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Juneau Whale Watching Tour provided by Juneau Tours

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Juneau Whale Watching Tour

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The Auke Bay Harbor is rich in native wildlife, but whales can be hard to spot from land. With this boat tour, set sail from Juneau and scan the waters for humpback whales and orcas, as well as sea lions and bald eagles. Learn about the marine animals from your naturalist guide and whale watch in comfort from the boat’s heated cabin with viewing windows and spacious decks.
  • Whale watch from a boat on the waters of the Auke Bay Harbor
  • Commentary about Alaska's native wildlife from a naturalist guide
  • Boat with heated cabin, observation windows and decks, and restroom
  • Round-trip transportation from the Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau
Important Information
Departure Point
Mount Roberts Tramway, 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Round-trip transportation between port and boat harbor
  • 2-hour whale watching tour on a custom 24-passenger jet boat or 49-passenger catamaran
  • Heated cabin with wide viewing windows, spacious decks for whale watching, and bathrooms on board
  • Naturalist on whale tour
  • Informative professional driver guide during transfers
  • Bottled water and a light snack aboard the whale boat
  • Multiple tour times for flexibility
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities (greatly appreciated)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour time is a check-in time; departure is within 15 to 30 minutes.
  • The meeting place is under the cables in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
  • All ports or docks are within 10 minutes walking distances, except one - the A Dock - which provides a “Downtown” shuttle to the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the name of their ship.
  • Tour operates in all weather conditions, so please dress appropriately in layers and for the likely chance of rain. It is recommended that you wear warm layered clothing, a waterproof jacket and comfortable slip-proof shoes.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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John B wrote a review Apr 2020
2 contributions
Unfortunately, we won't get to take this tour this year as our cruise has been cancelled. However, under very difficult financial circumstances for them, Juneau Tours handled our refund very promptly, efficiently, and cheerfully. For a small company getting absolutely hammered
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Date of experience: April 2020
Linda P wrote a review Oct 2019
Lombard, Illinois29 contributions2 helpful votes
Went on this whale watching tour last minute as our original helicopter tour was cancelled. This trip was awesome. As an avid boater is was great to get out on the water in a smaller boat as the folks in Alaska do. Seeing the whales breaching was an added bonus. Would
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Date of experience: June 2019
Paul W wrote a review Sep 2019
17 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I booked a whale watching tour through Auke Bay that took approximately 2 hours. It was great! Saw about 8 whales and the ship got as close as legally allowed. The staff were well informed, funny, and passionate about whale watching. Definitely one of the highlights
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Date of experience: September 2019
RexT wrote a review Sep 2019
Ottawa, Canada224 contributions119 helpful votes
We had a great tour, beginning with our driver Michael who first took us to Auke Bay for the whale watching. We were both very lucky and very unlucky. Lucky because we saw MANY whales, some breaching. Unlucky because it was rainy and windy (to be honest - nasty!). Still ---
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Date of experience: September 2019
Joe A wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked the Mendenhall Glacier and Whale Watching tour upon arrival at the Juneau Port (dock side) for half the cost of the on-board price of the cruise line and we got a much better tour. Our tour tour started with transportation to the Mendenhall Glacier and 2 hours for
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Highly Recommend
We had an amazing experience hiking at Mendenhall Glacier and on our whale watching tour with Josh, Russell, and Ch
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Knowledgeable informative & great all around naturalists. Spectacular scenery! Loved it! With out a doubt, we wo
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Marilyn W
We loved this tour!
The whale watching was by far the best part of this tour. The food was fantastic along with the views. Tour guides
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Very educational and beautiful
My family came in on a Disney cruise to Juneau for the day and we had Brett as our guide. We were absolutely amazed
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My main reason for going on this see a glacier and waterfall...I wasn’t disappointed. Also got to see S
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Awesome Experience
We were on a cruise in July 2019 and decided to book through trip advisor rather than through our cruise ship. It w
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Amazing breathtaking experience
My husband and I went on September 23. We could not believe how many whales we saw. It was spectacular. We saw a
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Alaska Cruise
This was a great excursion. As a bonus on our what watching boat, we got to see a pod of killer whales and lots of
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Very pleased with this last minute decision
We were booked with Harv and Marv on a small boat. Our tour with them was canceled due to weather. I was so very
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義雄 周
Economy and convenience
We used this service to visit Mendenhall Glacier and Nugget Falls. The pick-up place was at the Mt. Roberts Tramway
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Joann T
Whale Watch
We went out with Capt Josh, Courtney and Khris. Their knowledge and enthusiasm were beyond great. Even the rain d
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whale watching
We thought we were going to see maybe one whale and it would take a lot of waiting time... surprisingly we saw lots
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Juneau Whale Watching & Glacier Tour, Alaska
We did this tour last month with my 2 elderly parents with limited mobility. It was fantastic! The team, consisti
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Can't control the weather
Despite the day being mostly a wet one, the company lived up to its name and whales were spotted, so there were no
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Terri R
Great Tour
We enjoyed our tour and our guide Alexei was funny and informative. The guides really make or break the tour :) A
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Key Details
  • Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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