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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.


  • 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.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Saw the whales we wanted as well as seals, glacier and eagles. Highly recommend.

Andrea S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Easy to find the meeting point. Saw humpback whale, seals, otters and even some eagles. Loved this part of the excursion. Wished we had more time at the glacier and found out later there is a path to a waterfall closer to the glacier. Others went and said it was worth the walk.

Octavio M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very good team, profesional and always took care of us.

Roberta H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the highlight our trip to Alaska. Our party ranged from 2 years old to grandparents in our sixties. All of us had a great time. We got to see lots of whales, eagles, and marine life. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. Would definitely do this trip again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nice. Well done tour

Graham M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I took my six year old daughter and wife on this tour. The highlight of the tour was obviously the whale-watching. We saw so many whales, both humpbacks and orcas I could not have asked for a better experience. The captain and his two naturists were awesome and explained everything and why the whales were doing what they were doing i.e. feeding, diving, etc.. I highly recommend this tour and Dolphin Jet Boat Tours without reservation.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very good


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a fabulous day! All of the staff were wonderful! Sean, our guide, and Ken, our boat driver, were great - funny, entertaining and knowledgeable! The tour was everything we expected and more!

arkady v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very cool

Clare B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We saw several pods of humpback whales that were bubble-net feeding. It was thrilling. Also there was an Orca bull that we saw for a few moments. It was a great ride.The crew was very knowledgeable and made the cruise even more interesting. They provided hot drinks or water and fed us a half bagel with smoked salmon cream cheese.There was also a bathroom on board, just in case.

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