• Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 136.50 View price calendar

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Board a jet boat with extra-large windows and watch for humpbacks in the beautiful Auke Bay on this whale-watching shore excursion from Juneau port. A naturalist guide provides engaging commentary on the wildlife — including porpoises, sea lions and eagles — and local geology you see along the way. Capture that action shot of a breaching whale against the backdrop of the Alaskan mountains. Round-trip port transport included.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure

Humpback Whale in Auke Bay

More than 65 humpback whales migrate annually to Auke Bay, also home to harbor seals, porpoises and bald eagles. Sign up for this 3.5-hour shore excursion that guarantees whale sightings and includes port pickup. At Auke Bay, board a jet boat that takes you to prime wildlife viewing locations.

Stand on the exterior observation deck or stay inside the cabin with extra-large windows — no matter where you are, take in great views of the marine life outside. Feel free to use the provided binoculars. Your naturalist guide shares fascinating facts about the humpbacks and mountain scenery you’ll snap pictures of along the way. On a clear day, you may even see Mendenhall Glacier.

After the cruise ends, enjoy transport back to Juneau port.

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

Karen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Love this tour Saw plenty of whales Guides knowledgeable

Rx1847

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This excursion and boat is highly recommmended. The naturalist onboard is very knowledgeable and excited about the humpback whales. We had the unique experience of seeing multiple whales working together for food. It was an amazing excursion, and a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch multiple humpback whales move through the water, and even a rare double breach. The captain was knowledgeable about the area and even took us out a little further than usual to ensure we saw the whales. The boat was comfortable with both indoor areas with large windows and a back open-air deck. Beautiful scenery and backdrop with the Mendenhall Glacier and other snow-capped glaciers and mountains. Highly recommended!

Suneetha K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our family had an amazing experience watching humpbacks at close range mostly fluking and Stellar Sea Lions on a rocky bar also at close range! Thanks to Captain Terry and especially Libby who was our guide and naturalist for making it meaningful and special! Highly recommended!!!

Gregory H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great guide and boat captain! We had fantastic weather and saw a double breaching of whales.....that was literally a once in a lifetime experience. Boat is smooth and very tolerable for those who get seasick.

MorS

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Boat crew was very knowledgeable. Fun trip!

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Best crew - best experience ever! Incredible luck on this date. We saw a pod of Orcas. We saw multiple humpbacks. We even saw a humpback breach! Look at additional reviews on this date - there was a video of it. Simply amazing time! Money well spent - everyone had the best time. Don't bother with the cruise lines. Best deal - best experience! Book this on your own!

georgeandeileen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

FANTASTIC!! There were 27 folks on our boat which was brand spankin' new. We motored quickly to a site where whales had been sited earlier in the day. We were fortunate enough to see a once in a lifetime event--continuous whale bubble netting OMG, the 6-7 whales must have surfaced together 10-12 times. It was amazing and beautiful. The seagulls would fly around in a tight knit circle. The closer they got together and to the water signaled a bubble netting was imminent--it gave you time to get camera ready. I have done whale watching all over the world and this was a first--and probably only--such viewing. Even the Captain and crew were ecstatic. Captain Ben and crew Jerry and Emily S. did a great job. They were very informative. Without a doubt we will take their boat on the next Alaska trip!

Fredda F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

A wet cold day @53 degrees and teaming rain welcomed us to Juneau. We were loaded into a yellow school Bus and driver AL gave us a private tour of Juneau. Pointing out numerous Eagles on lamp posts in town,a field with several Eagles just standing there.. and a beach with another large group standing there. A variety of Information, History and Humour as we travelled to Scatter Bay Marina.. There we all huddled under a canopy for some cover from the elements as 2 other groups were getting on separate buses. Our tour was with Alaska Travel Adventures, our Captain Pete with Naturalist plus the only deck crew Amazing Sarah. She ran about our Whale-Watching boat from side -to-side calling out the many Flukes, and sightings we had that day of these magnificent humpbacks. A huge group of Sea Lions entertaining us with their vocalizations and Smell!
It was very exciting and informative a must see and do. Book your Tour before you leave home using local people and Tour company.
Had a beer before heading back to cruise ship @ The original Alaskan Hotel, Circa 1931..looks just like it did then!

crdivers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our captain was Terry and naturalist was Libby, very informative. We saw several whales blowing and surfacing and a few tail flukes. Never was very close, just not in the right place. It was still awesome to see those tails come up. The best part was watching a seal playing in the whales wash. Great trip.

Arlene S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

We saw a one whale in the harbor and then saw a mother and baby whale further out. We were headed back to port, when the mother and and baby suddenly came within 50 feet of our boat. What a sight! They actually startled the captain and he had to turn off the boat engine until they moved further from us. You know you've had a special treat when the captain and naturalist are as in awe of the sight as the guests are. The boat was clean and the crew were very accommodating you can tell they love what they do.

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