Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska

Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska

Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska
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Boat ToursSightseeing ToursPrivate ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Harv and Marv's primary objective is to deliver the utmost in quality, offering a personalized Alaskan outdoor adventure that is second to none. We are committed to achieving this goal with integrity and sincerity.
Juneau, Alaska
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Travellover373
Devon, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
When visiting Juneau on an Alaskan Cruise we knew Whale Watching was one of the main things we wanted to do. And having read previous trip reviews in the past, Harv and Marv's had come highly recommended so knew we had to book with them.

We booked on the smaller boat trip, taking up to 6 guests as we wanted a more close up experience. The booking process was very easy. The staff were very helpful and informative prior to the trip, answering any questions we had and offering alternate times when they become available.

On the day of the excursion, we were met at the cruise ship pier by a nice lady who directed us to a small van that would take us to the boat dock. The driver was very friendly and informative, giving us lots of information on the local area and the usual weather.

After a short drive we arrived at the boat dock and met Captain Mickey who would be taking my partner and I, along with another group of 3 out on the boat OB-1. The boat itself was well equipped with inside seating, viewing from both the front and back of the boat and a small toilet.

It wasn't a long drive out into the bay area before we had a siting of some playful sea lions and then our first whale siting. Captain Mickey had told us what to look out for and when a whale was spotted she would move the boat to give us the best siting, whilst keeping the required distance. She also gave us lots of information about the whales and answered lots of questions.

After lots of whale sitings, and taking in the beautiful scenery Captain Mickey took us up to a spot to see the sea lions sunning themselves before it was time to head back to the dock.

The boat trip was a few hours long and we got to see lots of whales and sea lions, and learn lots about the area and the whales who visit. Captain Mickey was awesome, and you could tell how much she loved what she did, and she was so excited every time we saw a whale, which was infectious.

After saying goodbye our lovely driver took us back, via a stop to see the Mendenhall Glacier from a bridge.

We would 100% recommend this trip, and captain Mickey, and hope to have another visit one day soon.
Written May 30, 2022
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Charlene F
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We have sailed with Harv and Marv twice before and knew we would have a great time. Our reservation had to be moved out a year due to Covid 19 but we had no problem doing so. We were arriving by cruise ship and because of propulsion issues our arrival time was moved out a few hours. We got a call from a staff member early one morning notifying us of the time change even before our cruise line did. We were no longer able to do the private tour for the 6 of us but they were able to get us on a boat with 6 or 7 others. We saw several whales, a few seals and some eagles. Our granddaughters ages 9 and 7 had lots of fun. Captain Graham and first mate Logan were very informative. We highly recommend Harv and Marv for Whale watching excursions.
Written July 2, 2022
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EileenAustinTX084
Austin, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We had a private group due to our family size (10), and could not have asked for a better experience! Our guides, Micky & Graham, made a great team and made the trip for us. They were great with the kids, explaining about the life cycle and migration of whales, taking family photos for us, and generally making our time with them interesting and entertaining. We saw many whales as well as other marine life.

Micky is a great boat captain - we would highly recommend this company for the quality of the people, the boat, and the equipment.
Written July 5, 2022
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MagicWanda123
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We booked a private boat for 12 ("Kaytos") direct with Harv and Marv's for less $$ than our cruise ship was offering for whale watching tours. They did not disappoint! Captain Dalton was fun and knowledgeable and entertained the 4 children (and adults) with some corny jokes when they egged him on. Bailey, Naturalist, was a sweetheart and educated us all. Did you know whales can be identified by markings on their tails?
When our cruise ship delayed our arrival on the dock (because we had to tender in to the dock, and disembarking priority was given for cruise-booked excursions), we were an hour late, but a rep waited for us on the dock (per my phone call that we were coming ASAP!). We hopped in our own van and still were able to enjoy plenty of whale sightings, AND, much to my surprise, Harv and Marv's gave us a nice refund for time missed (not that that was any fault of theirs!). True customer service!! A big shout out to Kayla in the office for great customer service when booking. (We even prepaid for some beers at cost to be on the boat - food can be ordered, too.)
Written July 7, 2023
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Walter D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went out with Capt. John on OB-1 on July 27, 2022. I will say this is probably the best excurion my wife and I have been on if our 20 plus years of cruising. This man knows his stuff, he knew exactly where the humpbacks were including 2 calfs. He also took us to an area which had Orcas. We went to several different sites and each we had success. He took his time to explain what we were seeing including when he recognized one the humpback as Sasha and knew approximately how long she would be down on her dives.
Harv and Marv's has proven themselves as professional, not just a put 100 people on a boat and cruise around hoping to see something.

Harv and Marv's ROCKS...almost as much as Capt. John

P.S. the bus driver John was also a great guide with local knowledge and was quite comical at times as well.

You NEED to book with Harv and Marv's and stop wasting money on the big guys
Written August 3, 2022
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alessandra a
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We had an amazing time on this tour. We visited Juneau as a port stop on our cruise and decided we would rent a car and do excursions outside the cruise to maximize our long day there. I am sooo grateful we chose Harv and Marv! The boat was perfect lots of windows, the captain and the naturalist were funny and informative, the price was better than any others for what you get and the captain does an amazing job of getting you in the right position to see the whales. We even saw Orcas thanks to their eagle eyes and communication!
Written September 18, 2022
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John H
Clinton, MS1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed a trip with Harv and Marv’s in Juneau, AK. Captain John and Celeste went out of their way to provide a great whale watching experience for us. We liked that the group size was small which allowed everyone onboard room to enjoy the experience. Pickup at the docks was easy and transportation to Harv and Marv’s was excellent. Our bus driver knowing that we had a little extra time stopped and allowed us to view Mendenhall Glacier on our way to Harv and Marv’s. Overall great experience and would highly recommend Harv and Marv’s for your whale watching experience in Juneau, AK.
Written June 13, 2022
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Kimberly V
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Our trip was the best excursion we had while in Alaska. Preston (our Captain/guide) was amazing! We had a private whale watching for 6 people and he found the whales for us and some orcas. Was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions! Would highly recommend him if you book a tour. A+++++++ The Crew from Maryland (Barry, Kim, Debbie, Barry, Mike & Wendy) Thanks again Preston 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Written June 1, 2023
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Debby H
Houston, TX80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a great time on this whale watch cruise. We booked this excursion as part of an Alaska cruise, and everything exceeded expectations. They picked us up VERY close to the ship; they were exactly where they said they'd be with several comfortable buses to take us to their dock. Personally, I'd have paid the cost of the trip for the scenery alone, but we did see whales too. Captain Graham was enthusiastic and friendly. The boat (OB1) had a warm interior seating area with big clean windows, along with outside viewing areas at the front and back of the boat. We saw several whales, several glaciers, and an entertaining colony of sea lions. The captain gladly took photos of us and gave us granola, water, and sodas. I'm so glad I did this excursion.
Written May 13, 2022
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Loretta
Ireland9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I'm giving a low rating for unprofessionalism.
The tour got cancelled via email 25 minutes before pick-up time, it was an afternoon tour.
They said it was cancelled due to weather conditions, weather of course is changeable, however as this company is dealing with the weather all the time, 25 minutes beforehand does not seem acceptable, (the weather did not seem any worse than the day previously). Most tourists are in Juneau for a few days, trying to see and do as much as possible, such a late cancellation made it impossible to make alternative plans and book an alternative tour, time was wasted. It was their last tour by the company for the season therefore no alternative was offered.
Written October 17, 2022
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