Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Tour


Prepare yourself for the best wildlife adventure of your vacation with this Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier tour.


  • 4.5 Hours


Alaska Whale Watching Tours is a locally owned and operated company and is the premier whale watching company in Juneau! We take pride in our tour quality and we are so confident you will see wildlife that we guarantee your money back if you do not see a whale.

On tour, an Alaska Whale Watching Tours representative greets and escorts you to the tour bus where your trip begins. After a short 20-minute bus ride through downtown Juneau, you arrive at the breathtaking Mendenhall Glacier. Once there, you have 45 minutes to explore on your own. Options include touring the visitor center, walking out toward Nugget Falls, or hiking the East Glacier Loop Trail. Of course you’re able to take scenic pictures of Mendenhall Lake and if you are lucky, you can even see black bears fishing for salmon out of the salmon-spawning streams that traverse the area.

After the Mendenhall Glacier, you’re picked up again to continue on to the next part of this adventure: Whale watching. Enjoy two full hours on the water observing true Alaskan wildlife at its finest. Aboard our boats, you have the opportunity to see sea lions basking in the sun on Benjamin Island or taking a nap on an ocean buoy. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles soaring peacefully in the air. Have your cameras ready to hopefully capture breathtaking photos of humpback whale flukes, breaches, and rare bubble-net feeding. Majestic orca whales are even occasionally sighted traveling in pods on our tours!

As you head back into the dock, make sure to capture a photo of the Mendenhall Glacier in the background. A naturalist is with you the whole time on your Juneau whale watching tour to explain everything that you are seeing and to answer any of your questions.

All captains and deck hands are certified with the United States Coast Guard and highly trained to ensure your safety while onboard the boat. You ride on one of our two boats specifically designed for whale watching. Bike Mike is a 32-foot, 16-passenger boat perfect for small groups and the larger Jay Ellis is a 42-foot double decker catamaran with multiple outdoor decks for excellent wildlife viewing. Tours include complimentary snacks and beverages and each boat has a marine restroom onboard for your comfort. Everyone will have a guaranteed seat to sit back and relax in when underway.

If you only do one whale watching tour in Juneau, make sure you go with us!