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Whale Watching Tour

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3½ Hours Duration
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From pick-up to drop-off
Family Friendly
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Suitable for all ages and abilities
Guaranteed Whales
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Bald eagles and sea lions also common
Transportation Included
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From the cruise ship pier/downtown


Are you seeking an unforgettable whale-watching experience during your Alaskan cruise? Look no further than Juneau! The Whale Watching Tour offers an up-close encounter with Alaskan wildlife, with sightings of majestic humpback whales. Departing from the waters of Auke Bay, your knowledgeable captain and naturalist guides will highlight playful seals and sea lions as you head towards deeper waters. When whales are spotted, outdoor viewing decks provide ample room for everyone to observe and capture stunning photographs. The captain will turn off the engines, creating a serene atmosphere as you eagerly anticipate the breaching of humpback whales and the playful antics of orcas.

Conveniently located within walking distance of the cruise ships, the Whale Watching Tour tour includes a 25-minute transfer to Auke Bay. As you travel through downtown Juneau, your guide will narrate the journey, offering an informative introduction to Alaska's capital city. Once on the boat, it won’t be long before you reach prime whale-watching waters. The captain and crew will share fascinating insights into whale feeding and behavioral patterns.

While the picturesque humpback whale is the tour's star attraction, there's a wealth of other wildlife to observe. Sea lions, seals, bald eagles, porpoises, and orcas are all part of this rich ecosystem and often make appearances. The customized vessel is designed to provide plenty of viewing space, both inside and out, and photo opportunities. Immerse yourself in Juneau's vibrant wildlife and leave with a profound appreciation for the magnificent creatures inhabiting Alaska's waters on this Whale Watching Tour. Don't miss out on this incredible Juneau Shore Tour!

Looking for more? Pair this tour with a glacier visit on the Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier Tour, reserve an exclusive Private Whale Watching Tour.

What's Included

Roundtrip Transportation
Knowledgeable Guides
Light Snack
Guide Gratuities

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are on this tour?
There are two different boats used for this tour. The enclosed jet boats seat up to 28 people, and the larger catamarans can accommodate up to 49 people (if the tour is at full capacity). There is no way to request or know in advance which boat will be used for your departure.
What if our cruise ship's schedule is canceled or delayed?
We will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, then you will receive a refund, less any non-refundable fees.
What should we wear and bring?
This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a waterproof jacket. Some guests choose to bring a small bag or backpack along to store extra layers, a bottle of water and cameras.
Is there a restroom on board the boat?
Yes, there is a small restroom on board the boat and also an opportunity before leaving at Auke Bay Harbor. We certainly recommend using the facilities at Auke Bay before leaving, as the onboard restrooms are quite small.
How can you guarantee that we will see whales?
The captain and crew are out there everyday, and understanding the whales' patterns and behavior is their job! Whales are creatures of habit like us and prefer certain feeding locations.

Know Before You Book

Minimum Age: There is no minimum age to join this tour
Walkers or folding wheelchairs are allowed. Electric wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Please note that the ramp down to the boat will be steep and may be difficult to navigate at low tide.
Either a 24-passenger jetboat for a 49-passenger catamaran. Guests cannot make requests for vessel type.
Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship's schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees. Contact us by phone or email to request a cancellation.

Quick Facts


3h 30min

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Itinerary • 3h 30min • 4 activities

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Guides will meet you at the downtown cruise ship dock and direct you to your bus.

20 minutes
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Your shuttle bus driver will point out local highlights as you navigate through downtown Juneau and along the coast to your whale watching boat.

35 minutes
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Once aboard your vessel, you'll enjoy 2 hours of whale watching with your captain and crew as they navigate the waters of Auke Bay.

2 hours
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Proceed to the shuttle bus for to return to the cruise ship dock in downtown Juneau.

35 minutes