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Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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Mendenhall Glacier Hike & Juneau Whale Watching Day Trip

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 whale watching 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.

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Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 40 Minutes
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Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Ship Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket)
Food/Beverage Provided
A snack and coffee is included.
Recommended Dress
For all tours in Alaska, we recommend dressing in layers with the top layer being waterproof. Participants should dress in warm layers appropriate for changing weather conditions and temperatures, and comfortable waterproofed walking shoes.
Guests must be able to navigate a ramp that leads to a floating dock to access the boat. Due to dramatic tidal changes, this ramp may be steep. Folding wheelchairs are permitted on this tour, but must be stored at the office while on the boat. Walking at the visitors center includes some steps and inclines. Guests 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult of 18 or older.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 231 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsWhales and Mendenhall Glacier ReviewJuly 15, 2019

Reviewer: T Casal
I had an enjoyable excursion, it was well organized and the staff was knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely recommend it.

5 StarsWhale of a Good Time!July 15, 2019

Reviewer: K.Martin
This was our first time to Alaska and this excursion was fabulous! Our tour guide on the trip to the glacier was funny and informative and we had plenty of time to see what we wanted to. The guides on our Jet boat were also informative and worked tremendously hard to get us up close to lots of whales. We loved seeing the mama and her baby. We liked that the boat was smaller with less passengers so viewing was easier and more up close. Highly recommend!

5 StarsGreat ecursionJuly 08, 2019

great excursion

5 StarsTour ReviewJuly 04, 2019

Reviewer: Kathie from Milwaukee
Went on Dolphin Jet Boat Tour with Dave, Alysha, and Bri on June 24th. They were all great and went out of their way to make sure we say several whales. They were knowledgable and great at their job.

5 StarsGreat Experience!July 01, 2019

Reviewer: Heather Howell
We booked our excursion in advance. They sent confirmation and directions right away. Tour meet up was near where ship disembarked. Our driver lives in Juneau and was very knowledgeable and gave some interesting information. Many of the store workers are seasonal. Mendenhall Glacier was great. Lots to see and explore. Only given an hour there and that is only negative about the whole excursion. Could spend a day there exploring and hiking. Whale watching was fantastic. Saw two whale right away. The crew was knowledgeable and discussed whales. While out we got to view a mother and calf. Boat had a small bathroom and crew provided bottled water and snack (bagel with delicious smoked salmon cream cheese spread). When stopped, we were allowed to move out of the cabin to the deck. Some people stayed inside and opened the windows for no obstructed views. Super excursion. We would recommend it and do it all over again.

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