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Whale Watching & Glacier Visitors Center Tour from Juneau

Whale Watching & Glacier Visitors Center Tour from Juneau

The Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching are two of the main attractions in the Juneau area.

Doing these two options together as a combo tour will allow you to be as efficient as possible with your time in Juneau.

The Mendenhall Glacier is an amazing sight. It is located in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, which is located between downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. You will have approximately 45 to 60 minutes at the Mendenhall Glacier on this tour.

During your visit, you may take photos, walk through the visitor's center, and search for wildlife (friendly black bears frequent the area). Please Note: This tour does not allow you to walk on the glacier.

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

4 to 4.5 hours total

Time

9:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm daily (May through September)

This tour does not include hotel pickup. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Mendenhall Glacier

The Mendenhall Glacier is easily accessible by all visitors and provides a look into the past when this area was covered by ice. The glacier stop is approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Your driver guide will provide narration about the local area and answer any questions you may have. You will also be allowed to enter and tour the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor's Center.

Whale Watching

We guarantee you will see a whale. If we do not find a whale, our operator will refund $100 ($50 child) cash upon return!

We maintain small groups onboard our boats to provide comfort for everyone. Our boats are covered and headed with excellent seating for viewing. We maintain small groups onboard to provide comfort for everyone. Our captains are trained experts at locating wildlife and whales. In addition, there is live narration about the area, attractions, and information about the wildlife.

Each of our boats has an outdoor viewing area in the front and the back of each boat. These viewing areas allow for an up-close and personal experience while on the water. You will have amazing photo opportunities that will provide the once-in-a-lifetime picture.

Binoculars are provided for your viewing pleasure along with an Alaskan snack, juice, and coffee. It is suggested to wear layers, bring your camera, and have lots of fun!

This tour is ideal as a shore excursion from your cruise ship in Juneau since we pick you up and drop you off at your ship, and include the entire tour in just three action packed hours. We find Humpback whales, Orca, porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, and more! We leave you enough time to visit downtown Juneau or to take another tour. It's all here. Make a reservation today to ensure your once in a lifetime visit to Alaska will result in the lifetime memories you've always dreamed.

This tour departs from near the cruise ship docks.

Mammal Information

Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)- During our entire season we find Humpback Whales on more than 95% of our tours. We have about ten Humpbacks that feed, socialize and play in the waters near Juneau from mid-April through October, and up to fifteen additional Humpbacks spend some of their summer here. Humpbacks are among the most playful whales, and often breach (leap from the water), bubble net feed, and slap their tails while we watch. We find Humpback Whales more often than any other mammal. Most of our Humpbacks spend part of their winter in Hawaii but a few can be found here year around.

Orca (Orcinus orca)- Orca, also known as "Killer" Whales, can be seen any day of the year near Juneau. These hunters search for salmon and small marine mammals over a large area. We see a "pod" of Orca about every five days during the summer, as they forage nearby. Orca are active and fast moving, and stay in tight family groups for their entire lives. Length to 30 ft. (9.1 meters).

Dall's Porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)- This strikingly marked, fast swimming porpoise loves to ride the bow wave of a boat...sometimes. Seen on most trips until July, occasionally through September. A wonderful addition to any trip. Length to 6.5 ft. (2 meters).

Steller Sea Lions (Eumetopias jubatus)- Steller Sea Lions are curious and often approach the boat singly or in groups. Often can be seen hauled out on channel markers or rocks from April through September. Hundreds live near Juneau. Endangered and population declining. Males to 10.5 ft. (3.2 meters), Females to 7 ft. (2.1 meters). Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)- Harbor Seals are common, but shy. Often haul out on rocks or are seen as small round heads bobbing in the water. Seals exhale as they dive and can reach great depths. Hundreds live near Juneau and seen on many trips. Length to 5 ft. (1.5 meters).

Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)- These quiet, shy animals are hard to spot and rarely surface more than once near boats. Occasionally seen in passing. Length to 6 ft. (1.8 meters).

This tour does not include hotel pickup. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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May 01, 2018

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