Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier
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Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier

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Our tour representatives will meet you at the main cruise ship terminal and check you in for the excursion. You will board a transport bus with a guide that will bring you to the Mendenhall Glacier for 45 minute stop. Here you will be able to explore the area on your own. The parking lot is a very short walking distance to magnificent photo opportunities, hiking trails, visitor's center, and bear viewing platforms raised above the salmon spawning streams. Once the glacier exploration is complete, we will transport you to the local boat harbor. Where you will be met by our captain and crew who will walk you past the fishing fleet to board one of our state-of-the-art boats built for wildlife viewing. The boats are equipped with restrooms, heated cabins, large windows, comfortable seats, and outdoor decks for viewing. We will then begin a 2 hour journey in search of Humpback Whales and other water wildlife native to the area. You can sit back and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery on the boat ride or assist us in searching for signs of whales including water spouts, tail dives, and whales jumping out of the water. No trip is the same as mother nature decides what to provide for each tour. Your naturalist and crew will interpret what you are seeing and explain the behaviors of the massive and beautiful creatures. At the end of the trip the captain will make an announcement and we will return back to the harbor. Feel free to enjoy a complimentary snack and beverage as you soak up your remaining time on the water. Your driver will meet you at the harbor and bring you back through town to the main cruise ship terminal in downtown Juneau where the excursion started.
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  • 100% Guarantee to see Whales
  • Roundtrip Transportation from Cruise Terminal
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • A Great Time!
Not included
  • None
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsable Wheelchairs Only
  • No Motorized Scooters
  • No Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
Cedric W
5 | 2019-09-09

OMG!!!! This was the MOST AMAZING EXPERIENCE FOR MY HUSBAND AND I!!! We saw ORCA’s and Humpback Whales! We stopped counting after the first 10!!! ALASKA TALES WAS AWESOME!!!! Rich at the helm and Sarah and Libby, the Naturalists on the Tour were soooooo Knowledgeable and informative!!! They knew behavior, characteristics, personality their affinity to humans.....I can go on and on!!! They knew exactly where to stop in the water along with the other boats to get that perfect photo!!! We even had an Orca literally jump out of the water within 10 feet of our boat! I’ve never in my life probably will never be that close to such a majestic animal!!!! Completely blown away by the experience and will never ever forget it!!!! We did see the Glacier and water falls which was also spectacular and heartbreaking at the same time that Climate change has taken such a toll on these landforms. We don’t know what generations to come will have left to appreciate. I’m thankful we were able to get a glimpse.

Roberta W
5 | 2019-09-09

The experience was amazing. The staff were very interactive. They made sure we saw whales and got as close as they good.

4 | 2019-09-06

The crew very friendly and knowledgeable. However, maybe we can be closer to see the whale? We saw 3 others boat was so closed to the whale. On our tri . We saw some whales and sea lion. The driver Juan, he is very nice and funny.

5 | 2019-08-30

The humpback whales were very active in late August. We saw three breaches and over 12 flukes slapping the water. The crew included 2 naturalists that gave us great info while on the boat. The glacier area was self guided after arriving at the park. Easy flat walk on a well maintained path to the falls and glacier viewing area. We were in the park for one hour which wasn’t quite enough time to see everything.

susan p
5 | 2019-08-12

FANTASTIC!!!! Trip was wonderful, very informative!!! Crew was fabulous......we actually got to see Orca whales (which I understand is very unusual). Can't tell anyone thinking of booking with this business enough good about it. Wish we could go again!!!

Susan B
4 | 2019-08-05

Both activities are well worth it but we was disappointed that their was not enough time to walk out to the glacier. Our tour operator took us to the glacier first with only a little over an hour to explore,only problem is it takes an hour just to walk the loop to the glacier and back. I would split up this combo trip because you don;t want to be rushed on the whale watching to get back to the bus for the glacier .

Jenni P
5 | 2019-08-02

Captain Lauren and her amazing crew (Sarah) a native of Juneau were fantastic, not only did they bring us to (6) whales, but were very informative along the way. I would take this trip again!

Georgeanna S
5 | 2019-07-31

The captain was great and the crew were very knowledgeable. We saw 6 whales and were given ample time to watch them spew and dive. Awesome photo opportunities.

5 | 2019-07-16

We went whale watching with a company called Alaska Tales. We had a wonderful time and Captain Rich and his crew Sarah and Katie did a great job. We were on Juneau and I would tell anyone who wants to go whale watching to do this tour.

Patrick B
5 | 2019-07-15

The whale tour was excellent! Rich, Libby, and Hannah were phenomenal captains and tour guides. We had a full boat, it still felt like we had plenty of room. The boat seemed new, and the seats were comfortable, and the observation areas are terrific. It was nice having a bathroom on board as well just in case. I highly recommend this crew! Some of the other wheel tours that were out there look very old and run down. So this was great! We saw plenty of whales! The Mendenhall glacier stop was beautiful and informative. It would've been nice to of had more time there, so we could have walked to the waterfall and checked out the visitor center more thoroughly. It was still good enough to get a flavor though. Sign up for this tour with confidence!

5 | 2019-07-15

This was a wonderful tour. Captain Rich, Sarah, and Katie showed us some amazing sights and we were able to see all the whales you could imagine!

5 | 2019-07-03

What a great crew we had !! We had 3 generations and each of us had a ball. Saw killer whale pod before leaving the marina!!! Mama and baby soon after . Bus driver was funny and knowledgeable

4 | 2018-09-12

Mendenhall Glacier was a beautiful and sad. There was more than enough time to hike to the photo area (which, wasn't stated verbally by our bus driver, but since we are in the tour, we had already paid the fee). You have the option to view either or both the falls or the glacier. I only walked to the glacier area (it was closer). The walk is easy enough for those who have trouble walking (e.g. seniors). Whale watching was fun. We are taken by another group, learn about the whales (how they feed in Alaska). You will see lots of blowholes and humps, and a few fin sightings (this is when the whales dive for food). It happens quickly, be quick with your camera, binoculars aren't really necessary, and the boat was steady enough that you don't have to worry about getting sick (though, I did pop in some Dramamine before I left my cruise ship, just in case). The length of this excursion was just right, and one that I was happy to take. I also had just enough time to go up Mount Roberts and take additional photos of Juneau at dusk (Though that was a $32 expense just to take scenic photos).*Additional notes on my visit—I was aboard the NCL Pearl. It was a bit disorganized disembarking, and we ended up at the AJ dock and had to shuttle over to the area near Mount Robert's Tramway. My meeting time was at 3:15pm, and we docked at 2:00pm, but I got to the area right at 3:00pm). The instructions where to meet was a bit unclear, or maybe because I never found the sign, but the tents referenced are the white ones behind the Tramway building.

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