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: Santy DiSabatino
These were both excellent combined tours the guides on both were great and very information. They answered any questions one may have and the driver also was great at engaging with everyone and giving us some historical background. As we drove to and from our sites.
Reviewer: Dennis Van Waes
Even though is was very cold, raining, we had a wonderful time. The whales were not as cooperative as we would have liked, but we did see some. All persons involved were great. Love the jet boat!
Reviewer: Walt K
Wow is all I can really say. The guys were friendly and very knowledgeable. Almost from the time we left the dock there were things to see. The communication between the captain and other ships allowed us to view some pretty incredible sights, we may have otherwise missed. We saw a pod of Orcas and then not too long after we had a hump back whale breach twice very near the boat! The guide told us that both events were uncommon. The boat itself was fantastic, we were able to view from both the front and back of the boat, during the outing. I highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Gary G Mathna
The only thing that messed up the Whale tour was the weather, but that wasn't thier fault. Otherwise it would have been great.
This tour was easy to find and join. We saw plenty of whales, but they weren't as close as I'd imagined -- by law. For me personally, naming the whales made it seem like they were fed and encouraged to stay in the area. But it didn't hurt the experience for others.