Ales & Whales

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    Once whales are spotted, the captain turns off the engine so you can get out on the deck for the perfect photo!
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    While it’s not common to see whales breach (jump out of the water), it does happen and it’s quite a sight to be seen!
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    Our fleet features 28-passenger jetboats and 49-passenger catamarans, both with heated cabins and spacious decks!
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    A glorious whale tail! Your naturalist guide can usually identify a whale just from the tail!
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    Beautiful sights in Juneau make whale watching even more spectacular!
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    The tasting room at Alaskan Brewing Company! Opened in 1986, it’s the 67th independent brewery in the country and the first brewery in Juneau since Prohibition!
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    Choose between twenty delicious brews to create your beer flight!
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    From the historical Alaskan Amber recipe to alder-smoked malts and Sitka spruce tips, these Alaskan beers reflect Juneau’s local brewing history and innovation.
Do you like whales and drinking award-winning Alaskan beers? If so, the Ales & Whales tour is for you! Take in the sights as you cruise through Auke Bay, searching for whales and other wildlife. Your naturalist guide shares their knowledge of the area's 150 humpback whales that have been officially documented in Juneau's protected waters. Then, the fun continues on at the famous Alaskan Brewing Company! Choose between twenty delicious brews for your flight samples and kick back in the tasting room! This is the Juneau whale watching tour for those looking to experience two of Juneau's main attractions - Ales & Whales!

What to expect and what not to expect with this Juneau shore excursion

Your wildlife and beer adventure begins with pick up in front of the Mt. Roberts Tramway (next to the cruise ship docks). On the drive out to the harbor, your guide tells historic tales of Alaska's Capital City as you pass through downtown. Your whale watching vessel features a cozy and heated cabin with a spacious deck, so everyone is able to get a perfect view! Keep an eye out for whale tails and possibly even a breaching whale! The naturalist guides make this excursion both fun and educational as they share their wealth of knowledge about these magnificent creatures. And, it's not uncommon to see other wildlife such as sea lions, porpoises, and bald eagles!

  • 2 hours on the water, 1 hour at the brewery: 5 hour total duration
  • Opportunities to see humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, & more!
  • Beer flight included at Alaskan Brewing!
  • Ages 21+
  • All transportation included

After two hours on the water for whale watching, it's time to head to the Alaskan Brewing Company that has been operating in Juneau since 1986! Enjoy your included beer flight with the samples of your choice. And, feel free to purchase additional beer, food, or souvenirs as you wish! It's the perfect end to a great day on the water in Juneau. Cheers!

Want more wildlife experiences? Check out the Black Bear & Wildlife Exploration in Ketchikan. Or, continue the local drink scene on the Ketchikan Pub Crawl and Haines Bike, Hike, & Brew!

The Four Juneau Whale Watching Tours

Minimum Ages, Cancellations, Accessibility, Etc.

JUNEAU TOURS DETAILS:

  • Restrictions: Guests must be at least 21-years-old with valid ID.
  • Accessibility: This tour is rated 'Easy' in regards to activity level. There are a few steps to get in and out of the bus as well as a rugged dock a maximum of 300 yards to get to the boat. Please contact us in advance if you require assistance and we will do our best to accommodate!
  • Cancellation Policy: In the event your cruise ship is late, delayed, or doesn't make it into port we always issue a full refund for the tour. Changes or cancellations are allowed up to 14 days prior to the tour departure with absolutely no penalty. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the tour departure are nonrefundable.
  • What to Wear: This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a waterproof jacket. Some guests choose to bring a small bag or backpack along to store extra layers, a bottle of water and cameras. A valid ID is required for this tour.
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  • Adult Rate: $149
  • + 5% sales tax
You've got questions, we've got answers
Q:Is there a restroom on board the boat?
Yes, there is a small restroom on board the boat and also an opportunity before leaving at Auke Bay Harbor. We certainly recommend using the facilities at Auke Bay before leaving, as the onboard restrooms are quite small.
Q:Are refreshments available?
There is a very light snack and water available onboard the whale watching boat. A beer flight is included and food is available for purchase at the brewery.
Q:How many people are on this tour?
There are two different boats used for this tour. The enclosed jet boats seat up to 28 people, and the larger catamarans can accommodate up to 49 people (if the tour is at full capacity). There is no way to request or know in advance which boat will be used for your departure.
Q:What should I wear/bring?
This tour operates rain or shine, and rain is common as we lie in a temperate rainforest! For comfort, we typically recommend long pants, closed-toed shoes and a waterproof jacket. Some guests choose to bring a small bag or backpack along to store extra layers, a bottle of water and cameras. A valid ID is required for this tour.
Q:What if our ship is delayed or doesn't make it into port? Refund?
It's very rare that a ship is delayed into port, but in those cases we will try our best to work with you to reschedule the tour to a later time. If that is not a possibility or your ship doesn't make it into port, we will of course refund the full cost of the tour.
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