Juneau Whale Watching Tours
Juneau is arguably the best whale watching spot in Alaska. The humpback whales of the Pacific migrate here after wintering in Hawai’i. The nutrient-rich waters around Juneau are their feeding grounds.
Whether you're visiting Juneau independently on a cruise, it's worth getting out on the water for a few hours to see these magnificent creatures. Tours are short, just 3-4 hours and won't take up your full day, leaving you plenty of time to explore Juneau's other exciting sites. (If you're cruising and think you'll see whales from the ship, you might, but not nearly as close).
You'll have a naturalist on board to explain what you're seeing along the way. Catch the excitement of spotting a fluke (tail) or several humpbacks surrounding their meal before rising up at once to “bubble feed.”
Whale Watching Tours
Take a scenic cruise and kayak through gorgeous surroundings as magnificent whales pierce the surface of the water on this six-hour expedition from Juneau. Your destination is the Channel Islands, the whales’ annual feeding ground — and your guides will assess where the most whale activity has been happening.
Juneau’s glaciers produce nutrient-dense waters making the waters a prime feeding ground for humpback whales. Alaska Tales’ boats are intimate (49 passengers max), and they’re super-fast, so you’ll get out to see the whales in no time. You also have the option of adding a stop at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center prior to your whale watching tour.
Plenty of whale tours let you watch the orcas and humpbacks as they breach and spout from the water — but not many also let you eavesdrop on the big mammals’ conversations. This 3.5‑hour tour out of Juneau is equipped with an amplified hydrophone system; listen to the whales underwater while enjoying the lush rainforest views. Onboard the North Star — a 48-passenger jet boat with large windows, an outside viewing deck, and a comfortable inside ...more