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: Mary Roduner
Though close up views are not guaranteed I was disappointed not to see anything more than a few tales. The crew was a lot of fun.
Reviewer: Johann Pacla
The title says it all. The tour was a great opportunity to tour Juneau. The bus driver was very knowledgeable and got us to our destinations promptly. Our whale watching experience was exceptional as well. Both our driver and guide were very knowledgeable and made for a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this excursion if you're looking to look at what Juneau has to offer.
Reviewer: Linda and Don
The crew was fun, very knowledgeable. Loved their passion and excitement! Wonderful that they take time to explain what to watch for and expect as we are heading out. Snack was delicious and the service impeccable. Excellent company. Highly recommend this smaller boat compared to the larger. Much more comfortable and room to see.
Reviewer: Christina Y
Our family’s first time to Alaska and this was a beautifully organized experience. The group was small and the transportation (bus and boat) was clean and sizable. Upon disembarking, we easily found our tour guide and he was a character. He told us he is a history teacher and gave us wonderful loaded information about Alaska and Juneau during our 20 min ride to Mendenhall Glacier. From there to the whale watching dock, he continued our history lesson. Once we arrived on the dock and boarded the boat, the crew (Captain and mate, I cannot recall their names) were friendly, informative and professional. I loved how they respected the whales personal space and the comfort and safety of their passengers. The boat was very comfortable and with ample comfortable seats. All in all, our family enjoyed the tour guides and the experience.
Reviewer: Noni Branscum
Excellent excursion. Bus driver and boat crew were very informative.