Juneau

Tongass Wildlife Kayaking Adventure

Duration: 5 Hours 30 Minutes
Overview: A 30 minute drive from Juneau brings you to a private beach location near Amalga Harbor and Yankee Cove, passing Mendenhall, Herbert, and Eagle glaciers along the way. Keep your eyes on the surroundings for local wildlife including porcupine, deer, beavers and eagles.

On arrival, your guide will help you get outfitted in good quality gear before you slip away in a tandem kayak. This area is the perfect breeding ground for krill and phytoplankton due to the fresh water which pours into the coastline from the glaciers. The waters attract wildlife looking for an easy meal. Humpback whales traveling through to Hawaii often spend the whole summer feeding in the waters and at times Orcas can be spotted cruising the area. Seals, porpoises, sea lions and many species of sea birds are also often seen.

Certified guides lead an entertaining coast wilderness route that is limited to 12 participants. This is an easy to moderate adventure which requires no previous experience, making it perfect for beginners and families. You need only bring your camera and an appetite for adventure.

Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour

Duration: 4.5 Hours
Overview: Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness in a small group from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 3 hour cruise on Auke Bay.

The captain and naturalists will take you on a search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure. However the highlight is seeing the humpback whales which are feeding in the nutrient rich Alaskan waters. Once a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down to allow you outside on the viewing decks for picture opportunities. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other. Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board and capacity is kept to fewer than 50 passengers per boat.

After, you can experience the amazing Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, between Downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. Spend 45 to 60 minutes near Mendenhall Glacier to enjoy the scenery or take a stroll on one of the numerous trails. Take photos and search for different types of wildlife.

Exclusive Pack Creek Bear Viewing

Duration: 7 Hours
Overview: Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Juneau and drive you to your floatplane for a scenic 25-minute flight over the scenic Tongass National Forest and the Inside Passage to Windfall Island.

Then, kayak to the mouth of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island and see brown bears in their natural habitat – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This area requires a permit to visit, and for the first time since 1997, the National Forest Service has awarded these exclusive and limited visitation permits to tour operators. Book this tour to make sure you don't miss out on the amazing chance to enter the viewing area. This protected habitat has the largest brown bear population in the world. Just as exciting is the route you'll take to get to them.

When you get there, your guide will choose the best spot to view the bears – climb to the lookout towers and see brown bears romping in the meadows, or head to the secret alcoves and observe the bears catching salmon and swimming in the creeks, rivers and streams!

Day's Itinerary:

  • 30 minutes - Van ride from Downtown Juneau to floatplane.
  • 25 minutes - Floatplane flight from Juneau.
  • 1.5 hours - Kayak orientation and kayak adventure.
  • 3 hours - Brown bear viewing.
  • 30 minutes - Kayak back to the floatplane.
  • 25 minutes - Floatplane flight back to Juneau.
  • 30 minutes - Transport back to Downtown Juneau.

Mendenhall Glacier Rafting Tour

Duration: 3.5 Hours
Overview: Your tour begins with a scenic drive up Mendenhall Valley. When you reach the shore of Mendenhall Lake, don protective raingear and a lifejacket, and board your raft. Each raft holds up to 12 and is rowed by an experienced guide. You may even join a paddle-raft team. Glide across the iceberg-studded lake, marveling at the 2.4 km glacier, and set course downstream on a connected river. The 9.6-km route combines winding stretches of water with Class II and III whitewater rapids. The rapids are perfectly safe. During the journey, encounter river features such as Tourist Trap, Moon Flats and Pin Ball Alley.

The raft lasts approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. When the river feeds into the lake and the rapids end, soak in the views of the riverbank, lush forests and 7,000-foot mountains rising above the valley floor. Keep your eyes open for bald eagles, birds nesting in rocky cliffs, black bears, otters and seals, and salmon during spawning season. At the finish point, celebrate with an Alaskan-style snack and a cup of Martha's Mendenhall Madness (a strong wine cocktail) or hot cider.

Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

Duration: 6 Hours
Overview: See the highlights of Juneau in one day. After pickup from your Juneau hotel, your guide will drive you to the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska's approximately 19 km long massive glacier. Then, board a jet boat for an exclusive whale-watching adventure! Cruise along the beautiful Auke Bay whilst your expert guide gives you an in-depth look at the surrounding sea life. Learn how more than 65 humpback whales migrate to the area each year! The extra-large windows and exterior observation deck make for excellent whale spotting.

End your day with a delicious traditional salmon bake and taste the authentic flavors of Alaska. Menu items include grilled salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages, a robust selection of other side dishes and a delicious blueberry cake for desert. Beer and wine are available for purchase. After your all-inclusive Juneau experience, enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive back to your hotel.

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