We went on a Whale Watching & Wildlife Quest through Allen Marine Tours. Whale watching was high on my son's list for our visit to Juneau. He had fuzzy memories of enjoying his tour last time he was in Alaska -- nine years ago. Honestly, I think he just remembers us talking about it!
The views were beautiful! In no time at all we saw a pod of Transient Orcas.
After following the pod for awhile, the captain turned the ship around and went in the opposite direction. He told us that humpback whales tend to stay away from Transient Orcas since they pretty much eat anything alive, including humpbacks.
We enjoyed some of the complimentary snacks and drinks and decided to splurge on some smoked salmon in the gift shop for a mini meal.
Pretty soon we witnessed a pod of Resident Orcas (the ones that only eat fish) sharing feeding ground with about fifteen "bubble net feeding" humpback whales. Seriously one of the most amazing sights, but difficult to photograph! You'll have to look it up. Absolutely amazing!
The tour guides went on and on about how they had never seen so much action. This was their favorite tour EVER, they said.
I don't know about them, but my son was pretty freakin' excited!
This tour is totally worth it if you are travelling to Juneau. Great tour, knowledgeable guides, comfortable vessel, and good service!
What to bring: rain gear, a camera
Length of tour: 3 hours
What you might see: humpback and killer whales, sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, bears, deer, and a whole lot of Alaska beauty from the water