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Juneau Kayak with Whales Excursion

Juneau, Alaska / USA (Excursion ID S3816)

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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from your Juneau cruise pier area!
  • English-speaking certified shore excursion guides!
  • Van transfer to the base camp!
  • Round-trip motorboat cruise to the Channel Islands State Marine Park!
  • Scenic wildlife and whale watching cruise!
  • Use of shared, two-person kayak, paddling gear, and dry bags!
  • Rain gear: hooded jacket, rubber boots, and pants!
  • State Marine Park permits!
  • Complimentary bottled water and a healthy snack!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy the unique sights of Juneau and the surrounding area!
    *Please contact us for private group rates.*

If you love adventure and unique, new things, kayaking with whales excursion is "THE" excursion for you. A guided paddle to the feeding grounds of the migrating humpback whales for a unique whale-watching adventure. 

After meeting your guide close to your Juneau cruise terminal, you'll head out in your comfortable transportation to the dock located approximately 45 minutes away. Here you'll be given safety instructions and outfitted with weather gear for your adventure. Then you'll hop on the 6-passenger motorboat for a 1.5-hour cruise, that will take you to the kayaks and the whale feeding area.

Traveling up the Inside Passage of Gastineau Channel, you'll see the wilderness and beauty of Alaska. The captain will point out the indigenous fauna as you head to the Channel Islands State Marine Park where the richest humpback whale feeding ground in the state is located. Each year the whales return to the area, including those with their newly born calves, to feed on the multitude of fish in these waters.

Here, they replenish from their travels to the Baja Mexico area where the calves are born and mating occurs. The whales will stock up on food to put on enough fat to last them for the return trip south again. Your guide will explain the whole migration process and help you spot whales. No worries, your boat captain and guide will keep you at a safe and legal distance to observe but not intrude on the whales. You might be lucky enough to witness the famous "bubble feeding" where whales will team together to use their blowholes to create a curtain of bubbles around krill, anchovies, cod, sardines, mackerel, and other types of schooling fish. Then once they have a high concentration of food "trapped" by the bubble curtain in one small area they usually come up from the bottom with mouths open as they break the surface of the water scooping up their meal.

A rich variety of fauna makes this area their home so be on the lookout for orcas, sea lions, porpoises, many bird species, eagles, seals, and, of course, humpback whales. During the cruise, you can enjoy local Juneau snacks. Keep your cameras ready to capture the action!

The boat will pull up on a remote beach where you'll find your kayaks. Before you set off you'll be given instructions on how to paddle the kayak plus safety tips. Then into your life jackets and off across the water in 2-person kayaks for about 1.5-2-hours depending on weather conditions and guests' ability. Both your boat captain and kayak guides will give you the history of the area plus point out the various wildlife along the way. As this is a show put on by Mother Nature, you never know who will "perform" that day. Take in the beauty of the glaciers, snow-capped peaks of the mountains like Mount Roberts, and forest-covered hills.  

At the end of your kayaking adventure, you'll return to the beach to board the motorboat again to return to the dock and then back to your Juneau cruise terminal.

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Kayaking and boating in the feeding grounds of humpback whales and other cold-water sea animals on this once-in-a-lifetime whale-watching adventure.


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Beautiful Alaska
     5/5  (Visited on November 2019)
I had a great time. The lake was so beautiful and so clam - almost mirror like. The guide was awesome. I had a bit of trouble with my kayak, but the guide was right by my side helping me. I was able to see some whales in the distance and a few sea lions swam by. Great day!
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     5/5  (Visited on September 2021)
Not only did we get lucky with clear weather but the whales and sea lions were there to greet us! Our guide was awesome, and so friendly. The landscape amazing; even without the whales it would at be worth it!
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New York
Kayaking and whales
     5/5  (Visited on November 2021)
We love kayaking and this was a great excursion. The water was crystal clear, perfect and we did see some whales in the distance. We are coming back!!
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