Local Connections: Discover Alaska's Whales - A Small-Group Experience Created by Alaskan Captain

JNU-670 | Juneau, Alaska, United States | See Special Notes

from $189.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Whale Watching Whale Watching

You will see:

Easy Includes snack

Excursion Length:
Approx. 3.75 hours

Max. Group Size: 20

Tour Overview

What You Visit:

Discover Alaska's Whales on a Permitted Research Vessel
Not only is this a one-of-a-kind whale watching experience, but you'll be aboard a permitted research vessel and participate in various hand's-on science activities while a naturalist explains the habits and habitats of the creatures you may encounter. From the pier you'll travel to Auke Bay and board your vessel, which features a heated cabin, large panel windows and an open bow and stern so you won't miss any of the action. The boats were custom-designed by local captain and company owner Bob Janes to ensure a closer connection to the area's incredible beauty and majestic wildlife. Once a whale is spotted, the captain will slow down for exceptional viewing and photo opportunities. Given the right situation and conditions you may hear the haunting, moaning call of the humpback. Luckily, the vessel is equipped with a hydrophone so you can hear underwater sounds if the opportunity arises. You'll receive a $100 cash refund from the tour operator at the conclusion of the tour if a whale is not sighted.

Photo Opportunity:
Have your camera handy as you cruise through the island-studded waters of Stephens Passage - you're sure to spot humpbacks, orcas, sea lions, harbor seals and porpoises.

Enjoy a granola bar, mixed nuts, fruit leather, Peppermint Patty or chocolate mint and bottled water.

What You See Along The Way:
Breathe in the cool, crisp air as your research vessel cruises across the sparkling water with majestic snow-capped peaks and glaciers off in the distance.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Walking distance is approximately 100 yards down a sloped ramp to access the small boat harbor. Dress warmly in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. Group size is limited to 20. This tour operates in all weather conditions. All tour participants are eligible to enter to win cash and prizes in the tour operator's Capture Juneau Photo Contest.

Provided: Binoculars and a complimentary publication of "Discover Alaska's Whales - A Look at the Science Behind the Scenery"

Snack: Granola bar, mixed nuts, fruit leather, Peppermint Patty or chocolate mint and bottled water

Liability waiver required to be signed in the presence of the tour operator.

Unaccompanied Minor Policy: Children under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form to participate without a parent or guardian.

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

See detailed itinerary for information about wheelchair accessibility

Camera/Video Restrictions:

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