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