Whale Watching in Alaska – Juneau and Glacier Bay

Whale Watching in Alaska – Juneau and Glacier Bay

There is no better way to experience the majesty of whales than in their own environment.  This is one of the reasons why whale watching has become so popular over the years.  Due to whales’ migratory patterns, Alaska happens to be one of the best places for this activity during the summer season.  The converging currents turn the areas around Juneau and Glacier Bay into a prime feeding ground, teeming with fish, and whales come in abundance to take advantage of the ample food supply. 

From June to September is generally regarded as the best time to visit Juneau and take a whale watching trip.  Though some humpbacks have been known to stay in the area year-round, most of them begin migrating to other areas come September and do not return until May.

The varieties of whales around Glacier Bay include Orcas, Humpbacks, Minkes and Greys.  

Often, these aquatic wonders have their calves in tow, giving watchers the opportunity to see entire families of whales swimming amongst the Alexander Archipelago.

Due to the popularity of whale watching, there are numerous tour companies that cater to visitors, though the summer can be quite crowded.  Tours generally last 3 to 4 hours and, in addition to whales, one may have the chance to see other sea life, such as sea lions, porpoises and seals.  Both large and small tours are available to accommodate all preferences.  Juneau also happens to be one of the cheaper places to take a whale watching tour, due to its 

remoteness from the more popularly visited mainland of Alaska.

Though conservation laws prevent boats from approaching within 100 yards, whales will often come closer of their own accord, curious to see what’s going on.  Seeing a whale first hand is an experience that one won’t soon forget and can be the prefect vacation for those who have a love of these majestic creatures.