5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure

While in port in Juneau, spend some time on a 48-passenger sightseeing boat spotting humpback whales in the picturesque Auke Bay! Admire the expansive Alaskan mountains in the background on this exciting shore excursion as your guide teaches you about the surrounding marine life. Keep your eyes out for whales leaping out of the water! You may also spot sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles and even bears on shore. You may even see Mendenhall Glacier on a clear day!


  • Whale-watching shore excursion from Juneau
  • Travel on a 48-passenger sightseeing boat through Auke Bay
  • Explore Auke Bay where more than 65 humpback whales migrate each year
  • Enjoy large windows, binoculars and an exterior observation deck for awesome views!
  • See Mendenhall Glacier in the distance on a clear day
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guarantee on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure

Humpback Whale in Auke Bay

While docked in Juneau, head to Auke Bay, where more than 65 humpback whales migrate every year. These beautiful creatures will be the highlight of your 3.5-hour shore excursion as you float around the bay. Additionally, you may also be joined by Auke Bay’s other residents: bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and more!

The 48-passenger jet boat is built for sightseeing, featuring extra-large windows and an exterior observation deck – perfect for whale watching! As you cruise around the bay, your captain will announce when whales have been spotted! For an even closer look, you’re welcome to use the complimentary binoculars on board.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Awesome tour! The tour narrator was great -- very knowledgeable and amusing! The CAPT was great too. We saw plenty of whales! The boat was sized for about 45 people, but there were only 15 passengers, so it was easy to move around quickly as whales were spotted. That didn't matter much since they were plentiful! So glad we did this!! Could not have been better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great experience. Just wish the whales would stay up long enough to pose lol.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Nice boat, great staff, did a good job getting us close to the whales.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This excursion was great! Both the captain and his asst. we're very knowledgable in the area, the whales, etc. They both made sure that the group on board would see whales and we did. Best experience ever for my husband and I.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

This excursion provided what was promised. We saw many humpback whales, sea lions and bald eagles. Our captain was friendly and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Orca Enterprises does an awesome job doing whale watching tours in Juneau, Alaska. They are knowledgable, fun and very accommodating, not packing up their boat so that you can't move around. I can't imagine them not finding whales and other sealife. Capt. Larry actually "counts" how long the whales are down after diving and puts you right on the spot when they surface. The boat is very accommodating with great views inside or out--enclosed windows all the way around to keep you warm and wind free. Or you can go out back and up top for even more incredible views. Our highlight of the cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Great trip. The boat was almost brand new and the skipper worked hard talking to us about the whales and their habits and getting as close as safely possible without disturbing them. Lots of pictures of water and one whale flume! However plenty of sightings to enjoy.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

I started out pretty upset because the bus was late to pick us up and we ultimately missed the bus. However, they offered to put us on a later outing and it turned out to be better weather than the one we missed. The whale watching was amazing and I loved the small boat and the crew was spectacular. Our driver was so friendly and accommodating! I would definitely recommend these folks with no reservations and would certainly book with them again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

What a great family trip. We set off in a brand new boat. We saw orcas in the harbor and hump backs right away. We even saw a hump back breaching. There were plenty of eagles and seals. The captain and guide were very knowledgeable. It was a great trip for the entire family (our kids are 5 and 8). I would highly recommend it. Viator also had the best price, hands down!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

We had an excellent time.Both of our boat tour guides were excellent, and we saw a lot of whales. It was awsome, probably one of the highlights of our trip.

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