Driving in Alaska can be unpredictable. That’s why two of the most popular ways to see the state are by cruise ship and train. The Alaska Railroad is a great way to see interior Alaska either before or after a cruise. It was originally built in 1902 with a main goal of extracting gold from [...]
We’ve launched our podcast Cruising in Alaska. On this first episode we talked to John Neary, who works for the U.S. Forest Service and is the director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. He’s been in Juneau for 36 years, but spent 30 of those years working in the back country. “I really got a [...]
It’s a rare and quite a special sight. If you are lucky enough to be one of the few to witness a bubble-netting, consider yourself blessed. This rare phenomenon does not happen every day. It actually only happens for a short time during our whale watching season in Southeast Alaska. Those facts alone make it [...]
It's a whale of a time! Whales are all around the world, but here in Juneau we have the best whales. We pride ourselves on our summer humpback whale population. If you did not know already, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s humpback whales’ population resides in the waters around Juneau during our [...]
Yes, we can! We have a 100% guarantee that you will see a humpback whale during our whale watching season. Really! We will personally give you back your money if you do not see a humpback whale on our whale watching tour. The majority of tourists come to Juneau for glaciers or WHALES, and we know [...]
Whale Breaching Explained…May be? What is breaching? Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) fit the word "fascinating" to a T, and their classic breaching display is just one specific example of this. When a humpback whale breaches, it essentially picks up speed and then leaps high out of the water and often whirls around while breaching—often numerous [...]
Ten Must Know Facts on the Humpback Whale With a global humpback population at a minimum of 60,000, a study estimates that there are 18,000-20,000 humpback individuals in the North Pacific, with a growth rate at 4-7 per cent per year, where 3,000-5,000 return on their yearly migration to feed in southeast Alaskan waters each [...]
Tongass National Forest Explained Introduction The moment you step off your cruise ship or aircraft in Juneau, you will be immediately treated to stunning views of the Tongass National Forest. Fact. Unsurprising to most, the region is often referred to as the “Inside Passage” or the gateway to Alaska. Undeniably, it’s one of the country’s—even [...]
Latest Juneau Whale Watch movie: Whales of 2017 Join us in getting wide-eyed on whales with the incredible influx of whales that visited us (and still are!) in Juneau, Alaska during the 2017 humpback whale watching season. Look out for the orcas (killer whales), too!
Back to it!! It was fun to turn our newest boat, the Atlin, into a floating studio for Wild Alaska Live last week, but it's back to business for that boat's crew. If you missed the PBS broadcast of the show, check out the incredible whale action in the last segment. See you in Alaska!