Juneau's spectacular whales and the Mendenhall Glacier, all in a half-day program on a boat holding a maximum of only 40 guests. Whale viewing is guaranteed.
Your Juneau excursion adventure begins with a short drive to a scenic harbor. Here, you will board a mammal-friendly jet boat equipped with water jet drives to ensure a quiet underwater operation without dangerous propellers that may frighten or harm the animals. The boats have an enclosed and heated cabin, complete with indoor plumbing. In addition, the boat only holds a maximum of 40 guests. There are large viewing windows and an outdoor viewing deck, providing an up-close and personal experience while you observe and photograph the animals in their natural surroundings.
On this Juneau Alaska tour, you will be on the boat for approximately two hours in an area that the whales frequent every summer.
Returning to land, you will travel further into the valley to see the only "drive up" glacier in Southeast Alaska. Once you arrive at the Visitor's Center (entrance included), you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore on your own. You can walk around the Visitor's Center, which has an elevated view of the glacier across the Mendenhall Lake, or view exhibits, as well as a short film about the Juneau Ice Fields. For those guests feeling more adventurous during this Juneau excursion, there are several hiking paths around the lake area, including Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake to an unobstructed view of the glacier face. At the appointed time, meet your guide for the trip back to town.
Reviewer: Mayan Hancock
My sons and I had a wonderful time (despite the awful weather!) viewing the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier and lake with its cascading waterfall beside it! Also watching out for the Humpback whales and hoping for one - any one - that would breach! It was all very thrilling, exhilarating and humbling an experience and one that we will never forget!
Reviewer: Bill McEwen
It was cool and grey, with rain off and on. However, this tour was a highlight, from start to finish. Our bus driver was a local, who kept us informed and entertained en route to Mendenhall. The sun appeared just in time for us to see and experience the glacier. We spent some time in the visitors' center, and it was time well spent. Don't miss the movie! Our jet boat trip to see the whales was great. We zipped out to a spot where we were fortunate to see a humpback playing around. Lots of jumping and spinning, and we saw a full breech. Awe-inspiring. Good crew, god coffee, and I loved the salmon & bagel. All in all: excellent. Perfect way to brighten a grey day.
Reviewer: Donald Lyons
Staff friendly and approachable. Saw whales and glacier. Beautiful scenery.
Reviewer: Jane Suesskind
The captain on the boat and the 2 young women associates knew a lot. I guess I was expecting to see more whales and more of the whales that we did see (primarily saw tails) but whales are far different in Alaska than in Hawaii. But the boat trip itself was fun. Mendenhall Glacier was beautiful! And the time given there was enough.
Reviewer: Janet and Sidney
The whale watching was terrific. The guides and the pilot of the boat were knowledgeable. The shortchanged thike to the Glacier was not strenuous, I thought we would have gotten closer. but the waterfalls were fantastic