Mendenhall Glacier & Evening Whale Quest with Meal

  • Port

    Juneau, Alaska, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type


  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4¾ Hours

  • Meals Included


A narrated motor coach tour takes you to view and photograph Alaska's most famous river of ice -- Mendenhall Glacier. At the Visitor Center you'll have the opportunity to visit with Forest Service interpreters and, through interactive exhibits, appreciate the landscape-carving force of glacial ice.

Continue to Auke Bay to board a deluxe catamaran specially designed for wildlife viewing. Relax in the warm, spacious main cabin as you set out to explore Stephens Passage -- a pristine marine wilderness that is world-renowned as a favored summer feeding ground for humpback whales.

As whales are sighted, your skilled captain will gently maneuver the vessel to allow exceptional viewing opportunities. You'll be amazed by the gracefulness of these ocean giants as they slowly arc their massive tail flukes into the air; the whales are often close enough to hear them breathe.

If conditions allow, an underwater hydrophone will be deployed so that you may even get to experience their incredible 'singing.'

An on-board naturalist will explain the behavior and habitat of the humpback whale, and other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, bald eagles and more.

Throughout the voyage you'll be treated to a delicious variety of appetizers including a baron of beef, reindeer sausage, smoked salmon, cheese and vegetable trays, hot shrimp dip, dessert bars and pastries. Tea, coffee and cocoa will be served. Beverages are available at an additional charge.


Bring a warm jacket to wear on the topside observation deck. The operators of this tour guarantee that a whale will be sighted on this excursion. If not, you will receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour. In the past 15 years, whales have been sighted on every tour. This tour is only available on ships staying in Juneau for the evening. The vessel is restroom-equipped.