Glacier View Sea Kayaking
Sea Kayaking with Glacier Views
Learn how to handle a kayak from your professional guide on this Juneau excursion, then put your new skills to the test with a memorable adventure on the water. Glide through the Gastineau Channel native-style, enjoying up-close looks at wildlife and views of the spectacular Mendenhall Glacier.
Start your shore excursion in Juneau with a narrated tour through a historic part of Juneau on your way to North Douglas Island. Receive your protective rain gear, boots, and life jacket, then learn the paddling techniques you'll need to handle your kayak. Join a friend or new traveling companion aboard your two-person craft and begin your cruise excursion adventure!
Enjoy a backdrop of forested slopes, nearby peaks, and the gorgeous Mendenhall Glacier. Traverse the same waters the Aleut Indians did two centuries ago. In small groups of six kayaks, sneakily approaching wildlife is easy. Observe bald eagles, herons, shorebirds, and waterfowl. This ocean explorer's view of the glacier is from about 6 miles away, so you'll see how the massive river of ice winds up through the mountain peaks for miles. Occasionally, porpoises and even humpback whales surface the water for air! If you're lucky, you might see a humpback's awesome tail fluke.
Visit the Mendenhall Wetlands, a protected habitat teeming with more than 140 species of birds, nearly a dozen different mammals, and an abundance of marine life. Along your Alaska kayak tour, your professional nature guide talks about local flora and fauna, explaining the history behind landmarks such as Smuggler's Cove. Back at the kayak base, you will enjoy a tasty Alaska style snack before the bus journey back to the pier.
Book this Juneau shore excursion today for an incredible day kayaking the Mendenhall Wetlands, observing Mendenhall Glacier, and enjoying the surrounding wildlife!
We had a great group of guides for our trip. Because of we had 6 people in our party we were placed in a single group with one guide which was nice. We were in a bay type estuary area, not open ocean whatsoever, and we had a view of the Mendenhall Glacier. We saw lots of seals, sea lions, and several bald eagles of varying maturity ages which was pretty awesome. Our guide also showed us how crabbing works in Alaska which was pretty awesome too. We stayed fairly dry minus a little bit of wet arms from the paddles, but stayed more than warm enough. Overall I would recommend for the beginning kayaker who just wants a fun time and to see some smaller sea animals. May be underwhelming for the more intermediate to advanced level kayakers, or those who struggle with tandem kayaking. (Solo kayaks would have made this trip AWESOME!)
Reviewer: Cindy Swift
This was my first time kayaking and I truly enjoy this experience. Plus we got a surprise visit by a group of sea lions. I would highly recommend this shore excursion.
Reviewer: David Taxis
Well organized and safe. All excursions over priced. Terrific young Tenn. woman guide was playful, informed and kept us all together. Good exercise, which I needed; and incredible views of glacier, salmon laying creek.
Reviewer: Maryann Brophy
Very good excursion - well guided by college students who were funny and passionate about ecology. Efficiently loaded on buses, geared up at the site and off into kayaks. Saw many bald eagles. Such a beautiful lake. Please note, this is a glacier VIEW tour - you are fairly far away from the actual Mendenhall glacier. We wear offered waterproof kayak skirts or waterproof pants, and they were needed (lake water is cold) We were a party of 4, 2 in 60's, 2 in late 20's - all enjoyed. Recommend.
Kayaking was a fun excursion.Got to appreciate the beauty of Alaska