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  • Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:  4.5 hours
Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 2-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. Then, visit the stunning Mendenhall Glacier for an unforgettable tour.

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


  • Alaskan whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier adventure from Juneau
  • Travel through Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, or Lynn Canal
  • Use of binoculars included
  • 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

The Great Outdoors is at its best in Alaska, where whales, seals and other marine life roam free. While you’re in port in Juneau, hop-on a whale-watching adventure for the ultimate Alaskan shore excursion. The boat captain will take you on a search for whales in Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel, while onboard naturalists tell you about the marine life. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.

Sightings of all marine life are a joy, but you’ll gasp the loudest when you see humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient- rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down to allow you to go outside on the viewing decks for excellent photo 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.

Following the scenic 2-hour cruise, visit the impressive Mendenhall Glacier, an amazing sight to behold. 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 or search for different types of wildlife. Choosing the Mendenhall Glacier and the whale-watching adventure as a combo will allow you to make the most of your short time in Juneau.

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 dominate males traveling in a separate group nearby. The orcas can be seen with their fins rising out of the water – the alpha male with the tallest of the group. Length up to 30 feet (9.1 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 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 July 2015

Wonderful experience! The crew was knowledgeable and friendly, genuinely excited when pointing out the whales to us!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Everything was perfect. Right from the assembly point all the way up to completion of the trip. Thoroughly enjoyed. Real value for money. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fantastic excursion through Viator! From start to finish, everything was wonderful! Instructions were emailed to me regarding where to meet the young people who would direct us to the bus transportation and they were helpful and friendly. We had a bus driver who gave us a tour on the way to the glacier and to the boat. The captain of the boat made sure we saw many whales up close on our touring day. And both the buses and the boat were well maintained. It was a wonderful day!! I would use Viator again!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a really great trip. The captain of the boat we were on knew just where to look for the whales and we saw a lot! We stopped the boat 100 yds from the whales but they came to us and were really close with a big baby who went under the boat. They have never been known to flip a craft over. The Mendanhall Glacier was nearby and we were taken there following the whale excursion. Well worth going to but I was v.unhappy that I, the paying customer, was expected to confirm the excursion when in Alaska. My mobile would not work and I had a lot of worry getting through, succeeding when another holiday maker leant me his mobile. Not good enough when you are paying a lot of money for the trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wow! Just wow! I'm not sure if our experience is the same as everyone but we were able to see 20-30 whales in the area Captain Nick took us. Tyler, our naturalist, told us that it's not the season for whales breaching i.e. doing back flips like the picture shows but we saw a lot of breaching. This is the first time I've ever seen whales outside a zoo or park. And to see these majestic beasts less than 200 yards away is an experience I'll never forget. Big big thanks to Captain Nick and Tyler who were amazing and made this experience so incredible for me and my family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgable and our boat captain was very into the excursion. We ended up seeing at least 4 whales, even a baby whale breaching, and two were very close to our boat. They offered refreshments and a snack and it was a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Captain Amy and guide Ashley did their best to make sure that we saw the whales

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful experience! Captain Amy and nature guide Ashley were both very knowledgable. Without wasting time, they were able to take us to the part of the ocean where humpback whales were gathering. We were very lucky that we saw over a dozen whales doing the bubble net feeding and 2 mother whales with baby whales. The Dolphin Jet boat was very very clean and updated. A friend traveling with me on the same Alaska cruise said her whale watching excursion boat was not half as nice as this one. Captain Amy circled the boat around slowly so people were able to observe the whales from both the front and the back areas of the boat and take pictures or in my case, observe through binoculars. My 11-year old son had a great time. Now we get to brag about seeing the uncommon phenomenon of whale bubble net feeding in person.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We enjoyed the whale and we saw several whales and porpoises. The boat crew was very friendly and informative. Highly recommend!

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