Learn how to handle a kayak from your professional guide on this Juneau excursion, then put your new skills to the test with a memorable adventure on the water. Glide through the Gastineau Channel native-style, enjoying up-close looks at wildlife and views of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier.
Start your excursion with a narrated tour through a historic part of Juneau on your way to North Douglas Island. Receive your protective rain gear, boots, and life jacket, then learn the paddling techniques you'll need to handle your kayak. Join a friend or new traveling companion aboard your two-person craft and begin your adventure!
Enjoy a backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks, and the gorgeous Mendenhall Glacier. Traverse the same waters the Aleut Indians did two centuries ago. In small groups of six kayaks, sneakily approaching wildlife is easy. Observe bald eagles, herons, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Occasionally, porpoises and even humpback whales surface the water for air! If you're lucky, you might see a humpback's awesome tail fluke.
Visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with more than 140 species of birds, nearly a dozen different mammals, and an abundance of marine life. Along your tour, your professional nature guide talks about local flora and fauna, explaining the history behind landmarks such as Smuggler's Cove. Back at the kayak base, you will enjoy a tasty Alaska style snack before the bus journey back to the pier.
Book this Juneau shore excursion today for an incredible day kayaking the Mendenhall Wetlands, observing Mendenhall Glacier, and enjoying the surrounding wildlife!