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Juneau Shore Excursion: Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure provided by Above & Beyond Alaska

Juneau Shore Excursion: Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure

Juneau Shore Excursion: Paddle with Whales! Kayak Adventure
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
6
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    6
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Jump on our small intimate boat and travel up the Inside Passage to the richest Humpback Whale feeding ground in Alaska. See the lush and vibrant temperate rainforest, exquisite snow-capped peaks and flowing glaciers, where your only neighbors are the feeding humpbacks, curious sea lions, playful porpoise, and soaring eagles! We will launch in the small boat and head up into the State Marine Park, there we will pull up to a remote island where we will gear up and start paddling! We will kayak paddle through the humpback whale feeding ground, looking for signs of wildlife and whales. Once you have completed your kayak exploration, be treated to a high quality delicious snack on the private island beach. Stretch your legs, grab a snack, and explore the island's tide pools! Suitable for all experience levels, this eco-adventure is sure to provide a new perspective on what’s possible in the world of remote Alaskan island exploration and is the preeminent paddling and island adventure.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5043P20
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • All paddling and rain gear
  • Professional Guide
  • Forest Service Permits
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – please stress to your clients the importance of dressing appropriately
  • All passenger shoe sizes and rain gear sizes advised at time of booking
  • Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (140cm). Maximum weight limit is 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) find operating the rudder challenging, as the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance; however, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle our kayaks.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All Clients will be outfitted in double and must know how to swim. Clients should be able to confidently paddle for up to 2 hours.
  • PLEASE NOTE, we cannot guarantee whale or wildlife sightings. This is Wild Alaska!
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the inherent risks involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
  • Participants must inform ABAK of all dietary issues or restrictions. ABAK can accommodate some dietary restrictions, but do not advise this tour for anyone with severe food allergies. Menu includes dairy, fish, shellfish, gluten, and nuts.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • All paddling and rain gear
  • Professional Guide
  • Forest Service Permits
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
  • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – please stress to your clients the importance of dressing appropriately
  • All passenger shoe sizes and rain gear sizes advised at time of booking
  • Our kayaks can accommodate a maximum torso (waist-chest) diameter of 55 inches (140cm). Maximum weight limit is 600lbs (272kg) for double kayaks. People taller than 6’2″ (188cm) find operating the rudder challenging, as the pedals only adjust to a certain maximum distance; however, people as tall as 6’8″ have been able to paddle our kayaks.
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • All Clients will be outfitted in double and must know how to swim. Clients should be able to confidently paddle for up to 2 hours.
  • PLEASE NOTE, we cannot guarantee whale or wildlife sightings. This is Wild Alaska!
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Due to the inherent risks involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
  • Participants must inform ABAK of all dietary issues or restrictions. ABAK can accommodate some dietary restrictions, but do not advise this tour for anyone with severe food allergies. Menu includes dairy, fish, shellfish, gluten, and nuts.
  • RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    490 S Franklin St
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Inside Passage
    Stop: 4 hours
    See details
  • 3
    Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Melissa S
New York City, NY37 contributions
Jul 2021
The tour itself was good. Kristen our guide was knowledgeable and we saw plenty of whales in action on our trip. The guide gets 5 stars. However, management looses a star for me from not providing transportation to and from hotels. Rental cars are almost impossible to come by in Juneau and the cost to get a taxi from downtown to to office where all tours meet is ~$30 each way + tip. I was traveling solo so having spend an additional $70 bucks on taxi fare for a tour I had already shelled out over $400 to take was annoying. And there is really no reason. They have plenty of vans, Juneau is tiny, most of ABAK's trips are small - I don't expect them to come to the door of my hotel but they could at least offer a pickup somewhere in downtown and by the airport where the majority of the passengers stay. The website says they are not providing transportation because of COVID which seems ridiculous - I did 2 tours with the company and in their boats, small planes and transports vans, no one wears masks. They only require masks inside the main office any regardless, I'm sure people would be happy to wear one and not have to track down a taxi.
Written July 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you Melissa for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate you leaving this feedback and providing us an opportunity to address your concerns. It's great to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Kristin and saw plenty of whales on this trip. She is a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable. We apologize that the transportation did not meet your standards. We did not operate tours in 2020 due to COVID-19 and with the pandemic still ongoing, we had to make changes to our services provided for the 2021 season to ensure we opened cautiously and safely. One of those changes was our complimentary transportation pick up service. For the 2021 season only, we are requiring all trips to meet at our main office location in order to conduct temperature checks and have a COVID-19 waiver signed before participating in the tour. We also require masks to be worn while indoors. Once at our office location, we do provide transport to the various locations where we operate our tours. In addition, we offer complimentary transportation after the tour back to all major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley and in downtown Juneau. Before booking any tour with us, it is stated on our website and on the individual trip pages that the meeting location is our main office. In addition, the confirmation and reminder emails that you received clearly state the meeting location is at our office. We apologize that these changes for the 2021 season did not meet your standards, but we had to make this adjustment to our operations to ensure we could safely operate this season. Please know that your feedback is of tremendous value as we continue to strive to offer customer service and wilderness adventures of the highest quality and caliber. Please feel free to get in touch with any other questions, comments or concerns. Thanks again for coming out with us and we hope you had a wonderful time in Juneau.
Written July 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Katie
1 contribution
Aug 2019 • Couples
My husband and capped off a trip to Canada with a few days in Juneau. I cannot say enough good things about this company. Excellent guides and excellent trips! Unless you’re brave enough to go it alone, do these excursions! Then on your way home plan your trip back for more :)
Written August 17, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Awwww thank you!! That is so nice of you to say! We have options available for self guided too so please give us a call for any of your adventure needs :) Thanks for joining us and have a great vacation!
Written August 21, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Julio S
28 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Great time on this tour ! Got a lot of great information. We went on a boat saw some whales and went off to an island got off and started on our kayak adventure.
Written July 31, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you Julio!! Sounds like a great day out there!! Have a good vacation!
Written July 31, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DigginScience
5 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We had an awesome experience watching whales, paddling, and then a bonus look at some sea lions! Auri and our boat captain were great guides, keeping us safe as weather threatened. We got the most amazing photos!
Written July 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Woo hoo! Thank you!! This is such a great tour and we appreciate the feedback. Please come back for more soon!
Written July 30, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ani Ani
1 contribution
Jul 2019 • Couples
Had a lovely time going boating and kayaking with Wade and Chelsea, we saw so much wildlife, especially so many humpback whales! Chelsea and Wade were both knowledgeable and friendly.
Written July 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Yay!! The Paddle with Whales Kayak Adventure heads straight into a marine park that is filled with a variety of marine life, from the very small to the massive humpback whale. Thank you for coming out to explore with us!
Written July 10, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cameron M
1 contribution
Jun 2019 • Family
Aury and Wade were great guides/boat crew, very friendly and knowledgeable. We saw plenty of wildlife including whales, sea lions, seals, and porpoises. This excursion was the highlight of my 7 day Alaska trip!
Written June 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fantastic to hear! Thank you for sharing!! This area is so rich in wildlife so while we can't guarantee what we will see or where, it is always phenomenal to be out in this very special area that provides such an abundance of food sources. We appreciate you joining us and hope you have a great rest of your vacation!
Written June 16, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
About the operator

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By: Above & Beyond Alaska
Grumbly
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Do you feel lucky?
Unsure what to write as it is possible our adventure simply had the luck of the Irish, as it was amazing. Above a
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Was Ok. (Your results may vary :-)
Booked twice with Above and Beyond Alaska. Company is excellent: organized, prompt, friendly, and professional. M
clissard99
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Kayak whale watching
What an amazing kayak trip! Kristen was our guide and she was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about whales and a “wh
wander1
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Good hike with a prize at the end
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mandil339
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Fantastic trip
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FiveDivers
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3 World Class Treks: Bears, Whales and Glacier
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Private forest hike and Mendenhall Glacier trek
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randenise
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Worth the hike
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Amazing glacier trek
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Melissa S
Melissa S
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Long Day, Didn’t See any Bears
I get wildlife is unpredictable and you can’t guarantee bears but let’s face it, it’s an expensive tour and when yo
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What an amazing start of our trip
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Absolutely breathtaking experience
My girlfriend and I were just blown away by the beauty of the glacier. The colors were just incredible, and we had
paublecamper
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Once in a lifetime amazing trip!
This was an amazing trip! We were provided with everything we needed, snacks and water included! We had a backpack
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