Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Absolutely fantastic! The boat was great, and not too crowded. We had excellent naturalists who were able to answer all our questions about whales and other wildlife. We were lucky enough to see orcas and see humpback whales doing bubble-net feeding, neither of which are common. While we were out we also saw a lot of bald eagles (which are common) and on the way back saw a huge group of sea lions basking on rocks. The snack was small but tasty; you wouldn't want to plan to make lunch out of it. We did the tour that had whale watching first and Mendenhall second, and we'd recommend that, because they allot an hour at Mendenhall and that feels a little short. We ended up staying past the allotted time, which we checked with the vendor about; they said it was no problem but we would miss their bus back to town and be on our own for getting back. We caught a cab back to the cruise terminal (about $35 plus tip). There is also a regular bus that loops back and forth from Mendenhall to town for about $10/person each way. There is plenty to do and see at Mendenhall, and if you have the time it's well worth it to slow down and check out some of the hikes and walks. Just don't miss your cruise!
We saw both orchas and humpback pods of whales, eagles, and sea lions, The tour guides were wonderful and filed us in on local items. The Mendenhall glacier center was informative. I got to touch a piece of the glacier they had brought into the visitor's center that day. Took lots of pictures and had a wonderful day.
What a wonderful experience to see so many whales so close to our boat. I highly recommend this tour. The naturalist on board our boat seemed to be the most excited of all of us.
This was an amazing tour! We saw many whales, bald eagles, salmon, and seals. Ben and Captain Hook were awesome tour guides, very knowledgeable, and entertaining. I would definitely recommend this tour. I liked that we were on a smaller boat with only about 12 people. Intimate, personal, you didn't have to fight to see the whales...GREAT!
We rate this trip full five stars +++. The weather conditions were perfect, crew with the boat were excellent. Couldn't have asked for more.
Excellent bus drivers, very knowledgeable .wonderful stories from local people.
The tour was wonderful we saw several whales and the guides with very informative. It was worth every penny. Thank you for a great experience .
We were able to see whales, seals, and sea lions. We saw several whales even one that breeched about 100 yards from the ship. We also were able to get within 50 yards of 10-15 sea lions that were playing on a buoy.
This was the best excursion we had on the trip.
Wonderful excursion! We really enjoyed our tour and were very fortunate to see a pod of Orca swim close by our boat on several occasions. Earlier we also saw hump back whales and several bald eagles. Our tour guides, both young ladies, were very informative and friendly. The weather was exceptionally nice so it added to our experience. The visit to Mendenhall Glacier was cool (pardon the pun!), would have liked to have had more time to explore the area some more. We had our three sons with us, ages 22 ,19 and 16 - they all enjoyed the experience.
It was great - finding whales is not the easiest, but our driver did it.