Paddling with Whales : Kayaking Fun

A Magical Menagerie of Marine Life

This tour is sold out for 2024

The waterways surrounding Channel Islands State Marine Park near Juneau are home to a diverse array of Alaskan wildlife and marine life including orca whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, porpoise, bald eagles, and more.  Jump in a kayak and paddle yourself along, getting glimpses of these creatures up close and personally or alternatively, choose to hike by foot along scenic seacoast shores scoping for that perfect photograph.

Your cruise excursion adventure begins here...

Day 1

Visit an uninhabited island landscape composed of lush and vibrant temperate rainforest, exquisite snowcapped peaks and flowing glaciers glowing blue, your only neighbors being the feeding humpback whales, curious sea lions, playful porpoise, and soaring eagles.

Meet your adventure guide at the cruise ship terminal before being transported to a remote boat harbor just north of Juneau. Board a water taxi and relax on the 20-minute journey as you are whisked across protected inland water crossing to the Channel Islands State Marine Park, while scanning the seas for marine wildlife. If a whale is spotted, you can jump into a kayak straight from the boat and join them in their journey. Or, continue to a private cove to explore this remote wilderness by kayak and foot. Your guide will lead you on a paddle adventure and a hike through the rainforest, discovering hidden observation points along the way. Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic of local Juneau favorites while taking in the magnificent scenery.

From both water and land, you may see humpback whales, harbor seals, Steller sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, orca whales, eagles, and deer or river otters along the shore. Throughout the journey, your expert team of guides and the boat captain will share their local knowledge of the area and interesting information about the wildlife and their behaviors. Be prepared to take in the beauty of glaciers off in the distance and the majestic mountains of the Chilkat and Coast Ranges.

Amenities, nearby adventures and more...

  • Services of professional guide
  • Roundtrip private transportation from ship to floatplane dock
  • Use of tandem kayak and all paddling gear
  • Healthy snack and bottled water


Special Notes:

  • Activity level is moderate – guests must be able to kayak for at least one hour
  • Participants must be at least 8 years of age
  • Size and weight restrictions apply – please inquire for more details

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