Premier Juneau Whale Watching Expedition

Badge of ExcellenceJuneau, United States
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend 2 hours out on the Auke Bay Harbor's waters searching for humpback whales during this boat tour from Juneau. Listen to commentary from your guide and keep a lookout for other marine animals such as orca, bald eagles, and sea lions. Snacks, refreshments, and round-trip transportation from the Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau provided.
  • Be accompanied by a Naturalist
  • Be on the lookout for bald eagles, seals, sea lions, black bear and more of Alaska’s wildlife
  • Great photo opportunities

What's Included

  • 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)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Mount Roberts Tramway
    490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

    JUNEAU TOURS & WHALE WATCH Representatives are standing under the cables of the Goldbelt Tramway wearing bright blue hats that say "Juneau Tours" and holding signs that say "Juneau Tours and Whale Watch."

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Tour time is a check-in time; departure is within 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Stroller accessible
  • The meeting place is under the cables in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway.
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

If you are lucky enough to get this crew, your visit to Juneau will be fabulous!


639 reviews
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Very good
Andrew_G, Sep 2023
Very good trip and a must if in town we saw lots of whales on a very cold wet day, make sure you wrap up warm
Great whale watching tour
Babette_H, Sep 2023
Boat was very comfortable. Felt captain was very safe and responsible. Enjoyed the humpback whale show! Able to get decent photos with my Iphone
Whale watching with my grandson was great
Irma_K, Sep 2023
Seeing many whale tails and blows. It was a beautiful day. The crew was very nice and let my grandson go topside. He loved it. Thanks for the snacks.
Sami, Dani & MaCall were...
Suzanna_W, Sep 2023
Sami, Dani & MaCall were excellent guides! We had so much fun with them. They were very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to go to find the whales
Great whale watching excursion!
viccat3000, Aug 2023
We loved this whale watching experience! We were well taken care of by Calvin, Brock and Captain Dustin, they were very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We were in awe as we watched the humpback whales, we saw at least a dozen whales while we were out. This was the best whale watching excursion we’ve been on. The boat was clean and comfortable too. We will definitely go on this excursion the next time we are in Juneau.
Best whale watching tour ever
Pam_C, Aug 2023
Best whale watching ever. Best crew ever: Ford, Jaden, and captain Mack. Can’t beat them! We saw dozens of whales, spouting, breaking the surface of the water, and many of them showing their flukes. But the best part of all was that we had some very entertaining whales, who were actually leaping up out of the water, and then splashing down. We were also blessed to have a beautifully sunny day. highly recommend this group as a tour group. We booked this independently not through our ship. Great price. Great adventure.
Super Cool!!
Cynthia_G, Aug 2023
Great Captain and Crew! This was a wonderful experience that included lots of great information about the humpback whales and their lives. Captain Ken, Nate and Calvin were all great hosts.
Thar She Blows
George_E, Aug 2023
Had a great time on our whale watch tour. Saw several groups of whales traveling together. Didn't see any full breaches, but did see many whales swimming together.
Awesome Experience
John_E, Aug 2023
Sam and Mandy were a great team. Mandy got us into an excellent position for the whales to approach us. Sam provided us with facts regarding the whales.
Chasing Tails!
seelmorebellsouthnet, Aug 2023
Our boat captain, AP, and Naturalist, Logan, were excellent! They were entertaining and very knowledgeable about whales, glaciers and SE Alaska. We saw lots of whales ( or maybe the same ones over and over) and got a lot of photos and videos. The snacks were great too! The two hours flew by snd we would do it again for sure.
The Best Tour!!!
Deborah_S, Aug 2023
The best excursion ever!!! Ask for Mandy and Addie!!! They are the greatest!!! Made our day such a delight and made sure we saw whales!!!!
We bypassed the cruise...
stephencrooke, Aug 2023
We bypassed the cruise lines and the dock side ques using Viator. Saved money and especially time which is something you just cant buy. The crew and the the transit all seemed to go seamlessly and you got a sense that they actually cared for the event. With so many cruise ships coming to port you really do need to choose a ship excursion anor an independent such as via Viator. DO NOT LEAVE IT TO THE LAST MINUTE. Park executives can alter the availability numbers with a stroke of the pen and I saw parties standing disappointed.
Absolutely gorgeous
Stefanie_L, Aug 2023
This was the absolute best tour of the week! We saw 9+ whales and the tour guides were an absolute delight! They were just as excited as we were to see the whales. I highly recommend!
Incredible experience
james_h, Jul 2023
The boat was safe and comfortable. The guides were knowledgeable and personable. The Caleb was cautious and such a great host. BUT, the whale experience was spectacular. We saw many whales. The kids were ecstatic. It was o e of the most incredible excursion we've ever taken.
Orca’s and humpback whales. And sea lions too.
Helen_M, Jul 2023
Best whale watching tour!!!! We saw bubble feeding and orca’s at the same time. Incredible. We even stopped to get a look at Mendenhall Glacier.
Spotting the whales and...
Manoj_T, Jul 2023
Spotting the whales and the explanation about them by the crew. It was explained in a fun way which was entertaining
the whole experience was...
Karen_K, Jul 2023
the whole experience was amazing . the staff was excellent seen feeding whale's explained every thing .
Experience of a life-time!
Beverly_S, Jul 2023
Our family group ranged in age from 7 to 76. It was our hope to see more than one kind of whale and to observe bubble feeding if possible. Our trip delivered both! We were blessed to see two "families" of Orcas. We moved farther out in the ocean and our guides helped us see the gulls which were circling over the water. In just a few seconds a large group of humpback whales surfaced in an incredible bubble-feeding experience. We could see the whales giant mouths opened and scooping up the herring. It will remain one of our greatest family experiences!
Jay_P, Jul 2023
Amazing experience. Capt Ben knows these whales. Crew Carrie and Russell are wonderful. We saw many whales, bubble feeding, 1 breaching!! Great organization.
Wonderful adventure for the whole family
Kathryn_B, Jul 2023
Zoey, Nate and Dustin were fun and personable. They clearly cared about everyone having a great experience. The scenery was breathtaking and the whales and porpoises put on an excellent show.