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Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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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.

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Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 25 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 208 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsJuneau ExcursionSeptember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Bob Shaff
Excellent excursion, with whale watching on a 40-person boat, an excellent tour director, and an amazing experience at the Glacier

5 StarsBest excursion everSeptember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Ken DeHaven
We are used to taken excursions from the cruise line and on our own, but this was the best excursion we have ever been on. At Mendenhall, the glacier was nice but the black bears fishing and eating spawning salmon was a rare treat. Saw a porcupine and salmon spawning too. It got better when we went on the whale watch! We must have had 2 dozen sightings and one was within 40 yards of the boat. Spectacular excursion!

5 StarsWhales and Mendenhall GlacierSeptember 10, 2018

Reviewer: Tony Wobeter
The time for seeing the Mendenhall Glacier was too short....however the Whales boat ride and verbal talk about the Humpback Whales was excellent. Our boat captain was respectful to the whales and allowed some distance between the boat and them which was respectful. We were able to sight several whales, but only one humpback whale that breeched from a long distance away. Over all we would give the Whale Watching Tour a rating of excellent.

3 StarsShore excursionSeptember 01, 2018

Reviewer: Susan dong
The trip to the glacier was too short The whales were great ,the team was experienced The bus driver was infirmative and funny

5 StarsWhales & IceSeptember 01, 2018

Reviewer: Reid Heitkamp
A jet boat "flew" us to whale watching locations and we did see whale spouts, then vertical whale flipper splashes and finally repeated full breaching with the big splash- just like seen in films. Visit to Mendenhall Glacier was great and time available to see trout, and get many views of the glacier.

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