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Whales and Mendenhall Glacier

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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.

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Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours 40 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.
5 Stars5Based On 256 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsAwesome experience!August 06, 2019

Reviewer: Candace Moss
Kristin our naturalist on the tour was great! We saw numerous whales and she was so informative and knew her stuff! I definitely recommend this excursion to anyone who is visiting!

5 StarsWhale WatchAugust 06, 2019

Reviewer: Susan C.
Despite a rainy day, we had a great time whale watching. Good narration along the way in a covered boat. From the outside top deck, we saw numerous whales, including a humpback that breached, and some porpoises. Friendly, attentive staff.

5 StarsExcellent August 05, 2019

Reviewer: Kaylie G
I loved this excursion! We saw a good amount of whales and all of the staff was so nice. We also went to see the glacier that was so beautiful, one of the trails we walked at the visitor center was very pretty. We also got so many amazing pictures!

4 StarsWhale watch very goodAugust 05, 2019

Reviewer: Jerry
While whale watch was very good, I had expected a closer experience at the glacier.

5 StarsAMAZING!August 03, 2019

Reviewer: Janis RB
The captain made sure we saw whales and Orca. I was thrilled. He also made sure that we understood the laws that kept these animals safe. I would do this again.

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