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Juneau Whale Watching and Salmon Bake

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Experience some of the best that Juneau has to offer on this full-day tour that features whale watching and a salmon bake. Watch for the giant creatures breaching and playing in Auke Bay. A naturalist on board also points out Steller sea lions, Dall's porpoises, bald eagles and sea birds in the area. Whale sightings are guaranteed. Then, in a historic gold rush setting, enjoy freshly grilled Alaska salmon, part of an all-you-can-eat buffet. Roast marshmallows around a campfire—what’s a better way to end a day of Alaska sightseeing?
  • Full-day tour in Juneau with whale watching and a salmon bake
  • Explore Auke Bay where more than 65 humpback whales migrate each year
  • Enjoy large windows, binoculars, and an exterior observation deck for prime views
  • Savor the smells of Alaskan salmon grilling over an open fire
  • Roast marshmallows over the open fire after your meal
  • All-you-can-eat buffet included
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Mount Roberts Tramway , 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA

JUNEAU MEETING PLACE: On the sidewalk, under the cables of the Mt. Roberts Tram. When you arrive at the meeting area, look for the Alaska Travel Adventures tour representative. They will be wearing a red jacket/shirt and a red hat. Look for our distinctive Caribou logo.

1:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
This full-day Juneau tour will leave you refreshed, relaxed and bubbling over with action-packed tales of frontier adventure.

 

At Auke Bay, board a state-of-the-art 48-passenger vessel custom-built for whale watching in Juneau waters, complete with a hydrophone system for listening to whales communicate underwater.

 

More than 65 humpback whales migrate annually to Auke Bay, also home to harbor seals, porpoises and bald eagles. These waters are so rich, whale sightings are guaranteed! In fact, if a whale is not spotted you'll receive a $100 refund ($50 for children).

Stand on the exterior observation deck or stay inside the cabin with extra-large windows. Pick up provided binoculars, and listen to your naturalist guide’s commentary about the humpbacks, local ecosystem and other wildlife sightings. On a clear day, you may even see Mendenhall Glacier.

After whale watching, a motor coach takes you to the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, a historic gold rush setting complete with authentic mining artifacts. The aroma of wild Alaska salmon grilling over an open alder wood fire will get your appetite going. This all-you-can-eat buffet includes parmesan chicken, au gratin potatoes, baked beans with reindeer sausage, wild-rice pilaf, and other sides, salads and beverages and blueberry cake for dessert.

 

A shuttle service departs for the pier every 15 to 20 minutes, so you can return to the pier at your leisure. Meanwhile, there are a number of activities you can try: Roast marshmallows over a crackling campfire, check out the Salmon Creek Trading Post, stroll to the Salmon Creek waterfall and see inside the entrance to the historic Wagner Mine.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children ages 13- 17 must have a signed parental consent form if traveling without a parent or guardian.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please indicate ship/hotel name when booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 90 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alaska Travel Adventures Inc.
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Just a note, be sure to dress for weather, if need be and the water can get pretty choppy, so be prepared if you get motion sickness." See review

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Seeing whales and great...
Magdalena_N
, Aug 2021
Seeing whales and great guide and boat captain I will not write any more review This is ridiculous to impose write a review
star-5
Awesome
Mary_B
, Jul 2021
The crew were great in pointing out whales and seals and answering everyone’s questions. The salmon bake food was wonderful
star-5
Extremely fun
Shannon_M
, Jul 2021
We lucked out and there was only 5 on the tour. The caption and driver were amazing. We saw many whales. We saw 3 seperate pairs of mommies and calfs.
star-5
A Whale of a Trip
Jason_D
, Jul 2021
This trip was incredible. Our guide, Sara, was amazing from start to finish. Her energy and love for what she does is contagious. The humpback whales cooperated too. We must have seen 8-10 whales on this outing. Plus, we saw other wildlife along the way as a bonus too... seals, sea lions, bald eagles, and even a bear during the van drive. This we finished it all off with a delicious salmon bake alongside of Salmon Creek, and yes the salmon were coming in. Highly recommend this excursion!
star-5
Nice trip with the whales!
farinamariana
, Jul 2021
Nice trip! We were able to see a group of whales and some others than were alone.. Sara is the sweetest guide! Thank you for this experience!
star-5
Amazing Whale Watching
Katie_G
, Jul 2021
This whale watching and salmon bake trip was the best way to spend our last day in Juneau. We had a perfect day and Tom and Terry were a great team! We saw so many whales and with such a beautiful backdrop.
star-5
Great time
Dawn_P
, Jul 2021
The teens loved it. The tour company was very friendly and informative, multiple whales were seen. :)
star-5
Great tone.
Joseph_L
, Jul 2021
The captains Tom and Terry were great. And the views were great. Saw lots of whales and sea life. The cook out was delicious and waterfall spectacular
star-5
Breathtaking
1maresze
, Jun 2019
We had the most beautiful day to be out on a boat to see whales! Our boat was full, so, it was get the best view where you could either from the window/s, back of the boat or the front but we got to see whales!!!! We saw a mother humpback and her calf, which our naturalist Sara R pointed out that this mother has been coming back to this particular spot for several years. Then Captain Terry, who was in contact with other tour boats brought us into an area where Orcas were, it was hard to keep up to see them, each time someone spotted a whale spout, we rush to see and then there they were, these magnificent, majestic animals, adults, juveniles or babies. The difference between this whale watching tour and another I've experienced is Capt. Terry and Sara don't use underwater devices to spot the animals, they rely on other tour boats. It was exhilarating and couldn't ask for a better day - Thank you Capt Terry and Sarah. Megan, our shuttle driver took us from the port to the landing where we took our whale watching tour and then drove us to the Salmon bake with some really good food under a forest canopy - picnic atmosphere. You could walk off your lunch to browse the gift shop or walk beyond the gift shop a short distance to the water falls and also see where at one time prospectors looked for gold. Just a note, be sure to dress for weather, if need be and the water can get pretty choppy, so be prepared if you get motion sickness.
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bad customer service
Sandy R
, Jun 2019
We accidentally booked the wrong whale watching trip. We wanted to go with my son and his family. When I tried to cancel this excursion, I discovered that it was 100% NON-REFUNDABLE. Of course, I should have realized this before I booked it, but it was a shock. 100%? Because of this, I will never use Viator again nor will I recommend it. Too bad, because their prices are good. But completely non- refundable, even with one week's notice, is not acceptable.

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