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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.


  • 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

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

Susan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

amazing tour. i never get tired of whale watching and this is one of the best i've been on. our guide was knowledgeable about the marine life and environment as well as whales. we even went a little longer because the watching was so good that day. i was surprised at the number of whales we saw as this was the end of the season and many had already started migrating.

Adelaide L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This excursion was incredible! This is probably my 7th whale watching excursion, as I've done others in Alaska, Victoria and Mexico. I've never seen so many Orcas in one day. They were everywhere! We didn't know where to look first because pods were all around us. The captain knew exactly where to go and the naturalist on board was excellent. Highly recommend this excursion.

Constance D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Way better than I expected. The crew went above and beyond our expectations! Would do this tour again

Jerome H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was really good whale watching adventure. It was a smaller boat which made it easy to find and follow whales. We followed 2 different groups for quite awhile. Other boats were too big with too many people on board.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We went in the late afternoon.There were only 6 people for this tour due to some cancellations. It was great! We saw about 6-8 different humpbacks, but mostly watched a sea lion play with a mother and her calf. It was amazing! Captain Tom and Libby were very knowledgeable. I recommend this tour!

Matthew R

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.

Rocchina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

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

Robin M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

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

Lesha B

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.

susn m

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.

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