This was perfect! We are Alaska residents and wanted a little adventure and boy did we get one. Captain Mike found lots of whales to watch while the crew was knowledgable and helpful. I loved how safety was first and foremost. I would do another trip with them.

Sep 2022 - Ching H.

The guide was very friendly and helpful. Took my parents together, and had a blast. Defiantly one of the highlights of the trip, we not only saw a mature Whale breached but the boat was clean and comfortable throughout the trip. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Sep 2022 - Ian F.

Wonderful experience. Not only did we get to see several whales, but we also felt the team wasn't rushed to get back after seeing the first few. Couldn't have asked for more.

Aug 2022 - Monica D.

Very nice tour, we were well taken care of. Both the bus and boat were in great shape, and the tour operators made sure we were back at our ship at the correct time. Would highly recommend, way better pricing than booking on the ship! Highlight was definitely seeing orcas and humpback whales.

Jul 2022 - Kelly M.

The Captain and naturalist were the best. They helped everyone have a perfect experience as possible. This was the trip of a lifetime, we saw three adult whales and two calves. There were many photo opportunities. Every question was answered fully. I really enjoyed whale watching!

Jul 2022 - Kelly P.

The excursion was amazing. As the crew promised, we saw whales!! They were very informative and knew their facts! Totally enjoyed their hospitality and would HIGHLY recommend them!!

Jul 2022 - Daniel C.

Great excursion We saw many whales and this was a great experience. The smaller size of this excursion made it much more enjoyable. Professional all the way around.

Jul 2022 - Helen C.

Excellent tour, pick up and transfer went very smoothly. The crew on the boat were very friendly and knowledgeable and we had a great encounter with whales. Would highly recommend!

Jul 2022 - Leslie S.

I thought they did a delightful job in educating us as to which whales we were seeing, about their particular behaviors that they were exhibiting, and who they were by their markings. All of the crew and captain were friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. Even the driver of the bus was lovely.

Jul 2022 - Stephanie L.

We had a wonderful time! Olive, our guide, was very knowledgeable and friendly. I also have to give a shout out to the company. I originally booked this excursion over a year and a half ago and had to change it four times due to cancelations by my cruise line. Each time I contacted Alaska Shore Excursions, I received a prompt reply and you all accommodated every change. Thank you!

Jun 2022 - Suzanne C.

So great. People were great. Boat was nice. Lots of sightings including a close up of a humpback. Would recommend highly!!

Jun 2022 - Joan S R.

Staff was amazing!!

Jun 2022 - Shaun J.

Great experience. Boat captain, staff, and the bus driver to/from were all top-notch.

Jun 2022 - Stephanie F.

We took our chances and booked outside of the Carnival Excursion! We were so glad that we did, Sara, Bri and Monica were wonderful on our excursion! They were very knowledgeable about the orca's and humpback whales that we seen! If i ever go to Alaska again I would book this excursion again! Thanks for making our vacation so memorable !!!!

May 2022 - Craig C.

Great time! Crew was great! Highly recommend.

May 2022 - William C F.

Had a great time...captain Sarah, Monica and Taz were A#1 and very knowledgeable. Glad we booked this excursion. Absolutely beautiful weather and the whales came out for us. A big shout-out to Sarah, Monica and Taz.

May 2022 - Lynn B.

Our crew- Sarah, Monica, Taz & Cap made our excursion the best it could ever be! We were able to see so many whales. They had so much information to share about the whales & answered any questions we had. A bonus for us was to see Mendenhall Glacier on our way back! It was the best time ever! So glad we were able to support a local business. Would recommend this excursion above all!

May 2022 - Paula T. S.

We had a wonderful time and the crew, Capt. Sarah, Monica and Taz, were fantastic! They were so informative and answered all the questions we had and made sure we saw whales the whole time we were onboard! I would recommend these women to anyone!

May 2022 - Garry S.

Terrific communications once booked, especially as I had to change time of booking due to cruise company changing itinerary. Collection from port was easy and the whale watching guides (Captain Luke, Olive and Monica) were superb. I thoroughly recommend as we saw about 8 whales and had great customer service.

May 2022 - Sabine D.

We had an outstanding excursion in Juneau. We met the rest of the group next to the tram station at the Port of Juneau and drove by bus to the harbour where the boat was located. The crew knew where to look out for the whales and had even a booklet about every whale they have seen in that area over the years. On our excursion we saw several whales at different locations and headed even towards a point where you are able to see sea lions. On our way back, we saw a sea otter, which is very rare. Because it is so uncommon the driver had chosen to go back, to get a closer look. Every crew member is a real animal lover and gives explanations on what we see and how to find the whales. I definitely recommend this trip.

May 2022 - Scott B.

Wonderful tour. Friendly people. Saw lots of whales!

Oct 2021 - Christopher H.

Wonderful tour. The staff met us right outside the ship to take us by van to the tour boat. We went late in the season (last trip actually) and there weren't many whales to see, but the staff made it entertaining and helped us get views of the few whales still in the area. We enjoyed the views and the ride. We would do this again.

Oct 2021 - Rebecca S.

Well organized. Nice accommodations on the bus and on board the boat. Saw several whales even though it was the end of the season. And we were lucky to see a group of orcas. Enjoyed the tour.

Oct 2021 - Kasandra W.

This was the best excursion of our whole trip! We saw upwards of 20 whales. The guides did a great job pointing them out and explaining their behavior.

Sep 2021 - Kerri L.

Despite wind rain and a chilly temp, this crew made sure we spotted whales!!

Sep 2021 - David S.

We had a great time. The shuttle driver was friendly and helpful. The boat crew were great and the boat was very good for the purpose. Weather and whales are not at the control of the operator. We did have rain and did see whales. At the end a mom and calf came up right by the boat which was really cool.

Sep 2021 - Daniel T.

We saw the whales in different places. Not up close but good enough to get everyone excited. Nice crew. Made us feel safe. Yummy snack too!

Sep 2021 - Cindy G.

This whale watching trip was phenomenal! We saw 14 whales. Monica (Money), Bri, and the rest of the staff on the boat were amazing.

Aug 2021 - Peter R.

The whales are incredible. The boat, the crew, the naturalist, all excellent.

Aug 2021 - Andrew C.

The whale watching tour was amazing! The Staff. Capt Ben. Brianna, and Monica all were super great in telling what/Who we were looking at and all the whales names. we saw a total of 14 individual Humpbacks! IS was a spectacular excursion and look forward to doing it again.

Aug 2021 - Oliver B.

The folks that work for Alaska Shore Excursions were fantastic. The boat was super nice and comfortable. They took us out when others were canceling too. Only con was they kept a pretty long distance from the whales. Now I understand why that's necessary and I'm all for preserving these awesome creatures, but I felt like we were too far for observation or pictures with a phone camera and as is with all excursions (especially if not booked through the boat) they are overly concerned about getting you back early to the ship and it seems that just about the time you're starting to get into it they have to take you back. Solution to that really is to visit these places directly and not on a cruise. Guess I'll never get used to that type of experience. All in all highly recommend ASE for double sure and the whale watching company did a good job too!

Aug 2021 - Kimberly F.

What a great excursion! They guarantee a whale sighting and they deliver. The area to meet your group is a short walk from the ship and then it's a bus ride to a marina. The boat is very clean and warm. Once the captain sees some whales, they stop and let you go outside. We saw orca whales from a distance and humpback whales close to the boat. The crew is very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend this excursion!

Jul 2021 - Susan H.

What a fabulous time we had. The tour couldn't have been any better. Crew was very friendly and helpful and informative and knew their STUFF but also made it a heck of a FUN time. Sue from Texas

Jul 2021 - Stephanie K.

We had a group of 4 and we all had a great time. Captain and staff were very knowledgeable and made the trip very enjoyable. We got a lot of great shots of whales, sea lions. Recommend this excursion.

Oct 2019 - Stephen B.

Although we didn't get a lot of good viewing of the whales, it was a nice excursion. The whales were around just not breeching for a good view! The boat appeared to be brand new and we were super impressed with the all female staff. It was so nice to have the captain come and chat with the participants and we had a great time. The crew was helpful with getting us on / off the boat as our family had a person in a wheelchair that needed assistance. I absolutely recommend this excursion to anyone! Thank you for a great time.

Oct 2019 - Helen M.

This was a great excursion. We saw many whales but the best part was the person providing the commentary was very knowledgeable and obviously very passionate about the whales. The trip was incredible and very informative

Oct 2019 - Marie S.

Even though it was raining the whole day, had a great time watching the whales. Staff courteous and knowledgeable:)

Oct 2019 - Sara S.

Great trip, the crew were really friendly and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

Sep 2019 - Stephen V.

A lovely and memorable experience. The young ladies who were our captain and our guide, were immensely professional, knowledgeable and personable. A great excursion we would recommend to anybody. Oh ... and we saw several whales!

Sep 2019 - Kathryn S.

Brandon the captain and Regina the naturalist were awesome!! We got great information and the best views of the whales. The bus ride was also very informative and we loved the driver. The best experience ever!! Thank you!!

Sep 2019 - Catherine N.

Wonderful!!! We saw 5 whales at a time. The captain and crew were outstanding.

Sep 2019 - Simon D.

This was a once in a lifetime trip. We were picked up from the cruise terminal and well looked after. The bus driver was very good and pointed out all points of interest encounters. Saw lots of whales and seals- crew were very knowledgeable. Well worth it.

Sep 2019 - Rochelle I.

Was very nice. The young woman on the tour did a wonderful job. We saw a few whales. Was a good experience.

Sep 2019 - Robert L.

Pretty darn good. Saw quite a few whales. Good driver on pickup and return. We had a small group and was excellent. Would recommend. Saw a lot of eagles on the way to the boat. Thank you

Sep 2019 - Linda J F.

This was a wonderful experience! The crew made this such a fun trip. We saw a lot of whales and even spent a fair amount of time watching a cow and her calf frolic. This very knowledgeable crew shared a wealth of information. Would highly recommend this to all.

Sep 2019 - Odalys D.

Great time.

Sep 2019 - Joshua S.

Great excursion. We saw a couple of killer whales, a few humpbacks including one that swam under our boat. The staff was just as excited as we were to see whales. Highly recommend.

Sep 2019 - Earl G.

AWESOME CREW. We say 6 whales. Two flukes at once. Momma and her calf. Each whale had a name and identity. That was cool. Lauren is a good captain. Kenny was a GREAT Commentator and host.

Sep 2019 - Jeffrey F.

Had a fantastic whale watching tour as we were able to see a bunch of wildlife such as seals, sea lions, killer whales and humpback whales. I loved this tour and the onboard crew were very knowledgeable and helpful. A+++

Sep 2019 - Kurt B.

Saw many humpback whales as well as a raft of sea lions. Boat was very comfortable, and because of all the barrier islands, the ride was very smooth.

Sep 2019 - Susan P.

We had an amazing time on our tour. We saw whales and sea lions and it was exciting. The surrounding environment on the cruise was absolutely breathtaking. All of the staff on the boat was very friendly, helpful and professional. I would def recommend.

Sep 2019 - Charlene F.

We saw Orcas! Which is apparently rare. How lucky were we! And Humpbacks! Would do it again without a doubt! Staff was great and tour guide could not have been more excited about seeing orcas

Sep 2019 - Helga S.

Too bad it rained, saw very few whales......not your fault.

Sep 2019 - Jun L.

Good experience, whale was too far to get good pictures

Sep 2019 - Charlie L.

Your crew and captain were very knowledgeable and helpful, they maneuvered the boat out of the rainstorm and had us on whales in no time to enjoy the whale watching including breeches!

Aug 2019 - Lynnette E.

Whale Watching was fantastic. Libby and the crew were awesome, they have a great boat and give great information. We enjoyed that very much and the weather was perfect. I will recommend them. Great group of gals. I wish them much success. Lynnette Eckert

Aug 2019 - Cynthia C.

The boat was clean and comfortable. They did their best to take us where the whale action was and we did see them. Wish they came in closer, but, again, not fault of the boat or crew...I have to blame the whales. Also saw jellyfish, seal lions and eagles. We enjoyed the excursion, staff was very friendly. I'd take it again.

Aug 2019 - Wai Kuen C.

We can see the whales, but it's too far away from the ship.

Aug 2019 - Elizabeth M.

Great tour, the young people were well informative. This one went a little later in the day because of our time of arrival into Juneau but we still saw whales and other marine animals. We have done this tour once with the ship tours last year and this one we booked off ship and both were the same but of course you get a better price when done by the locals...Alaska offers lots of choices but I think this was one company I found to be exceptional.

Aug 2019 - David H.

A great excursion, crew was very informitive on the life of the whales. Highly recommend this tour.

Aug 2019 - Jolene K.

This was fun! Thought we would see more whales and a bit closer up but we did enjoy the beautiful day whale watching.

Aug 2019 - Frank S.

This was a great excursion. We saw plenty of whales. We even saw a mother and calf as well as a juvenile whale that was breaching repeatedly. Great fun for our entire family. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The boat was comfortable. Definitely a five-star day.

Aug 2019 - Darla M.

Whale watching was really nice, our only problem was they stated that they supplied binoculars, so we left ours on ship, when we got there, they stopped doing that so be sure to take you on

Aug 2019 - Zhengfan Y.

Whales, whales, whales! We saw a lot of whales on this tour. Probably the best experience during our Alaska Cruise.

Aug 2019 - Cathleen S.

Great trip Capt Rich- Sara- Hanna made our trip very special. We saw 6 whales two being a Mom and Baby. The Baby was very busy and all over the place. It was very informative and well organized. Our meeting place was well organized. The bus ride to the boat was very comfortable. The driver pointed out lots of local attractions. The boat was beautiful, inside seating and had 3 observation decks. I highly recommend this event.

Aug 2019 - Marilyn K.

Well orgainized and very nice boat ride. Disappointed we didn't get closer view of the whales that were out there. We stayed very far back.

Aug 2019 - Terry A.

Aaron, Hannah and Capt. Rich were all great, recommend taking this trip and would do it again!

Aug 2019 - Irfan S.

Captaincies. Rich, Aaron, and Hannah were awesome. They made extra effort to switch locations couple times so we could get a good What sighting.

Aug 2019 - Julie D.

Our family of nine had a wonderful time. Our crew was Capt. Rich, Aaron, and Danielle. Each of them were knowledgeable, kind, and outstanding! Aaron even saved my grandson from being stuck in the bathroom. Many thanks to one and all!!

Aug 2019 - BIENVENIDO D.

The entire crew informative, attentive and friendly. Whales at plenty. Clean, Neat and Roomy. Very Enjoyable.

Aug 2019 - Mark M.

Great crew! We saw quite a few whales as promised. Boat ride was very comfortable and smooth. I would recommend to anyone...

Aug 2019 - Velma V.

Excellent. Knowledgeable crew.

Aug 2019 - Janice S.

Very nice excursion. Staff was wonderful. Loved seeing the whales. Would definitely recommend!

Aug 2019 - Craig W.

This was am amazing excursion. The tour operator staff were very safety conscious & very knowledgeable about the various whales. The boat also had comfortable inside seating with outside viewing areas as well. We were able to see Killer Whales, which are actually part of the dolphin family. We were told that it s not often to see them in this area. We also saw pods of Orca Whales. The views were great & truly one of the highlights of our Alaska Cruise. You won't go wrong with this excursion. Also nice it wasn't a huge boat so we didn't feel crowded. I think maybe 36 people or so.

Jul 2019 - Kim M.

Very nice excursion, again our guides were very knowledgable, we had a fantastic time.

Jul 2019 - Catherine F.

Amazing trip.

Jul 2019 - Gunter F.

Very good, informative and friendly staff. Saw whales eagles and as a bonus sea lions.

Jul 2019 - Kelly L.

Captain Luke and deckhands Aaron and Hannah were wonderful! They knew the places to go to see the humpback whales and gave us an experience we ll never forget. It was the best ever!

Jul 2019 - Marie B.

great experience! GUides were awesome! easy pick up at the port.

Jul 2019 - Jim B.

The crew was excellent and knowledgeable.

Jul 2019 - Joan H.

Such an awesome excursion. The three girls leading the excursion were fantastic! We saw the humpback whales bubble netting...such a cool sight. Would go on this excursion again.

Jul 2019 - Rosemary H.

Very nice tour but there were too many boats in the water and difficult to take pictures with all the other boats. The crew was helpful to spot a whale.

Jul 2019 - Kermit S.

Awesome Experience!!

Jul 2019 - Rhonda D.

We were fortunate enough to see killer whales on our tour - wonderful! The old school bus they used is a little uncomfortable because the area between the seats is small, but it wasn't too bad. Oh, it was also quite a walk from where the bus dropped us off to where we boarded the boat. It wasn't bad for me, but it was a little difficult for my 82 year old mother.

Jul 2019 - Stephen D.

Great tour. We saw orcas and humpbacks.

Jul 2019 - Jeanne S.

Fantastic! Say many whales and a baby put on a real show. Tour guides were amazing!

Jul 2019 - Catherine G.

I had a very enjoyable day out on the water with Rich, Luke and Hannah. Comfortable boat, very clean and safety rules were carefully explained and enforced. We saw a number of whales and I learned about the efforts they are making in collaboration with others to provide the best possible environment for the whales. Great day in Juneau

Jul 2019 - Cristina L.

Had a wonderful time. We saw a lot of whales also orca whales!!!!

Jul 2019 - Christine M.

Very knowledgeable guides on the boat and shared their knowledge well. Nice clean boat and glad we had good weather and actually saw a few whales.

Jul 2019 - Katherine M.

Went the extra mile to make sure we saw lots it hump backs and ORCA as well. The ship was amazing nice. Snack and water provided. Nice touch..

Jun 2019 - Gerald O.

Awesome! Made the trip for us. Saw 3 whales breach, a rarity I am told!

Jun 2019 - Alan C.

Small boat. Saw Orcas and Humpbacks really close to. Well organised with knowledgeable crew. A great trip in stunning scenery.

Jun 2019 - Beth K.

Guide was very informative and it was so exciting to see the whales.

Jun 2019 - Percy M.

Well worth it

Jun 2019 - Shaun D.

Highly recommend this company for whale watching!!! We saw a tale early on and they could have said that's it. But they took us out further for an awesome experience!!! Aaron and Luke were great!!!!

Jun 2019 - Allison E.

Our guide, Aaron, had lots of good information to share on the boat and made the whole experience a lot of fun. Even our bus driver from the docks to the boat made the ride worthwhile. I would definitely book with this company again if I

Jun 2019 - Delois W.

We loved this excursion. To be able to be right there when they come up to breathe is fantastic. We didn't get to see them breach this day other than to come up for air. They didn't put on a show for us but you can't control a huge whale either. At any rate it was awesome to see them and with the baby. Fantastic!!

Jun 2019 - Adolph M.

Great excursion

Jun 2019 - CHARLES R.

Great crew. Brand new very comfortable boat. Crew seemed to know where to find the whales.

Jun 2019 - Amylia B.

This excursion was amazing! We were able to see a humpback whale jumping in and out of the water multiple times, slapping the water with it's fins and a couple others feeding. It was great!

Jun 2019 - Dennis M.

excellent crew and boat...........whales kind of scarce

Jun 2019 - Reginald T.

Excellent trip, saw whales, orcas, seals, sea lions etc. Crew were excellent, very knowledgable. Thoroughly recommend this trip

May 2019 - Richard C.

The boat trip with Capt. Rich and Libby and Aaron was very well-done. They were all very knowledgeable about the subject of whales and did everything they could to get us some good sightings. They freely shared what they knew about what we were seeing. The transportation to and from was not of the same quality. We had to do a lot of extra driving to pick people up that should not have been necessary.

May 2019 - Michael L.

Really enjoyed. Saw whales. Crew very helpful.

May 2019 - Maryann C.

Our tour was amazing.

May 2019 - Charles L.

I know I'm missing someone, but Libbie, Ron were very knowledgeable of their duties and did a great job interacting with us visitors. Well Done!

May 2019 - Tonya W.

Gor a rare double shot of killer and humpback whales. The enthusiasm and knowledge of the boat crew were outstanding.

May 2019 - David M.

"Captain! There be whales here!" We had an awesome time! Great comfortable boat with a great informative crew. We got really close to multiple Humpbacks and close enough to a pod of Orcas to get some good pictures with my zoom lens camera. People on our cruise ship were asking for a copy of one of the videos my wife took on her cell phone because we were that close. Our cruise ship changed the arrival time twice but it was not a problem.

Sep 2018 - Saverio C.

Well organized and rendezvous on pier went perfect. Very nice boat and we saw plenty of whales and seals.

Sep 2018 - Robin H.

The whale watch was incredible! We saw many whales, the captain and crew were great, and the ship was nice as well. The bus driver who brought us out there was very engaging too, and it was a bonus that he had to pick up some people at Mendenhall Glacier since we had planned on going there before the whale watch but it didn't work out. We came prepared with binoculars, but I felt bad for those who didn't have them since the excursion information indicated binoculars would be handed out. I highly recommend this tour - it is well worth the money.

Sep 2018 - Mitchell V.

Great tour. Saw lots of wildlife along with whales. Capt. Rich and Brandi were very informative.

Sep 2018 - Karen C.

Whales! Awsome to see them and we saw several. Knowledgeable staff and learned a lot about whales. We were not disappointed.

Sep 2018 - Richard H.

It's a nice trip out in the water. If the weather's good, it's great.

Aug 2018 - John B.

Excellent! Great knowledge & thought the trip was awesome!

Aug 2018 - Paul A.

Captain Rick and Brandi made the excursion very enjoyable. They were able to find whales and get us into position to take pictures. They were very knowledgeable about the wildlife and surrounding areas. When we were told we were getting the best captain and naturalist, we can see why they are considered the best. We were able to see quite a lot and made it back in time.

Aug 2018 - Ruthann K.

Wonderful staff. Knowledgeable and professional. would highly recommend this tour.

Aug 2018 - Mark G.

We enjoyed the trip and were able to see many whales and also this amazing bubble feeding. Thank you

Aug 2018 - Roberto P.

Despite the rain we had a wonderful experience the crew was very informed and helpful. It was a wonderful adventure for the whole family and we really got to see a few whales and seals.

Aug 2018 - William C.

We had a wonderful time on our whale watching tour. It was an exciting time when the whales were spotted. Highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Aug 2018 - Mark D.

Was so choppy, was hard to take pictures. Saw a few whales, but passed by bouy with sea lines on it and no one pointed it out so didn't get pictures! I would not do it again. However, your crew were friendly and engaging!

Aug 2018 - Con M.

We liked the small size boat and loved the captain and naturalist. We went directly to watch a large group of humpback whales bubble net feeding. Then encountered a few orca whales on our return. Action packed 2 hours that were well worth the money.

Jul 2018 - Stephen L.

Awesome trip! Captain Laura and the crew did a great job getting us to the site to see 17 Humpback Whales bubble feeding! That was followed up by seeing four Killer Whales on the way back to port. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.

Jul 2018 - Maria C.

Fantastic crew enthusiastically chasing whales for us . We saw some Orcas and humpback whales. Recommend this +++

Jul 2018 - Garry C.

Well organized! All of the guides worked hard to make this experience a memorable one. They accommodated all of our needs and were very friendly! It was a great afternoon of whale watching!

Jul 2018 - Chuan Q.

The whale watching tour was amazing!!! We saw several groups of humpback swimming and bubble netting, as well as killer whales (orca) swimming around the boat.

Jul 2018 - Ashley A.

Great excursion! Exceeded expectations!

Jul 2018 - Jodi T.


Jul 2018 - Victor T.

This tour was beautiful. We saw orcas and humpbacks. Lauren, Eric, and Justin made sure we received great views of the whales! The water and granola bars were an extremely nice touch. Definitely a class act! I adored our bus driver, Juan or Jose. I wrote down many names and autocorrect changed this lovely gentleman's name to Joe.

Jul 2018 - Elizabeth T.

Had a great time. Brandy was wonderful in teaching us about the whales and tidbits about Juneau in general. i would definitely recommend this tour to anyone else who asked. Saw whales, sea lions, and Bald Eagles. Learned a lot and saw some great sights.

Jul 2018 - Theresa L.

We enjoyed the tour and the Captain and crew on the boat were very friendly and informative.

Jul 2018 - Loraine R.

Capt. Rich and Brandi were excellent guides. We were able to zip across the water following the blow holes, seeing whales and eagles.

Jun 2018 - Kae-Chy C.

Very knowledgeable and friendly crew. They got us to areas where we saw a total of 6 whales.

Jun 2018 - Anthony R.

Our captain and guide (his wife) were fantastic

Jun 2018 - Betsy M.

This trip was everything we hoped for and more. Rich was our captain and Brandi was our guide. Both were very professional and did everything they could to make our experience all it could be. Rich was very committed to following the rules, which he explained in detail to us, at the same time, he was in communication with other boats for news of sightings. We were lucky, we saw plenty of orca and humpbacks. Brandi was very knowledgeable and answered many of my questions completely and patiently. As I said, they were both very professional and respectful of the environment. A very positive experience. The boat was clean, offered great viewing opportunities. Nice to be in a small group.

Jun 2018 - Susan N.

Tour bus driver wasn't the best. But boat crew made up for it.

Jun 2018 - James M.

So much fun. Eric was the naturalist on board and he was excellent. Chad was the boat driver and handled the rough water with ease. They were very knowledgeable about the location of the whales and sea lions and orcas. They were aware of the rules about required distances from the whales and we saw breaches (whales jumping out of the water) and also one rolling on top of water with flipper fins flapping. It was amazing . of my best experiences ever....

Jun 2018 - Kristina D.

Saw everything on our bucket list! Orca's, lots of whale sightings, and even a humback jumping out of the water. It was truly amazing and worth every penny spent! Thanks for an amazing excursion!

Jun 2018 - Ashley W.

Awesome Awesome tour!! We ended up getting to see humpback whales and Orcas! The tour guide did a great job of finding the best spots to observe the whales. Our tour guide even was able to find a spot near the shore where we watched a mother Orca teaching her baby Orca how to lunge feed, which was an amazing experience! We learned so much about whales and saw so many types of ocean life. We also saw sea lions basking in the sun on a bouy in the ocean. Don't miss this great tour!

Jun 2018 - Cheryl P.

Excellent. The local tour operator was great. The boat was clean and the tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. The bus driver provided us with all kinds of information on the ride to the boat. And we saw lots of whales. Excellent

Jun 2018 - Michael M.

Our driver to the boat, captain and first mate were extremely knowledgeable and polite. We did find about 8 humpback whales in our two hours out there.

Jun 2018 - Gregory J.

Fantastic time. Capt. Lauren, Luke and Jamie were friendly and knowledgeable. We would have liked to have seen more whales but unfortunately somethings are unpredictable. all in all a good experience.

Jun 2018 - STANLEY S.

Got to see what we came for and the crew is great

Jun 2018 - Gregory C.

Really enjoyed this excursion. The weather was great which helped. Small boat and excellent guides. Saw humpbacks, but the real show stopper was 7 Killer Whales coming straight for us and then going under the boat - so close you could almost touch them! Expensive trip but good value compared to others.

Jun 2018 - Crystal G.

I want to do it again!!!!!! What a great experience and opportunity to take beautiful photos of whales and seals with an awesome back drop. Boat captain did his job perfectly and that made the tour a want to do again experience. Ken and Crystal Atlanta, Georgia

May 2018 - MaryLynn L.

The Whale Watching Adventure tour was an amazing experience! Brandy and Rich were excellent and a lot of fun. They were excited about finding whales and providing a full and fabulous experience. We enjoyed it and will definitely recommend them!!

May 2018 - Trevor P.

A treat. Well worthwhile.

May 2018 - Jenny S.

We were very glad we booked the first tour of the day as it seems most people want to sleep in! (Later tours were all full). We had only 14 on our boat so everyone had a phenomenal view both inside and outside. We saw numerous humpback whales as well as sea lions. I was able to get the quintessential Alaskan photo - a whale swimming past a glacier! The Naturalist on board, Aaron, was very knowledgeable and the entire crew was passionate about the whales and Alaska. I would highly recommend this experience.

May 2018 - Jill B.

Great tour despite poor weather, several sightings of whales. Boat very modern and comfortable. Rich, Jamie & Aaron our crew were great very informative always on the lookout for whales and to make the trip memorable. Yes we did see several whales. Also the driver who took us to the boat was great. Highly recommend.

May 2018 - Kathleen S.

What an awesome trip! We stayed out about 2 1/2 hours, and followed the whales! One did a full breach out of the water. Incredible!!! The highlight of our trip!

May 2018 - Janis B.

We saw lots of humpback whales on our tour. Rick & Brandi were knowledgeable & very nice. The boat holds a couple dozen people so not crowded.

Oct 2017 - Sharon E.

Boat design helped abate sea sickness. Guides were great

Sep 2017 - Cathy O.

This was a thrilling experience! Guaranteed humpbacks all around us,so exciting to spot them with their spouts. And just before we were about to turn by the five-minute warning to head back to shore, a magnificent massive humpback whale arched it's beautiful tale that was larger than our boat out of the water and proceeded to hang by the side of the boat and roll around! We could hear it's beautiful singing and spouting. It was so awe inspiring that I could not even hit the button on my camera,though it was in my hands. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty and joy of seeing such a magnificent creature so very close. Your staff were fantastic! The naturalist used her props of the animals and shared her vast knowledge and understanding of the marine life in Alaska. She was patient,intelligent,and answered questions from everyone on the boat. The captain was very focused and adept at helping each and every person get the photo they were hoping for and gave us some ample time to be close to and to enjoy the creatures. He was professional,intuitive,and clearly in charge of our experience. The boat was so clean and comfortable and seemed big until that humpback whale pulled up alongside of us. Thank you so much for a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend you to any and all travelers to Alaska!

Sep 2017 - Amy D.

You're guaranteed to see whales and yes you actually see whales. Tour was awesome

Sep 2017 - Carol G.

Wonderful experience and very professional and knowledgeable staff.

Sep 2017 - John B.

had a great time. weather was great, out boat captain and guide were great. We got to get up close and see a few whales. Learned more about Juneau's history/town.

Sep 2017 - Diana B.

How could watching beautiful graceful creatures like whales be anything but wonderful. Got to see a few whales and one came very close to the boat! Great exciting experience every time! Guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. It was wonderful

Sep 2017 - Judith F.

So happy I found this website! Cheaper than the cruise line with multiple time options. Captain and first mate were great and showed us more than just the whales.

Sep 2017 - Cindy L.


Sep 2017 - Arthur R.

Enjoyed the tour. Excellent and informative guides - and we did see whales. At least one other group that went out with another company at the sasme time did not do so! One minor complaint. The information on my ticket advised that snacks and binoculars would be proveided. They were not. I only noticed the omission when I got back to my cruise ship so a bit late to complain direct.

Sep 2017 - Catherine M.

This was an excellent excursion. The boat was brand new, the crew was very knowledgeable, personable and accommodating. They brought us to the whales quickly, knew the timing and where to look.

Sep 2017 - David T.

Good operation and well orchestrated by the captain

Sep 2017 - Suzanne L.

Fantastic...we saw two humpback whales about 20 yards from the boat. Was lucky enough to video for two minutes.

Sep 2017 - Stefanie B.

Loved this excursion! !!! Saw several whales, seals,and sea lions. The crew were very knowledgeable and friendly. The boat was perfect. We only had 12 people on board so there was lots of room. We could stay inside where it was warm then go outside when we saw the whales. Would recommend this excursion! !!!!

Sep 2017 - Thomas S.

Great boat, lots of whales up close, professional crew

Sep 2017 - Jeffrey L.

Awesome.We saw 20+whales and sea lion with bald eagles as we docked.Best trip for us

Sep 2017 - Glenda S.

Enjoyed everything. Would recommend this to friends.

Sep 2017 - Chris R.

It was a great experience to see the whales up close.

Sep 2017 - MICHAEL I.

Good sightings of both Orca and hump back whales. Vessel not crowded.

Sep 2017 - Theresa M.

The crew was fantastic and we saw humpbacks and lots of sea lions! Very smooth, the entire trip. We would highly recommend using this company.

Aug 2017 - Miriam V.

Just like the photo! We had a wonderful time with the team. The sightseeing was incredible and the whales were everywhere.

Aug 2017 - Martin W.

Well run trip. Knowledgeable staff Not many whales co-operated!

Jul 2017 - Samuel E N.

Such a great excursion. Saw numerous whales. Had such a great experience.

Jul 2017 - Beth J.

Saw a few whales.

Jul 2017 - Jeffrey W.

Excellent watching experience! Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to see the most whales for the money and have an experienced crew to explain what is going on throughout the tour.

Jul 2017 - Christeen B.

Our crew of two were awesome. Skilled at handling the tour boat and sharing knowledge. One never knows when or if a whale will be spotted...but we saw several hump back feeding. No Orca but the trip was still very much worth while. Scenery is worth the trip. Absolutely beautiful area of the world. You need to do this. Finally I must say Alaska Shore Excursions made it easy to be picked up with nifty group location technics, took care of all transportation, used skilled drivers and top notch facilities. I rate ASE 5 stars as well and would use them again.

Jul 2017 - Roy V.

The whale watching was interesting but we didn't see any whales really jump out of the water. Not much you can do about that. I would probably go again.

Jul 2017 - Joanne R.

While we didn't see as many whales as I would have liked, I would recommend this tour. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the ship was well maintained and they tried really hard to find us a lot of whales (we saw 4). I was worried about becoming seasick, but I was fine.

Jul 2017 - ALBERT B.

The captain of our boat was said to be the most veteran. Yes, we saw two humpback whales, but we stayed with the first for entirely too much time. The second spotting was much more interesting. Seems the time spent with the first whale could have been used more efficiently in searching for additional wildlife.

Jul 2017 - Tonya H.

The boat ride was a bit choppy but the Captain and crew were amazing!! They were also very friendly and knowledgable. We were also able to see some whales =)

Jul 2017 - Huiya L.

This tour is amazing. Captain Julia operated the ship perfectly that it goes fast but also smoothly. All the other girls on the ship are super helpful. They actually went extra miles to go chase the whales as they heard that they were there. We saw a lot of whales , at least 5 , that day. I highly recommend this tour!

Jun 2017 - Chad C.

The captain took extra time to ensure we were able to not only get a glimpse of these beautiful creatures but watch them in their natural environment!!

Jun 2017 - Howard P.

A great trip out in the clear Alaskan "summer". Friendly knowledgeable staff. Saw around 6 whales, with tail flips when diving. If you're on a cruise, save your excursion $ and book this trip

Jun 2017 - Jayne M.

The all girl crew was wonderful. Our captain was knowledgeable and knew how to find the whales. She was able to find Orcas.

Jun 2017 - Dennis P. M.

Boat crew was great

May 2017 - James C.

I recommend this tour !!! They are very friendly, interactive and informative!! They work hard to show u whales and other wildlife in the area.

May 2017 - James F.

Great tour. Our guide and captain was great. Seen several whales and Orcas

May 2017 - KENT B.

Verry enjoyable. We were greated at all steps by friendly and enthusiastic staff. Our naturalis was very knowledgeable and informative. The Captain was great to talk to and knew his waters well. We saw several whales including a full breach, What a thrill. One of the nicest features of the excursion was the intimate size of the group. No one got lost in a crowd. I highly recomend this excursion.

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