We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Awsome - the word just doesn't do it justice.”

Dolphin Jet Boat Tours
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Juneau Shore Excursion: Whale-Watching Excursion
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 100% money-back guaranteed whale sightings in an intimate setting and at close range! We are operated and staffed by locals who are anxious to share their love and knowledge with you; a professional naturalist and experienced captain will take you through the sea life-rich waters in an enclosed, climate-controlled boat with outside decks for those who want to experience the spray! Hot and cold beverages, snack, and an onboard restroom are included for your comfort and enjoyment.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Perhaps we were just very lucky, but we saw numerous humpback whales breaching and fin slapping - a fabulous experience

We called into Juneau on a 7 night 1-way cruise from Vancouver to Whittier. We did not plan a whale watching tour in advance, as we were concerned about the weather - we are not very good in boats and get seasick easily. When we arrived in Juneau, the weather was wet and blowy, so we walked around the town for a few hours. By late morning, the weather had cleared up, so we bought a whale watching tour from one of the numerous sales booths near to the cable car station. It is normally $120 each, but they were offering it for $90 due to the lateness in the season.

We caught a coach from near the cable car station to another harbour, with an informative and friendly guide/driver. We boarded a new light and fast boat and were whisked away at good speed to the whale feeding area. Once there, we waited in anticipation until we saw our first humpback swimming slowly. Then for 1/2 hour we were treated to a spectacular display of beaching by mothers and calves. I do not know how many times whales breached for us, but it was 12 plus. I took lots of photos, but missed many breaches - it's difficult to know where they are going to surface.

The tours are restricted to 1/2 hour with the whales and we rightfully retreated after such a wonderful display. They then took us to a colony of sea lions - excellent too.

The weather was very kind to us. Mild, sunny and with gentle seas - we did not feel seasick at all. They provide tea and coffee and there is a clean loo on board. There were viewing areas to the front and rear of the boat and lots of room for everyone to see. The guide was informative, but the whales are the stars.

We've been fortunate to be able to visit so many wonderful places around the world. This was one of our best experiences. We just did not want it to end. Thanks Dolphin.

Thank NeilandBarbara
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,184)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
All reviews
in 62 reviews
"humpback whales"
in 111 reviews
"whale watching"
in 267 reviews
"salmon cream cheese"
in 12 reviews
"hot chocolate"
in 44 reviews
"mendenhall glacier"
in 138 reviews
"captain ken"
in 17 reviews
"great tour"
in 51 reviews
"salmon spread"
in 11 reviews
"bubble net feeding"
in 40 reviews
"cruise line"
in 46 reviews
"auke bay"
in 31 reviews
"alaskan brewery"
in 16 reviews
"bus driver"
in 25 reviews
"booked this tour"
in 21 reviews
in 35 reviews
"highly recommend this tour"
in 17 reviews

933 - 937 of 1,184 reviews

Reviewed September 18, 2013

Had a wonderful time with Captain Larry and Kelly. We saw orca whales and grey whales. Kelly made it so much fun with her enthusiasm. She carried on everytime a whale was spotted, it really added to the excitement. I would highly recommend going with Orca. Great time and a great crew.

Thank Dinmi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

Booked with Dolphin Tours last minute, as soon as I got off the Cruise Ship. They Exceeded our expectations in every way. The guides were very informative and skilled, getting us close to many whales, including Orcas. Thanks Sooooooo Much Dolphin Tours, our afternoon with you was our favorite time during our Entire Alaskan Vacation!!!

Thank Adam Y
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Went with Captain Larry and Kelly who has excellent eagle eyes for spotting those whales. Scenery was awesome by itself. A bald eagle posed by the dock before we left. Our first sighting was a rogue Orca. We saw at least a dozen humpbacks. I'm very glad Captain Larry is involved in protecting these creatures from over zealous boat captains. They are truly a treasure. Overall, it was very informative.

Thank Debra H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed September 17, 2013

It was a true pleasure to whale watch with Captain Larry again. He delivered an abundance of whales as well as an abundance of good memories. This tour was just as good as it was 12 years ago. Highly recommend this tour

Thank rmsails
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Dolphin Jet Boat Tours? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing