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Juneau in One Day: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
6 hours
Price:
Starting from $189.00 per person

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Want to see the best Juneau has to offer in one day? First, get an up-close look at the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier. Then, board a jet boat for an exclusive whale-watching adventure! End your day with a delicious traditional salmon bake and taste the authentic flavors of Alaska.

Experience all that Juneau has to offer in one day! After pickup from your Juneau hotel, your guide will drive you to the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska’s approximately 12 mile (19 km) long massive glacier. Take in stunning views and soak up the picturesque mountain atmosphere.

Then, begin your whale-watching experience! Board a 48-passenger sightseeing boat and cruise along the beautiful Auke Bay. Your expert guide will give you an in-depth look at the surrounding sea life. Learn how more than 65 humpback whales migrate to the area each year! The extra-large windows and exterior observation deck make for excellent whale spotting.

End your day smelling the aromas and tasting the flavors of a traditional, all-you-can-eat Alaskan salmon bake. Menu items include grilled salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages, a robust selection of other side dishes and a delicious blueberry cake for desert. Beer and wine are available for purchase.

After your all-inclusive Juneau experience, enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive back to your hotel.

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Bears, Whales and Glaciers by Land, Sea and Air
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
7 hours
Price:
Starting from $399.00 per person

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This 7-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect trifecta of Alaska's attractions: whale-watching, bear-viewing and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield. You'll experience a small-group tour by van for bear-viewing, board a comfortable vessel equipped with heated cabin and bathroom for whale-watching and travel aboard a fixed-wing, wheeled aircraft for the glacier air tour. See the best of Alaska by land, sea and air!

Spend your time in port in Juneau discovering southeast Alaska's greatest treasures from the road, the water and from the air. On this all-encompassing shore excursion, you'll have the opportunity to see bears in their natural environment, spot whales and behold glaciers from above in a plane. Experience Alaska's majestic wilderness over the course of a full day, complete with lunch and personalized service.

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We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale Watching and Salmon Bake
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
6 hours
Price:
Starting from $189.00 per person

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While in port in Juneau, fill your day with the best Juneau has to offer! On this shore excursion, take a narrated tour of the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier and take in magnificent mountain views. Then, head to Auke Bay and board a sightseeing boat to see massive humpback whales with your naturalist guide! After you’ve been in the presence of these magical creatures, enjoy a traditional Alaskan salmon bake where you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet!

As Alaska’s capital city, Juneau has so much to offer. On this half-day shore excursion, your guide will lead you through three activities that will give you the best feel for Juneau: a Mendenhall Glacier viewing, humpback whale-watching experience and a traditional salmon bake buffet!

After pickup from your cruise ship port, take a narrated journey to the ice wall at Mendenhall Glacier with your expert guide. The approximately 12 mile (19 km) long glacier is sure to leave you with a lasting impression and dozens of stunning photographs to commemorate your visit.

Next, head to Auke Bay and embark on an exciting whale-watching tour! Board a 48-passenger sightseeing boat and explore Auke Bay, known for the dozens of whales that migrate there each year. The boat's extra-large windows, complimentary binoculars and exterior observation deck will make for an excellent whale-watching experience.

Finally, finish your Juneau experience with an all-you-can-eat salmon bake, where you’ll enjoy a delicious meal including grilled salmon, cheechako chicken, Chilkoot baked beans, Tongass wild-rice pilaf, White Pass pasta, salads, beverages and a selection of side dishes. Top it off with delicious blueberry cake for desert! Beer and wine are available for purchase. Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic ride back to your cruise ship.

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We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and City Tour
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $125.00 per person

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While in port in Juneau, make the most of your time with this combo tour that includes a city sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience. Tour the city by coach to see highlights such as the Red Dog Saloon and the Juneau Capitol Building, and then spot humpback whales and other wildlife on a scenic whale-watching cruise. Top it off with a leisurely outdoor adventure at Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau’s crowning jewel.

When your cruise ship docks at the Juneau port, walk an easy 10 minutes to Mt Roberts Tramway, where you'll hop on a comfortable coach for a Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of stunning mountains and winding waterways as you travel from the colorful port and see sites such as the Red Dog Saloon, the busy Juneau Capitol Building, the Governor's Mansion and beautiful Douglas Island. This unique modern capital city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.

After your city tour, you’ll be driven to Auke Bay to board a boat for your 2-hour whale-watching cruise. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Watch for humpback whales and playful orcas – when you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and drinks will be provided on board.

When you return to the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier National Park to explore independently at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel treasure, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the giant 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field.

Capture vistas of the glacier from several perspectives such as Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and offers an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, you can learn about glacier formation through a series of interactive geological exhibits.

When you’re ready to leave, hop on the shuttle and head back to the Juneau port.

The shuttle departs every 30 minutes, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Juneau. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy your time at Mendenhall Glacier and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Please note: This tour provided 30 minutes to 45 minutes at the glacier. if you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour portion to accommodate that.



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Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $131.25 per person

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While in port in Juneau, spend some time on a 48-passenger sightseeing boat spotting humpback whales in the picturesque Auke Bay! Admire the expansive Alaskan mountains in the background on this exciting shore excursion as your guide teaches you about the surrounding marine life. Keep your eyes out for whales leaping out of the water! You may also spot sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles and even bears on shore. You may even see Mendenhall Glacier on a clear day!

While docked in Juneau, head to Auke Bay, where more than 65 humpback whales migrate every year. These beautiful creatures will be the highlight of your 3.5-hour shore excursion as you float around the bay. Additionally, you may also be joined by Auke Bay’s other residents: bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and more!

The 48-passenger jet boat is built for sightseeing, featuring extra-large windows and an exterior observation deck – perfect for whale watching! As you cruise around the bay, your captain will announce when whales have been spotted! For an even closer look, you’re welcome to use the complimentary binoculars on board.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Juneau port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Adventure with Mendenhall Glacier Tour
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
4.5 hours
Price:
Starting from $125.00 per person

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Make the most of your time in port in Juneau by getting out into the Alaskan wilderness on a small-group whale-watching and Mendenhall Glacier shore excursion. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 4.5-hour cruise in the waters surrounding Juneau. Then, visit the stunning Mendenhall Glacier for an unforgettable tour.

Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board; capacity is limited to 50 passengers per boat. The small groups create a great environment for wildlife viewing in this incredible environment. Your captain is specifically trained to follow federal viewing guidelines from a safe distance.

The Great Outdoors is at its best in Alaska, where whales, seals and other marine life roam free. While you’re in port in Juneau, hop-on a whale-watching adventure for the ultimate Alaskan shore excursion. The boat captain will take you on a search for whales in Auke Bay, Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel, while onboard naturalists tell you about the marine life. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.

Sightings of all marine life are a joy, but you’ll gasp the loudest when you see humpback whales, which feed in the nutrient- rich Alaskan waters. When a whale is spotted, your captain will slow down to allow you to go outside on the viewing decks for excellent photo opportunities and an up- close experience. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other.

Following the scenic cruise, visit the impressive Mendenhall Glacier, an amazing sight to behold. The glacier is located in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, which is located between Downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. You will have approximately 45 to 60 minutes near Mendenhall Glacier, where you may enjoy the scenery or take a stroll on one of the numerous trails. While you visit the glacier, you may take photos or search for different types of wildlife. Choosing the Mendenhall Glacier and the whale-watching adventure as a combo will allow you to make the most of your short time in Juneau.

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We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Cruise and Glacier Flight
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
5 hours
Price:
Starting from $279.00 per person

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This 5-hour shore excursion from Juneau covers the perfect duo of Alaskan attractions: whale-watching and a scenic flight over the glaciers of the Juneau Icefield.  You'll board a comfortable vessel equipped with heated cabin and bathroom for the whale-watching cruise and travel aboard a light aircraft for an air tour of the glaciers. Tour Alaska from sea and air!

When your ship docks in Juneau, explore southeast Alaska's expansive, breathtaking wilderness from land and air. On this combination shore excursion, catch a glimpse of whales that frequent the area from the decks of a boat and capture fantastic views of glaciers from your seat on an aircraft. Enjoy lunch, personalized service and a knowledgeable guide on this outdoor adventure.

Whale-Watching
Begin your shore excursion with a 2.5-hour whale-watching and nature tour. From the decks of the vessel, you'll have the opportunity to spot a variety of local wildlife, including humpback whales, sea lions, Dall's porpoises, harbor seals, orca whales, bald eagles and shorebirds. While on the trip, you will enjoy a delicious boxed lunch.

Flight-seeing
After the whale-watching cruise, you'll be transported to the local airport to enjoy a 30-minute flight-seeing tour. From your position in the aircraft, gaze down on the Inside Passage and the Juneau Icefield. You'll see many different landmarks, including Admiralty Island, Point Retreat Lighthouse, Funter Bay, Icy Strait, Lynn Canal, Herbert Glacier, Eagle Glacier, Mendenhall Glacier and dogsled camps, and Auke Bay.

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We will ensure your timely return back to the ship in Juneau for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded.  See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Juneau Whale Watching Adventure and Mendenhall Glacier Tour
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
Whale Watching - 3 hours
With Mendenhall Glacier - 4.5 hours

Price:
Starting from $125.00 per person

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Escape to the Alaskan Wilderness on a small group Whale Watching Adventure from Juneau. This is your chance to see humpback whales, bald eagles, seals and sea lions on an amazing 3 hour cruise on Auke Bay.

After, spend 40-60 minutes exploring the impressive Mendenhall Glacier. 

The captain and naturalists will take you on a search for whales in Favorite Channel, Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal or Saginaw Channel. Binoculars are provided for your added viewing pleasure.

However the highlight of this Whale Watching Adventure is seeing the humpback whales which are feeding in the nutrient rich Alaskan waters. Once a whale is spotted your captain will slow down to allow you outside on the viewing decks for excellent picture opportunities and an up close experience. In addition, hydrophones may be lowered into the water to allow you to hear the whales communicate with each other.

Each boat is fully enclosed and heated with a marine restroom on board and capacity is kept to under 50 passengers per boat. The small groups create a great environment for wildlife viewing in the great Alaskan outdoors. Your captain is specifically trained to follow federal viewing guidelines from a safe distance..

After, you can experience the amazing Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier is located in the center of the Mendenhall Valley, which is located between Downtown Juneau and Auke Bay. You will have approximately 45 to 60 minutes near Mendenhall Glacier where you may enjoy the scenery or take a stroll on one of the numerous trails. While you visit the glacier you may take photos and searching for different types of wildlife.

Whale Sightings guaranteed! If no whale is sighted on the tour, you will be given a refund of $100.00 per adult/$50.00 per child.

Please note: You will not physically stand on the glacier. You will be approximately 1 mile (1.6km) away.

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Juneau Whale-Watching Adventure
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $131.25 per person

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Spend your morning or afternoon spotting magnificent humpback whales in the picturesque Auke Bay with the Alaskan mountains in the background. On this whale-watching adventure from Juneau, not only will you be in the presence of these massive creatures, but you may also see sea lions, harbor seals, porpoises, bald eagles, bears, deer and a variety of birds. On a clear day, you can even see Mendenhall Glacier!

Get ready for an exclusive Alaska experience! After pickup from your Juneau hotel, head to Auke Bay for an exciting whale-watching adventure. Every year, more than 65 humpback whales swarm Auke Bay during migration season. On this 3.5-hour sightseeing cruise, admire these beautiful creatures and get an in-depth insight on the surrounding marine life from your naturalist guide as you float around the bay. Additionally, you may be greeted with an extra treat -- bald eagles, harbor seals, porpoises and other sea creatures are known to frequent the area!

The 48-passenger jet boat is built specifically for sightseeing. As you make your way around the bay, your captain will notify you when whales are spotted. Make sure to take advantage of the extra-large windows, complimentary binoculars and exterior observation deck for spectacular views!

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Viator Exclusive: Mendenhall Glacier, Whale-Watching Cruise and Juneau City Tour
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Location: Juneau, Alaska
Duration:
5 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $125.00 per person

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Enjoy a Juneau sightseeing tour, whale-watching cruise and Mendenhall Glacier experience with this Juneau combo tour. Tour the city by coach to see highlights such as the Juneau Capitol Building, and then spot humpback whales and other wildlife on a scenic whale-watching cruise. Top it off with a leisurely outdoor adventure at Juneau’s crowning jewel: Mendenhall Glacier. This is the only tour of its kind in Juneau, so book now to enjoy these three amazing Juneau experiences together. 

After pickup from your Juneau hotel -- or after meeting at Mt Roberts Tramway in downtown Juneau -- hop on a comfortable coach to begin your Juneau sightseeing tour. Enjoy views of Alaska's capital city nestled between stunning mountains and winding waterways. From the colorful port, you'll see sites such as the historic Red Dog Saloon, the Juneau Capitol Building and the Governor's Mansion; this unique modern city with an old-world charm has a new surprise around every corner.

At the end of your city tour, you’ll be taken to Auke Bay to board a boat for your whale-watching cruise. Spend two hours out on the water and enjoy beautiful ocean views as your professional guide helps point out whales and other wildlife such as bald eagles, seals, sea lions and black bears. Keep an eye out for humpback whales and playful orcas – once you spot one, the captain will slow the boat to allow for great photo opportunities from the viewing deck. Snacks and refreshments will be provided on board.

As soon as you hit the port, hop back on the coach and head to Mendenhall Glacier National Park for some independent exploration at your leisure. Juneau’s crowning jewel, Mendenhall Glacier is one of 38 glaciers flowing from the massive 1,500-square-mile (3,885-sq-km) ice field.

Capture views of the glacier from a variety of perspectives such as Nugget Creek Falls and Photo Point Trail, which winds along Mendenhall Lake and offers an unobstructed view of the glacier's face. At the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, browse interactive geological exhibits to learn about glacier formation.

When you’re ready to head back to the Juneau port to conclude your tour, hop on the shuttle, which departs approximately every 30 minutes. Drop-off at your Juneau hotel is also available.

Please note: This tour provided 30 minutes to 45 minutes at the glacier. if you would like to stay longer, you may have to skip the city tour portion to accommodate that.



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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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Location: Newport Beach, California
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $31.99 per person

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Hop aboard a 65-foot (20-meter) whale-watching boat for a fantastic adventure off the Orange County coast! During your whale-watching cruise, learn fascinating details about California sea life from the crew, and enjoy the Pacific Coast scenery. Year-round whale-watching cruises like this one are rare, so don’t miss this chance to see giant blue, finback, grey, minke and humpback whales, along with other marine life like dolphins, on this 2.5-hour tour from Newport Beach.

Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport Beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, you’ll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.

This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).

During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world’s smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they ‘fluke’ (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as ’friendlies’ by sailors because they love to come up to ships.

Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.

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La Jolla Whale Watching Kayak Adventure
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Location: San Diego, California
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $59.99 per person

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Kayak out from La Jolla Shores and watch the magnificent whales as they migrate between Alaska and Baja, Mexico.

The whales' migration path is such that they come close La Jolla Shores. By paddling about a mile off-shore, you can catch these incredible animals, plus other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and dolphins. There is no better way to experience the whale migration than from a kayak.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Pricing is based on single kayak for one passenger and tandem kayak for two passengers.

This tour is recommended for ages 10 and up and all must be able to swim.

This tour is seasonal and operates from December 1 to March 31

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San Diego Whale Watching Expedition Cruise
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Location: San Diego, California
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $36.99 per person

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See magnificent California gray whales on their annual journey from the Arctic to California's Baja Coast on a whale watching cruise from San Diego. If you don't see a whale on the cruise, you'll get a 'Whale check' to try again another time!

Follow the migration of the California gray whale to the warm breeding grounds off the Baja Coast. Seeing a California gray whale in the wild is an exhilarating experience you will never forget. Other marine wildlife may also make an appearance including seabirds and sea lions.

Between December and April the gray whale travels approximately 6,000 miles from the cold waters of the Arctic to the warmer waters of the Baja Coast. Here they give birth to their young and prepare them for the long trek back. On the return trip the young calves can frequently be seen swimming at their mother's side.

Guarantee: If whales are not sighted, a 'Whale Check' good for another whale watching or harbor tour will be issued.

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San Diego Whale Watching Sailboat Cruise
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Location: San Diego, California
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $84.99 per person

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Get up close and personal with dolphins, sea lions, pelagic sea birds and migrating whales on this three-hour eco-friendly cruise through the waters of San Diego. With a maximum of 6 guests per cruise, you are sure to have the most personalized, intimate cruise.

Sail on either a 40 foot Catalina or a 40 foot Jeanneau as you seek out the local wildlife. Onboard, you will have a trained naturalist able to answer all your questions about the whales and the other animals you may spot. Your captain, who will be within arms reach will look for whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea lions, and pelagic sea birds in their natural habitat.

On every cruise, you will enjoy refreshments and snacks, and you will even be provided with binoculars, sunscreen, warm weather gear and literature about the whales.

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Whale Watching & Wildlife Eco Tour from San Francisco
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Location: San Francisco, California
Duration:
Varies
Price:
Starting from $79.00 per person

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Join your captain for an enthralling San Francisco whale watching tour and catch incredible sightings of these magnificent creatures migrating through one of Earth's most unique ecosystems! The Pacific coast adjoining San Francisco and the picturesque Farallon Islands are known for their rich and diverse marine life and you'll discover the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants on this full-day adventure.

The California coastal waters off San Francisco have annual migration patterns for whales. From June to November you'll sail in search of blue and humpback whales, and from December to May you'll have the chance to spot gray, sperm and killer whales! In addition, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline and the Farallon Islands from the decks of your eco-friendly catamaran. An exciting and intimate encounter with nature that you'll never forget!

Choose from two thrilling marine adventures depending on the day of the week:

Whale Watching Wildlife Tour (5 hours)


Catch sightings of various whale species, dolphins, porpoises, sea birds and San Francisco's famous sea lions on the 5-hour Whale Watching Wildlife Tour. After you board your vessel and set sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll enjoy spectacular views of Stinson Beach, Fort Cronkite, Double Point, Muir Beach, Bolinas, and the Point Reyes National Seashore and Lighthouse on your exciting quest for whales.

Farallon Islands Natural History Tour (6 hours)

On this longer tour, you'll sail to the Farallon Islands, approximately 27 miles (43 km) offshore from San Francisco, to experience an extra thrilling whale watching tour. Perfect for boating enthusiasts, this six-hour excursion takes you straight to the Gulf of the Farallones after cruising underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and bypassing California's amazing Pacific coastline.

The Farallon Islands are the perfect spot to see the whales migrating, as they often roam in this area that is densely populated with plankton. It is also not uncommon to see White Sharks as they migrate to the Farallon Islands and feed.

Both tours are taken on the comfortable 65' Catamaran Kitty Kat that features a unique hull design and superior engineering. The Kitty Kat is the most advanced vessel for wildlife expeditions in San Francisco, and features a heated cabin, spacious sun deck, and can sail at high speed! Be sure to pack lunch and beverages, bring a camera and wear warm clothing and sturdy, waterproof shoes for this expedition.

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Channel Islands and Whale Watching Helicopter Tour from Santa Barbara
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Location: Santa Barbara, California
Duration:
45 minutes
Price:
Starting from $349.99 per person

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Soar over the scenic and historic Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara on this 45-minute helicopter tour loaded with amazing photo opportunities. Your pilot will provide commentary about the history and geography of Santa Barbara as you take to the skies over the bustling waterfront. Spot frolicking dolphins and breaching whales in the Pacific Ocean, and admire amazing aerial views of gorgeously rugged Santa Cruz Island and Santa Rosa Island, two of the five islands that make up Channel Islands National Park.

Though easily visible from Santa Barbara, serene and lovely Channel Islands National Park receives few visitors. A helicopter flight is the most comfortable and luxurious way to see this off-the-beaten-track gem. Departing just a short distance from downtown Santa Barbara, embark on your 45-minute helicopter flight, admiring breathtaking views of downtown Santa Barbara, Stearns Wharf and the stunning coastline before heading out over the Pacific Ocean.

Your experienced pilot will share a wealth of information about the landmarks, history and geography of Santa Barbara County. As you fly over Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales; with the help of local whale-watching boats, your pilot will guide the helicopter over prime territory for grey, blue, humpback and even orca whale sightings.

Approach pristine and rugged Channel Islands National Park, which comprises five of the eight Channel Islands and covers almost 250,000 acres (101,000 hectares). Enjoy close-up views of two of the park's islands: Santa Rosa Island, where some of the earliest human remains in the Americas have been discovered, and Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands. Hover over Santa Cruz Island’s dramatic cliffs and unspoiled beaches, marveling at a remarkable panorama of all eight of the Channel Islands -- including famous Catalina Island -- at once.

Take in more spectacular views of the Santa Barbara coastline as you head back to the airport.

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Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure
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Location: Kona, Hawaii
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $74.00 per person

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The experience of watching 40 foot (12 meter) whales from a 24 foot (7 meter) Zodiac raft is something you'll never forget! Following Hawaiian Marine Park laws of stopping at least 100 yards (90 meters) away from these magnificent animals, you get a close up look at the migrating humpback whales. It is not uncommon for them to be curious about the raft and come right under the boat!

Departing from Honokohau Marina located 3 miles (4.8km) north of Kailua-Kona, your captain will entertain you with Hawaiian folklore and Kona history as you travel along the scenic Kona coast. Every winter, the humpback whales migrate to Hawaii to mate and give birth in the warm waters. Your naturalist captain will provide narration on the whale's behavior and the hydrophones onboard allow you to listen for the whale song. There are also frequent sightings of dolphins, manta rays, turtles and other marine life during the expedition.

Time allowing, you'll get close to many lava tubes, sea caves, sea grottos and wave powered blow holes. Learn how the island of Hawaii was formed as your captain shares their knowledge about the geology of the island's lava flows.

The Rigid Hull Inflatable Zodiac vessels used are 24 feet (7 meters) in length, powered by twin outboard motors to produce a quick moving and highly maneuverable ride. The rafts are perfect for exploring the shallow coves, sea caves and lava tubes located along this coastline. Each boat can hold up to 16 passengers.

Due to the bouncy nature of the ride, the Zodiac Raft Whale Watching Adventure is not recommended for those with back or neck problems, or pregnant women. The Kona Coast has the calmest water and the fast moving Zodiac is the least likely vessel to cause seasickness.

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Maui Whale Watch Cruise
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Location: Maui, Hawaii
Duration:
2 hours
Price:
Starting from $24.21 per person

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Experience the thrill of Maui whale- watching on a two-hour whale-watching cruise. This educational and informative adventure is great fun for the entire family and offers spectacular sightseeing and photo opportunities. Your whale watch cruise comes with a whale sighting GUARANTEE!

Departing from Lahaina, this Maui whale- watching cruise promises to be an experience you'll always remember. The reliable and comfortable vessels get you quickly to each whale sighting, with an enclosed main cabin and upper observation deck to ensure dry, excellent visibility.

Maui is the place to whale watch to see humpback whales in their natural breeding area. Every year from mid-December through early-May, the humpback whales make their home in the waters surrounding Maui. The whales migrate close to 3,500 miles (5635 km) from their Alaskan summer feeding waters, to the warm waters of Hawaii where they mate and have their calves.

This tour is seasonal and operates during the whale migrating season from December through to May.

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Oahu Whale Watching Cruise
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Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $58.16 per person

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Go Oahu whale watching, with whale sightings guaranteed and a lunchtime buffet served onboard. You're ensured a comfortable ride with outdoor viewing decks and large windows as you cruise off Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head to see migrating humpback whales. The warm ocean waters off Oahu are teeming with marine life and you may also see Hawaiian spinner dolphins, sea turtles and porpoises on this whale watching Honolulu cruise.

This 2.5-hour Honolulu whale watching cruise is ideal for nature lovers and humpback whale enthusiasts. The state-of-the-art vessel provides a comfortable and stable ride, and is the only vessel that can actually cruise past Diamond Head or other areas in search of humpback whales.

Outdoor viewing decks and large windows in the air-conditioned cabins provide for wonderful Oahu whale watching opportunities and views. Truly a dedicated whale-watching experience, you'll be accompanied by an expert naturalist who will share insightful information and an educational commentary on the humpback whale's behavior and biology.

Whale sightings guaranteed! On this whale watching Oahu cruise, if the Naturalist does not sight a whale during the cruise, you will be given a complimentary return whale watch cruise (lunch not included, available for an additional fee).

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Waianae Coast Snorkel Cruise with Dolphin and Seasonal Whale Watching from Oahu
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Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration:
6 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $129.25 per person

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Head to the west shore of Oahu to swim and snorkel with Hawaii’s spinner dolphins! Cruise along the Waianae Coast and snorkel with tropical fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. During the winter months (January to March), the Waianae Coast has more visitors -- humpback whales! Round-trip Waikiki hotel transportation, lunch and snorkel gear are all included on this tour.

On this excursion along Oahu’s Waianae Coast, enjoy a swim and snorkel adventure, spot dolphins and view humpback whales (winter months only)! Start your day with complimentary pickup from your hotel in Waikiki and meet your group at the Waianae Harbor.

Spend a relaxing three hours off shore and have fun swimming and snorkeling in the pristine waters. Admire the picturesque scenery as you soak in the tropical atmosphere. A complimentary lunch will be provided once you return to shore. Choose from hot dishes, sandwiches and vegetarian meals. All items come with a choice of beverage.

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Boston Super Saver: Whale-Watching Cruise plus Admission to New England Aquarium
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Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $59.87 per person

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Get up close and personal to New England’s wildlife with this Boston Super Saver. With your naturalist guide, spot whales and dolphins on a scenic 3-hour whale-watching cruise around a thriving marine sanctuary. Then, explore fascinating marine exhibits at the New England Aquarium including Green Sea Turtles, a Giant Pacific Octopus, or the Bonnethead Shark, at your own pace.

Whale-Watching Cruise:
Departing from Central Wharf in Boston, board a high-speed catamaran and embark on your 3-hour whale-watching cruise. Your expert captain will take you to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine life.

From the three outdoor decks, you’ll get great opportunities to view dolphins, humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales and endangered right whales with the help of your naturalist guide, who’ll teach you about the behavior, conservation status and migration patterns of whales, dolphins and sea birds.

In between your whale sightings, relax in the comfortable, climate-controlled indoor cabin, which features state-of-the-art sound and video systems, the New England Aquarium Education Station and a galley offering food and beverages for purchase.

New England Aquarium Admission:
Your Boston Super Saver also includes admission to the world-renowned New England Aquarium, a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation.

Exploring the aquarium at your own pace, you’ll discover fascinating exhibits, educational programs and activities perfect for the whole family. Get up close to sharks, stingrays, penguins, seals, turtles, jellyfish and more!

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Boston Whale Watching Cruise
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Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration:
3 hours
Price:
Starting from $47.25 per person

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Looking for a whale watch that requires less travel time, offers the most comfortable ride available and gives you more time viewing some of the world's most magnificent creatures? Look no further! Here is Boston's ONLY 3-Hour Whale Watch on a high-speed catamaran. They will get you to and from the whales in half the time, which allows you more time to watch the whales.

You'll visit Stellwagen Bank, the East Coast's most famous whale watching destination. Stellwagen's heavy concentration of humpback, finback, and minke whales guarantees an adventure filled with opportunities to view and learn about whales as they frolic in their natural habitat.

Each Boston Whale Watching Cruise is narrated and guided by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England (WCNE). The WCNE has been studying the whales of New England for more than 20 years and its members are recognized worldwide as authorities on whales.

One of the whales you're likely to spot during a Boston Whale Watching Cruise is the humpback. These Northern hemisphere humpbacks reach an average length of 50 feet, and a weight of about 37 tons! Sadly, they're also among the most endangered, and its estimated that only 8 percent of their original population remains.

With the data collected on each cruise, WCNE is able to further the understanding of whales and their world. And, their presence on board ensures that your whale watch will be an exciting and educational trip.

Whale sightings on every whale watch. If you do not see a whale on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future Boston Whale Watching Cruise.

The catamarans feature 3 outside decks for optimum viewing capability. Inside you will find climate controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art audio-visual, and a galley offering snacks and beverages for purchase.

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Whale Watching from Friday Harbor
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Location: Friday Harbor, Washington
Duration:
3.5 - 4 hours
Price:
Starting from $80.79 per person

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The best orca whale watching is off San Juan Island, near Seattle. The San Juan Islands are considered the "jewels" of the Pacific Northwest, located in the Puget Sound.

San Juan Island is considered the best place to view orca whales because the salmon, which are their prime source of food (about 95% of what they eat), travel up and down the west coast of San Juan Island and outlying areas.

Take this Whale watching tour and see orca whales which has been viewed on over 90% of the tours with the possibility of spotting minke, humpback and gray whales to be higher. What is the best time to see orca whales? Anytime. They are out and about all day. You will be guaranteed see marine mammals and come back with memories to last a lifetime!

Enjoy the beauty of San Juan Island on an exclusive Whale Watch Cruise from Friday Harbor. Sail aboard the fast, new 55 foot MV Sea Lion (with windowed, heated cabin, which seats up to 24 guests). 40 or fewer guest aboard this comfortable boat with walk around deck.

Want a more intimate tour - join the special limited tour, small groups with a maximum capacity of 12 people.

Important Note: Regardless of whether you are bringing your car on the ferry, it is best to be at the Anacortes ferry parking lot 1 hour prior to the ferry departure (not to be confused with the time of your tour departure) In July and August arrive at least 1.5 hours prior to the ferry departure if you bring your car across. A car may not necessary on San Juan Island.

Park your car in the Anacortes ferry parking lot and purchase a passenger ticket. Allow at least 90 minutes driving time from Seattle to Anacortes. Use I-5 north, Exit 230. The diamond lane makes it a breeze to drive up.

Ferry schedule changes seasonally and has specific departure times. Please ask about the latest Washington State Ferry schedule to ensure you arrive with enough time to make your way to the tour departure point.

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