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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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 25 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
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.
Restrictions
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.
5 Stars5Based On 178 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsVery good tourJuly 09, 2018

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.

5 Starsfantastic tourJuly 09, 2018

Reviewer: MICHAEL COPENHAVER
Friendly and knowledgable. Highlight of the cruise.

4 Starswhale watching greatJuly 09, 2018

Reviewer: Shelley
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.

5 StarsBeauty and the BeastJuly 09, 2018

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!

5 StarsAwesome experienceJuly 02, 2018

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!

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