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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.”

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Whale Watching Tours

Season: May - September $189 3.75 hrs

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

Season: April 22 - Oct 8 $169+ 3.5+ hrs

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.

$419+ per person 6 hrs

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.