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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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Itinerary

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

Cynthia A C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guides were lots of fun! This was a great excursion!! The whales in the wild were fantastic!!

twintowers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an amazing excursion!! We witnessed whales bubble feeding which we learned was a rare occurrence. We also got to hear them which was awesome!

kcradley465

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The driver to the Mendenhall was very friendly and did a nice narration during our short trip. At the site the glacier itself was awesome and we had the bonus of a waterfall adjacent to it that was spectacular

The captain and the staff of the Doplhin crew were awesome. They were not only professional but very friendly and were continuously interaction and providing us with non stop info. They proved us to a tremendous viewing area and we saw multi pods and a spectacular breach. HIGHLY recommend!!

Combined, these two sites were sooooo worth taking this excusrsion

terri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Had a wonderful time. Boat was nice and not overcrowded. Saw at least three groups of whales. Crew

Was very friendly.

William B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was absolutely fantastic!!!!! We first saw sharks, then moved to where humpback whales were in groups and putting on a show. It was like it had been staged as they were so active and showing off. We had an extremely knowledgeable guide I think his name was Tony and was so kind, helpful and made our tour such a pleasant, unforgettable experience. We have been on a whale watching tour before, but nothing like this was. We went out on a hot and sunny day July 18, 2016

Norma C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My excursion was the glacier first followed by the whale-watching. The Mendenhall Glacier is a beautiful blue. Definitely take the walk out to Nugget Falls and get the close-up. The whale-watching capped the afternoon perfectly. We saw several whales and were entertained by a mom and her calf. The mom breached twice! I give the whole experience a thumbs-up!

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was ABSOLUTELY amazing! I highly recommend this tour!

Mark T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fantastic tour. We were fortunate enough to see at least 9 Hump Back Whales, and watching Dolphines swim in front of our boat along with viewing bald eagles galore. The tour guides were excellent. The tour to Mendenhall was a great site to see too. We would do this tour again. Highly recommended.

Barbara L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We saw so many whales and even some stellar sea lions that are on the endangered list. The Mendenhall Glacier experience was equally as good. We walked to Nugget Falls where we were close to the glacier. It was a great excursion.

Steven S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So Many Whales !!!!! We went out on a very comfortable boat and saw so many whales ! They also made sure that we were back on the ship by time. Please note the Glacier is a drop off at the park for free time. If you want to see the waterfall, go it right away !

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