Juneau Whale Watching – Alaska Whale Watching

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Juneau Whale Watching

Going whale watching in Alaska in Juneau is an experience I will never forget. That was a highlight on all my Alaska trips that took me along the coast. Whales can be seen very well in the Inside Passage between Canada and Alaska. With a bit of luck you can see their behavior. In this image, a humpback whale leaps out of the water off the coast of Alaska. The scientists do not know exactly why they do this. But one of the theories is that they want to stun their prey with the force of the leap. Another says it just happens out of exuberance and is playful behaviour.




Hoonah Alaska
Hoonah Alaska

Alaska whale watching

Whale watching in Alaska is a highlight of any trip along the Inside Passage between Prince Rupert and the Alaska Peninsula. However, there are a few things to keep in mind so that you can get the most out of whale watching in Juneau. Whale tours in Alaska* you can book here.

  • Best time for whale watching in Alaska

The whales migrate to the regions of southeast Alaska in the spring. These are their feeding grounds. They leave the region again in late autumn and swim back to areas in the south or around Hawaii, where they give birth to their young. The best time for whale watching in Alaska is between May and September. Orcas and humpback whales are often seen. In the Icy Strait one often encounters gray whales.

  • Whale Tours

Whale tour providers often guarantee sightings of whales during this time. If it happens that you don't see anyone, you can take part in a second tour for free. Whale tours are available from Juneau, Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, but also from Ketchikan, Seward, Valdez, Petersburg and Sitka.

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Whale watching off Juneau Alaska
Watch whales at Juneau Whale Watching in Alaska

Watching whales in Alaska shows the behavior of the animals

This behavior is called "breaching". When a humpback whale heaves out of the water and then falls back, it causes a roar. This behavior is commonly seen in whales in Auke Bay off Juneau.



Spyhopping Whale off Juneau Alaska
Spyhopping Whale at Juneau Whale Watching in Alaska


Spy hopping while whale watching in Juneau

It is not uncommon to see a humpback whale pushing its body out of the water in the waters off Juneau Alaska. Scientists believe that this is a hunting behavior. Perhaps the animals are looking for prey.


Whale Fluke at Whale Watching Juneau
The whale fluke can be seen before it dives into the depths - this often happens when whale watching in Juneau as they feed here


Whales display their flukes before diving

This sight is very popular with photographers when whale watching. Then the humpback whale dives into the depths of the sea, often showing its fluke. However, this also means that it remains underwater for minutes afterwards. It usually only reappears after some time and in a different place. Then you need patience. You have to wait for the whale to appear again. You need to be lucky, if you'll look at the exact spot, where it reappears out of the water.


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The whale tail can be seen from time to time when whale watching in Juneau


You can often see the whale tail when whale watching

With a bit of luck you will see this behavior. The whale swims to the surface of the water and turns sideways. He lifts his fin out of the water and hits it with a loud splash on the water. According to the scientists, this is also a hunting behavior of the humpback whales.


whale and sea lions
Whale and sea lions at Juneau Whale Watching in Alaska


Chances are good to see whales when whale watching off Juneau Alaska

Since the waters off Alaska are very species-rich, with a bit of luck you can photograph a whale with other animal species. Here I spotted a humpback whale in front of a group of sea lions lounging on the rocks in the background.


Travel Arrangements:

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Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

How to get there

Arrival by plane*. Condor and Lufthansa offer flights to Anchorage and Fairbanks. From there you can fly to Juneau. You can also reach Juneau by ferry from Skagway or British Columbia. The city has no road access to inland Alaska.

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Source Juneau Whale Watching: On-site research. I paid for the trip myself. My opinions definitely remain my own.

Updated on 01.04.2024

Text Juneau Whale Watching: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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Juneau Whale Watching – Alaska Whale Watching

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn