Tour code: 3681PRTWHALE
When your ship docks in Juneau port, discover the Alaskan wilderness on this half-day whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. During a 2-hour cruise aboard a heated boat, spot humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions, while learning about these incredible creatures from naturalists on board. Then, walk along the trails of Mendenhall Glacier and take stunning photos before you’re returned to port.


  • Alaskan whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion from Juneau
  • Travel through Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, or Lynn Canal
  • Use provided binoculars for even better views of whales and other marine wildlife
  • Explore Mendenhall Glacier and learn about its formation at the visitor center
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale Watching Adventure with Optional Mendenhall Glacier Tour

After port pickup, you’re taken to a pier where you’ll board a boat fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board. Capacity is limited to 50 passengers on each boat, giving you plenty of space to move around. Depending on the day, your captain sets sail to Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Feel free to use the provided binoculars as you listen to naturalist-guides about the wildlife you see during the 2-hour cruise.

Look out for the star attraction in these waters — humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient-rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is sighted, step outside onto the viewing decks to capture pictures or videos of the whales in action. Crew may lower hydrophones into the water so that you can hear the whales communicate with each other.

The incredible sightseeing continues with a visit to Mendenhall Glacier, located between downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. Spend about 45 to 60 minutes here to soak up the scenery or explore one of the many trails.

Enjoy transport back to port, knowing that you made the most of your time in Juneau with this Mendenhall Glacier and whale-watching combo-tour.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.


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

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 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 humpback whales that can be found here year round. Length up to 56 feet (17 meters).

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 orcas is spotted every five to 15 days during the summer, as they hunt nearby. Orcas 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 orcas can be seen with their fins rising out of the water, with the alpha male with the tallest of the group. Length up to 30 feet or (9 meters).

Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
The strikingly marked, fast-swimming porpoises love to ride the bow wave of a boat. They are very playful and will often jump out of the water, delighting passengers. These animals are seen on most trips until July, and then occasionally through September. These fun playful creatures are a wonderful addition to any trip. 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. They are 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. They can be seen hauled out on channel markers or rocks from April through September and can be heard grunting continually while they sun themselves. Hundreds live near Juneau. Endangered with a declining population in western Alaska, they are doing better in southeast Alaska. Length up to 10.5 feet (3.2 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 tours. These cute creatures are a favorite photo opportunity for many passengers. Length up to 5 feet (1.5 meters).

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One word .... Fantastic !

Douglas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Incredible tour. Saw orcas and humpbacks, eagles, seals. Skipper and staff was fantastic. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful experience. We were a small group and everyone was able to go outside for pictures. They constantly moved the boat to give us the best views. The guys were extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. It is definitely an experience no one should miss.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful experience. We were a small group and everyone was able to go outside for pictures. They constantly moved the boat to give us the best views. The guys were extremely knowledgeable and very attentive. It is definitely an experience no one should miss.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Both aspects of the tour were excellent and combined well to deliver a memorable experience. A great tour and highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was organized, the whale watch was very exciting and the glacier was majestic!

Gary W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This excursion was very exciting and enjoyed it very much.

Ky D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really wonderful experience with Dolphin tours. We happened to see about 10 whales on our tour. We also saw a baby humpback, with its mother, putting on a show for us! He jumped around for about 30 minutes, slapping his fin and whipping his tail around. Just incredible! The glacier experience was also pretty impressive. Though, not as much as the whale-watching. Obviously, a glacier is less exciting as it moves as slowly as... a glacier. It's still very fun to walk around and pick up ice chunks which have been frozen for thousands of years. We would still do both again if we had the chance.

Diana H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was wonderful! Our guide and boat captain were wonderful. They were interested in giving us as much information as possible. We got to see whales up close to the boat. It was a very worth while trip. They even gave a delicious snack of smoked salmon,,cream cheese and bagel.

Mhairi-Anne M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Like all Viator Shore Excursions, these are tailored around your ship and are worry free. We started with the whale watching and I'd heard stories where people said as long as one person on board sees a splash, it counts as a whale sighting. I really wanted to see a whale so was a bit worried. This company were incredible. They start out with known sightings and when nothing was there, they moved around. The ship continually moved around and we must have seen around 5-6 whales on our trip. You have a guide on board talking you through what to look out for, but they were actively walking around to make sure people could see the whales. Considering you are out in the ocean looking for a live animal in a massive expanse of water, I was really happy with this. We didn't get to see a whale breach and jump, but I was in Alaska, not Sea World - I wanted the real experience and was over-the-moon with what I saw.

We then drove to Medenhall Glacier. Wow. That is an incredible sight and such a beautiful place. You can do a couple of walks there, and walk up to some waterfalls. If you have the time the do the walks. We ended up at the viewing gallery where you can listen to talks from various rangers, which are really interesting.

This trip took up almost all of our shore time and it was worth it.

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