Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
Sale Price: $175.00
Half-Day Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watch Tour
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: Ben Boatright
We had really good luck on our tour and saw both whales and orca. The group was small, which made the tour all the better, and the guides were all great. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Reviewer: MICHAEL COPENHAVER
Friendly and knowledgable. Highlight of the cruise.
The Whale watching portion of this tour was great. The guides provided informative and interesting tidbits throughout the tour including about the individual whales we observed. They boated to several area for great views of whales! The glacier portion of the tour wasn't a 'tour'...it was transportation to (and from) the glacier where we were dropped off to explore. The glacier was well worth the visit.
Reviewer: Shelley Johnson
Mendenhall Glacier was majestic especially with the raging waterfall beside it. About 1.5 mile hike to get to the waterfall but all paved so not bad. The Whale watching was a bit slow at first but picked up quickly! One surfaced right beside the boat and then as we were heading in we saw a whale "breach" 3 times! Huge treat and so glad we went!
Reviewer: Megan Andersen
We loved going to see Mendenhall Glacier! The views from the visitor center were awesome and we got great pictures. We stayed only a few minutes there so we could make it to the waterfall and the lake. This was AMAZING! I have always wanted to see glaciers and this was up close. We had to walk quickly back to make it to the bus, but it was doable, even for middle aged, not-so-athletic people. The whale watching tour was also great. We saw some humpback whales and also got great views of the area. Our naturalist taught us a lot about the area and the animals. The bus driver too was fantastic!