Whales and Mendenhall Glacier
Sale Price: $176.00
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.
Reviewer: Sally Hanson
My adult daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful excursion with the crew seeing whales and some sea otters. They made sure that we knew where to look and when to capture wonderful memories of our afternoon.
Reviewer: Lori C
We got to see lots of whales. I would have liked to be a little closer. Knowledgeable guides. Beautiful land!
Reviewer: Donna M Landrum
Loved it. Saw whales. They even had personal names for them
Reviewer: Rosie Wong
Wow is all I can really say. Captain Brandon and Jesse were friendly and very knowledgeable. Almost from the time we left the dock there were things to see. The communication between the captain and other ships allowed us to view some pretty incredible sights, we may have otherwise missed. We saw several whales swimming very near the boat! Jesse told us it was uncommon to view so many whales at the same time. The boat itself was fantastic, we were able to view from both the front and back of the boat, during the outing. We enjoyed the trip a lot even it was raining we saw the changes colors of the sky, rainbows and seals it was amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Joanna Turpin
We liked this excursion. The ship's crew weren't overly friendly or informative, which was kind of a bummer. But we got to see a few whales, which was good. The driver of the bus was WONDERFUL! She was so personable and friendly, and she had some great stories to tell. Wish we had more time at the glacier.