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Whale Watching Cruise, Salmon Bake, and Wildlife Viewing in Juneau
Juneau, Alaska, USA
- Whale and wildlife sighting cruise: Travel Stephen's Passage, world-renowned as a summer feeding ground for Humpback whales. Sightings are guaranteed!
- Salmon bake: Come ashore at Orca Point Lodge on beautiful Colt Island for a feast that includes fresh-grilled wild Alaska salmon, delicious sides, and desserts all in a wilderness setting.
- Island wildlife viewing: Peer into spotting scopes on the lodge observation deck, visit the marine life touch pool, or stroll along the beach to see birds and marine life.
About this Juneau, Alaska tour
Get ready to be amazed – and entertained – by magnificent Humpback whales! You're guaranteed to see them as your skilled captain steers into Stephen's Passage, where they congregate to feed. These wonderful creatures, affectionately called "humpies," came close to extinction, so seeing them cavorting in the waters is a special treat. (Now protected, populations are growing so let's hope humpies will happily cavort forever.)
Once whales are sighted, your captain maneuvers the vessel for exceptional viewing and photo ops from the topside deck. You're often close enough to hear them breathe. Watch for these graceful giants to slowly arc their massive tails into the air before making a booming slap on the water. Weighing around 40 tons, they occasionally fully breach out of the water in an amazing display of acrobatic power. Have your camera ready!
Your onboard naturalist explains the humpies' behavior. You'll discover they're consuming up to a ton and half of food a day during this feeding season. In winter, they migrate south to warmer waters and don't eat at all. (They live off their blubber while they're busy mating and giving birth.) You'll also hear fascinating stories about the other wildlife you may encounter, including killer whales, sea lions, porpoise, harbor seals, and bald eagles.
For a different taste of wild Alaska, you'll navigate to a secluded island lodge for a feast of grilled wild salmon. This island feels like a wilderness haven. And not just for hungry adventurers like you. It's home to numerous species of wildlife and birds, so count how many you spot while scanning coast and skies with powerful scopes or strolling the shore. Your trusty captain's been steering you right. You're where the wild things are.
That's a whale of a tale
The Humpback's deeply notched tail can be up to 15 feet wide, and it makes a heck of a splash when the whale slaps it forcefully on the surface of the water. The rest of this mighty mammal is equally impressive. They grow to be about 52 feet long and weigh between 30 and 50 tons. Their heart alone weighs about 430 pounds – that's as much as three average adult humans.
Please make your way under the circular, pink Dock C sign located between the Mount Roberts Tram and the Twisted Fish restaurant.
There is a gift shop at Orca Point Lodge that features locally-made arts & crafts.
Travelers should be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to the departure time listed on voucher.
Advance notice for wheelchair accessible guests required to arrange for wheelchair-accessible ground transportation. Mobility devices must have a maximum length of 48-inches, a maximum width of 32-inches, and minimum ground clearance of 3. 5-inches.
Adventure, Boat Tour, Family Friendly, Food and Wine, Wilderness/Wildlife
140-passenger catamaran; van
English, Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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