Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure - Reviews

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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.

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.

whitneylynette

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.

Idaho Grandma

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.

Ruby U

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.

Rebecca S

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.

David W

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!

JOHN R

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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