Juneau is the ultimate destination for every cruiseline and a main port. This city has amazing views and gives all the goodness to residents and visitors. People of all ages enjoy whale watching in Juneau as it is the one of the best spots in the world and certainly the best in Alaska.
Juneau has many tours for sightseeing and it helps to have a guide to help you choose the perfect one and make your trip successful. There are city tours meant for land or water travel, however, the whale watching tours are famous in this city.
Not convinced? Here is why Juneau is the whale watching destination.
Location, location, locationOne of the biggest things that makes Juneau a prime whale watching destination is its proximity to a number of different waterways. From Juneau's cruise port, it is only a short drive to Auke Bay. Juneau itself sits on the Gastineau Channel. And the Lynn Canal is just beyond Auke Bay.
The plethora of deep waterways plus the many islands they contain means there are dozens of prime spots where whales can hang out. Your captain is an expert at positioning the boat in prime viewing areas and spotting wildlife is part of your job, as well as his!
A menagerie of wildlifeAnother reason Juneau is The Best is the sheer number of different wildlife sightings that can happen. On a Juneau whale watching tour, it's possible to see orcas, humpback whales, Dall’s Porpoise, harbor seals, Steller sea lions and other land based animals like bears and eagles.
Juneau's most wanted is of course the humpback whale, and every single person is hoping to see them on their whale watching tour. Humpback whales get into the ice cold water of Southeastern Alaska during the summer season mainly to feed. These whales have to migrate to the warmer southern region of the Pacific during the winter and adult humpbacks need a huge amount of food to sustain themselves.
Most tours guarantee at least one whale sighting during your time on the water. But it is highly likely that you will see many, many more.
The choice is yoursThe final thing that makes Juneau the best destination for whale watching is the vast number of tour operators that exist in the city. From combination glacier and whale tours to customized catamarans built specifically for whale watching, Juneau has every kind of tour you can imagine.
Several companies operate out of Auke Bay Harbor and have boats specifically designed for whale watching, so you can get the ultimate whale watching experience. Most tours are approximately 4 hours long, which includes cruise and bus transfer. You are generally on the water for at least 2 hours. We say at least, because occasionally you will get waylaid by an curious pod of orcas who just won't let you go!
Your tour will take you by bus to the Bay, where you'll board your boat. The boats have huge windows and often an outside viewing area as well. There will be a naturalist explaining everything to you in detail: the landscapes, the waterways, and of course, the whales.