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Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Juneau, United States
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience some of the best that Juneau has to offer on this full-day tour that features whale watching and a salmon bake. Watch for the giant creatures breaching and playing in Auke Bay. A naturalist on board also points out Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles and sea birds in the area. Whale sightings are guaranteed. Then, in a historic gold rush setting, enjoy freshly grilled Alaska salmon, part of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Roast marshmallows around a campfire—what’s a better way to end a day of Alaska sightseeing?
  • Full-day tour in Juneau with whale watching and a salmon bake
  • Explore Auke Bay where more than 65 humpback whales migrate each year
  • Enjoy large windows, binoculars, and an exterior observation deck for prime views
  • Savor the smells of Alaskan salmon grilling over an open fire
  • Roast marshmallows over the open fire after your meal
  • All-you-can-eat buffet included
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Buffet and Hot & Cold Beverages
Souveniers (available for purchase)
Alcoholic Beverages
490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

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Returns to original departure point
This full-day Juneau tour will leave you refreshed, relaxed and bubbling over with action-packed tales of frontier adventure.


At Auke Bay, board a state-of-the-art 48-passenger vessel custom-built for whale watching in Juneau waters, complete with a hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate underwater.


More than 65 humpback whales migrate annually to Auke Bay, also home to harbor seals, porpoises and bald eagles. These waters are so rich, whale sightings are guaranteed! In fact, if a whale is not spotted you'll receive a $100 refund ($50 for children).

Stand on the exterior observation deck or stay inside the cabin with extra-large windows. Pick up provided binoculars, and listen to your naturalist guide’s commentary about the humpbacks, local ecosystem and other wildlife sightings. On a clear day, you may even see Mendenhall Glacier.

After whale watching, a motor coach takes you to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, a historic gold rush setting complete with authentic mining artifacts. The aroma of wild Alaska salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire will get your appetite going. This all-you-can-eat buffet includes parmesan chicken, au gratin potatoes, baked beans with reindeer sausage, wild-rice pilaf, and other sides, salads and beverages and blueberry cake for dessert.


A shuttle service departs for the pier every 15 to 20 minutes, so you can return to the pier at your leisure. Meanwhile, there are a number of activities you can try: Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, check out the Salmon Creek Trading Post, stroll to the Salmon Creek waterfall and see inside the entrance to the historic Wagner Mine.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children ages 13- 17 must have a signed parental consent form if traveling without a parent or guardian.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please indicate ship/hotel name when booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake?
This activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers.

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  • "Just a note, be sure to dress for weather, if need be and the water can get pretty choppy, so be prepared if you get motion sickness." See review


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, Jun 2019
We had the most beautiful day to be out on a boat to see whales! Our boat was full, so, it was get the best view where you could either from the window/s, back of the boat or the front but we got to see whales!!!! We saw a mother humpback and her calf, which our naturalist Sara R pointed out that this mother has been coming back to this particular spot for several years. Then Captain Terry, who was in contact with other tour boats brought us into an area where Orcas were, it was hard to keep up to see them, each time someone spotted a whale spout, we rush to see and then there they were, these magnificent, majestic animals, adults, juveniles or babies. The difference between this whale watching tour and another I've experienced is Capt. Terry and Sara don't use underwater devices to spot the animals, they rely on other tour boats. It was exhilarating and couldn't ask for a better day - Thank you Capt Terry and Sarah. Megan, our shuttle driver took us from the port to the landing where we took our whale watching tour and then drove us to the Salmon bake with some really good food under a forest canopy - picnic atmosphere. You could walk off your lunch to browse the gift shop or walk beyond the gift shop a short distance to the water falls and also see where at one time prospectors looked for gold. Just a note, be sure to dress for weather, if need be and the water can get pretty choppy, so be prepared if you get motion sickness.
bad customer service
Sandy R
, Jun 2019
We accidentally booked the wrong whale watching trip. We wanted to go with my son and his family. When I tried to cancel this excursion, I discovered that it was 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. Of course, I should have realized this before I booked it, but it was a shock. 100%? Because of this, I will never use Viator again nor will I recommend it. Too bad, because their prices are good. But completely non- refundable, even with one week's notice, is not acceptable.
Whale watching in Juneau
, Aug 2018
Weather was great, guide was fun and knowledgeable. The ride out to see the sea lions was a treat. We even saw an otter.
The event was amazing. We did get...
, Oct 2017
The event was amazing. We did get to see several whales. The only draw back was that we had a late reservation, so when we arrived at the Salmon Bake it was late and the food was picked over. However the staff was wonderful, the Salmon was hot, fresh and good.
Good amount of time outside the...
, Jun 2017
Good amount of time outside the shore. Spotted them in various places. Nice view!!! .... SUPERB !!!
The tour was great however...
Vincent L
, Aug 2016
The tour was great however organizationally it sucked. Very unprofessional.
Emily and Alex were amazing! They...
, Jul 2016
Emily and Alex were amazing! They were very friendly and passionate about what they do, made us even more excited about the trip. This trip is a must!
Our guides Emily and Keliey were...
Christina H
, Jun 2016
Our guides Emily and Keliey were informative and ENTHUSIASTIC! We were 100 pleased with our tour.

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