This tour takes you from downtown Juneau out to Auke Bay, where you will board a viewing-friendly boat. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.
The captains and naturalists will take you on a search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Included in this search are animals such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions, and much more. This is all done in the amazing Alaskan wilderness.
The highlight of this tour are the humpback whales. The whales are in Alaska feeding in the nutrient rich waters. Once a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down and allow the passengers outside on the front and back viewing decks for excellent photo opportunities and an up-close experience.
This is a truly amazing experience. For those of you that have never seen a whale, you will never forget it!
1:00 pm daily (year-round)
9:00 am daily (March through October)
5:00 pm daily (June through August)
Share a moment of your time with some of the most wonderful animals on earth, surrounded by Alaska's majestic scenery. This Whale Watching Tour is provided in mammal-friendly jet boats staffed by a professional, knowledgeable crew. You will spend a minimum of two hours on the water to enjoy the whales and other marine mammals.
There's a guarantee you will see a whale. If your captain does not find a whale, you will receive a refund.
This tour is ideal as a shore excursion from your cruise ship in Juneau since there's pick up and drop off at your ship, and an entire tour in just three action packed hours. These captains find Humpback whales, Orca, porpoise, sea lions, seals, eagles, and more! They leave you enough time to visit downtown Juneau or to take another tour. Make a reservation today to ensure your once in a lifetime visit to Alaska will result in the lifetime memories you've always dreamed.
Binoculars available. This tour departs from near the cruise ship docks.
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.
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