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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

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  • Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.) (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3681WHALE

Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 2-hour cruise on Auke Bay. Afterwards, spend 40-60 minutes exploring impressive Mendenhall Glacier.

The captain and naturalists will take you on a search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.

However the highlight of this 2-hour Whale Watching Adventure is seeing the humpback whales which are feeding in the nutrient rich Alaskan waters. Once a whale is spotted your captain will slow down to allow you outside on the viewing decks for excellent picture opportunities and an up close experience. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other.

Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board and capacity is kept to under 50 passengers per boat. The small groups create a great environment for wildlife viewing in the great Alaskan outdoors. Your captain is specifically trained to follow federal viewing guidelines from a safe distance.

After, you can experience the amazing Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is located in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, which is located between Downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. You will have approximately 45 to 60 minutes near Mendenhall Glacier where you may enjoy the scenery or take a stroll on one of the numerous trails. While you visit the glacier you may take photos and searching for different types of wildlife.

Please note: You will not physically stand on the glacier. You will be approximately 1 mile (1.6km) away.

Whale Sightings guaranteed! If no whale is sighted on the tour, you will be given a refund of $100.00 per adult/$50.00 per child.

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Tram parking area, Juneau within walking distance of the Alaska Steam Dock and Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure Time:
  • 9am
  • 11am
  • 1pm
  • 3pm
3 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to original departure point

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8am Whale & Glacier- NCL Jewel
Code: WG0800NCLJ

8am Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour FOR NORWEGIAN JEWEL CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS ONLY

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9am Whale & Glacier
Code: WG0900

9am Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour

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9:30am Glacier & Whale
Code: WG0930

9:30am Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour (Glacier first)

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11am Whale & Glacier
Code: WG1100

11am Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour

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11:30am Glacier & Whale
Code: WG1130

11:30am Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour (Glacier first)

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1pm Whale & Glacier
Code: WG1300

1pm Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour

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1:30pm Glacier & Whale
Code: WG1330

1:30pm Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour (Glacier first)

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3pm Whale & Glacier
Code: WG1500

3pm Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour

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3:30pm Glacier & Whale
Code: WG1530

3:30pm Departure - Whale Watching & Glacier Tour (Glacier first)

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Juneau Whale Watching Adventure with Optional Mendenahall Glacier Tour

  • Cruise
  • Use of binoculars
  • Mendenhall Glacier Tour - if option selected
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • If arriving by cruise ship, please provide the name of your cruise at time of booking
Which animals may be sighted on the Juneau Whale Watching Adventure?

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)

During the season humpback whales are spotted on more than 99% of the tours. There are many humpback whales that feed, socialize and play in the waters near Juneau from mid-April through October. Humpbacks are among the most playful whales, and often breach (leap from the water), bubble net feed, and slap their tails. Humpback whales are seen more often than any other mammal. Most of the humpback whales here in Juneau spend their winter in Hawaii. There are a few that can be found here year around.

Orca (Orcinus orca)
Orca whales, also known as 'killer' whales, can be seen any day of the year in the Juneau area. These hunters search for salmon and small marine mammals over a large area. A 'pod' of orca can be spotted about every 5 to 15 days during the summer, as they hunt nearby. Orca whales are active and fast-moving, and stay in tight family groups for their entire lives. The family pod will travel together with the dominant males traveling in a separate group nearby. The orca whales can be seen with their fins rising out of the water. The alpha male of the group will have the tallest fin, sometime up to 6 feet out of the water. These whales are found in all oceans over the world. Length up to 30 feet (9.1 meters).

Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
This strikingly marked, fast-swimming porpoise loves to ride the bow wave of a boat...sometimes. They are very playful and will often jump out of the water. These animals are seen on most trips until July, and then occasionally through September. Length up to 6.5 feet (2 meters).

Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
These quiet, shy animals are hard to spot and rarely surface more than once near boats. Occasionally seen in passing. Length up to 6 feet (1.8 meters).

Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)
Steller Sea Lions are curious and often approach the boat singly or in groups. Occasionally, these animals are known to steal fish from your fishing line. These animals can be seen hauled out on channel markers or rocks from April through September. In addition, these animals can be heard grunting continually while they sun themselves on the haul outs. Hundreds live near Juneau. Endangered and declining in western Alaska, but they are doing better in southeast Alaska. Males are up to 10.5 feet (3.2 meters), females are up to 7 feet (2.1 meters).

Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)
Harbor seals are common, but shy and reclusive. These animals often haul out on rocks or blocks of ice. They can be seen as their small round heads bob in and out of the water. Seals exhale as they dive and can reach great depths. Hundreds live near Juneau and are seen on many of our tours. These cute little animals provide a favorite picture opportunity for many passengers on tour. Length up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Cynthia B, November 2015

We were more than pleased with our Alaska Whale tour. We were able to find our location to board the bus to the tour easily. The tour guides were pleasant and worked hard to give us a good show. We saw numerous whales, including a mama and baby whale. Awesome. The complimentary hot chocolate was an added bonus. By booking thru viator we were able to save money verses booking off the cruise ship. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Reviewed by: Jacqueline S, October 2015

This trip was fantastic. It was the last run of the season, very few tourists and all the captains, mates and naturalists went with us for a last farewell to their whale friends. Even without those circumstances, all the employees we met were courteous, helpful, knowledgeable and plied us with soft drinks and soda and bagel with salmon for a snack. Could not recommend it more. Easy pickup up by shuttle and knowledgeable driver full of information about the area both to and from. Went out of their way to accomodate.

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