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: Hank Werner
Got some great whale pics. For some reason they split our group putting 5 people on another boat. Both boats didn't return at the same time resulting in having to wait for the 2'nd boat to return when everyone wanted to get back. Otherwise I would have rated this a 5 star.
Reviewer: Jennifer St John
This was my favorite excursion that we did while in Alaska! The whale watching part was so much fun and our guides made sure we saw as many whales as possible. After our boat ride we boarded a bus to visit the glacier. The guide was very informative as we were driving, pointing out various landmarks. Our hike to the waterfall at the glacier was beautiful!
Reviewer: Jan Desmond
Our family of 4 really enjoyed the trip to Mendenhall Glacier and the Whale Watching excursions! We were at Mendenhall Glacier for a little over an hour, but we were able to take a great hike out to Nuggett Falls for beautiful scenery! The guides on the whale watching trip were excellent! We saw several whales and were able to spot the whales on our own after a little instruction!
This excursion was excellent from start to finish! Our bus driver was the best. He was very knowledgeable and friendly,sharing much information as we traveled. The experience at Mendenhall Glacier was as we had hoped. There was plenty time to explore. The whale watching was beyond our expectations. The captain was experienced and very knowledgeable as was our naturalist. We were so fortunate to see humpbacks and orcas. So much information was given about the whales,glaciers and landscape. Many photo opportunities. An overall exceptional tour!
Reviewer: Cindy Morin
We enjoyed this very much. The glacier was great. If you are going to hike to the water fall do it right away upon your arrival. It will take all the time u have there. The whale watching was so great. We had a all girl crew who were great and knowledgeable. Saw lots of whales. They came up right next to our boat. We saw orcas too. Sea lions on the bouie floating so cool.