Juneau Wildlife Whale Watching & Mendenhall Glacier

4 hours 30 minutes
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


This wildlife viewing excursion takes you on a journey to see two of the major highlights in Southeast Alaska. You will be guided to the Mendenhall Glacier for a 45 minute self-exploration followed by our wildlife whale watching tour. Once you have had a chance to explore the glacier park on your own, we will take you to the whale watching harbor where you will come aboard one of our state-of-the-art vessels to search for majestic Humpback Whales and other water wildlife we may find along the way. Our expert captains and naturalists are so familiar with these amazing creatures that we can actually guarantee you will see whales in their natural habitat from a safe distance. Our boats are equipped with restrooms and heated cabins to make this journey extra comfortable. Our fleet of fast jet boats all have plenty of outdoor deck space so you can choose to watch the wildlife in the open air or from the comfort of the cabin. This is an Alaskan adventure you won't want to miss!


  • 100% Guarantee to see Whales
  • Roundtrip Transportation from Cruise Terminal
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Live commentary on board
  • Driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
  • Entry/Admission - Mendenhall Glacier

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Alaska Tales, Marine Park, Downtown Juneau, Juneau, AK 99801

Our tour representatives will meet you at the main cruise ship terminal and check you in for the excursion. You will board a transport bus with a guide that will bring you to the Mendenhall Glacier for 45 minute stop. Here you will be able to explore the area on your own. The parking lot is a very short walking distance to magnificent photo opportunities, hiking trails, visitor's center, and bear viewing platforms raised above the salmon spawning streams. Once the glacier exploration is complete, we will transport you to the local boat harbor. Where you will be met by our captain and crew who will walk you past the fishing fleet to board one of our state-of-the-art boats built for wildlife viewing. The boats are equipped with restrooms, heated cabins, large windows, comfortable seats, and outdoor decks for viewing. We will then begin a 2 hour journey in search of Humpback Whales and other water wildlife native to the area. You can sit back and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery on the boat ride or assist us in searching for signs of whales including water spouts, tail dives, and whales jumping out of the water. No trip is the same as mother nature decides what to provide for each tour. Your naturalist and crew will interpret what you are seeing and explain the behaviors of the massive and beautiful creatures. At the end of the trip the captain will make an announcement and we will return back to the harbor. Feel free to enjoy a complimentary snack and beverage as you soak up your remaining time on the water. Your driver will meet you at the harbor and bring you back through town to the main cruise ship terminal in downtown Juneau where the excursion started.

Stop At: Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, 8150 Mendenhall Loop Rd Tongass National Forest, Juneau, AK 99801

While at the Mendenhall Glacier, you will have an opportunity to visit the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center if you choose to. The center houses exhibits and elevated views of the glacier.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mendenhall Glacier, Mendenhall Valley, Juneau, AK

You will have an opportunity to explore the area around the Mendenhall Glacier, which includes walking trails and views of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Collapsable Wheelchairs Only
  • Service animals allowed
  • No Motorized Scooters
  • Near public transportation
  • No Motorized Wheelchairs
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2021

They did great: Luke and Bri Knew what they were doing, knew the whales and all-around knowledgable-capable and even fun vibe.

May 2022

Outstanding experience beautiful trails and whale watching guarantees or your money back. Sarah, Bri and Olive were very helpful with the questions and insights about the whales and Alaska in general

May 2022

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip ! Saw at least 4 to 6 humpback whales ! Boat crew were fabulous and so very informative! Thank you ladies

September 2021

From the knowledgeable start with Captain Luke and naturalist Bri to the finish with a sighting of a large white tale whale doing a deep dive this was extraordinary lifetime experience! So many whales to see on a wonderful day with an amazing 2 breach sighting too! Beyond our expectations!! It...

May 2022

There was no one to conduct the tour, we were drop off at Mendendall Glacier and was told that a green bus would pick us up in 20 minutes.

May 2022

Brandon, Kristin, and Monica are amazing! They are so friendly, sweet, and informative. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and we saw at least 10 whales, multiple times! Would highly recommend this tour.

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